Poetry, Writing

Hold to the Rhapsody

My most recent submission for #PBF (Poetry Battle Friday) hosted by J.D. Greyson over on Twitter. This weeks topic/word was RHAPSODY.

If you are on Twitter come join us and give J.D. and myself a follow. It is a great community of poets and writers who support and encourage one another.

#LiveYourDreams

Here is the original post on Twitter and the video response from J.D. โค

P.S. – Have a nice day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Grief, Life, Writing

Reckoning…

As I navigate the publishing waters and my upcoming #memoir I find myself often at the edge of this proverbial cliff wondering if I truly have the wings to fly.

The doubts assail me that my story, the good and bad, the pretty and ugly will soon all be out there for everyone to see (read.) Not to mention is it any good and does anyone really want to hear my story. Will it make a difference? To just one?

To paraphrase lyrics from the TSO song Epiphany – when you stand at the edge of a cliff and your mind wonders if you should take one more step.

Your mind often says you won’t but your heart says you might. #Quote #Motivation #LiveYourDreams

I am choosing to take that step, into the unknown and a future that is fraught with fear but also the possibilities. Touch one life and you just may touch the world, ripples ya know!

PS – I will be revealing the cover of my memoir ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™—๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐˜ผ๐™ง๐™š ๐™‰๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐˜พ๐™ง๐™ฎ next Tuesday, July 27 here on WordPress and across all my other social media accounts, watch for it!

Now go and #LiveYourDreams๐Ÿ‘Š




Grief, Writing

Memoir Teaser! Interior title page, Part 3 -Redeeming the Future

Title page, Part 3 โ€“ Redeeming the Future from my upcomingย #memoirย โ€˜๐ถ๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ฆ๐‘  ๐ด๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ก ๐‘†๐‘ข๐‘๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐ถ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ.โ€™

I recently sat late in the evening watching my beautiful wife crying while reading an early copy of my upcoming book. I love her heart and I am blessed. I can’t wait for you to read it also, for it is a story of hope and healing. The cover design has been approved and the book will be published later this summer.

It chronicles my journey of carrying grief and healing while navigating personal and societal expectations around men and grief. Though it is written from a man’s perspective, ladies I encourage you to read it also and recommend it to the men in your life.

How can you support the book when it launches?

  1. Buy the book (hardcopy and e-book), read the book and share on social media, post a review on Amazon, Goodreads etc.
  2. Buy the book (hardcopy and e-book), read the book and share on social media.
  3. Buy the book (hardcopy and e-book).

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement!ย ~Mark (Exodus 15:3)

To view my post aboutย Part 1 โ€“ Reconciling the Pastย clickย here.

To view my post about Part 1 – Embracing the Present click here.

God, Life

A Wicked Question

We claim to love, we claim to care, and we claim to… well, whatever it is.

And if we are honest with ourselves how often do we fail?

I know in my case I find myself loving others how I think they should and need to be loved assuming it is all good and right. Do I ever ask them?

And what about God? I often run around trying to please him when maybe all he wants is for me to spend time with him?

Now go and learn what this means:

โ€˜I desire compassion, rather than sacrifice,โ€™

for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.โ€

Matthew 9:13 NASB2020

#LoveLanguage #LiveYourDreams

Grief, Writing

Memoir Teaser! Interior title page, Part 2 -Embracing the Present

Title page, ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐Ÿฎ – ๐—˜๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ from my upcoming #memoir ‘๐ถ๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ฆ๐‘  ๐ด๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ก ๐‘†๐‘ข๐‘๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐ถ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ.’

“๐‘ป๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’Š๐’” ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š, ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’š, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’†…”

A journey of carrying grief and healing while navigating personal and societal expectations around men and grief. Currently in the cover design phase and to be published later this summer.

How can you support the book when it launches?

  1. Buy the book (hardcopy and e-book), read the book and share on social media, post a review on Amazon, Goodreads etc.
  2. Buy the book (hardcopy and e-book), read the book and share on social media.
  3. Buy the book (hardcopy and e-book).

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement! ~Mark (Exodus 15:3)

“๐‘ป๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’Š๐’” ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š, ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’š, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’†…” #Memoir #CowboysAreNotSupposedtoCry #Men #Grief #MentalHealth

To view my post about Part 1 – Reconciling the Past click here.

Grief, Stories, Writing

My Memoir is Coming! Interior title page, Part 1 -Reconciling the Past

Title page of ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐Ÿญ- ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ from my upcoming #memior ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™—๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐˜ผ๐™ง๐™š ๐™‰๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐˜พ๐™ง๐™ฎ’.

My story of carrying grief and healing while navigating personal and societal expectations around men and grief.

Currently in the cover design phase, stay tuned and sign up for my mailing list for more updates!

#LiveYourDreams

How can you support the book when it launches?

  1. Buy theย book (hardcopy and e-book), read the book and share on social media, post a review on Amazon, Goodreads etc.
  2. Buy the book (hardcopy and e-book), read the book and share on social media.
  3. Buy the book (hardcopy and e-book).

Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement! ~Mark (Exodus 15:3)