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Words from a Reader
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Thursday, September 21, 2023
Redhawk Publications Unveils Mary Ricketson's Collection,
"Stutters - A Book of Hope"
Hickory, NC - Redhawk Publications announces the release of Mary Ricketson's ninth poetry book, "Stutters - A Book of Hope." This collection marks Ricketson's third collaboration with Redhawk Publications, offering readers a revealing glimpse into her personal journey.
Mary Ricketson, a seasoned writer and poet, shares her early struggles with stuttering, baring her soul and presenting herself as a vulnerable yet resilient woman. She invites readers into her world, illuminating the empowering nature of her experiences.
Reflecting on her lifelong passion for writing, Ricketson remarks, "All my life, I've expressed myself through fragments of words and snippets of stories. I remember winning a plane ticket and luggage through an essay contest during my high school years. Although I did not stand out as a writer in college, I have dedicated the past three decades to writing seriously. Writing has been my refuge since childhood, a way to navigate my severe stutter. In my early 40s, I realized that writing was an essential part of my being."
"Stutters - A Book of Hope" represents a departure from Ricketson's previous works, delving deep into her personal history. Initially hesitant to explore her stuttering journey through poetry, she found herself drawn to the subject, even when she sought to avoid it. Through her evocative verses, Ricketson captures the struggle, the darkness, and ultimately, the joy that emerges from embracing one's unique experiences. Each poem serves as a testament to her spirit and resilience.
Acquisitions Editor Patty Thompson, speaking about the decision to publish Ricketson's manuscript, expressed her admiration, saying, "When I heard Mary read a few of her poems at an open mic event, I was captivated. The raw emotion in her words left an impression on me. It was clear that we needed to share her collection with the world. We eagerly awaited the arrival of her completed manuscript, and we are thrilled to present this book to our readers. It is one of the more poignant and vulnerable poetry collections we have published to date."
"Stutters - A Book of Hope" will resonate with poetry enthusiasts and creative writing aficionados alike. However, its appeal extends beyond those boundaries. This collection speaks to the universal experience of feeling different and uniquely challenged. Whether one has faced the sting of being an outsider or has endured the pain of bullying, Ricketson's words offer solace and a sense of belonging. Each page radiates with a sense of hope, gently reminding readers that it exists even in the darkest of moments.
Mary Ricketson will be one of the featured authors at Redhawk Publication’s Book Fair on September 30th at the Catawba County Library in Newton, NC from 10am – 2pm as part of the Catawba Valley Festival of the Arts.
Copies of “Stutters – A Book of Hope” are available for purchase on Redhawk Publications' website at https://tinyurl.com/StuttersABookOfHope
Redhawk Publications is an artistic initiative of the Catawba Valley Community College, publishing written works of interest for the local community, North Carolina, and the entire United States. Established in 2017, Redhawk Publications offers over 130 titles to date and is one of only three community colleges nationwide with a publishing press. For additional information on Redhawk Publications, visit their website at https://redhawkpublications.com, or contact Patty Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
MISTAKE NO. 1: COVERING TOO MUCH
A memoir is not an autobiography.
An autobiography usually contains reflections that one can only acquire from the vantage point of old age. So, an autobiography often starts at birth and follows the writer through youth, a string of questionable decisions, two or more rocky relationships, eventual triumph, and ultimately to old age.
But, a memoir is not like that. While an autobiography is often written at the perceived end of one’s life, a memoir can be tethered to any huge event in one’s life. A memoir is a slice of life. You can document anything, including the death of a loved one, the birth or adoption of a child, summer camp, a religious awakening, becoming an adult, journeying to a different country, or adjusting to a new home, just to name a few ideas.
If you lived it, you can write it.
But, it would be a mistake to write about everything that you’ve experienced in your life at one time. Unless you’re a public figure, very few people are interested in reading about your life from cradle to almost grave. It’s much more impactful, even for public figures, to write about key, transformative events in their lives.
Not sure how to whittle down your epic life into a memoir? Remember, you don’t have to write just one memoir. Isn’t that so liberating? Over the course of your life, you can write several memoirs about the different events that shaped who you are.
What event would take up at least one chapter of your autobiography? Take that chapter and expand it into an entire book. A memoir gives you the opportunity to dig deep into a pivotal event or explore how you felt, why you felt it, and the lessons you learned.
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Saturday, July 1, 2023
Write your visions down. Begin to collate a vision book and add to it with pictures, quotes, and research how you might bring your visions to life. Everything in our life begins first in the imagination. It is here that dreams are born and built upon. Creating a vision book is a powerful actionable step towards creating a new life story. This is your template from which you can add to and build on."
Friday, June 30, 2023
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin'
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'