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Where to find that book you want to read?

This is a screenshot of how I can read my book – Amazon doesn’t make that as intuitive as I’d like. On my laptop, I need to go to the page where I bought the book. Then look for the price button. Then notice that it says Read with our free app beneath it.

I’ve heard on the iPhone it works differently, and people that are new to Amazon are having trouble finding it. Please let me know if you’ve found the solution – or if you need help. I can also send you a high quality PDF of the book if you prefer that over the Kindle app.

Today is the last day of our book being free. I’m not sure at what time exactly Amazon will turn it off. Here are the links. Enjoy!

amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Nederland https://www.amazon.nl/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Deutschland https://www.amazon.de/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon France https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Espana https://www.amazon.es/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Italia https://www.amazon.it/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Canada https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Australia https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon India https://www.amazon.in/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Japan https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Brazil https://www.amazon.com.br/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Mexico https://www.amazon.com.mx/dp/B08MDHTG4R

Cuddle savings account

After all the #ThursdayDoors you’ve seen me write about my book in the making, it’s finally here! And you can buy it for free until Saturday (I don’t know when on Saturday it stops in different time zones).

I have a poem in the making with about saving cauddles, but the sun shines and I’m close to the woods. The poem will have to wait. I hope you’ll get my book. Here’s a picture to entice you, and the link to different stores to make it easy 🙂 Thurday’s doors are at the bottom of this post.

Book cover book More than meets the I; a picture of sea and air, with at the horizon the dark contour of hills.

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amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Nederland https://www.amazon.nl/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Deutschland https://www.amazon.de/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon France https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Espana https://www.amazon.es/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Italia https://www.amazon.it/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Canada https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Australia https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon India https://www.amazon.in/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Japan https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Brazil https://www.amazon.com.br/dp/B08MDHTG4R

amazon Mexico https://www.amazon.com.mx/dp/B08MDHTG4R

Taking is glorious

take solo time
take the space that you deserve
taking moments to yourself
Time for exercise, and alone time
 take self care
  take time
    	    Time for self
    	    taking a break
    	    Taking time out
    	    my own space
   allocating what you already have
    	   taking time off social media
    	    taking rest
    	    taking space taking time
    	    Taking time and taking up space
    	    connecting
    	     take a breath
     solitude
    	     taking a risk
    	       Taking a walk
    	      taking a swim
    	       taking a rest
  	       time
  	       take care
         taking my turn
         take care
        taking my rights
         receiving
        taking time for myself
         taking my money
         taking up spsce
         self-giving sthing
         taking time
  	      take care of myself
       take time out for pleasure
       taking life - a gift
        taking my love
  	     take my truth
  taking my power back
   taking what I need
   taking stance


Take it!

Today’s poems was inspired by one of the lecture at the free online embodiment conference I’m volunteering in at the moment. (Google it if you want to join, I can’t find a link right now, I’m logged in).

In the picture you can see a bit more about the session. It was for people who spend too much energy pleasing others, and not taking enough care of their own needs. Hence this ode to taking, based on the answers partcipants shared. Our first associations with the word “take” had been 95% negative. Then he asked us for positive associations… For me the are pretty in line with our prompt today at #OctPoWriMo:

How do you relax and process your feelings?

Sillyme

Today’s prompt is playful, but I feel very serious. I blame Blurb. They offer 50% discount on my book before October 17th, and for a high quality coffee table book of 30x30cm, that’s a lot. Only trouble was, I didn’t have it in the store yet… I’ve fixed that, and tell you more about it after the poem. But OctPoWriMo day 12 comes first!

Sillybillywillynilly

Myrhymesarefoolishfaulandfrilly

Sillybillywilly’sgoat’sgoatee

Thispoem’sfinishedbecauseIhavetopee

For more playfulness visit the #OctPoWriMo page for day 12. I’ll head over there too when I’ve finished all the serious stuff for today. Like how I can get my book to you at this amazing discount.

The offer is valid until the start of October 17th. For a maximum of 5 people. How does it work?

