This is How We Do It!

Photo Alt text: Stems of lavender on pink background. Quote text overlay: “Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.” – Alice Walker

That’s a wrap! 3-5-21

It’s Friday! Huzzah 🙌🏾 Another week down. We did it.

Lots of story and project ideas popped up for me this week. I wrote them down and started on one I’m extremely excited about!

The urgency to create and produce has come upon me in such a way this week. It’s flared my anxiety with time. There’s never enough time it seems. The What Ifs started knocking at me. Then the doubts. #TheStruggleIsReal😔

Somehow I keep on keeping on. Maybe that’s why I’m so proud of my work. Maybe that’s why I cant shut my mouth about this poetry collection. Writing was just a thought one day in Mrs. Ramey’s English class. Now it’s a way to say something, feel, represent! #WritingIsTheWay #WritingIsEverything

Anyway…

Event scheduling continues for This is Not About Love #TINAL. I GOT CONFIRMATION this week that a writer/creator I absolutely adore and respect will host me in conversation. I feel so honored that they are making time for me and my collection of poems! More details on who and when coming soon but it’s 🤫 for now.

This week also had me thinking about writing advice and information. I enjoy talking about writing, process, and the act of creating. I don’t necessarily like the way people try to take advice as one-size-fits-all gospel. I do feel like I have some fresh thoughts on writing so I’m going to roll out some videos soon to share those thoughts. 👍🏾

That’s it for the week! I hope you all get to do something fun this weekend. Eat something really delicious and take a nap. 💜

UPCOMING EVENTS:

BLF PRESS Presents:

Krystal A. Smith in conversation with DeMisty D.Bellinger. April 10th 6pm to 7:30pm EDT Email info@blfpress.com to register

Late Post

(Featured post image by Gaelle Marcel Unsplash 2019)

#WednesdayNightWrite

Went to virtual writing group tonight even though it’s been such a long time. Feeling welcomed and encouraged is such a balm any time, but especially now when we are all working through so much. Grateful for that! 🙏🏾💜

Managed to put 914 words on the page. I’m absolutely going to celebrate that! Whoohoo! 🥳 And double Whoohoo Whoohoo🥳 because this new project is outside my comfort zone. Completely different from my SpecFic or my poetry collection This is Not About Love coming out April 6th!

My cat – Tiny Cat- was asleep during my writing session so she, rightfully, had to attack my headphones 🎧 once she awoke.

The calm after the storm. Headphones belong to Tiny Cat now 😅

Show yourself some love and get some rest. Good night, y’all!

#ThrowBack

Hey Wordsmiths! Are you working hard or hardly working? I’m not gonna answer…Plausible deniability, ya know what I’m saying! 😅

I might not be working all that hard, but I am time traveling with the help of photos today. It’s wild to be able to look at a moment from the past and remember a smell, a feeling, a thought.

Like this pic from college. I was studying and using a friend’s laptop. My friend Will is out of frame to my right with his long legs stretched out. This apartment was always cold and noisy with neighbors stomping back and fourth.

Throwback to studying in a drafty apartment at Appstate Univ.

And here writing/revising at Scuppernong Books here in Greensboro during Come Write In. I remember the smell of cider and coffee mingling together, people chatting, and light music playing. Makes me miss face-to-face community events.

Come Write In at Scuppernong Books

Traveling to events for readings and meeting other writers is one of the perks being a writer. These pictures remind me of the excitement of arriving, the jitters before reading, and the laughs with readers and fellow writers.

OutWrite 2016, DC
Malaprops Bookstore 2018, Asheville

Ahhhh the memories! They’re all coming back to me! 🤗

I think writing creates memories in the same way looking at photos can bring you back to them. In my upcoming poetry collection This is Not About Love I use memories to create and connect to moments that need resolution, release, or righting. Memories aren’t always fun, uplifting periods of the past, but they can often affect our future. Bringing this to light is paramount to growth and real healing.

This Is Not About Love out April 6th 2021

Impromptu Poetry Reading

Last Tuesday I hopped on the mic (in my living room) and did an impromptu reading from my soon to be released poetry collection This is Not About Love from BLF Press

I’m still new to recording and video (it’s amazing the things “smart” phones can do) but I think I did alright.

This is Ode to Joy.

Krystal A. Smith (me) reading Ode to Joy from my new collection This is Not About Love available for preorder at BLF Press. Release date 4-6-21.

It feels so good to share this poem. Even though 2020 was difficult and so much is still changing I have much to be joyful about.

I hope this piece gives you a little lift. And I hope you’ll check out my collection. Click here to preorder.

That’s a Wrap! 2-12-21 ❤️

Finally! It’s the weekend!

