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Good Things in Sad Times

Hello everyone,

There’s no going about it; the world has changed dramatically since last I sat down to write a blog update. This global COVID-19 pandemic is, and remains, hard to believe. For the past weeks now, I’ve been living in self-chosen quarantine with my family, following the news, feeling as if I’m an extra in a disaster movie I actually had absolutely no desire to appear in.

Though I’ve been an independent artist for years, and am used to working from, and staying, at home, I will not deny my days are filled with an anxious edge; for you simply know something is wrong. There’s a invisible monster prowling the streets, a monster you can’t fight, but only hope to avoid.

So, to keep my mind off it, I try to keep busy, and fill my life with good things. And, with this update, I hope to extend some to you, too.

 

• April Book Discounts!

All over social media, authors have been selling their books with massive discounts in order to “Give Something Back” in these trying times, and I loved that sentiment so much, that I decided to join in 🙂

That is why for the whole month of April, the visual (or illustrated, if you will) Kindle editions of my books Amaranthine, Musings from a Wildflower and Dreamscape, will be available for only € 4,99!

With Amaranthine and Musings from a Wildflower collecting both a 100 of my visual poems about love, life and nature, and the words in Dreamscape accompanied by fantasy inspired imagery, I hope that my books will enable you to find some relaxation; an escape so to speak, to a more peaceful place.

If you’re interested to see more, please click on the titles above, or for direct purchase links, look a little more below (:

  • Amaranthine; visual poems from the haiku series — € 8,75 / now only € 4,99
  • Musings from a Wildflower; the micro poetry series, vol. 01 — € 8,75 / now only € 4,99
  • Dreamscape; an illustrated journey in art and poetry — € 7,95 / now only € 4,99

 

• TheArtistLounge Interview

A few weeks ago, I found myself honoured to be asked for a written interview with deviantART’s TheArtistLounge; an artistic hub I’d been a group-member of for some months now, and as of March the 30th, it’s now available to read!

Asking me to tell a bit more about how I started in writing and photography, what inspires me, and how I go about when I create my Handwritten poems, you can head over to here to read the interview if you’d like to, and learn a bit more about me and my works 🙂

• New Poetry Coming Soon

Yes, you read that right! Another thing that is happening this April is the return of my Handwritten poetry uploads. Though I’m still incredibly busy with my other art-project (more about that in the segment below!), I’ll be resuming new shares in a bi-weekly fashion. A new set of tanka, haiku and love poems are ready to be posted, so keep an eye on my blog or your favourite social media channel for my poetic words if you are a fan and been missing them, or maybe you are a new follower and curious to find out more (:

 

• Kiyo Art Takes on a New Appearance

If you have visited my old domain, kiyo-art.com recently, you may have already noticed, but things are indeed happening and changing around there, and it has everything to do with the new artist venture I blogged about in January, which actually also is my final (and till now) unshared most prominent reason for why I changed from using Kiyo as my author’s pseudonym, to my own name back in October of ’19.

As my closest followers will remember, I started having RSI-troubles somewhere mid 2019; a fact that really had me struggling with the way my (work) life was structured, depending as I do on my full-time computer use. As, aside from being a writer, I’m a digital visual artist by trade, working in design and illustration. Trying to meet deadlines, while working around my injured wrist as best as I could, it became clear to me as the months passed, that if I did not want to do permanent damage to my wrist, I had to make some big changes. And, quite by coincidence (or not?) I happened upon one, that actually stole my heart.

For several years, I’ve been exploring the artisan craft of needle felting—mainly as a relaxing hobby in my weekends—by creating 3-dimensonal versions of the kawaii characters I enjoy designing for myself. And wanting to stay busy on days I had to relax my wrist, I actually discovered needle felting helped lessen my pain and strain. Happy with the almost therapeutic result of my hobby, I spent many hours crafting and it was during those hours, that an idea was born. For why not turn my hobby into something a bit more serious? An online shop, for instance? It would allow me to stay creative, healthy, while also generate a livelihood in a way that suited me.