  • You send me a message that you want the book.
  • I check on the Blurb account what they charge as postage for your address (and tax maybe, I haven’t figured out how that differs across countries yet).
  • I’ll message you the total amount, and how you can pay for it (PayPal, Transferwise, bank account).
  • After you’ve sent me the money, I can order the book and have it sent to your address. Expect delivery around October 31th.
More than meets the I

More than meet… By Angela van Son Gre… Book Preview

Photo book

October 8: Breaking Boundaries #OctPoWriMo #Writober and #NanoPrep

I love what Maria did with the forms. The Diamante turned mushroom, and the table poem has a sharpness to it that comes both from the breaks and the words. Superb!

Experience Writing

Let Your Light Shine by Maria L. Berg 2020

This morning’s theme “Breaking Boundaries” inspired an exciting photo adventure. I looked at things I see every day with fresh perspective.

OctPoWriMo

Read for inspiration and craft

Louise Glück won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature. Here’s an encouraging clip of her talking about poetry.

Recommended poem:Vespers by Louise Glück
Online journal:Poetry Foundation

Spotlight Poem from OctPoWriMo Day 7

I enjoyed the question/answer rhythm of RALLENTANDA’s triolet.

Breaking Through by Maria L. Berg 2020

Poetry prompt Today’s OctPoWriMo prompt is Breaking Boundaries

Forms Diamante or Table poem

I tried both forms .

Kindness and Cruelty

Kindness
comfortable, warm
caring, accepting, giving
door, home . . . zoo, airport
trapping, attacking, emptying
brutal, harsh
Cruelty

Mine looks more like a mushroom than a diamond. I like that.

Tooling up for breaking boundaries

I’ll need scissors to separate sullen skies

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Lemme be

Oh, so cool!

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Day 8 OctPoWriMo

Prompt: Breaking boundaries

Form: Table poem

Angela, I hope this will be considered a table poem. WordPress was making a mess of it so I had to type it on Word and paste a screenshot here. Loved your art.

(The left column is a poem in itself and so is the right one. Together they form a poem too! So you get three poems today:) )

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Doorfies

Regular visitors of #ThursdayDoors, the weekly doorfest created by Norm Frampton, quickly learn a new word: doorfie. It’s when you take a picture of a beautiful door but accidentlily (or not) show up in the picture yourself, through reflection.

The graffiti you see is on the prison door I wrote about last week. I’m supposed to write a poem today, for day 8 of #OctPoWriMo. I’m not sure if I’ll manage, I’m so incredibly exited that the daily prompt post today is written by me (for the first time).

I keep checking the page to see if new, wonderful poems have shown up 🙂 Another huge distraction is the fact that Blurb offered me to order our coffee table book More than meets the I at a gigantic discount: 50% off. I’m torn between letting people know they can order one through me today because it’s the best offer they ever provided. Or come across as a greedy, salesy person by telling everyone they can order it for a fabulous price and that there’s time pressure…

Anyhow, if you happen to want want let me know. I’ll order the books in about 6 hours, to make sure I won’t miss the deal. The print and paper quality of the book are absolutely fabulous, both my mum and me were stunned when we saw the Dutch edition.

#OctPoWriMo Day 8

One of the amazing things about writing a prompt for #OctPoWriMo, is reading the poems that are written today, and wonder if they might be inspired by the prompt. This poem is fabulous!

Thistle Thoughts

Hand Held Barrier

freed near fountains,
we toss our collected coins
into oblivion

near broke from being spent,
we are bent like windblown stems
after the last maelstrom of protests

our voices lost in this void,
like phantoms, we avoid
all real feeling & replace it

with plastic, glass, & silicon–
we’re being conned & we
allow it because the flow

convinces us it’s better
never to log out
or let go

screeching nature sounds on playlists
because no one can hear the outside
through plaster walls

& the city’s audible virus;
we can sense the destruction
inside us, the desire

to start a fire if only
to purify ourselves
of every pop-up ad lie

one day we’ll wake up
& not be able to refrain
from bleeding onto paper

or tangible canvas, our souls,
our secret thoughts,
our collective pain

there’s no time like now
to remember where we…

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