August Poetry Challenge on CatherineVaughansWorld.com

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Hey Gorgeous Boho Babes,

My summer is dedicated to giving you my BEST poetry!

Head on over to my Lifestyle blog CatherineVaughansWorld.com where you will find a  N E W  poem posted  e v e r y d a y  in  A u g u s t  at 9:30pm UK time.

x31 new poems in x31 days. Let’s see how this rolls out!

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Catherine’s debut poetry collection The Quarter Life Crisis Poet”

Here we have a collection of poems I wrote between 2010-2015. It’s essentially 25 years of my existence, much of it was filled with pain, disappointments and sorrow. Maybe you can relate? Out of despair, hope can return and happier days can appear. I hope these poems can make you feel less lonely about the pain we all feel inside. Even if you’re facing a Quarter Life Crisis know that you’re not the only one and you will come out of it stronger. *Hugs!* Join me on my journey….

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The Bohemian Bookshelf (Part 1)

Related imageBohemianism is a way of life, a state of mind and an atmosphere. It is not a trend, it’s a timeless movement. Bohemian Manifesto is the first book to distill all the ingredients of Bohemian life. In witty and engaging style, Laren Stover lets the reader into the contents of a Bohemian closet, bathroom and bookshelf. She explains the allure of absinthe, why it isn’t wise to leave a Bohemian unattended in your house – you could return to find nude nymphs painted on your lampshade – and how to identify what type of Bohemian you may be.

Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge by Laren Stover
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Based on the BBC television series, John Berger’s Ways of Seeing is a unique look at the way we view art, published as part of the Penguin on Design series in Penguin Modern Classics.

“Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.”

“But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but word can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”

John Berger’s Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the Sunday Times critic commented: ‘This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings . . . he will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures.’

Ways of Seeing by John Berger
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Image result for a moveable feastPublished posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway’s most beloved works. Since Hemingway’s personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined and debated the changes made to the text before publication. Now this new special restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author prepared it to be published.

Featuring a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest’s sole surviving son, and an introduction by the editor and grandson of the author, Seán Hemingway, this new edition also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-published Paris sketches revealing experiences that Hemingway had with his son Jack and his first wife, Hadley. Also included are irreverent portraits of other luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Madox Ford, and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft.

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
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The autobiography of an American icon, Andy Warhol’s The Philosophy of Andy Warhol is published in Penguin Modern Classics.

‘I never think that people die. They just go to department stores’

Andy Warhol – American painter, filmmaker, publisher, actor and major figure in the Pop Art movement – was in many ways a reluctant celebrity. Here, in his autobiography, he spills his secrets and muses about love, sex, food, beauty, fame, work, money, success, New York and America and its place in the world. But it is his reflections on himself, his childhood in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the explosion of his career in the Sixties and his life among celebrities – from working with Elizabeth Taylor to partying with the Rolling Stones – that give a true insight into the mind of one of the most iconic figures in twentieth-century culture.

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol by Andy Warhol
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NEW Poems Everyday In February posted on Facebook.com/CatherineVaughanWriter

 

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The Quintessential Bohemian: Laren Stover

 

Laren Stover is the author of The Bohemian Manifesto: a Field Guide to Living on the Edge.  It is a literary treasure with the most beautiful illustrations by Izak Zenou.

Laren has the beauty, elegance, style and curiosity that perfectly captures a true Bohemian.

This Manifesto is so exquisite to own I cannot tell you how many times it has uplifted me in moments of melancholy and I always get swept away by the romanticism of Bohemianism every time I gaze at the pages. 

 

 

Laren Stover

She is the Editor-at-Large of Faerie Magazine  Stover has also published a darkly comedic novel called Pluto, Animal Lover: A Novel

Begin 2017 with a Bohemian Bang akin to the sound of champagne Muselets catapulting on the walls of a Nouveau Bohemian’s Upper East Side apartment in the Winter… Well you’re not going to stay in the freezing abode of your Beat or Zen Bohemian friend’s place… Nouveau’s are your friends in Winter they can afford heating and food! Zens and Beats are for the Summer when you’re On The Road… Dandy’s are your all seasons friends because they’re always so charming and chic! But wait what kind of Bohemian are you? There is a delightful Quiz at the end of this Quirky Field Guide to tell you which one you are…

If you’re someone who relishes in curious details from counterculture style, to bohemian must-reads (yes there’s a reading list) then this book is for you. The most charming pages of all are the Case Studies which tell you where these curious creatures live, work and their background. So charming, so dreamy! This book will make you delve into Bohemian Consciousness and maybe make you feel less alone about the freedom and rebellion we crave.

Oona the Actress: Case Study

“Oona is tall Swedish and, unbeknownst to her Bohemian friends, a princess. All her actor friends live in squalid Lower East Side, Brooklyn or Harlem apartments. Flickering lights in hallways, mattresses on the floor, candles in wine bottles, crooked stairs. She was jealous!”

If glamour, creature comforts and beauty still can’t quite escape you then have a peak at The Bombshell Manual of Style. The allure of dazzling beauties became another one of her anthropological quests as she felt they were an “exotic species” as discussed on The Early Show in her interview for the book. The interview was conducted by Lisa Birnbach, author of The Preppy Handbook.)  Another video teaser of the book to watch.

