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Kiyo’s Corner — March ’19

Hello and welcome to the March edition of Kiyo's Corner 🙂

Thanks for taking the time to read what I've been up to this past month, which was filled with some variety like writing —of course—, but also the creation of new poems —which comes with a special highlight— and of course, the official Kiyo Shop launch!

—On Books and Poetry

Last month I shared the blurb for Black Out, the novel WIP I'm working on, and I can announce that the first two chapters are very much done, and to my liking, and I'm currently working on the third! I have to admit, I'm not the world's fastest writer, but this month I had a whole array of other things that practically ate my time, too (like the shop launch), and also the creation of new poems. However, with April unwritten before me, I'm sure I'll return to the world of Black Out soon again, and am very much looking forward to it!

As said earlier, my stash of visual poems were running a little low, so I dived into photoshop to replenish them — yet, also busied myself last week with something completely new. For some time, a fourth series' idea had been occupying my mind, which involved handwritten poems and photography. Even though I certainly love using the beautiful stocks I find on CC0 sites online, I have been wanting to share a series of poems that was entirely my own, from start to finish. And, I think I've found it. I'm still getting my feet wet, so to speak, but if my results stay the way they are, I plan to share a sneak-peak, or a full announcement, next month — so, stay tuned 😀

—The official Kiyo Shop Launch

On, Wednesday the 13th of March, it was finally so: the launch of the Kiyo Shop, hosted through Zazzle! After adding all the finishing touches, and checking the links —and checking them again— I opened the shop's digital doors and received many wonderful, and positive replies. If you missed the original blog post, though, I happily direct you to it here, or if you'd love to visit the shop instantly, you can find that here! Filled with a variety of things, the shop holds Photo and Canvas Prints, Notebooks, Phone Cases and more, featuring imagery from all my Visual Poetry series and also illustration/design work from my Poetic Prose works, and my illustrated poetry book, Dreamscape.

I plan to add new items as consistently as I can, growing the collection to include more and more of my poetry to be available. I also sincerely hope you'll enjoy having a browse, possibly finding something that you'd wish to own, and if you have any questions or would like to leave a line, please do so below!

 

So, journeying  to the last element of this Corner, I'll wrap this up with an overview of my personal shared works (Visual Poetry and/or Poetic Prose) that I upload on my weekly Literary blog, hoping to leave a touch of inspiration behind for anyone who needs it — scroll down for more (:


Micro Poetry Series

Inspired by philosophy, nature, day-to-day thoughts and emotions, this minimalistic series aims to encourage,
ponder, or show you the beauty in small things and moments. Curious for more? Visit the page.

Haiku Series

Influenced by the art found in traditional Japanese poetry styles, this series contains haiku based on
the continuous changes that happen all around us, in both nature and life. Curious for more? Visit the page.

About Love Series

With words from both sides of the heart, this series collects the sweet beginnings and sad goodbyes, moments of romance, and days of heartache;
the multitude of feelings that come over us when we fall... in love. Curious for more? Visit the page by clicking here.

With this monthly update and collection I'll leave you behind today, I sincerely hope you'll enjoy it — and, as always, want to drop me a line, leave one in the comments below 🙂

Love, Kiyo

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News — Official Shop Launch

Hello everyone 🙂

After teasing it for the past two months now, today is finally, finally the day, so without further ado, I say:

Welcome to the official Kiyo Shop launch!

Hosted online at Zazzle —a great home for a sprawling collection of custom-made prints and other wonderful goodies— I’ve been slowly filling up my shop since January, creating a starting collection of purchasable items to expand upon in the months, weeks and days to come, and now I invite you all to have a look around.

But, what items are available, you wonder? Let me tell you, happily 🙂

Photo Prints; decorating your walls, or other places in your home, these prints are produced using Kodak professional photo paper, which comes with a subtle satin gloss and beautifully enhanced colours.

 

Tote Bags; an earth-friendly —and stylish— bag made from 100% sturdy brushed polyester, with cotton web handles and black laminated lining for extra support.

 

Throw Pillows; complimenting your living- or bedroom, these pillows are made of grade A cotton, the fabric woven with natural fibres, are machine washable, and come with a hidden zipper enclosed.