So, talking it over with those closest to me, I took the plunge late 2019… and did.

Wishing to use my name Kiyo for this artistic purpose, I could even more rightfully give in to my desire to publish my future writing underneath my own name, and taking a step back from my poetry and stories, I began working hard at my new adventure. Little more than a week ago, I started sharing my first sneak-peeks, by updating my site’s homepage with the big photograph above, featuring the first of my “Kawaii in a Box” dolls, three Geisha Girls called Akari, Chiyo and Yume. They are entirely hand-made from needle-felt; a process which uses barbed felting needles to interlock wool fibres to create this denser material called felt. As the felting needle is moved up and down, the barbs on the needles catch the scales of the wool and entangle them into place, allowing you to sculpt objects that are either flat or three dimensional.

Officially launching on June 10th, I will start offering these three dolls, and many more (follow me on my new Instagram and Twitter accounts to see other dolls in the weeks to come) in made-to-order fashion, along with cute prints and arty photographs. They will be called “Kawaii in a Box” dolls, as they are for one: inspired by the Japanese term for “cute”, and two: will actually come to you in a custom 5 x 5 cm Kraft paper box; the dolls easily fitting in the palm of your hand—these Geisha Girls for instance stand at no more than 7 cm in height 😉

It’s been quite tough to keep this all to myself until I had actually something to show, and even if it comes as a surprise (if you only know me as a writer/photographer) I hope you’ll join me on my new journey, possibly counting down with me till opening day 🙂

 

• Please, do take care everyone

With that last, big section I’ve come to the end of my blog-post, and I want to use a few last lines to wish you all the very best of health. Wherever you may be, I hope you are safe and sound, taking the precautions that you can, and if you have loved ones that have been taken ill with the Corona virus, my most sincerest thoughts are with you.

Take care.

Love, KJ

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Time Suspended

Time Suspended

Hello everyone 🙂

How have the first two weeks of 2020 been treating you? Very well, I sincerely hope?

And how about me, you might ask? Truth be told, I spent these first days taking it easy (reading, playing videogames), as well as trying to find a way of fitting all the things I want to do this year into somewhat of a logical schedule… and coming up short. I simply did not have enough time.

For the past years I have been fortunate enough to be able to combine my passion for writing —and publishing a handful of poetry books!— with my daily work as a visual artist, yet at the end of the year I was offered an opportunity in my non-writing related world that was too good to pass up on. Though everything is still in its baby shoes, it is a venture that will allow me to combine my illustration work with artisan crafts, and subsequently a related shop! It has made me super exited for the months ahead, but it took me until this past weekend to realize that if I want to give it my all, something had to give.

And that something, for now, has to be my regular poetry uploads.

Because I’m a bit of a perfectionist (and my own worst enemy because of that) I want to deliver beautiful end-results, and with everything that I have planned for my new venture, trying to manage everything poetry-related to my own standards; writing poems, photographing and editing them, staying on top of social media, is going to be nearly impossible without rendering myself completely stressed out. Unless someone can supply me with Hermione Granger’s Time-Turner? That might do the trick 😉

Still, jokes aside, this was not an easy decision to make, and I certainly hope to return with new Handwritten poems later in the year (as well as updates on my short story collection), but for now I’ll remain around to reply to comments and talk to the wonderful people I’ve met online over the years. Of course I will secondly update you all on my still-secretive arty adventure when I have things to share and show, but for now I will salute you and leave on my semi-writing-hiatus, as I sink my teeth in this exiting venture (:

Take care all of you!

Love, KJ

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Hello everyone,

Today, I will not take up too much of your time, just enough to wish you all the happiest of times for the Christmas days and the New Year ahead; I hope they’ll be filled with laughter and joy!