Laren On Bombshells: 

“A bombshell believes in her fantasies, she may be wearing a rhinestone bracelet but in her mind it’s Cartier… She doesn’t need to be perfect she still believes she’s a Goddess.”


Purchase The Bohemian Manifesto here.
The Blurb:

Bohemianism is a way of life, a state of mind, an atmosphere. It is not a trend, its a timeless movement. It is about living beyond convention. THE BOHEMIAN MANIFESTO explores and joyfully celebrates the creativity, the originality, and the splendor of a lifestyle and spirit shared by free-thinking, free-living artists, poets, writers, sculptors, musicians, and intellectuals. This is the first book to distill and categorize all the ingredients of Bohemian life. In a witty and engaging style, Laren Stover examines the contents of a Bohemians closet, bathroom, and bookshelf. She explains the allure of absinthe, why it isn’t wise to leave a Bohemian unattended in your home-you could return to find nude nymphs painted on your lamp shades-and how to identify what type of Bohemian you might be.

For the Bombshell in your life or those seeking a New Year Makeover get this book!
The Blurb:

In this glittering beauty and lifestyle guide packed with pearls of wisdom, Laren Stover has compiled everything a woman needs to know to live the Bombshell life: from how to dress and make an entrance to what to eat and where to shop. It tells readers what makes a Bombshell tick; road-tested outfits for 25 occasions; must-have Bombshell sleepwear, handbags, and fragrances; what’s in the Bombshell library; and what she looks for in a man. With scads of little-known facts about real-life bombshells like Liz, Mae, and Lana this fun and ever-so-practical little book is certain to bring out the inner Bombshell in every woman.


Connect with Writer, Editor & Melancholy Connoiseur Laren Stover

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Twitter: @Reine_Des_Fees

Read her article for The Paris Review: Pimped for a part

Laren for The New York Times:

Check out my site: HerefordshireWriters.co.uk Celebrating my hometown’s literary heritage

Hfdw yHerefordshireWriters.co.uk is a monthly editorial site showcasing thriving local talent, arts and culture events alongside connecting Writers whether published or unpublished.

HerefordshireWriters.co.uk aims to grow into a Literary Network for all Authors, Poets, Writers and Literature Lovers located in the quaint English county of Herefordshire. We are proud to have a rich, historic and flourishing arts and literature community in this county with world-class annual events taking place here such as Hay Festival and Ledbury Poetry Festival among many others.

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Author’s Journey: Reaching No. 1 on Amazon

It was with great surprise on Friday morning to discover that one of my books reached No.1 on the Amazon.com Kindle Store. It was my well-being guide for eczema sufferers “How to heal eczema naturally: a quick self-help guide to learn the secrets of healthy skin” that reached the covetous No.1 spot.

Curiously this title has no reviews, and I had not done any specific recent promotional/marketing attempts with this title. Instead this past week I redesigned my official site www.CatherineVaughan.com and set up a Giveaway on Twitter of my Paranormal romance short story: “Another Realm.” There was honestly no shout outs by health/well-being bloggers, no giveaways on this title, it wasn’t mentioned in any news outlets. It just happened.

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Success seems to be a curious concoction. I had in previous months blogged about this eczema title on my lifestyle blog CatherineVaughansWorld.com plus changed the book cover whereby no noticeable sales increases arose. Although this book literally overnight reached number 1 essentially I had spent 11 months promoting it piecemeal via facebook ads, blog posts, a YouTube video and so forth. During and after the implementation of these marketing attempts few changes appeared. Sometimes life is not logical and success cannot always be executed in a methodical manner. There were times when I was frustrated that my thoughtful and focused marketing attempts did not pay off, then in the one week where I focused so intently on increasing awareness of my fiction books: BOOM! My well-being guide reaches No.1. It is a most welcome if not peculiarly timed result.

Another classic and significant example of how ambiguous author success can be is in Paulo Coelho’s life. He had published The Alchemist and it did not take off for a long time. Then Madonna speaks about his book Oprah’s talk show of all places. Nothing happens. Therein are two huge PR opportunities 1) Madonna telling the world she loves it and 2) Having the book mentioned on one of the greatest talk shows of all time! Many more celebrities from Julia Roberts, Will Smith and former President Clinton are seen holding or have mentioned his book. Again, nothing happens. Finally it became as Oprah says a “phenomenon” and reaches The New York Times list with “no explanation.” The only token of advice we can get as confirmed by Coelho is how impactful “word of mouth” is and the subtext of patience.

So although I do not have a series of steps to advise ultimately there are key pointers to consider:

  • Remain dedicated with your marketing strategy regardless of results and be as focused and consistent as you can with your efforts.
  • The effort is the reward.
  • Success rarely happens overnight.
  • Even the phenomenal book The Alchemist was on a long journey before success struck!
  • The truth is it takes time, so be patient.
  • Don’t even allow titles/awards/positions to enter your mind in any part of the creation process. I didn’t ever think any of my books would reach No.1 I just focused on writing the books I wanted and at times needed to read. I just continued publishing books to fulfill the needs of others and either help or inspire them in some way.

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