Day 18 – Mormons

Maybe I shouldn’t have said all that
about the magic underwear
and the magic gold tablets

and maybe I shouldn’t have laughed
when you said they
“ascended back into the heavens.”

I probably shouldn’t have asked
if you got here
on a bike.

I didn’t have to take your book
but I knew it meant
someone else
wouldn’t read it.

I’m sorry your beliefs are
foreign and hilarious to me
since I claim to be so tolerant

but you rang my bell
and you asked for it.

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February Candy Pizza Giveaway :)

I feel like giving away another signed copy of Candy Pizza! Head on over to Goodreads and enter to win– all you have to do is add it to your “To-Read” list and boom! Simple 🙂

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Candy Pizza by Charlotte Cuevas

Candy Pizza

by Charlotte Cuevas

Giveaway ends February 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Year 2: Day 114 – Hey Good Morning

Hey good morning
you’re finally up
I wanted to tell you
I hate this book
that you gave me.

I made you some bacon
so you won’t be mad
while you’re telling me
how in the world
this plot makes sense.

I won’t be convinced
but I will wrestle you
after breakfast
and cover your mouth
when you try to explain
how anyone
could like that book.

When you’re at work
I will sneak it inside
the Christmas box
and pretend I lost it
and I will come back
from the bookstore
with something better
for you to read.

And I will kiss you goodnight
and say I absolutely
couldn’t love you
if your taste in books
was any worse,
but thank goodness
you have me.

Year 2: Day 104 – Now Do You Believe?

Now do you believe
that we are never-ending,
that we can speak across the universe
in the language only we know?

When I had counted you gone
but could not feel right
without writing your name
on the first page,

and you had counted me gone
but could not feel right
without opening that book
to find your name

do you believe it’s been long enough
to prove us blood?

When I wrote though I knew
you weren’t reading,
but I couldn’t help myself

and you knew that I wasn’t
writing for you,
but you couldn’t help yourself

do you believe we are eternal,
long-lost brother, do you believe
in sibling souls, do you believe
we could’ve been found
any other way?

Year 2: Day 101 – Life In The Grandfather Chair

It happened slowly,
what all of us evidently now accept-
that I wouldn’t have to lift a finger around here
anymore.

All I did was sit;
I picked the red velour Grandfather Chair
that sits in the middle of the empty stage
and took out a book to read,
but I’ve done it often.

And they come,
they come as if summoned, as if
keeping an appointment, as if drawn,
four or five at a time who couldn’t stand to leave
without greeting.

And they leave
as soon as the conversation dies,
they let me go back to my book in peace,
they know what the quiet means to me,
and what my time has meant for them.

All I’ve done
was speak softly,
have a demeanor of calm, stay out
of the idle talk and resist the temptation
for theatrics.

In short,
I have assumed the characteristics
of a person who’d belong in the Grandfather Chair,
and it seems the rewards of that life
have come to me.

This Week Only: ‘Candy Pizza’ On Sale!

I’m not very good with marketing/promo stuff- I tend to just forget about it and go “Well if somebody wants to buy my book they will.” I’m already worlds away with planning the next two anyway.

But I was looking over the reviews on Amazon just for curiosity’s sake, and my own Grandmother has given it 4 out of 5 stars. I can’t tell you how much that brightened up my day, and I’m not being sarcastic at all. I just laughed and laughed. I mean, she bought like 12 copies to send to all our relatives (embarrassing) but MY OWN GRANDMOTHER ONLY GAVE MY BOOK 4 STARS. I can’t get through to you how tickled that makes me!

In honor of my dear hilarious Grandma and also to make up for my complete lack of enthusiasm when it comes to book marketing, I’m offering Candy Pizza at a discount price this week – $6.99 for a printed copy and $0.99 for the Kindle edition. Imagine me saying something snappy like “What a great deal!” or “It’s the perfect holiday gift!” or whatever it is you’re supposed to say when you’re trying to get people to buy your book.

But actually, what I really mean to say is this: if you like what you’ve read in Year 1 of the 365 Poetry Project and you’re looking forward to Year 2 and you also would like to help a young writer, it’d be super cool if you bought a copy.

If you’ve already bought the book, writing reviews on Goodreads or Amazon definitely helps to get the word out! (And helps keep me motivated to write more stuff, which is kindof important.)

Thanks again for your continued support!

Blessings and happy reading,
Char

 

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You Win, World: The Return Of The 365 Poetry Project

It’s been a month since the end of my 365 Poetry Project, and to be quite honest it’s been awful. I know I said I needed a break, and I really did, but I’ve been a heartbroken wet bird without poetry. I thought maybe I’d get past the normal postpartum of finishing a project, but it’s not going away and I don’t think it will. I tried to supplement it with flash fiction (which I do love) but poetry and short stories are two different beasts, one of which I miss dearly.

So I’ve decided to give up trying to fight it- poetry is a part of me now and forever and I’m giving it another go. But I think the break has done me some good; the two or three poems I’ve written during the hiatus have been of a different quality and I like that. I think it has to do with the flash I’ve been writing lately, since poetry and prose often require two different thought processes that can be brought together in various ways. I’ve spent some time breathing and flexing the prose muscles, which in turn, I think, has made the poetry muscles that much stronger.

That being said, I’m not giving up on flash. I’m interested in seeing how I can make the two work together in new ways. So the 52 Flashes of Fiction project will still be in effect and I’ll simultaneously be working on The 365 Poetry Project: Year 2, starting tomorrow. (And yes, that’s going to mean 2 more books, hollaaa!) I’m not getting any younger and I have a world to conquer, y’know?!

I hope you’ll stick around to see the results, it’s gonna be another fun year 🙂

Char