Day Six: Love Flower Poems Contest

Thanks for all the sweet comments about the poems so far.  I’m having a great time, too!

This next one is by a poet who is best known for a philosophical prose work that has been an international best seller.  He is also a source of inspiration for my friend and fellow Tenner, Irene Latham, a published poet herself and author of Leaving Gee’s Bend.

“I am the lover’s gift; I am the wedding wreath;
I am the memory of a moment of happiness …”

Yes, a snowy red camellia, in honor of the many, many feet of snow now surrounding my house.  I don’t think my camellias look like this though.

Saturday’s Seven: The Story Siren!

Today my very special guest is Kristi, aka The Story Siren.  As one of the most well-known YA book bloggers, Kristi has been a welcome champion for MG & YA authors.  In 2007, she had a personal blog, but was inspired by other book blogs to start her own, and “thus a blog was born,” she says.  This year she is running the Debut Author Challenge — 271 readers have signed up! — some fun surveys, and truly awesome giveaways.  She also profiles new book bloggers and welcomes them to the community. And she’s very fun to chat with on Twitter.

Welcome, Krist!  What’s your favorite flower and why?

My favorite flower is the daisy. Or more specifically, the Gerbera Daisy. I’m not really sure why I like them, I just do!

[FYI:  Daisies mean innocence or simplicity in the language of flowers. I love these too.]

Is there a quotation you live by or have posted at your desk?

“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.”  -John Lennon

So true.  Which book do you wish you could actually live in?

Oh wow… that is a hard one. I’d have to go with a fantasy book, so probably it’s really a toss up between Harry Potter, Vampire Academy or The Mortal Instruments…

Who’s your favorite dead writer? (We don’t want to offend the living here!)

Jane Austen

[I’m amazed at how often her name comes up.  One of my faves, too.]

How many hours a week do you spend on your blog? (I’m impressed!)

This is sorta of embarrassing, because know everyone is going to know, I don’t have a life!

I’m online at least 20-ish hours a week. Probably more than that, but I couldn’t say exactly how many of those are spend on the blog, and not just wasting time on twitter and answering emails!

[Twitter … a waste of time?  Never!]

What’s your favorite time of the day and place to read and why?

I enjoy reading any time of the day, and I read at all times of the day and night! My favorite place is on the couch with a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa, or in the summer outside laying in the hammock!

What’s the most important thing authors can do to promote their book, in your opinion?

Have an online presence. Have a website, or a Facebook page or a twitter account. Make yourself accessible to your readers. I like to see there is actually a person behind the book.

What do you like about meeting an author in person and who had the most fun event ever and why?

I just love getting to share my love of an author’s book with them!

The most fun..? That is a hard one, I’ve only been to three author events, and they were all so very different but each equally as awesome. I was actually able have conversations with the authors themselves at each one, and that was something that I never expected!

Thanks so much for stopping by, Kristi!  And happy blogging!

Day Five: Love Flower Poems Contest!

This is a lovely, lovely poem.  I adore that first image and wonder if it would still have any fragrance left.

“I am the blossom pressed in a book,
found again after two hundred years. . . .

I am the maker, the lover, and the keeper. . . . ”

Happy poem hunting!!  And be sure to read my interview with Kristi, the Story Siren!  (see above)

Love Flower Poems: Day Four … plus FHN online!!!

First off, if you haven’t yet read Forget-Her-Nots, the first five chapters are posted on the HarperTeen website for their Browse Inside feature.  Very cool, methinks, and so glad to share.  Now for today’s poetry ….

This one is from a new poet I’ve just discovered.  I love her lushness and can’t wait to read more of her words!

“They are everywhere–those sunflowers with the coal heart center.

They riot without speaking, huge, wet mouths caught at half-gasp, half-kiss.

Flowers she promises I’ll grow into, sweet gardener … “