Getting ready for the many plans I have for 2020, I will be taking it easy these last days of 2019; curling up with good books, movies and company, and will put my online presence on a slow-burning flame. Yet, early January I will resume the sharing of my words once again, will try to keep you all updated on my progress of the short story collection that I aim to publish before the year is out, as well as an another artistic venture that has been taking up a part of my attention these last months — however, more on the latter when the time is right.

For those of you out there who enjoy reading my words, I think it’s worth to mention lastly that my poetry eBooks are on SALE until January 1st at Smashwords, and if you ever felt like adding them to your collection, this may be a good time to check them out (:

Again, I wish every single one of you all my best, and I hope to see you back again in the new year — Happy Holidays!

Love, KJ

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Out Now: Amaranthine

Hello everyone 🙂

It’s been a little while coming, but today it’s a happy day for me, as it is finally truly here: the release of…

Amaranthine; visual poems from the haiku series

“Life, an infinite dance
of endings and beginnings —
We bloom eternal”

Influenced by the art found in traditional Japanese poetry styles, Amaranthine is a collection of visual poems from the Haiku series. Counting a hundred poems in total, both published and previously unpublished, these three-line verses are inspired by the continuous changes that happen all around us, in both nature and life. Touching upon various topics, the poetry is accompanied by subtle greyscale graphics, aiming to put the emphasis on the words in a complimentary fashion.

Count from one, till a hundred.

Gathered together, Amaranthine collects a hundred haiku poems side by side in print editions (both hard- and softcover) and simultaneous eBook editions (visual and poetry only), giving the reader a chance to briefly escape and dream away.

Would you like to see a bit more? I invite you to have a look at the book’s extensive preview page, a selection of poems from the Haiku series, or enjoy a motion picture approach by watching the official booktrailer here below (:

 

Purchase and additional information:

Buy this book in;

Hardcover, € 51,50 — Available through Blurb
Softcover, € 41,95 — Available through Blurb
eBook (Kindle, visual ed.), € 8,75 — Available through Amazon (worldwide)
eBook (Kindle, poetry ed.), € 2,99 — Available through Amazon (worldwide)
eBook (ePub, poetry ed.), € 2,99 — Available through Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Kobo

Page count (print):
• 118 pages (premium matte paper, full colour)

Find this book on Goodreads.

 

Lastly, I want to leave a little shout-out to the people who left me messages of encouragement as I was working on getting Amaranthine from simply a collection of poems to print and eBook; it’s a book close to my heart, and your lovely comments made it just that bit sweeter. Thank you (:

As always, feel free to drop me a line with thoughts or questions; I love to hear from you~

Love, KJ / Kiyo

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A New Name, A New Domain

Hello everyone (:

Less than a fortnight ago I was in the middle of counting down the days to my newest book-launch, when suddenly I dropped the cryptic message on social media that Amaranthine’s release would be postponed by a week to September 17th (which is happening!), and that I had some changes in the works that I would soon update you all upon… And, for those of you keeping a close eye on my social accounts —or my site— the change is obvious, as I’ve switched from Kiyo, to using my own name Kimberly Jolanda!

Uhm, how did that come about?

So, yes, where to begin? For I can indeed imagine that for anyone on the outside this change was sudden, and most certainly unexpected. Yet, for me, I have to admit, it was something that’s been on my mind for almost a year now.

Though I love writing poetry, and will continue to do so as it is a literary part of my mind that will not be silenced, for the past year I’ve been actually more immersed in writing prose. I’m compiling a series of short stories for a full-book release, as well as my first novel, and every time I imagined myself releasing it, using the name Kiyo just didn’t feel totally right. Don’t take me wrong, I love my creative nickname, and have enjoyed publishing my work under it, but somehow it just doesn’t feel entirely right for the stories I want to put out there. To me, Kiyo is more like a brand, in a way, than an author-name — if that makes any sense to you on the outside at all? 😉

Still, because I’d already accomplished so much, I silenced that little voice for months on end, until a while back, I began the switch to my Handwritten poetry series; which indeed is born from the desire to put a more personal touch to my work, but also to leave me more creative writing-room for those other projects. Adjusting my site to my updates accordingly over the summer (and talked about in the last Kiyo Corner), it was on a evening now about that fortnight ago, that I let slip to my family that I wished I could actually change my name for my future publications, but had no idea if I could just do that.