 

Phone Cases; these form-fitting, featherlight Case-Mate cases provide full coverage to your Apple iPhone, while still keeping your device sleek and stylish; they’re impact resistant, made from durable hard plastic and come with a glossy finish.

 

Wrapped Canvas Prints; adding a touch of art to your home, these premium wrapped canvas prints are created with an additive-free cotton-poly blend, made to be long lasting and fade resistant.

 

Notebooks; Gather your thoughts in these hand-made spiral notebooks that come with laminated covers to ensure durability, contain 60 sheets (120 pages) and have different page design options to cater to your many desires.

 

Mousepads; making sure your mouse stays safe from scratches, these pads have a durable and stain resistant cloth cover, a non-slip backing, and are printed in wonderful high-quality colours.

 

Greeting Cards; thank you, hello, or I love you, greeting cards are thoughtful gifts that are always the perfect way to express yourself. Printed on white semi-gloss paper, these cards have vibrant colour and detail, and are perfect for many occasions.

 

—Have a look around

Featuring artwork from all my Visual Poetry series —Micro Poetry, Haiku and About Love— on a wide variety of products, the store also includes items with imagery from my illustrated poetry book, Dreamscape, and cover-designs from my Poetic Prose stories. As I already mentioned above, I plan to add new items as consistently as I can, growing the collection to include more and more of my poetry to be available (:

Feeling like the shop itself will probably do the best talking all on it’s own, I will leave you with these last words and links; inviting you to view the Shop’s overview page on my site, which (as the title gives away) gives a good overview of all the products available, and features direct links to all the categories, or if you’ve already seen enough above, head over to the Shop’s Zazzle page directly!

I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy having a browse, possibly finding something that you’d wish to own, and if you have any questions or would like to leave a line, please do so below <3

Love, Kiyo

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Kiyo’s Corner — February ’19



Hello and welcome to the February edition of Kiyo's Corner 🙂

And what a busy month it has been! February always feels "shorter", even though it's only a few days less than other months, but it does — somehow it must be a mind-trick thing. Still, I didn't really have a lot of moments to think too long on it, for these past weeks have been filled with a lot of wonderful writing, working on the (now very soon) to be published Kiyo Shop and even sneaking in some time off to enjoy a sudden surprise of lovely, warm Spring weather!

—Writing-time

As mentioned last month, I made a start with working on Black Out, the first book in a duology that has been living in the realms of my mind for years. Piled up, I had a couple of different approaches to how I wanted to open this book, and after trying a few I finally found the one that served the story best, and I'm nearly done with the first two chapters! It's really a great feeling to finally start on this story, as I feel I've known these characters for so long already, it's almost liberating to give them a voice and shape the dark adventures they will travel through. I'm truthfully curious to discover where the story will go, for though I, of course, have a set idea for the plot, and know which elements need to feature, there are always surprises; your characters simply do that to you. For instance, a set of characters I planned to only have feature later on, already made an appearance in the second chapter, and it just felt right instantly. So, I guess it goes without saying, I'm enjoying myself immensely, and hope to tell you more and more about it as the book grows!

Before I forget, I also promised to write and include a blurb of book, and I did 🙂 Find it below;

"One moment, that was all it took to change the world we knew, forever."

It should have been one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments, but when during an solar eclipse a slumbering, ancient power violently erupts from the Earth’s very core, no one is prepared for what happens next.

Crashing into each other’s lives when chaos ensues, Jenna and Graeme meet by chance as nature forcefully reclaims every man-made construction with an ocean of green; the sun, moon and stars are stolen by a perpetual cloud-cover without end; actual entities of light and darkness emerge from the cratered depths of the planet; and many under the age of twenty-five are touched by a strange magic, changing them into Children of the Moon — a new generation able to wield elemental powers…

With fear running rampage as the World Before turns into the World After, Jenna and Graeme quickly learn that not only the planet and her ancient magic are what needs to be feared, for humanity striving for survival is a foe entirely in its own right.

