Posted in Announcements, Competitions

Goodreads Choice Awards – 2019

Greetings, my bookish friends!

Today I received an email letting me know about Goodreads “Best Book” Choice Awards 2019!

I think you may be able to tell where I’m going with this. 😉

Right … So, if you happen to have bought and read my book and think it’s pretty awesome, if you would be so kind, please visit *Goodreads’ site via the link above. Once there, search for the ‘Poetry’ category. You will then be directed to a list of nominated poetry books which you can vote for. However … at the very bottom of the page, you should find a little box where you have the option to “write in” a nomination. There, you can put in my book’s title, irregardless, and cast your vote! Then, please also share your nomination via Facebook and Twitter, to further help spread the word.

Truly, you’ll have my undying gratitude! And maybe there’ll be cookies. But I can’t promise anything. 😛

Thank-you!

*(you may need to sign-up for, or sign-in to your Goodreads account, in order to be able to see that little ‘write in’ box)

#GoodreadsChoice #poetry #JanineRiker #irregardless #author #selfpub #j9ink #Goodreads #GoodreadsChoiceAwards2019

Posted in Announcements, Chit Chat

Finally Published!

After years of procrastination, non-writer’s block “blockages,” dry spells of inspiration, struggles with depression and self-doubt, all coupled with a severe lack of ambition, the moment is finally here.
My first book has been published! About damn time, Janine.

So what was I busy doing leading up to now?

Well … way back in the fall of 2011, when I’d originally decided to seriously begin writing, I began diligently working on researching publishing info and how best to use social media to promote yourself and your ‘brand.’ Then, I went about creating various social media accounts, email addresses, blogs, etc., as well as, doing some preliminary story-building.

Only, I defeated myself before accomplishing much more than laying the groundwork, which, as it turns out, wasn’t all for nothing, and has proven to be beneficial going forward.

See, just writing ‘the book’ isn’t all the work you need to do when you’re an indie author who’s self-publishing their own material. There’s so much more to it. Always more needing doing.

And so, here we are!

I cannot put into words (ironic, no?) how turning all that inspired effort, into actual, practical, tangible proof of my hard work, truly feels. Seeing my book for sale online, holding a print copy in my hands, and ultimately being able to share it with you, is simply … humbling.

Staying an Extra Fortnight at Camp …

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Achievement unlocked! I’ve reached my writing goal of fifty pages, or rather, 50 poems during the month of April as part of Camp NaNoWriMo.

However, I’m nowhere near finished yet. There are more poems to write, and much work to do, to get this book of poetry organized, edited, and ready to publish.

In the meantime, I’ll just keep on writing, and if more poems happen, then so be it!

#CampNaNoWinner2019

Posted in Excerpts

#pocketpoem

I’ve got a poem in my pocket,
Figuratively speaking that is.
Since I don’t go out much,
I won’t be sharing my words.

Except for here on social media,
Which spreads chat and memes,
To people all over the world.

So enjoy this poem for what it is,
And let your own mind run free.
Inspiration can strike anyone,
Anywhere, anytime.

So let it.

#NationalPoetryMonth

Posted in Chit Chat

Just Your Basic Intro

Greetings friends!

Welcome to my writer’s blog, “By Quill and Candlelight.”

I shall be using this site to better organize and document my writing progress, as well as, catalogue my self-published works.

Please feel free to follow this blog, my Facebook author page, Twitter feed, and other social media; links listed in the footer and under the Blogroll.

Thank you!

~ Janine ~