And they replied: why not?
Yes, it would be a sudden change. But, I had to do what felt right to me, even if it was unexpected.

Which was true, and something I always say to others, but it can be strange to hear them being said to yourself.

Yet, it gave me the push I needed, and, long story short, I did 🙂 As of the end of this week, my website has moved to a new domain at kj.siuhkyls.com (fun fact: siuhkyls is actually my last name spelled backwards, jolanda is my middle name ^_^), my social media handles have all changed, and my handwritten series, photography and future books will be released under Kimberly Jolanda instead of Kiyo from now on.

My existing books, from Dreamscape, Musings from a Wildflower to upcoming Amaranthine, will remain published under Kiyo — and the second (and last) volume in the Micro Poetry series, Lullabies from a Daydreamer will also still see the publishing light.

Sincerely, I hope you will all embrace this name-change with me, and I can say in closing: Welcome back aboard; my name is Kimberly, formerly known as Kiyo — it’s a pleasure to re-meet you (:

Have any questions for me? Or just want to drop me a line, please don’t hesitate to do so below~

Love, KJ

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Coming Soon: Amaranthine

Coming Soon: Amaranthine

Hello everyone (:

It’s been a long time coming, with many a teaser video or image on my social media accounts, but finally I’m here with some exiting news: the title and cover reveal of my upcoming book-release! So, proudly I present…

Amaranthine, visual poems from the haiku series!

Alike to Musings from a Wildflower, Amaranthine features a hundred poems, this time from my weekly shared Haiku series, and will become available in both print editions (hard- and softcover) as well as my two familiar eBook editions (visual, and text-only.)

For those of you unfamiliar with my poetry series’, the poems in my Haiku series have (without much surprise, I think 😉 ) been influenced by the art found in traditional Japanese poetry styles; the three-line verses inspired by the continuous changes that happen in both nature and life. Touching upon various topics, the words themselves are accompanied by subtle greyscale graphics, aiming to put the emphasis on the poetry in a complimentary fashion.

Why the title “Amaranthine,” you may ask?

Truth be told, I wondered about the title for my haiku collection for quite some time, tossing different options in the mix, but always desiring for something that sounded a little, well, magical. I sincerely enjoy writing haiku; having learned from quite some talented people I met on my writing journey who introduced me to this form, there’s (for me) something special trying to tell a message with such limited words. It makes me stop and really consider my thoughts, my emotions, and how life is changeable in one way, yet somehow preserved in memories and moments. With Amaranthine meaning “endless, continuous, eternal” it just instantly clicked when I added the title to my list of options, and I knew that it was the one. I can only sincerely hope you’ll feel the same way about my choice, too (:

Make it your own: September 10th

Though I’ve been sharing the Haiku series for almost two years, only 75 of them have been uploaded online, giving Amaranthine a little extra edge; for 25 poems are brand-new, and have never seen the light of any kind of publication before.

And, last (and maybe most important) fact; the book will be officially released on the 17th of September through Blurb, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and Amazon, but for those of you intrigued for a quick peek, I happily direct you to the book’s official page on my site which features a detailed look of how the printed edition (and eBooks) look like in “real life” 🙂 Next to that I will also be sharing more sneak-peeks on my social media channels, so follow me on your favoured ones (find them on your right-hand-side) for more in the weeks to come!

Looking forward to share more about Amaranthine with you all as the release date comes closer; and as always, drop me line if you feel like it (:

Love, KJ / Kiyo

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