Hey there Wordsmiths! I hope you’ve all had a good week! I made it through unscathed so I’m certainly not complaining. Especially since my request for vacation was APPROVED! ✔️

I ordered a couple of books Tuesday (I know, I know, but I NEED them). #TreatYourself 💅🏾

photo by Suad Kamardeen on Unsplash

I also virtually attended Carolina Poets poetry reading on Thursday and that was such a rejuvenating experience.

Galleys for #ThisIsNotAboutLove arrived this week and I’m absolutely smitten! Re-reading the poems in this collection I felt the flow, the energy, the healing all come back just as I felt it while writing. I think there is something in these pages for everyone.

Pre-order info can be found here on the BLF Press website. Readings and events are being scheduled too. I’m so ready to read and perform these poems for you.

This is Not About Love galleys

Valentines Weekend is here and I’m prepped and giddy with anticipation for Valentine’s activities starting tonight! I’m writing gratitude lists, crafting, reading #romance, sipping fizzy beverages and snacking in between naps. I’m celebrating the love I have for myself this year and the love I share with friends and community. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Until next time ✌🏾

#MondayMinute

10 Things about the upcoming release This Is Not About Love

Hey Wordsmiths! Happy Monday! I hope your V-day weekend was super sweet!

It’s well past lunchtime over here so I encourage you to eat something if you haven’t already. And enjoy these tasty tidbits a/b my upcoming poetry collection. Here we go:

1. I adore these poems! No question. Ask any writer what an accomplishment that is.

2. Exactly 2 of these poems were previously accepted by journals/mags but had to be pulled cos folks didn’t wanna ack right 🙃

3. One of the poems was first written while I was in undergrad at Appstate.

4. One poem mixes both English et française.

5. Parentheticals prove extremely important in this collection.

6. I tried my hand at a duplex after a Jericho Brown online class and Yaaas!! 👌🏾👏🏾

7. There are 3 previously published pieces in this collection.

8. I try my best to evoke time, and place in these poems.

9. These poems are about you! Yes, YOU!

10. I’ll be in conversation w/DeMisty D. Bellinger on April 10th (info below) and I hope you’ll join us to talk This is Not About Love. Get a copy here from BLF Press

Weekly Wrap Up! 2-5-21

It feels special to make it all the way to the end of the week with minimal hiccups! I am grateful! I was present and deliberate this week. I like that I can acknowledge that.

(Image by Amador Loureiro (Unsplash) Desktop calendar with uplifting message that reads: “Life is short. Do stuff that matters.” )

I did have to let a few folks know I wasn’t the one to mess with, play with, or involve in their pettiness! That felt good too. I got a rush! LOL! Don’t start nun, won’t be nun, okay.

Writing is coming in spurts. I did start a new piece Monday and reviewed a draft for a writing buddy. #Community #AmWriting

Good snacks were within reach all week. Tasty-good, mostly; some healthy-good. I hit my water goals too! 🍟

The Nerd/mail junky in me got excited every time my phone pinged with an email. It was me, y’all. I sent myself several email reminders throughout the week! 🙂

I got to bed early 3 nights this week. I know that made a difference. Sleep is my friend! Halleloo! 🛌

Galleys for This is Not About Love are on the way! #BLFPress #PoetryCollection #Yaaas

Oof! Google photos got me with a memory from a couple years ago. A picture of me in the sun smiling, flirting with the camera. It held my attention because I recognized in the photo I was falling in love then. The glow, the smile, the light in my eyes. I was radiant. It dawned on me I haven’t seen that woman in a while. I think I will again though. ❤

Issue 2 of my lit journal Inkwell Black came out this week to great success. Check it out here.

I hope you’ve had a good week as well. Enjoy your weekend. Do something you enjoy. Show yourself all the love.

February! This is the New(ish) Year!

Hey hey Wordsmiths
I used January as a test run of sorts. I wasn’t sure about anything coming into 2021. But I’m here rocking it and doing the best I can. I’m ready to start the year for real for real now.

February has good stuff in store. First off Happy Black History Month! Your Black is beautiful, worthy, and so loved! Know that! Believe it! Remind yourself as often as you need to. You are LOVED 🥰
And speaking of love can you feel it crackling all around? I can! Valentine’s Day especially is going to be different this year for many reasons. Hopefully you’re being careful and not gathering in swarms but still manage to get the affection you need. I am channeling all the LOVE my way! Friendship love, writing community love, and yes, romantic love too. Shoot, I need my ankles massaged like the next woman ☺️ lol

I’ve got lots of projects in the works this year to both use my creativity and to keep from spiraling. I’m going to keep things up-to-date so we all know what’s going on!

Here’s to the newish year and all things joy (cos we absolutely deserve joy)! Stay warm and healthy and be kind to yourselves.