And when sides are being picked, and culprits are being chosen, they find themselves at the very heart of life-altering choices; to become a pawn in an rising army, or to fight against the tide like a true rebel.

— Blurb from Black Out, (c) by Kiyo

—Spring weather

It was almost like magic, but February here in the Netherlands was beautiful! Spring was incredibly early, and filled with warm, sunny days. So lovely, I had to sneak in some mornings off or afternoon walks, just to bask in that sudden so incredibly nice temperature and sunshine. One of those days, I headed to the botanical gardens with my sister and had a lot of fun taking photo's of all the green and colourful flora that had appeared; so, that too, I have included for you to see, below 🙂

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—The Kiyo Shop

Most of my time, especially later in the month, went to working on the Kiyo shop that will be hosted through Zazzle. I'm nearly done creating all the products that I want to kick-off with, gathering a nice balance of merchandise to choose from and, of course, in the months to come, to expand upon! To give an idea, there will be Photo and Canvas Prints, Notebooks, Phone Cases and more, featuring imagery from all my visual poetry series and also illustration/design work from my Poetic Prose works, and Dreamscape. I'm planning on adding all the finishing touches this week, so if all goes as desired, you'll be hearing more about it next week; so stay tuned to my blog and/or social media if your interest is piqued 🙂

So, journeying  to the last element of this Corner, I'll wrap this up with an overview of my personal shared works (Visual Poetry and/or Poetic Prose) that I upload on my weekly Literary blog, hoping to leave a touch of inspiration behind for anyone who needs it — scroll down for more (:


Micro Poetry Series

Inspired by philosophy, nature, day-to-day thoughts and emotions, this minimalistic series aims to encourage,
ponder, or show you the beauty in small things and moments. Curious for more? Visit the page.

Haiku Series

Influenced by the art found in traditional Japanese poetry styles, this series contains haiku based on
the continuous changes that happen all around us, in both nature and life. Curious for more? Visit the page.

About Love Series

With words from both sides of the heart, this series collects the sweet beginnings and sad goodbyes, moments of romance, and days of heartache;
the multitude of feelings that come over us when we fall... in love. Curious for more? Visit the page by clicking here.

Fragments of a Fairytale (a Poetic Short story)

This month I uploaded a new poetic short story to the Poetic Prose series, called Fragments of a Fairytale; a story written based on various elements from famous (Disney) fairytales; will you find them all?

“Her prince so charming, so daring — a love ever hers"

Caught somewhere between the realms of fiction and reality, a young woman finds herself lost in fragmented fairytales, stitched together like the patchwork pieces of a quilt — and, through many obstacles and dangers, in pursuit of a magical romance.

Happily I invite you to read it here, and discover more stories at my Poetic Prose page.

With this monthly update and collection I'll leave you behind today, I sincerely hope you'll enjoy it — and, as always, want to drop me a line, leave one in the comments below 🙂

Love, Kiyo

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Kiyo’s Corner — January ’19

Hello and welcome to the January edition of Kiyo's Corner 🙂

Sincerely, I can't hardly believe the first month of 2019 has passed us by already. There were years, many years, I felt like January was the slowest month that ever existed, but these thirty-one days have flown past like a bullet-train! (: Not that I minded, for I've been wrapped up in so many fun things to work on, it was a true pleasure to start each day again and again.

 

—A Poetic Short Story

So, what has been going on? In the first weeks of the month, I've written a new short story called Fragments of a Fairytale, which I will be sharing with you all in February; it is inspired by the theme "Once Upon a Time" and contains themes and elements of famous (Disney) fairytales, weaving together a love-story of my own making that I truly hope you'll all enjoy <3 To give you all a taster, here's the opening paragraph;

Neverland beckons as she dreams of weightlessness and days forever young. Light as a feather she drifts out of her window in the wake of her sky-high soul, an invisible ribbon anchoring her towards bright stars winking in the indigo deep.

Yet, the higher she levitates, the more she realizes that the ocean has climbed into the sky tonight; silver fish imitate a full-bellied moon and starfish cling to the vaulted ceilings, calling for her to join the lost boys and the games they play.

