Silver’s Book Reviews – “Life, Sex & Death – A Poetry Collection,” by David Ellis

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  • Title:  Life, Sex, and Death – A Poetry Collection (Vol 1)
  • Author: David Ellis
  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Self-Published by author
  • Publication Date: January 30, 2016
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  •  Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BB8XMW2
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Literature & Fiction, Poetry, Love Poems

*The author provided me with a copy of the book in return for an unbiased review which follows*

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In the words of the Author:

“A collection of poetry spanning a variety of themes, with the dominant ones being Love & Romance, Inspiration and Philosophical musings.

Life, Sex & Death represents David’s first full-length collection of emotional contemporary poetry that celebrates time-honored themes and finds new and interesting ways to present them.

His work is uplifting, sensual and at times tries to connect on some base instinct level with the reader.

His style is distinctly his own yet in these pieces David evokes and echoes the playful spirit of his poetic heroes such as Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Leonard Cohen, Cecil Day-Lewis and modern musical contemporaries such as Nick Cave, The Kills, Chris Cornell, Katy Perry and even Weird Al Yankovic (yes, really!) to name but a few all feed the elective vision and vibes of his work.

He aims for Life, Sex & Death to be a trilogy and a triumph for modern poetry, accessible to a large number of age groups and one worthy of taking pride of place on any bookshelf.

Find your favourite poem today, be it filled with seriousness or off-beat humour.”

My Recommendation:

This collection of poems is one man’s written philosophical journey through life. The book is divided into three sections – Love/Romance, Philosophical, and Inspirational. I could not help wondering if this was the way the author’s own life meandered on a path to wisdom and understanding. Each poem contained a story that seemed to capture a life moment and hold it in suspension as if waiting for us to read and share in the experience for the first time.

Life lessons abound in this collection of prose filled with poetic visions and worldly advice. One of my favorite poems was called, “Pride can be a Sword.” The words extol a virtue of forgiveness and confidence in your own life path. Most meaningful to me were these words, “…The lives touched now have purpose – face your fears…”

This is just one example of how David Ellis’ words reach out and grab you. His writing is down to earth and sometimes raw, exposing some welcome philosophical meanderings of my own.

Another favorite was called, “Modern Ragnarok.” For whatever reason this poem spoke and awakened something in the deep dark recesses of my mind. David Ellis writes:

“…Only the strongest tales survive

Built from foundations of flesh and bone

Azure oceans froth and writhe

Crashing wildly into the unknown

Bestowing a name to our pain

Ancient myths and prophecies

Retreating off this terrain

Fighting against past mistakes…”

Poetry and prose have a way of speaking to your heart and this is certainly the case with this collection. Sound and inflection are used to show a change in mood and to bring emphasis to meaning. It is the sound of the words, the alliteration, that always draws me in.

Of particular interest to me was the author’s love of acrostic poetry. This is where the first, last or other letters in a stanza spell out a particular word or phrase. David Ellis has created his own form which he lovingly calls his, “Acrostalyptica style,” which is evident in many of his works.

They say writing poetry frees your mind, and as a poet, you possess the creative ability to share your world reflections in a different light. This is what David Ellis’ style does. It leads the reader along as if telling a tale when in reality it is asking you to embrace your own experiences right along beside him.

The poetry of David Ellis is filled with empathy and compassion, wisdom and experience, all conspiring with your own emotions to bring you an insight you never had before. However, I also drew comfort, knowing David Ellis’ words shared in the joy and despair of life that we all experience. At times, I wondered if he read my mind.

I read these poems in a series of weeks, a few each night. The words are written to ponder and enjoy. Take your time and wander through life with David Ellis. I enjoyed the ride!

My Rating

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 4
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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David Ellis

About David Ellis

I’ve collaborated with poets internationally and edited poetry for a variety of people who constantly praise me for helping them to improve the flow and rhythm of their pieces.

