The Agency Games

The Agency Games – Sign Up!

As you all know I have been working on my book, The Agency Games (working title) for the past several months and I turned it in (all 78,218 words) to the publishing house on May 11th!

Originally, I intended to send it to the Peer Reviewers on May 31st but I exceeded my own expectations and finished early! I also just received news that my rough manuscript is currently in the hands of two peer reviewers! Hopefully this means my book will be published and sold in late 2018 instead of early 2019, but it is too soon to tell. I have to wait a couple of weeks (possibly months) before I hear back from the Peer Reviewers, and I am kind of nervous, but I can’t wait to read their feedback! Hopefully they love it and also have some constructive advice on how to improve it.

As I get closer to publishing The Agency Games, I’m hoping to start a list of people who are interested in my book.

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Please note: putting your name below does not mean that you have to buy anything.

However, if you are interested in:

  • Information about Book Release Party dates and details
  • An online Book Release Party through WordPress
  • Early access to the The Agency Games
  • Discounted Prices or Signed Copies

Then, please leave a comment below!

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Again, if you leave a comment that does not mean that you have to buy the book and I promise not to spam anyone with emails. I am only trying to get a realistic idea of who is currently interested in a scholarly look at the beloved Hunger Games series!

Thank you!

And Happy Writing!

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Blogs / Life

Welcome

Welcome!

I write. I drink tea. And I live my life to the fullest, knowing that my abilities come from God.

My name is Kayla Ann, I’m an author who just recently signed with a publishing house to write a non-fiction, scholarly book on human agency in The Hunger Games series. I have loved to write ever since I was a little girl. I wrote my first story, “Kate the Pirate” when I was in second grade. It was then I decided that I would eventually become a published and established author. However, as any writer may know, this is not as easy as it seems. This wonderful world of writing is also complex and sometimes exhausting. So in this blog I will be offering up Writing Tips and my own experiences in the hope of encouraging other authors to continue on creating wondrous worlds of their own.

Feel free to hit me up in the comments with any questions you might have about writing.

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Blogs / Life

Please Pardon . . .

Please Pardon my temporary absences for the next two Tuesdays.

As you all know, it was my intention to challenge myself with maintaining my five posts per week goal. However, as I have been working two jobs every day this month and I recently heard back from the publishers, I’ve decided I that I need to take off one day a week.

On this day off, I will be:

  • Catching up with my grading,
  • Creating lesson plans, and
  • (More importantly) Revising my book, The Agency Games, which is due back to the publishers at the end of the month.

Please wish me luck as I take the next next weel by the horns!

Poetry

Famous for a Day

Camera clicks,

Flash alights and

People stare

Whispering behind closed hands.

They try to catch

An image

On their phones that

They can show to friends

Or familly

later on

As they try to guess

Who we are.

Are we movie stars

Or singers

Authors

Or dancers

Bloggers or

Youtubers

With a large

following?

They look and stare

And try to guess

but they’ll never realize

we were

only famous

for

a day.

 

***This poem was inspired by the day that my fiance and I took our engagement photos at Disneyland. We got a lot of strange looks and some people even took photos of us taking photos. It was a really nifty experience and it got me thinking, wondering what they were thinking as they stared and whispered and took their own photos.

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Blogs / Life

Requesting Prayer

Hello Everyone,

For those among you who believe in the power of prayer, I am reaching out to you in hopes that you would be willing to pray for me.

I have overwhelmed my body: physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’m hopefully going to be able to do nothing this weekend except relax and heal. So, if you would, please pray that I am able to get the rest that I need in order to bring about healing.

I believe that I worship a kind and powerful God and I know that prayer makes all the difference.

Thank you everyone, have a wonderful weekend!

Contests

Poetry Selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest Including: Sarah Al-Haddad, Walt’s Writings, Taylor Finn, The Woman, and Jason A. Muckley

As you all know, I was amazed with how the End of Summer Poetry Contest concluded and to keep the fun going, I’ve decided to continue sharing some of my favorite submissions.

 (These do not come in any specific order or ranking.)

Here we go!

From Sarah Al-Haddad, we have “Ocean”

“The waves
Keep calling
Your name.”

(Read more from this amazing blogger HERE!)

 

From Walt’s Writings, we have “A Summer Love Haiku”

“They met on the beach

While on summer vacation
Love ended too soon.”

 

From Taylor Finn, we have “

“The Summer flickers into the year with lingering regrets;
A medley of melted marshmallows and perfume laced bug sprays.
It’s not a storm like the Spring, raging in, forcing growth and change, no.
Summer stumbles with no direction, as if lost in all this sunlight. . .”

(Read more from this blogger HERE!)

From The Woman, we have “Summer of Darkness”

“. . . Sand and smiles with the
Saucy *shush* of the silver waves
Life and laughter lighting up
Little gatherings of lovers

Instead became
The season of death
Turning light to dark
Smoke blocking out. . .”

(Finish reading this story HERE!)

