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pexels-photo-88703_1Hello everyone! Announcing the launch of my new venture, the Magic Word Editing Co.​ My team of experts and I offer a full range of editorial and e-book design services for fiction and nonfiction authors, science and academic writers, and small businesses.

You can find us on LinkedIn and Facebook, too. There we’ll share news features, services, developments and announcements as the business grows. We’re happy to answer your questions and take suggestions on how best to fulfill your editorial and writing service needs. Projects in progress: a welcome video and a quick quiz to help our clients choose which of our services best meet their needs.

Do take a few moments to check out the site. Remember, we offer reduced-price service packages, and a 10% discount for referral clients. http://www.magicwordeditingco.com

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Startup Stock PhotosWorking on a memoir?
Join Kirsten Imani Kasai for a 3-hour workshop on Tuesday June 6 at San Diego Writers Ink and learn how to mine your memories and life experiences to craft the compelling memoir or personal essay that you yearn to write. We’ll explore different techniques for finding the narrative amidst our memories, identifying elements of our story and discuss how to use creative license to handle fuzzy or painful memories. You’ll also discover how to bring real people to life as characters and identify what role you play within the story.

$45 for member/$54 for nonmembers

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Kirsten Imani Kasai Tattooed Poets Project

Do you wonder about the meaning or inspiration behind people’s tattoos? Mine are very significant to me, not to mention that I find them all very beautiful (and love the queries/compliments/comments that my anatomic human heart generates). Tattoos Day is celebrating poets and their ink via the Tattooed Poets Project.

Check it out here to read my poem “process aestivation.” You’ll find many other amazing poetic works and images featured on the site, too, so be sure to explore.

Thanks to Bill Cohen for featuring me and my work on the blog!

Creative folks know well that feeling of relieved disorientation that follows the conclusion of a project. For me, finishing a novel brings with it a period of rest and recuperation. The storm abates. We can rest in the lull before new waves build and crest to send us on another journey.

Kirsten Imani Kasai_manuscriptRight now, I’m in the lull. Recently, I finished the Gothic novel (The Book of Blood Magic) I’d been working on for the past three and a half years, packaged it up beautifully, and had it “blessed” by my energetically magical friend before sending it to my agent. It’s been close to three weeks since it left my hands, and I’m still kind of stumbling around, blinking in the sunlight as if I’d just left a movie theater in the middle of the day after completely losing myself in Story.

I have to stay busy, in the meantime. The waiting is the worst part. Is it readable? Saleable? Marketable? Who will buy?

The lull is admin time. I catch up on short story revisions, embark on a mad submission spree, researching lit magazines and sending in new work while it’s still fairly fresh and exciting to me. Fool around with my poetry. Touch up my website and CV. Stave off the looming finance/career paranoia and anxiety that dogs me, always. (I fear what I’ve termed Melville Syndrome*–experiencing a spate of successes but dying misunderstood, unread and labeled a literary crackpot, only to have my work become a classroom staple that inspires movies, an opera** and seeps into popular speech a century after my demise.) But mostly, I use the time to think. Which dormant project speaks to me with the loudest voice? Which seed will I water and nurture to fruition?

I’m finally ready to begin (again) writing the feminist Utopian novel that’s been simmering away on the back burner of my creative brain for many years, but it’s a complex project requiring much research. However, now is probably the perfect time to go back to the Ice Song series and resume work on the third and final installment now that I’ve settled on a title (Tattercoats). Hopefully, it’ll be quick and relatively fun, and I’ll likely self-publish this one (as I learned that most traditional publishers don’t want to pick up a single book from a series). It’ll be a loving labor, a tying of the bow.

Learning to navigate the lulls in our writing careers means being willing to be nonproductive, to honor the process of gestation as much as the conception and birth of our works. To endure the uncertainty of waiting, to appreciate the lessons learned and the risks taken in our latest project. It is a time of restoration and preparation; we strengthen ourselves for the work ahead. In the lull, we can anticipate the next phase of adventure, the certain successes and disappointments, secure in knowing that the quiet room in our heads, so recently vacated by our characters, will again entertain a party of strange and charming guests.

*Or worse, EA Poe. Dying penniless and ill in a gutter, only to have my work spawn an entire literary industry of hipsterish t-shirts, lunchboxes, household decor, ladies aprons, wall plaques, pillows, films, scads of reprints and spawn new fiction genres. Sure, it’s kind of awesome, but if it happens to me, I’d like to be around to enjoy it.

**I was terribly excited about attending a performance but drank too much wine beforehand and subsequently slept through most of the second half.

Hi readers!

If you liked my short fiction piece “Black Sun,” about the aftermath of a volcanic super eruption, please take a few seconds to vote for it to win Story of the Month.

Click the link to head to Drunk Monkeys. 🙂 Thanks pals!

Kirsten

 

I had a great time reading a few poems and chatting with the lovely folks over at Pretty Owl Poetry about art, words, process and creativity last night. My poem “thirst” appeared in their third issue along with a photograph that I took in Romania (cover). Thanks to Kelly, Rose and Gordon!

 

Sometimes you have to shop a story around for quite a while before it finds a home and it’s easy to become discouraged as the “No, thank you,” emails mount up in your inbox. Luckily, my short story “Black Sun,” which follows narrators in Kenya, England and Japan as they cope with the aftermath of a volcanic super eruption, landed safe and sound at Drunk Monkeys after playing submissions roundabout for a year. If you really love and believe in your work, keep shopping it around till you get that enthusiastic “Yes!” that tells you your writing has found its audience.

Read it here: http://www.drunkmonkeys.onimpression.com/black-sun/


Who are we?

The Page a Day Writers Group is a diverse collection of wonderful writers based in San Diego, CA. We've been meeting monthly since 2004. Our primary function is in-depth writing critique, marketing and brainstorming, but there's usually some wine, chocolate and ribaldry involved too. We write fantasy, humor, literary fiction, nonfiction, romance, thrillers and YA. Join us on our journeys to publication and the wonderland beyond!

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