My weapon of choice is humour and I use it as often as possible, as it gets me out of trouble. Think of me like the thriller genre in that I am fast paced, relentless and impossible to put down! I reside in Tunbridge Wells, Kent in the UK.

My website http://toofulltowrite.com contains creative advice for budding novelists and writers.

Make certain to connect with David through his Twitter @TooFullToWrite and Facebook at David Ellis (Toofulltowrite)

Thanks for stopping by to meet David!

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Understanding YA, NA and MG – A Writers Bible

GREAT information from Sacha Black on the differences in YA, NA, and MG – A Writer’s Bible! ❤

Sacha Black

YA NA MGOne of the most salientmemories I havefrom childhood, was the desire to grow up. I was like the oppositeof Peter Pan. I couldn’t get old fast enough.

Sixteen was this magical creature where suddenly I would be grown up and allowed to do lots of things. I’d be a ‘real’ teenager. Sixteen came and went, and then eighteen arrived and before I blinked I was twenty-one. By the time I was twenty-five, I realised I’d made a heinousfucking mistake.

Adulthood is the equivalent ofbeing slapped daily with a decomposing Kipper infested with rabies. My life was filled with a suburban nightmare, bills, a work monotony that could make paint drying seem like the Oscars and a side order of fuck my life.

Peter Pan syndrome rapidly kicked in. I wanted to be a child forever. I rebelled against the rules, had a bit of a break down, got very fucking…

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The Seasons – Hugh’s Photo Challenge

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For this week’s photo challenge from Hugh’s Views and News, who is being hosted by the ever fabulous, Ronovan, of Ronovan Writes, we are to show what “Season” means to us.

Want to join the fun? Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which, for you, depicts Group.
    2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – “Group”
    3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
    4. Create a *pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section below so that other participants can view the post.

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.

*As Pingbacks have not been working on WordPress over the last few weeks, Hugh asks that we please leave a link to our post in the comments section so he and other participants can view the post. 

I love the four seasons and that is one of the reasons we moved from Florida to Colorado… I know one extreme to another. It does make for some interesting weather, though! Here is a quick pick of the seasons as I have know them the last couple of years!

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Winter

This is a photo of our oak tree last November. It was our first Colorado blizzard. (This tree has no signs of growth this spring. I believe it has passed on to the great tree heaven up above)

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My granddaughter’s Azalea – first spring bloom in Florida

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Summer in Montana – a gently rolling stream back in the woods

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Fall in Colorado – Better pictures coming this year!

Here’s to hoping for a fabulous day where ever you are! TGIF!

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The Drafts Your Novel Needs (and Why You Probably Won’t Use a Single Word of Your First Draft!) – ProWritingAid

I feel joy! There is hope for me! Great information about how many drafts your novel needs! ❤

The way I draft is an extension of the way I approach novel planning as a whole – which is to start with a simple concept and then add more and more detail until I have a fairly comprehensive outline.With drafting that means starting with a rough outline and slowly fleshing it out and adding detail, tweaking, and weaving until it is finished, polished prose. I try to approach each draft with different priorities in mind so I can focus on tackling particular elements of story-telling at each stage while setting aside other aspects for later so I don’t get bogged down trying to do too much at once.In this article, I give details about the objective I assign to each draft, how I prepare for that draft (i.e. what I do in advance) and then the technique I use when actually writing it. I’ve also added a very rough guide to projected timescales and a bullet point summary of each stage.

Source: The Drafts Your Novel Needs (and Why You Probably Won’t Use a Single Word of Your First Draft!) – ProWritingAid

Awaiting Spring – A Haiku

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The RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #94 words are: “Diamonds & Pearls.”

The poetic opportunities presented by these two words are endless. The most logical assumption is that “diamonds and pearls” are a girl’s best friend! At least we can all hope.

For me, it is really hard not to link these words without a romantic notion slipping into my thoughts. Instead, I will concentrate on the arrival of spring to the Rocky Mountains. It has to be coming soon… I am told the magic day is Mother’s Day!

