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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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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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News & Updates — I Dream of Christmas

Hello everyone ❤

Today its December 25th, and though most of us will be wrapped up in family gatherings or other wonderful festivities, I wanted to take a moment and extend my warmest of thoughts to all of you who left me comments, liked my work, purchased my books, or have just been plain lovely to talk to. I hope these seasonal holidays will treat you kindly, and that this new year, which is slowly creeping closer to knock on our doors, will bring you laughter, peace and joy.

So, to all: Happy, happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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It’s Christmas Day

Another thing I admittedly also enjoy this time round, is being able to (legitimately) listen to my favourite Christmas and Wintry songs again, and because I’m writing this to share some of my seasonal warmth and cheer, I compiled a hand-picked selection of some, possibly not overly familiar, tracks that I love listening to that I hope will be to your liking 🙂

♪♫ Kiyo’s December Playlist ♪♫

Sung Si Kyung and Kwon Jin Ah — Don’t Forget
Harriet — Maybe This Christmas
EXO — Miracles in December
George Michael — December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas)
Brown Eyed Soul — Home
Kate Bush — December Will be Magic Again
Paul McCartney — Once Upon a Long Ago


A Little bit of Magic

Especially for the holiday season, earlier this month I wrote a short story called “A Feast of Starlight” for the lovely website, Get Inspired by Books, which had me dreaming up a myth about a celestial maiden and a young boys adventure — so, in my attempt to make you enjoy your Christmas days, if you feel like it, check out the blurb below…

“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.

Read it here!


Smashwords End of the Year Sale

To festively end this year, I’ve enrolled two of my poetry eBooks in a big site-wide SALE over at Smashwords, where you can now purchase both poetry editions of Dreamscape and Musings from a Wildflower with a 25% discount until January 1st!

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One thing I always enjoy during the festive season is reading, so maybe you’d like to give (or receive) the gift of reading too?? Follow the links below to get a copy of my books to take with you into 2019!

Musings from a Wildflower; the micro poetry collection, vol.01 // Coupon code: RM68A
Dreamscape; a poetic journey through life’s encounters // Coupon code: LV35D


2019 is Slowly Coming Closer

With the new year almost upon us, I’m most likely not alone in the fact that I’ve already been busy in preparation of new projects to start in the days ahead, and in case you’re curious what to expect of me personally, here’s a little sneak-peak 🙂

Following the release of Musings from a Wildflower in December, the next poetry book to come to publication will be the Haiku series, scheduled for an early summer release. Like the first micro poetry collection, it’ll contain a 100 poems, and will be made available in both print and eBook! At the end of the year, I also strife to release the first Poetic Prose collection, which will contain both stories published and unpublished, all written in the same style you’ve come to know of me in my (regular) uploads (:

Another thing that I’ve been preparing for is an online shop, where you’ll be able to purchase prints, merchandise and other fun goodies, featuring imagery from all my three Visual Poetry series and illustrated works, like Dreamscape and the covers I create for my Poetic Prose works. It’s been on my to-do-list for quite a while now, but with most things smoothly up and running these days, it’s been bumped up to a prime spot and I hope to have it up and running early next year 😀

Last, but not least, aside from poetry and short stories, like many authors I also dream about publishing my own full-length novels, and I’ve been gearing up to start work on the first part of 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 will lie 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…

I have pages filled with notes, ideas and short scenes — but because this is the first time I’ve ever given a hint of this online, I’m still a bit hesitant to say too much, but feel assured that I’ll be telling you all more about in abundance in the months to come!

With this, I feel I’ve taken up more than enough of your time, so I’ll take my leave — and I once more bid you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Lots of love,
Kiyo

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