Welcome to the launch of The Author Visits! It’s our pleasure to introduce the amazing talent, Poet Hasty Words.
Author Visit Details
June 1 – All about Hasty Words and her current work June 3 – Book review of Depression’s Dance June 5 – Guest blog by Hasty Words June 7 – Teaser of upcoming projects and announce winner of author gift
And the Winners Are?
Congratulations Michele Shriver and Patricia Burroughs!
Teaser of Upcoming Projects
I want to publish something positive and inspirational so I am working on two separate motivational books of poetry. I don’t want to say too much about the themes. I want it to be a surprise but I am hoping to have them done by the fall of 2014. I really enjoy the mixed media format so they will both be a mix of pictures, prose, and poetry.
I am also working on a children’s book with my daughter who is helping me with the art. I want to work with an agent to publish the children’s book. The book will be hardback, full color and will come with a CD. I am not setting a date for this because I really want it to be perfect as a gift for my daughter.
I have a few collaborations in the works but they will take some time and I am very excited about each one of them. One of the projects is a mixed media book with another Author friend of mine, Laura A. Lord.
Lastly, I am involved in a very special blogging project which will be up and running very soon. The blog can be found at sisterwivesspeak.com. You will have to check it out to find out what it is about!
Guest Blog – Excerpt from Depression’s Dance
Depression’s Dance is about my dance with depression. If I have learned anything, it is that depression is sneaky. It isn’t an emotion; it isn’t a state of mind; it is a disease.
All too often we dismiss depression as a bad mood that will change if we just think positive thoughts. The biggest mistake a person suffering with depression can make is ignoring it, hoping and wishing it will go away. I wrote this book hoping to shed a bit of light on a subject that is often misunderstood.
I didn’t understand depression until it came to visit me. In this excerpt I describe depression like a storm. I could always feel it coming and like a storm I was never sure how much damage it would do until it passed.
THE STORM IS COMING
The storm is coming
My body feels it
The cloudy darkness
Settling in my brain
And when I say darkness
I mean the heavy inky kind
That covers everything
Dammit not again
Deep breaths in… out
Slow… 10 of them
Think only of the breath
Open my eyes… dark
Maybe more than 10
Close my eyes
Don’t think just breathe
I am the breath
I am long, solid, peaceful breaths
Open my eyes… dark
I sigh in resignation
Buckle myself in
Prepare for the ride
Close my eyes
And hope when I open them
There is something left of me
Depression isn’t an emotion. It cannot be ignored or smiled away. If you think you might be suffering from depression find someone to talk to and acknowledge it before it tries to kill you.
Review of Depression’s Dance
Review by: Veena Kashyap
“Depression has a way of sneaking into your life and before you know it you are caught in a dance you can’t cut away from. This is about my dance with depression complete with the moments of desperation as well as the moments of hope.” Hasty Words.
9% of adults are grappling with the darkness of depression. Of those 9%, 70% are women. There has been a sharp rise in the number of patients being diagnosed with depression.
Sad, isn’t it?
I know many who have battled depression or are still battling the beast. I’ve seen some people succumb to the bottomless pit of despair and lose their will to carry on. While others, the people who inspire, fight every moment of every day to win the unfair war waged by traitorous depression, unleashing torture on the souls of those afflicted.
The embattled souls cling to hope, holding on tight, trying to come to terms with so many whys. Beaten down by the emotional tug of war at the very core of their existence still, they choose to fight rather than flee.
Hasty is one of those souls. She has armed herself with words, profound words, that impact a reader as her struggles unfold on the page. Poetry is her battle cry in her personal war to defeat the demons trying to steal every ounce of strength she possesses.
Her poems are her sword and shield against depression’s war dance. I sense the catharsis writing offers the poet from an unseen but very real enemy.
It’s all there, page after page as her words paint a picture of the emotional, physical and spiritual ramifications of depression.
Poet Hasty Words has written a powerful anthology of poems, Depression’s Dance, capturing the toll and turmoil of living with depression. It’s transparent as you read and understand the impact depression has had on her and her loved ones. She fights hard to free herself of the chains depression has cuffed her with, binding her mind, body and spirit in constant chaos and does it through poetry.
Her poetry is heart wrenching. Take for example, the poems “Born Broken” or “Vinegar Words” or even “Forever Flawed.” It’s moving to read of the pain she feels. But a numbness is also echoed in her words. While the poetry tells of her struggles, beautiful pictures of Hasty Words add another dimension to the words, providing an image of what depression looks like.
Depression has it’s own ruthless voice in the pages of Depression’s Dance. He antagonizes the poet with harsh words and unfair ridicule. You read what she hears in her mind’s battleground as the enemy claws at her resolve.
“These pages reflect
Images of me
For the world to see.”
“Piecemeal Souls” captures the intention behind this book of poems.
Every piece resonated with me. I went on a rollercoaster ride of emotions but came away hopeful. Despite her struggles, Hasty uses words to effectively combat her nemesis and I cheered for her the entire way.
I strongly recommend you pick up Depression’s Dance. It is worth the read as you come away with an understanding of a human condition we seem to never want to talk about and maybe because, we all have our own demons to slay.
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Interview with Hasty Words
As part of #MondayBlogs, here’s a bonus post. I had the awesome pleasure of interviewing the lovely poet. We had such a blast getting to know one another. Now it’s your turn!
Veena: Hi Hasty, thank you for helping me to launch The Author Visits! I am so happy to have you as my first author visiting.
Hasty: Thank you for having me. I am really excited about spending the week with you and the awesome readers.
Veena: So Hasty, tell me, which character in a book would you enjoy having drinks and dinner with?
Hasty: I would have to narrow it down to two. One would be Odd Thomas created by Dean Koontz. The other is actually an ongoing blog character created by Sage Doyle. Wall Grimm is created and introduced to readers through a series of online journal entries. You can read The Journal of Wall Grimm by visiting his blog at wallgrimm.wordpress.com.
Veena: I’ll have to check-out Wall Grimm’s site. Sounds interesting. Now, if you could be any character in a book, who would you be and why?
Hasty: I would want to be Curious George. He meets so many people and does so many fantastical things without a care or thought in the world and everything always turns out perfectly.
Veena: So true. That little monkey does have some amazing luck! OK, when did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Hasty: I am not sure I want to be a writer as much as I want to be a communicator.
Veena: And, who or what inspires you to write?
Hasty: Anything that causes me to feel deeply inspires me to write.
Veena: Last question, who is your favorite author?
Hasty: Robert Ludlum. I was very sad when I had finished reading all his books.
Veena: Wow, that went by fast. I think we’ll need to do this again soon but next time I’ll pick the questions!
Hasty: Sounds like a plan.
Tomorrow, I’ll post my review of Hasty’s poetry anthology, Depression’s Dance. Until then, keep reading and writing!
Book Title: Depression’s Dance
Genre: Mixed Media Poetry
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Page Count: 100 pages
Release Date: December 2013 – Available in Paperback and e-book (category i.e. hardcover, digital, trade, etc…)
Book blurb: Depression has a way of sneaking into your life and before you know it you are caught in a dance you can’t cut away from. This is about my dance with depression complete with the moments of desperation as well as the moments of hope.
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About Hasty Words
I am a wife and a mom in my mid 40’s trying to create rainbows in a world where my mind is held prisoner! I write a lot in order to gain perspective, purge my soul, retain my memories, and to put into words what my tears and laughter are trying to say!
Details for the Gift Give-away
Poet Hasty Words will be giving away two signed copies to two lucky winners with a handwritten poem in each one.
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