On my daily walk today with Sugar and Spice, I felt the cold fingers of the north wind blowing down from the towering mountains into the plains far below. I shivered and watched as black clouds billowed and formed taking turns hiding the sun. I can tell rain is coming, and that is a good thing.

Colorado Spring Time

Snow diamonds gleam –

beneath the pearly moonbeams,

spring still has not sprung.

Happy Day

Silver is still waiting for spring!

DESCRIPTIVE THESAURUS COLLECTION – WRITERS HELPING WRITERS™

This is just too GOOD not to share. ❤

Below are samples of our current thesaurus collections, containing hundreds of descriptive entries to help you add texture and authenticity to your writing. For the fully developed version of each collection, please visit their permanent home, One Stop For Writers.   … Continue reading →

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Day Whadeveritis ~ BALANCE AND CHANGE

Some amazing thoughts on balance and change. This is the work of an artist! ❤

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CHANGE AND BALANCE

BALANCE AND CHANGE

April 27th, 2016

(I hope this isn’t a Flowers for Algernon day…)

4-27-16 Balance coupled with Change is the answer to everything. I realized this today!

I understand it all today. I hope I still understand everything tomorrow. I’m going to write everything down, just in case.

Every, single thought sequence in this blog post could have a book written about it. Yeah… it’s THAT deep!  😀

I have done no editing. This is pure stream of consciousness stemming from this morning’s epiphany. Sorry… try not to smack me around too much.

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Balance coupled with Change is the answer to everything.

Life is our ongoing attempt to balance our atoms while maintaining the balance of the Universe’s atoms.

We cannot save this planet, for change is the nature of all things. That being said, we’re certainly not doing much to help.

I could…

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#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “ARTIST or ART”

Hi, everybody! It’s that time again! Time to get your quote selected so you can come up with a creative story, poem, or whatever else you would like to share about your quote.

Ronovan is in charge this week and he chose the theme of:

ART or ARTIST

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Please make sure to link to Ronovan’s post HERE. Here is my contribution for this week on the theme of “artist.”

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As a writer, I felt like I understood this quote by Edgar Degas because through my choice of words I am able to paint a picture in the minds of my readers. My work becomes my art, and writing is my craft. So I must ask you… Do you think of yourself as an artist?

I must be frank and say that I never thought of myself in that way before. The more I considered the word artist and what it meant, the stranger it felt rolling off my tongue. So, I looked the word up to make sure I understood the depth of meaning the word, “artist” holds for us as writers.

Dictionary.com says an artist is:

  1. A person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria. A person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria.
  2. A person who practices one of the fine arts (a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor, graphics, and architecture. Especially a painter or sculptor).
  3. A person whose trade or profession requires knowledge of design, drawing, painting, etc.: a commercial artist.
  4. A person who works in one of the performing arts, as an actor, musician, or singer; a public performer: a mime artist; an artist of the dance.
  5. A person whose work exhibits exceptional skill.
  6. A person who is expert at trickery or deceit: He’s an artist with cards.
  7. Obsolete. An artisan.

painter-4165_1280Each one of these definitions explains that being an artist involves creativity and the use of your hands, but does not really apply to being a writer. If you are a painter or sculptor your craft is easy to define because of the visual context of your work. I was even able to grasp the fact that if you are an actor or musician your ability requires the knowledge of performing and the skill involved in playing a musical instrument. I know many photographers that qualify as artists. They have the art of composition and subject matter down to a science.

How does writing fit into the definition of an artist? Are you a writer/artist the minute you put the pen to paper or your fingers to the keyboard? Are you an artist only if you get paid for your writing? What happens if your writing is horrible and you don’t get paid? How about if you self-publish an e-book? Does that make you an artist? How can that be the connection when the world is filled with starving writing/artists?

