Virtual Blog Tour – The WordPress Express.

First of all, I would like to thank Neha for featuring me on the Virtual Blog Tour (VBT). It’s such an honor, especially because her work is very creative and truly inspiring; If you are looking for a blogger who’s not only consistent but provides diverse content you should check out her blog as soon as possible. Here is the link http://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/

The usual formula for the VBT is to feature three bloggers, and this is not easy considering there are a lot of talented writers to be found here. At this point, many bloggers I know had already been featured, as a result I only had two people to feature for the VBT:

 

BenjaminSolak  : Are you looking for  motivation or words that will give you zeal to conquer the day? well BenjaminSolak is the blogger for that. His work makes you think about life overall and overcoming obstacles that hinder our day-to-day lives. He also puts a lot of work into his posts, and that is something I’ve always enjoyed about his blog.

 

Krista’s Blog : Krista is a very honest blogger, always relaying her thoughts and emotions about the world as she sees it. Her blog provides a new perspective to writing that I haven’t seen in others and I believe that helps her stand out. She devotes her heart to poetry and makes it no secret that she loves writing. Check out her blog, there is a lot of interesting content to be found.

 

Now the following are questions I’m supposed to answer relating to my writing process, this should be interesting. 🙂

 

1.) What am I working on?

At the moment I’m working on quite a number of projects. In my last post I mentioned the short-novel I’m writing titled Broken Pieces; the first chapter will be released soon. I’m also working on a set of poems with my friends, I’ve been looking to collaborate with as many people as possible over the coming months. This is in an effort to explore different styles of writing; I’ve always believed that I can learn something new by writing with someone else. (side note: me and ‘a very special someone’ are planning to collaborate on an entire anthology in the later future)

 

2.) How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

I believe my work to be a part of me. Every time I write something it has to link with actual events that occur in my life. I might write about the moon, the sea or the sun, but an aspect of that will always relate to something happening in my life.  The link might be in one sentence, but one thing is for certain, it always has to be there.

 

3.) Why do I write/create what I do?

I write because I like the thought of someone else reading my piece and enjoying it. I especially love putting a little twist and witnessing the reactions that follow. I always want to think of something original; to make people think in a way they haven’t before. In the end, what mainly drives me to write is the joy it brings; my best form of escapism.

 

4.) How does your writing creative process work? 

I usually brainstorm titles, no matter how dumb they might sound. From there I take the one I find interesting and leave the rest for later. My drafts are always hand-written, I enjoy having a tangible copy of my work at all times. If I don’t brain-storm titles I write what comes to mind, sometimes it works on the first shot; but sometimes, well, an editing marathon ensues.

 

 

And that’s all ladies and gentlemen, thank you for taking the time to read this VBT, it means a lot. Please check out the featured bloggers when you have the time. Enjoy the rest of your day. 🙂

 

 

-Dante

 

Broken Pieces

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I’m pleased to say I’ve made significant progress with my short novel, Broken Pieces. Like any other serious writer, I’ve put a lot of thought into the content. I’ve been working on this story for a long while, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. For those who have been wondering about my art, I actually designed this logo myself; It was only after I had covered most of the ground-work for the story.

The first chapter will be published soon;  It’s the first story I plan to post on my blog with chapters being published at periodic intervals.

 

-Dante

 

P.S : A separate category will be added for those who want to follow the story.

 

 

A Kiss From The Mist

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Good fortune finds us

When we rarely expect it

Sometimes

All it takes

Is one moment,

Thought,

Or Instance,

To change the tide.

 

A kiss from heaven

Giving pure motivation,

Gracefully providing

Imagination

To think out of the box

And surprise

Where possible.

 

Example

Imagine waves moving,

Against the wind.

Walking

And sleeping,

On the sun.

A domino effect,

In reverse.

 

Mind-blowing

Jaw-dropping events,

Impossible in nature

But nice to think about.