 

—New Poetry and the Kiyo Shop

Next item on the agenda was the creation of new visual poetry, for my stashes (of especially Micro Poems) had shrunk considerably, and had me revisiting my notebooks, stock-sites and trusted Photoshop. As mentioned in my long Christmas journal, I also began work on the Kiyo online shop, and I can happily mention that it's growing slowly but steadily, with items like Canvas and Photo prints, Pillows and Greeting Cards to become available featuring my poems and artwork. I'm not one hundred percent certain of the exact launch-date, but if my time-table stays the way it is, I'm hoping it will be late February or early March!

 

—Black Out; a novel

And last but not least — and this really excites me! — I've kick-started writing the initial pages of my novel, Black Out; a young adult duology which has the shared series title, Children of the Moon. It's set in an dystopian time where nature has gone completely astray when an ancient magic stirs, rendering the world as we know it unrecognisable as light and darkness visibly begin a fight for balance. The stories' main focus lies on a small group of rebels, who still cling to the ideals of life and love, and tentatively dare to believe in a hope for the future, even though survival in the World After naturally brings out both the best, and worst in people...

As also mentioned in last year's journal, I've been gathering many ideas over a long period of time, and had been hoping to start work on it at the beginning of the new year, and have indeed been recently sitting down, typing away happily. Trying to catch the mood of the novel on paper, I went freestyle for its opening, familiarizing myself with the voices of my leads, and if I keep going the way I'm headed, I'll aim to write an official blurb of Black Out to share in the February Corner 😀

So, journeying  to the last element of this Corner, I'll wrap this up with an overview of my personal shared works (Visual Poetry and/or Poetic Prose) that I upload on my weekly Literary blog, hoping to leave a touch of inspiration behind for anyone who needs it — scroll down for more (:

Micro Poetry Series

Inspired by philosophy, nature, day-to-day thoughts and emotions, this minimalistic series aims to encourage,
ponder, or show you the beauty in small things and moments. Curious for more? Visit the page.

Haiku Series

Influenced by the art found in traditional Japanese poetry styles, this series contains haiku based on
the continuous changes that happen all around us, in both nature and life. Curious for more? Visit the page.

About Love Series

With words from both sides of the heart, this series collects the sweet beginnings and sad goodbyes, moments of romance, and days of heartache;
the multitude of feelings that come over us when we fall... in love. Curious for more? Visit the page by clicking here.

With this monthly update and collection I'll leave you behind today, I sincerely hope you'll enjoy it — and, as always, want to drop me a line, leave one in the comments below 🙂

Love, Kiyo

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Kiyo’s Corner — December ’18

Hello and welcome to the December edition of Kiyo's Corner 🙂

As I sat down to write this, the new year has just begun and the first days of 2019 are still fresh and for many of us filled with hopes, dreams and the best of intentions.

So, from me to you: I wish you all a Wonderful New Year and I hope it'll be filled with things that give you happiness~

For many the new year is always a symbol for new beginnings, and though I've never been a firm believer of New Year's resolutions (not because I don't believe in the power of a resolution, mind you, but more in needing the new year to start with one) I do always value the feeling of a new year; it's like a blank page of paper on which you can put down your latest thoughts, and close the book on the things you wish to forget. On New Year's eve I watched a show of a stand-up comedian (it's tradition for one to host a show on New Year's Eve in the Netherlands) as he reviewed the past year (with a lot of humour), and he ended his show with a sung remark that rang true to me; everything that upset you, leave it behind; everything that caused you hurt, leave it behind.

Though this past year has been a positive year for me, and I'm very much looking forward to this new set of 365 days ahead of me, it did make me realize one thing I do wish to accomplish this year, and that is to see the positive side of everything even more so than I already try. To not worry my mind to much with "what if's" and "maybe's", and waste time getting sucked into negative spirals that can wear you down to the bone. But to find the silver linings, even if my day did not pan out the way I planned, and to fully enjoy to process of the new books I wish to publish, stories to be written and poems to share (:

So, to start this January with some of these positive vibes, let me get back to the core of this December Corner, for every month I enjoy creating an overview of my personal shared works (Visual Poetry and Poetic Prose) that I upload on my weekly Literary blog, hoping to leave a touch of inspiration behind for anyone who needs it.

