Reality (A Poem)

reality poem by melissa donovanReality

What if you could reshape reality
With words and pictures
Bring people into a new existence
Of your own making

You could make them believe
The earth is flat
The moon is made of cheese
Up is down and right is left

I saw the world flip

Outside where cherry blossoms swirl
And crickets chirp at the stars
The river digs through the earth
And the trees inhale the sky

Lions still devour lambs

This world is real
Even if you’re not

I Wrote a Children’s Book — Uma Luma Goes to the Moon!

emmy donovanI recently wrote and published a children’s book under the pen name Emmy Donovan. Please note that in the future, I won’t be posting news and announcements here regarding my children’s books, but you can head over to emmydonovan.com to see what’s new or sign up to receive updates on forthcoming releases.

The book is titled Uma Luma Goes to the Moon and it’s an early reader (chapter book) for kids ages 6-8. The book is available in both paperback and ebook. I wrote this book as a birthday gift for my niece, whom I love with all my heart. Here’s the description:

Uma Luma can’t fall asleep. Every night, she lies in bed staring at the ceiling. She tries reading, counting sheep, and drinking warm milk, but nothing works. Uma is getting groggier and grumpier every day. She even falls asleep in school!

All Uma Luma wants is a good night’s rest.

Then a special visitor arrives and takes Uma Luma on a marvelous adventure to the moon. Uma learns about the Earth, the moon, and the stars. She even learns a new trick that might help her fall asleep at night.

Uma Luma Goes to the Moon is a wondrous adventure packed with interesting facts about space and science.

CHECK IT OUT

Seven Things I Learned Writing and Publishing My First Novel

Writing and publishing my first novel.

Writing and publishing my first novel.

I knew I would learn a lot by writing and publishing my first novel, but I didn’t know exactly what I would learn. Would I make discoveries about my writing process or the craft of writing and storytelling? Would I learn broader life lessons? Perhaps all of the above?

Engineered Underground isn’t the first book — or even the first novel — that I’ve written. I’ve published several nonfiction books on the craft of writing, and I’ve drafted two novels that didn’t work out and got shelved. So I entered this project with some experience.

But taking a novel through to completion was vastly different from my previous experiences with writing books.

Here’s What I Learned:

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Win a Free Copy of Engineered Underground in a Goodreads Giveaway

engineered undergroundFrom today through Monday, August 17, I’m hosting a giveaway on Goodreads for the paperback edition of Engineered Underground, the first book in my Metamorphosis series.

Engineered Underground is about an engineer named Wendy Watson whose life is thrown into upheaval when she comes into possession of extraordinary technology and top-secret information that lures her into a world of military intrigue, government secrets, and revolutionary science.

How far will Wendy and her friends go in order to prevent an act of treason that could have devastating consequences for all of humanity?

Goodreads is a social media network for people who love to read. It’s a great way to share and discover books. You can create a list of books you want to read and rate and review books you’ve already read. Read more

Waiting for the Wind (A Poem)

waiting for the windWaiting for the Wind

All that dirty starlight, I wiped it off your feet
mixed it up with Mercury and put it in your drink
sat back and watched you
drink oceans of me

We were weighted down
with sins that don’t exist
We were waiting for the wind
to erase what we did

I tried to warn you about love
and its fragile, fickle bliss

When spring came, our dreams departed
Our moon was full, our skies were charted
and the galaxy didn’t skip or sink

I might be forgiving
next time you need a drink.