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©Karin Bole Tupper

©Karin Bole Tupper

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The Obligatory Closing Of The Old Year Post

Because… the obligatory ‘Year In Review’ post wasn’t nearly enough :p

I don’t do resolutions. My 2014 post mentions the very negative impact that resolutions have upon my inner teenager. Don’t even get me started on what they do to my inner two-year-old!

This has been a hard year for me. Like so many things in the real world, about one tenth of it makes it to written words that can be shared beyond my journal. There’s been catharsis and reconciliation, staggering losses and small soul-warming gains. There have been positive moves forward and arseholes who keep leaving their flaming dog shit at my door – figuratively speaking – I do live in a nice neighbourhood in my 3D world!

I think I’ll keep on as I am. This journey of the last three years has been enlightening in many ways. I feel the bonds of lifelong fears loosening. I’ve paid my dues and will not fall back into old patterns of pleasing and placating. I’ll live, learn and grow as I’m meant to, in good time and as the lessons and opportunities come.

For those of you who’ve been along for the ride, you have my thanks. I hope that you’ll be with me still in the coming year. There won’t be a big blog cleanup, no changes in posts, privacy and whatnot. We’re all different and as a terribly shy, wounded but walking, ADD/OCD, social introvert (it’s a thing – look it up), I’m not going to demand that you conform to my ideals, standards or bizarro quirks of interaction – don’t step on the carpet!! – Ha! Kidding.

I’m going to be here writing what I know and trying to be a friend as best I can in the Internet venue, a confidante to those who have or are walking the recovery road that I have and am, a writer that you like to see in your news feed and hopefully whose words sometimes strike a deep enough chord that you’re inspired to actually read them and not just expediently ‘like’. No resolutions, just me being me and accepting you as you.

May 2016 bring all of us the best it has to offer. May those things include health, happiness, peace and prosperity. If it can’t… let’s hope to hell we get a good story out of it!

With much love and gratitude for your continued support…

~ kei
31 December 2015

2015 in review

Last year at this time I wrote ‘It’s not called “Eclectic” for nuthin’!’ and that stands this year.

While I’m talking blogging and such; you can find my design and handmade posts over on Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl, my more explicit writing on Eclectic Unconfined and I have a few books for sale on Smashwords and Amazon (iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Etc.). Feel free to check ’em out.

My Facebook poetry page is: Everybody Has A Story and you can find me on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, Goodreads and all the usual hangouts. The green buttons just to the right there –> are where I’m at. Feel free to join me there.

Thank you to all of you who read here. It truly does mean a lot to me. I wish for all of you a 2016 that is filled with peace, love, health and joy. Cheers!

~ kei

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Hello Smashwords

Did you miss me?

Recently, Chris over at The Story Reading Ape shared a post about the new and improved Smashwords. The title caught my attention immediately. Smashwords? That clunky old platform where I began my e-publishing and from where I’d divorced myself about a year ago? I had to check it out. The original article was posted by Mark Williams – The International Indie Author.

Smashwords and I hooked up in 2012 but I was soon lured by Amazon’s suave demeanour and international élan. Juggling the two for myself and my coauthor as well as that whole Life thing, became too much. After ridding myself of the coauthor, a ceremonial burning of the ‘the stuff’ in the form of abandoning Smashwords and retiring the cowritten volumes followed. I never did this in real life – the distraught, teenager, tossing all her love letters into a fireplace thing – so I figured this was a good time to test its efficacy. It was alright. Ice cream and wine are better.

And so…

After reading the article, I decided last night in one of those four AM mental organizing and motivational ie: sleepless moments, that I would see if Smashwords had grown up, changed, improved and if it had, I’d give it a second chance. I might forgive that rake Amazon too, even though it was off wooing more popular gals.

To that end…

I’ve spent several hours reacquainting myself with the two and I’m happy to say that Smashwords and I have kissed and repubbed and Amazon and I have made a few changes to shake up our relationship.

I don’t often mention that I have books available. I figure if you read my Author page, you’ll see the links. However in the new and improved atmosphere at both platforms, I have dusted off three volumes that haven’t been available for a few years on Amazon and all my books have been pulled back out of the vaults at Smashwords. So here’s a big, fat, gold-edged invitation to check out my author profile at both sites, it’d make my day if you click the links below and follow, <3, like or whatever it is that one does there. If you happen to buy a book, I’d love if you’d let me know what you think.

~ kei
16 December 2015

KeiB on Smashwords and KeiB on Amazon and KeiB author page Goodreads

Designer Spotlight: Filigree by Karin Bole Tupper

Super stoked to be able to share this! I was interviewed two weeks ago and the e-magazine just published a few hours ago. Design is what keeps me away from poetry at times, so here’s what I generally keep over on my Geek blog.

I am so excited (thrilled, honoured, humbled) to have been a feature designer on today’s Berroco Designer Spotlight.

Ashley Palumbo, Social Media Director for Berroco Inc. contacted me a few weeks ago to conduct an interview. Ashley saw my “Filigree” scarf pattern, worked in Berroco “Folio” yarn and got in touch with me.

Please read the article at the link below. I think I’ll take myself out for a fancy coffee to celebrate! 🙂

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