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Word Wednesday: Blustery

Word Wednesday: Blustery, Sitting in Spilt Ink

This Wednesday’s word is: Blustery (adjective)

blus·ter·y

/ˈbləstərē/

adjective

(of weather or a period of time) characterized by strong winds.

The Word Wednesday challenge? Use this in some form of your writing this week. Whether it’s a poem, short story, a chapter, or an article, slip this word in, and then tag Sitting in Spilt Ink in it on Twitter (@SpiltInkPress) for a chance to be featured on the site! 

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Photo Friday: Golden Dust

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Goo Goo Dolls concert banner Dizzy Up the Girl at Sheas Buffalo
On Publishing, Thoughts

First book launch leads to stress and success

It is easy to forget that our internal state is often projected outward, whether we want it to be or not.

Buffalo From A to Z book coverI launched my first book the weekend before last. As a young publisher, I’m ecstatic at the success of the event, but the lead up was stressful. I’m the director of marketing and publicity at Buffalo Heritage Press, and we launched our latest children’s title, Buffalo From A to Z, Come Take a Tour With Me, at the Goo Goo Doll’s show at Shea’s Perfoming Art’s Center in Buffalo, New York. The concerts were celebrating the Goo Goo Dolls’ 20th anniversary of the Dizzy Up the Girl album.

Why launch a children’s book at a rock concert? Well, Buffalo From A to Z is special. (Aren’t all of your books special when you’re in publishing?) The main character, Bob Uffalo, is a spunky little tour guide who takes kids on a tour around Buffalo, showing them the hotspots from A to Z. But it wouldn’t be a Buffalo book if it didn’t have the Goo Goo Dolls on the “G” page—betcha didn’t know they were from Buffalo!

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Word Wednesday: Obsidian

 

Word Wednesday_Obsidian_Spilt Ink Press_Sitting in Spilt InkThis Wednesday’s word is: Obsidian (noun)

ob·sid·i·an

/əb’sidēən,äb’sidēən

noun

a hard, dark, glasslike volcanic rock formed by the rapid solidification of lava without crystallization.

Did you know that obsidian is one of the stones used during Wiccan rituals on Halloween, or Samhain as witches refer to it?
Did you also know that H.R. Gordon is Wiccan?
Happy Samhain! Happy Halloween!

The Word Wednesday challenge? Use this in some form of your writing this week. Whether it’s a poem, short story, a chapter, or an article, slip this word in, and then tag Sitting in Spilt Ink in it on Twitter (@SpiltInkPress) for a chance to be featured on the site! 

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Sitting in Spilt Ink unveils new manifesto

I’ve been blogging at Sitting in Spilt Ink since I was 16. I’m 23 now. The blog has been dormant for some time now—almost a year. It started as an accident. I was overwhelmed with life and school, and I just didn’t make blogging a priority. But I didn’t have the motivation to blog either; it didn’t feel like there was a purpose behind it.

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Excuse the red tongue. I had a sore throat and was eating cough drops.

In the past year, I also had some complicated health issues that made really knocked Sitting in Spilt Ink off my priority list. While dealing with those issues, I was finishing my master’s in integrated marketing communications. I graduated in May, and I was the recipient of the award for excellence in my program. Soon after, I left an spent a month in Denver, Colorado, where I completed a graduate certification program in book publishing from the Denver Publishing Institute.

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How to write yourself down from a panic attack in six paragraphs

The feeling of my chest folding in on itself is familiar in a haunting way. It clenches the way that muscles flinch when something comes to close to your face—except it stays that way. There’s no immediate relief after you don’t get hit. There’s no sigh to release the tension.

The creature sneaks its way down the center of my body, spreading through my stomach. The roots seem to grab hold of whatever organ they can, squeezing as if I’m trying to rip it from my body. But the only violent one here is it. If you tug, it clings harder. Like Devil’s Snare, the more you fight, the worse it gets. Continue reading “How to write yourself down from a panic attack in six paragraphs”

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Thank you, Tom Petty

“You belong among the wildflowers. You belong in a boat out at sea.
Sail away, kill off the hours. You belong somewhere you feel free.”

Growing up, Tom Petty was a staple in my musical diet. His songs served as the perfect summer playlist—not that I didn’t play them year-round anyway. I guess as a student, summer has always meant a bit of relaxation to me, so that’s what I mean when I say Tom Petty’s music is the perfect summer playlist. I mean it is the perfect relaxation playlist. Even the upbeat songs have an everlasting chill vibe—a free vibe.

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Content consciousness and calm clarity

Today I treated myself to lunch at my favorite café in town.

I ordered a small pot of green apple green tea, a sweet ham and turkey panini with marion pickles, and a cup of she-crab soup. I sat near the door and welcomed in the chilly autumnal air that swept across my cheeks with the entrance and exit of customers.

With my cell phone on silent in my purse, I ate my meal slowly, savoring each bite and each moment of quiet reflection as I watched passerbys on the street.

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Photo Friday: The Midst of Winter

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Word Wednesday: Foreboding

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This Wednesday’s word is: Foreboding (noun) fearful apprehension; a feeling that something bad will happen (adjective) implying or seeming to imply that something bad is going to happen. 

The challenge? Use this in some form of your writing this week. Whether it’s a poem, short story, a chapter, or an article, slip this word in, and then tag Sitting in Spilt Ink in it on Twitter (@Spiltinkblog) for a chance to be featured on the site!