I know, I know. It’s been a month since I’ve been off WordPress. I guess now is as good a time as any to give you a small explanation and update about both me and Raw Earth Ink.
In Real Life…
The beginning of November my new house was (finally) finished, paperwork signed, and I’ve spent the last month moving out of the house I’ve rented for the last 5-1/2 years into the new house and then of course cleaning out the old place. Slightly hampered for a bit there by a bit of snow but overall, it’s been pretty smooth. And I love the house and the property. It’s not a lot, but this was an incredible opportunity for me and I am beyond blessed in it.
Also this last month, my boyfriend and I decided to say our vows soon-ish. I’m a bit of a neo-hippie of course so I won’t do the “official” government-authorized marriage thing… as I don’t believe government has any rights to “license” one’s relationship. But we’ll have a few friends and family members celebrate with us.
**slight rant incoming** Yeah. Normally I don’t share much of my actual real life online because it has very little to do with my writing. But the fact is, there are a few quite literally crazy people who read my blog (for some unknown reason which escapes me) who think I either have some relationship with a fellow blogger or wish I did. Sorry, that’s just not the case nor has it ever been. These individuals are ridiculous. I have for several years now dealt with so much psychological manipulation, depression, anxiety, and OCD-related PTSD-like symptoms due to one character in particular who made my life miserable on WordPress. Or rather, I let her influence my emotions and energy. At this point, it’s just ludicrous. I have protected her identity from those who have asked but I’ve decided I won’t anymore. Why have I been? It has done nothing positive for me and I’m done with her games. The other thorn in my paw is backstabbing from certain individuals and I’m not sure why, considering these are random bloggers who quite literally don’t know me and I don’t know them. So it seems petty at best.
Why say any of that above? Because I just don’t care anymore. I used to care about numbers and readership and my WHOLE PURPOSE of starting this blog was to share my thoughts and feelings as I work through… well, life in general. I just wanted to reach out and share and if a couple people along the way were touched emotionally or intellectually or inspirationally…. That was all I wanted.
Of course, by now the blog has morphed and grown and shrunk and (I think) improved over the months and years. My heart towards writing and creating art hasn’t changed. I love reading. I like writing. I love publishing. I don’t particularly care for the cliques and games and weirdos and such but I DO love the interactions, the conversations, and the inspiration. I have met some really, really great people here and honestly only a couple rotten eggs, as they say.
Fair enough. Alright so…
Okay. Moving on… what’s all this mean… well, I’m just not interested in whether I get 50 “likes” or 5 “likes” anymore. I wish I could get more traffic and improve interactions and comment quality. But I’m not into creating “content”… meaning writing just to make sure I’m posting often enough.
Also, (as a side note) it’s really disheartening to publish books which I agonize over for hours and hours, perfecting every page, promises from ‘readers’ that they will get a copy (of which none happen). It’s demoralizing. BUT, I somewhat recently had a change of heart about all that. See… I’m a writer. I’m an artist. That’s not going to change. So I’m going to keep doing that. Even if no one buys the book. Even if no one reads it, I’m going to keep creating. It’s the process that matters. The end result to ME.
How am I changing personally through writing? What lessons have I learned? Am I moving forward? These are the things I will keep asking myself.
That said, ‘tara caribou’ will continue writing and creating art in various media, just as I have been. Sometimes I’ll even share it. Stats be damned!
This is leading somewhere… I’m just sure of it.
Okay, so this post is getting long. Too long. What do the hip-kids say nowadays? TLDR?? Yeah, well, I’m going to write it anyway! Ha!
Raw Earth Ink. Guys, I’ve gotta say, I love publishing. I mean, publishing under my own company rather than for someone else. It brings me so much joy and happiness and satisfaction to do this. Like, I really, really enjoy doing it. I mean, I have the absolute privilege to work with some really great people. Every one of them super talented and just needing a little helping hand to see their dream come true. Wow. It feels so good and I’m proud of what I’m doing.
I’m hoping, going into the new year, now that my house-moving is done, to revamp the publishing company and website a bit. You’re going to see more from Raw Earth Ink than tara caribou because that’s where my passion lies right now.
Currently Raw Earth Ink accepts poetry books, short story collections (my personal favorite), and fiction (except horror or romance). Beginning in 2023, you’ll also start seeing work from my imprint Wild Badger Books which features children’s books, art, photography, and non-fiction.
Additionally, 2023 will be the start of several new Raw Earth Ink writing contests and awards which will include cash prizes for winners. More to come on that front!
I’m also happy to announce that my dear friend Candice Louisa Daquin, of thefeatheredsleep, will be joining me at Raw Earth Ink. I’ve worked with Candice several times, published her work in The Poets Symphony, and I respect and adore her. She’s a really wonderful person and I am delighted she wants to work with me!
Into the Future.
So there’s a lot on the horizon for me and I do hope you’ll stick around and support fellow writers, in word or deed. I’m excited for this next chapter (haha) in my life, both in real life and online. I’ve let go of the garbage that’s been weighing me down and it is onwards and upwards for me, ever growing and changing. Without which, I would stagnate, shrivel, and wither away!
Well, that’s it in a nutshell. At least for now. In 2023 you’ll be seeing another book from me (the art is being worked on as we speak!), also Brandon White’s third book, John A. Graser’s second book, emje mccarty’s first children’s book, Braeden Michaels first children’s book, Annette Kalandros’ first collection of poetry, G.M. Manzi’s second book, and Alex Gallo’s new thriller. All this and more!!
But before I go:
If you’ve made it this far with me: THANK YOU. No, really, Thank You. For realz. I honestly do appreciate you so, so much. Michael, Chris, Braeden, O.D., Jo, Candice, Haze, Jacob, Cassa, River (when you used to), Rob, Jay, Goldie, Matt, John… and on and on and on… so many great people… my heart is full with your friendship and kindness along the way.
Your friend and fellow blogger, tara