Scroll down for more (:

Micro Poetry Series

Inspired by philosophy, nature, day-to-day thoughts and emotions, this minimalistic series aims to encourage,
ponder, or show you the beauty in small things and moments. Curious for more? Visit the page.

Haiku Series

Influenced by the art found in traditional Japanese poetry styles, this series contains haiku based on
the continuous changes that happen all around us, in both nature and life. Curious for more? Visit the page.

About Love Series

With words from both sides of the heart, this series collects the sweet beginnings and sad goodbyes, moments of romance, and days of heartache;
the multitude of feelings that come over us when we fall... in love. Curious for more? Visit the page by clicking here.

A Feast of Starlight (a Poetic Short story)

“Once there was a maiden born holding starlight deep inside”

This month I uploaded a new poetic short story to the Poetic Prose series, called A Feast of Starlight; a story written for the site Get Inspired by Books, taking you onto wish-filled journey ★;

It’s Christmas Eve when a young boy wakes to a shower of falling stars, blazing trails of magic through the sky. Curious, he ventures outside on his own, not aware that his actions will coincide with the small town myth of the Celestial Maiden, and a miraculous story of true love.

Happily I invite you to read it here, and discover more stories at my Poetic Prose page.

With this monthly update and collection I'll leave you behind today, I sincerely hope you'll enjoy it — and, as always, want to drop me a line, leave one in the comments below 🙂

Love, Kiyo

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Kiyo’s Corner — November ’18

Hello and welcome to the November edition of Kiyo's Corner 🙂

As I'm writing this, December has just begun and the Christmas vibes are all rolling in. Every day I see more and more lights appear in windows, and strung across the banisters of balconies, while shops are practically bursting at the seems with baubles and gift-ideas. Personally, I always love the days leading up to Christmas, and can be often caught listening to "bad" songs (example here) to get further into the mood; decorating is also always one of my favourite things to do, and it will come to no surprise to people that know me that my tree is already up, sparkling in red and gold ★

Other things that have been occupying me these past weeks have been working towards my new book-release for Musings from a Wildflower, which will be available worldwide from December 4th, creating new visual poems (for they had been depleted rather a lot 😉 ) and next to that I got a lovely request from Anneke's Get Inspired By Books to write a short story for their December theme "holiday's". I had a lot of fun coming up with a story (plus a little puzzling with the 1500 word limit), and sincerely hope it'll get you into the festive spirit. Here's a little blurb for you below;

A Feast of Starlight

“Once there was a maiden born holding starlight deep inside”

It’s Christmas Eve when a young boy wakes to a shower of falling stars, blazing trails of magic through the sky. Curious, he ventures outside on his own, not aware that his actions will coincide with the small town myth of the Celestial Maiden, and a miraculous story of true love.

It's set for website release on December 7th, so if you'd like to read it, keep your eyes on my social media coming Friday~

Last but not least, let me get back to the core of this November Corner, for every month I enjoy creating an overview of my personal shared literary works (Visual Poetry and Poetic Prose) that I upload on my weekly Literary blog, hoping to leave a touch of inspiration behind for anyone who needs it.

So, scroll down for more (:

Micro Poetry Series

Inspired by philosophy, nature, day-to-day thoughts and emotions, this minimalistic series aims to encourage,
ponder, or show you the beauty in small things and moments. Curious for more? Visit the page.

Haiku Series

Influenced by the art found in traditional Japanese poetry styles, this series contains haiku based on
the continuous changes that happen all around us, in both nature and life. Curious for more? Visit the page.

About Love Series

With words from both sides of the heart, this series collects the sweet beginnings and sad goodbyes, moments of romance, and days of heartache;
the multitude of feelings that come over us when we fall... in love. Curious for more? Visit the page by clicking here.

Chasing Rainbows (a Micro Fiction story)

"Our entwined thoughts sprouted wings"

This month I uploaded a new micro fiction story to the Poetic Prose series, called Chasing Rainbows; a story escaping into a fantastical world of dreams and beauty, painted in colours of the rainbow. Happily I invite you to read it here, and discover more stories at my Poetic Prose page.