If you think about it, artists tend to create something out of nothing. They take a blank canvas or lump of clay and make it into something they envisioned. They pour their blood, sweat, and tears into their creation. Artists live through their art.

When I look at a painting, I think to myself, an artist did that. I marvel at the colors and the brush techniques and wish I could accomplish such a thing of beauty. I do not possess the skill to paint. I can see the colors and the dimensions in my head but I can’t get my hands to put them on paper for me.

In comparison, if you give me some crochet thread, a crochet hook, and a pattern, I can create a work of art in the form of a doily. I know, it’s an old-fashioned craft that has fallen out of favor. Nevertheless, it is a skill and a craft where I used my hands to create something.

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SO… are writers artists? Yes. I do believe writers are artists. Even though writing and art are subjective to the person experiencing the particular piece of work, if you make a connection to that person, I believe you are an artist. I suppose it can be said that an unfavorable connection does not necessarily mean you are not an artist. Maybe it is that “spark of connection” that defines a piece of work as “art.” Art must generate a feeling or reaction in order to be recognized as art.

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Writers create something out of nothing. It is their creative imagination and spirit that appear on that first blank page and lead us into worlds that only exist in the artistic recesses of their minds. A true “ARTIST” (writer) makes you believe their vision. Writers help us to see the world in a different view from our own.

I don’t know if I will ever consider myself an artist, although I do believe writers are artists when they generate reactions to their work. Maybe it all goes back to being recognized for your writing talent. When the connection is made to the reader, you know you are an artist.

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What do you think?

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Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Artist”

Welcome to the  open call for anyone who will dare to share what they care with all the others in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge.” Been here before? Click HERE to skip to Example and Challenge.

To see all the Entries from last week for “Mystery” click HERE for the links in the comments of last weeks Challenge Post.

Brought to you by the ever lovely goddess of the fairies and silver tress polish, Colleen, right here on SilverThreading.com, and myself, the truly, the madly, the deeply, writer of romance, Ronovan of Ronovan Writes, and those other sites mentioned in the image below. (I have no other life than writing. Seriously.)

Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge

A quick reminder, use #WQWWC on Twitter and some of us might be able to retweet you. It’s not a must, just a suggestion.

This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot! Want some wisdom on how to get people to perhaps click on your post more often? Check out my blog sometime today and I’ll give you the low down, or as my Ghana friend used to say, the ‘down low’.

Each week we will include a theme  for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional. The point here is to create and share.

It’s an Odd Week number so that means I’m the host. Hmm, I wonder if Silver did that on purpose. “Oh, Ronovan, I’ll go first so we see how it runs.” Mhmm.

So what do you do?

You select a quote that inspires you based on the THEME. Then use the quote in or as the title of:

  • A short piece of flash fiction
  • An original piece of poetry
  • Photography that ACCURATELY interprets your quote
  • And remember you can place your poetry on images as well to enhance the impact of your message.

Are you ready to join in? Where do you get these quotes? Where do you make these images?

Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer, Picmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Each Wednesday, we will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Tuesday night to share your creativity inspired by a quote. We will share your posts on social media for added exposure.

Each week, we will include a link to the previous week’s post so that you can go to the links and comments to see all the inspiration that was generated.

Please copy the badge at the top of the post and include it on your own post. Tag your post on your own blog as “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post
do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

Make sure to check our weekly prompt to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

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This week’s theme is about:

“Artist”

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“An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.” – Langston Hughes
“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” – JFK
“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” – Charles Horton Cooley

I look at being a writer as being an artist. If someone reviews my book and says they can see or feel what I am writing about, then I know I  have accomplished my goal. I created something they are able to connect with the same way as some are able to connect with paintings. I write to be visual as if you are watching a scene from a movie. Writing is my art.

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Thanks for stopping by to be part of our new writing challenge. I know you will love how your creativity flows! Visit my offering this week at the link below if you would like to.

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