 

-Dante

 

 

 

 

Virtual Blog Tour – The Stars And The Journey

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I will be honest, I was a bit hesitant to do this tour when Belsbor first told me about this…the reason was, I did not quite know if there was any process to my writing and  if I could do justice to this tour; however, after giving it some thought, I came to a conclusion that this was unique and something I had not done before, so getting out of my comfort zone, I was honoured and grateful to accept this from Belsbor. You can see his Virtual Blog Tour (VBT) Here: http://belsbror.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/genuine-gems/

Belsbor is a versatile blogger, showcasing posts ranging from poetry, to short stories and  life events.  He is also a great influence and a motivator for  new, experienced and somewhere in between bloggers (like myself)  here at wordpress. If you have not seen his blog yet, I suggest you do so now as you are certainly missing out!

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By the window (collaboration)

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By the window

Yearning for the rainbow

The sky’s very own

Vision of artistry

-Dante

 

 

My contribution to a collaborative poem by Neha from the blog, ForgottenMeadows

http://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/calling-all-poetscreative-minds-by-the-window/

 

 

I was supposed to have posted this earlier but never got to it, better late than never. 🙂

 

 

By the moonlight (collaboration)

Sharing a piece

With the moon

Writing letters

Of what I feel for you

 

My friend’s rays

Reflecting off ink soaked paper

Letters shimmering

The moon highlighting

Its approval

Of what it believes to be the best parts

All of it.

 

-Dante

 

My contribution to a collaborative poem by Neha from the blog, ForgottenMeadows

http://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/calling-all-poetscreative-minds-writing-letters-by-the-moonlight/comment-page-1/#comment-3975

 

If you liked this piece try checking out my other poem Whispers to the Moon

Pale Edge

Letting you in my mind

Tell me what you find.

 

I’ve had a lot of friends

Relationships

With their fair share of bends.

 

Black and white

Sundering deeds

Colors that rarely meet.

 

Indeed

Emotions, at times

Synonymous with peaceful

The days

Of being on the drama filled front-line

Long gone.

 

Staying low,

Like a soldier gone prone

Intentions, ever clear

Like corporate windows.

 

Many keep a line of trust

Never to be breached

I respect that.

 

But guess what

I actually kept two

Until I found you.

 

-Dante

Breathing Room – A Portal to the Mind Palace.

Daily Prompt: An extra room has magically been added to your home overnight. The catch: if you add more than three items to it, it disappears. How do you use it?

 

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I’ve always wanted a room filled with absolutely nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I love furniture and all it has to offer, but sometimes, I want to be in an environment that reminds me of absolutely nothing. No pictures, no chairs, no colour patterns, just plain white. A space in which I can lie down on the floor and meditate, provided the room is sound-proof.

The reason for this is quite simple, at times when I’m alone I like to close my eyes and picture myself in certain places. Sometimes I’ll be by a waterfall, sometimes I’ll be in the desert, it provides escapism. However, I never feel fully immersed, because when i’m in my room and I start trying to clear my mind *BAM!* someone slams a door in the next room, or someone screams and hinders my concentration.

This extra room would be perfect, I enter, close the door, and sit (yes, on the floor). I wouldn’t have to worry about noise or any other hindrances. From what I hear, if you concentrate long enough you can tap into the part of your brain that stores your memories, among other things. This magic room, would be the perfect instigator to such an achievement in my point of view.

The portal, to my Mind Palace.

 

-Dante

 

The Daily Post – Breathing Room

 

Taking a Risk.

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

 

–Wayne Gretzky

Calling All Poets/Creative Minds – By the window

A collaboration of creative minds. Thank you again for this opportunity forgottenmeadows. Check out her blog at forgottenmeadows

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Hi Everyone,

I thought I would do a collaboration with you all…  Or you can also use it as a prompt if you want  for your own piece. If you wish to add to this piece please leave your part in the comment section. I will keep it open for three days and I will add whatever I get in the order I get them to the poem. If I don’t get anything this will be a stand alone but I hope some of you will give it a try 🙂

Update: I got some contributors yay! I will keep adding the contributions in different colours and list the name of each contributor ( in the same colour as their contribution)at the bottom of the piece.  I am absolutely loving how this is going so far…will update as I get more up to the third day! 🙂 🙂 Thank you…

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