With this monthly update and collection I'll leave you behind today, I sincerely hope you'll enjoy it — and, as always, want to drop me a line, leave one in the comments below 🙂

Love, Kiyo

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Kiyo’s Corner — October ’18

Hello and welcome to the October edition of Kiyo's Corner 🙂

With colder weather and greyer skies, November has rolled in leaving us with thirty-one days of October in our wake — and it has been some busy and varied weeks for me. Still, as always, I've been sharing poetry on my weekly updated Literary blog, but a lot of other things have been going on behind the scene's as well, like the release of my Poetic Prose short story, Echoes from Another Time, which was written especially for Halloween, and other exiting items of bookish news; one to be shared this coming Wednesday, and another one next week — but that is all I'm saying right now, so if you're curious, keep an eye on my blog~

Every month I enjoy creating an overview of my personal shared works (Visual Poetry and Poetic Prose) on my main blog, hoping to leave a touch of inspiration behind for anyone who needs it.

Being both an artist and writer at heart, the poems from the Visual Poetry series (Micro Poetry, Haiku and About Love pieces) combine words with a type of imagery, aiming to enhance the feel of that poem's message, while each story in the Poetic Prose series (micro fiction and short stories) is accompanied with its own unique cover, and the work itself often touched with a hint of fantasy.

Scroll down for more (:

Micro Poetry Series

Inspired by philosophy, nature, day-to-day thoughts and emotions, this minimalistic series aims to encourage,
ponder, or show you the beauty in small things and moments. Curious for more? Visit the page.

Haiku Series

Influenced by the art found in traditional Japanese poetry styles, this series contains haiku based on
the continuous changes that happen all around us, in both nature and life. Curious for more? Visit the page.

About Love Series

With words from both sides of the heart, this series collects the sweet beginnings and sad goodbyes, moments of romance, and days of heartache;
the multitude of feelings that come over us when we fall... in love. Curious for more? Visit the page by clicking here.

Echoes from Another Time (A Poetic Prose short story)

“It all began with the footsteps”

When Ally awakes in the middle of the night to the sound of unexpected footsteps, she thinks her boyfriend has come home from his travels, but instead finds herself still eerily home alone. Quickly, things spin out of control as candles begin to burn out of their own accord, and a haunting, darkling spirit appears — leading her to discover that nothing she believed is what it seems...

This month I released an especially written Short Story to celebrate Halloween, called Echoes from Another Time; a ghost story with a twist (:
In less than I week, I was pleased to discover it was met with enthusiasm, as almost 60 copies have been downloaded already, and the story has also received two 5 star reviews!

To read more about the release, and some background info, I happily direct you to the release News & Updates article, or if you'd like to get your own copy instantly to the Books page where you'll find all the links~

With this monthly update and collection I'll leave you behind today, I sincerely hope you'll enjoy it — and, as always, want to drop me a line, leave one in the comments below 🙂

Love, Kiyo

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Kiyo’s Corner — September ’18

Hello and welcome to the September edition of Kiyo's Corner (:

Whole year round I can be found updating my Literary blog with new poems every week, and new stories as often as I can, as one of my own personal projects. Being both an artist and writer at heart, the poems from the Visual Poetry series (Micro Poetry, Haiku and About Love pieces) combine words with a type of imagery, aiming to enhance the feel of that poem's message, while each story in the Poetic Prose series (micro fiction and short stories) is accompanied with its own unique cover, and the work itself often touched with a hint of fantasy.

Every month I enjoy creating an overview of the shared works on my main blog, hoping to leave a touch of inspiration behind for anyone who needs it.


— Visual Poetry; Micro Poetry, Haiku and About Love series


— Poetic Prose; Micro Fiction and Short Stories

"A hero of old, he reaches out his heart"

This month's upload held a micro fiction story situated on the cusp of dreams; a romance that seems to have no boundaries in place or time...

Read Midnight Romeo here!


With this collection I'll leave you behind today, I sincerely hope you'll enjoy it — and, as always, want to drop me a line, leave one in the comments below 🙂

Love, Kiyo

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