From Jason A. Muckley, we have “New Season”

“Summer is ending
The heat recedes
School buses roaming
And school bells ring
Local pools close their doors
Camps and cabins fall silent. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

Well that is it for today folks, stop back in next Thursday for another round of wonderful selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest! Another HUGE thank you to everyone who submitted their poems, you guys did an amazing job!

Poetry

The Virtue of Giving Away

“Small hands lifted high

Seven loaves of bread

A few salty fish

Hardly enough to feed

Himself.

Yet, he does not

hesitate

To offer it all

For the sake

Of another.”

 

The Seven Virtues were created to combat each of the Seven Deadly Sins. These Seven Virtues first appeared tied together in an epic poem titled Pschomachia, written by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, a Christian governor of the 400s AD. To battle Greed, there is Charity.

Charity

Charity can be seen as the act of giving. However, in a more Christian-centered defition, Charity is love and kindness toward others, even if they do not deserve it. Aquinas attributed Charity to the love of God. This charitable poem was inspired by the act that took place in John 6.

Happy Writing Everyone!

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Blogs / Life

Please Pardon . . .

Please Pardon my temporary absences for the next two Tuesdays.

As you all know, it was my intention to challenge myself with maintaining my five posts per week goal. However, as I have been working two jobs every day this month and I recently heard back from the publishers, I’ve decided I that I need to take off one day a week.

On this day off, I will be:

  • Catching up with my grading,
  • Creating lesson plans, and
  • (More importantly) Revising my book, The Agency Games, which is due back to the publishers at the end of the month.

Please wish me luck as I take the next next two weeks by the horns!

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Poetry, Uncategorized

Parainsonmia (A Poem)

There is too much air in my chest

And not enough in my lungs

I stumble, reset, refocus

 

There are faces in the dark

With wisps of smoke for hands

That reach for me

My mouth opens to scream

And scream and scream but

No one hears a thing

 

I stumble to find the switch

For light that floods the room

Stumble, reset, refocus

 

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Poetry

Drive (A Poem)

When the bitterness burns

When frustration flares

When the heart hurts

And the brain bursts

I drive

The smooth, slow

concentrated, Control

brings me

Peace.

 

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Poetry Selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest: Including Christine Bolton, The Feeling Spleen, Dorinda Duclos, The Darkest Fairy Tale, and Ethan D. Eagar

As you all know, I am thrilled with how the End of Summer Poetry Contest concluded and to keep the fun going, I’ve decided to continue sharing some of my favorite submissions.

 (These do not come in any specific order or ranking.)

Here we go!

From Christine Bolton, we have “Senses of Summer”

“The scent of gardenias

Floating on late afternoon air

Sweetly fragrant and tender

Nothing can compare

Spanish Moss hanging in dreadlocks . . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

From The Feeling Spleen, we have “Different Shades of Sunshine”

“When did you know it was

time

to come home?”

When I didn’t just want the sun to bounce off my

skin,

but to seep all the way . . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

From Dorinda Duclos, we have “Firelight Fizzles”

“The fire burned, ever so slowly
We watched, as flames grew high

Each stick thrown into the pile
Seemed to let out a hideous cry

As the fiery mass engulfed it . . . ” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

From the Darkest Fairy Tale, we have “Moments”

“The sun sets
After a burning day,
Admiring the last glimpse
Of its Intoxicating rays.
As music dances. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

From Ethan D Eagar, we have “Warming Breeze”

“Tension sways a load

Nigh the old window

Deftly gripping with unease

Shy dew drops hold taut

Another year’s wash. . .” (Finish Reading and Click Here!)

 

Well that is it for today folks, stop back in next Thursday for another round of wonderful selections from the End of Summer Poetry Contest! Another HUGE thank you to everyone who submitted their poems, you guys did an amazing job!

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Poetry

The Virtue of Pouring Out

This is a choice.

To drown in the glass

To let the cold, clear ice

Clink against the rim

As cloudy, cool liquid

Taunts and Tempts my Tastebuds

 

This is a choice.

To put down the vice

To emerge from the brown haze

Into a blue sky, cleared by

A summer rain.

 

This is my choice.

To dump the smooth liquid

Down the drain instead of

My mouth, to Drain

It from my body.

However, painfully,

Excruciatingly

It might be.

To see clearly

What I had looked

Away from

before.

 

As you all know, last week I ended my series focusing on the Seven Deadly Sins in which I wrote a poem about each of the sins without using its name within the poem itself. I have decided to do the same for the Seven Virtues created to combat each of the sins. These Seven Virtues first appeared tied together in an epic poem titled Pschomachia, written by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, a Christian governor of the 400s AD. To battle Gluttony, there is Temperance.

Credit for the amazing photo below goes to  Sceith-A. 

Temperance

Temperance is moderation or self-restraint, especially in eating and drinking. While one drink may not be wrong, alcoholism can become a serious problem. This poem demonstrates the importance of exercising temperance, even when it is difficult.

Happy Writing Everyone!

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