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Welcome to Day 3 of the #RRBC “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour for @BalroopShado #RRBCSA #RRBC_Community

Please welcome my esteemed colleague in #RaveReviewsBook Club, Balroop Singh, to Fiora Books today. Balroop is this month’s very deserving “Spotlight” Author.

Headshot of Author, Balroop Singh.

How My Love For Words Led Me…

My love for words dates back to those crazy days of playing word games in school when we perused our pocket dictionaries to accomplish the challenge of finding new words and guessing the meanings. Despite those word-challenging games, my vocabulary remained so insignificant that I had to look up simple words like ‘gaunt’ to give the exact meaning to my students.

Can you believe that I have been accused of using difficult words in my poems by one of the reviewers? Can you fathom my elation at such a compliment? It is indeed a compliment for a person who has always struggled with words, who was not that blessed to be surrounded by books a child, who was always eager to borrow books from the library but had to return them half-read!

My early poetry was very simple. I had written few lines for my outgoing class:

Wish you love, wish you joy
Wish you all that you try
Guiding you was my goal
Avoiding advice was your role.

Shall I ever forget your faces!
Naughty but calm in all cases
Sometimes pleasant, sometimes killing
Sometimes obstinate, sometimes willing.

That laughter, that mirth
Those tears, those fears
All those hours that we shared
Those moments when you dared
To disagree and disobey
Always with me, they’ll stay.
© Balroop Singh, 1997

I was told that it seemed like some child had composed those lines. The snub steeled my resolve to keep writing.

I dived into the sea of emotions
Floundering around I met poetry
She smiled at my naivety
But her song soothed my nerves.
 
Warbling wistful notes of manumitting
Embracing her all-pervasive freedom
Effacing nonchalant, noxious attitudes
Of those who scoffed at my words
I felt an ebullient moment of accomplishment!

Undeterred, I write, keeping in mind the words of one of my favorite ghazals, written by Nida Fazli…

“Duniya jise kehte hain jadoo ka khillona hai, mil jaye to mitti hai, kho jaye to sona hai” (Urdu) – What we call this world is a mystical toy, as useless as dust if you have it but as precious as gold if you lose it. (Translated from Urdu)

The enigma of poetry through the wonder of words is thrilling beyond imagination. I keep landing in new worlds, where horizons keep widening and new mysteries keep unfolding. The quest to know more words continues with the encouragement of all of you, dear readers.

Book cover for MOMENTS WE LOVE
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RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S FEBRUARY “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour – Day 4!

Book Cover - Journey to the Rainbow's End by Forrest Stepnowski

It is my pleasure to host a special member of Rave Reviews Book Club today. Forrest Stepnowski has been selected as this month’s “Spotlight” Author – a well-deserved honour!

Author “Q & A” 

What inspires you to write?

Answer: One of the things that pushes me to write is when readers email me, or instant message me, to thank me for making them feel less alone. Loneliness is a double edge sword for many. For some, a life of a hermit can be positive one. They have time to heal from past hurts and heart breaks. They become confident within their soul and are able to successfully figure out what it is they want in the world. For others, loneliness can bring depression and disdain for the world. We are all very different. We think, desire, and process things differently. I fully admit I am a unique individual who many have a hard time relating too. When I make that connection with others through my performance life, or my writing, it empowers me to keep going. We have all experience trauma in one way or another in our lives, this is just one way I am able to cope and become a better person.

 

Social Media Links:

Website/Blog: https://www.forresttakesajourney.press/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forrestrobertstepnowski

Twitter: https://twitter.com/frstepnowski

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/forreststepnowski

 

Amazon Purchase Links:

 

Journey to the Rainbow’s End: A Drag Queen’s Odyssey (Available on Kindle and Paperback)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CZ9GWCM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_To8nDb9107RYB

AUTHOR BIO – FORREST STEPNOWSKI

Headshot of Author, Forrest Stepnowski

Forrest Robert Stepnowski is an advocate, writer, social worker, and performance artist in the Pacific Northwest. He has been writing poetic works and prose for most of his life. He realized how important it would be to share his work with others, who may have tread similar paths of self-hate, self-deprecation, and self-loathing, in the hopes that they find they weren’t alone. Helping others who have been deemed as “different” because of varying sexual orientations or identities to realize that they are not deviants nor are the “against human nature” has always been of grave importance to him. He wants this group of beautiful people to know they are part of a collective, on an island where being different is embraced and accepted.

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S NOVEMBER “SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR Blog

Please give my colleague and friend, D.L. Finn, a warm welcome as RRBC’s November “Spotlight” Author! D.L. is an accomplished author across several literary genres and today she is featuring her book of poetry called, Just Her Poetry.

Thank you for having me on your blog for day three of the Just Her Poetry Spotlight Tour!

Finn Facts:

They walked on the moon on my 7th birthday

I write poetry while sitting on the back of a Harley.

Blurb:

Take a journey with D.L. Finn as she blends her love of nature with her deepest emotions. Sit with her on the forest floor observing its tranquil beauty, or stroll along the ocean’s shore admiring the vastness of its horizon. Here in these peaceful moments, you’ll be able to experience her thoughts and feelings in the light—and in the darkness. This is a thought-provoking collection of poetry that invites the reader into all the seasons of a soul.

Excerpt from Just Her Poetry: MUSING FROM THE BACK OF A HARLEY

FALL RIDE

The landscape is filled with tall evergreens.

Red peeks through winking at us.

Temporary signs on the side of the street…

Offer apples, pies, and cider to hungry travelers.

The air is chilled in anticipation…

Of winter’s coming frost.

Riding through the changing scene…

I realized I’m changing with it.

Carefree in my moment…

Before the holidays.

I remember.

I remember I’m grateful to be here.

Seeing all the changes…

And becoming them, too.

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D.L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, and adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventures with an open invitation for her readers to join her.

D.L. Finn Links:

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

D.L. Finn blog

She’s A Poet… Dwelling In Possibility!

“I dwell in possibility.”

~Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson, an American poet (1830-1886), was a very private person who rarely left her home. Some called her a recluse because she didn’t leave her room in her later years. When she died, she had written around 1800 poems and less than a dozen were published while she was alive – and those were heavily edited to fit the poetry conventions of the day. After her death, her cache of poetry was found by her younger sister and published – again, heavily edited. It wasn’t until 1955 that her poetry was published almost unaltered. Continue reading “She’s A Poet… Dwelling In Possibility!”