After my dreams of becoming a teacher were finally a reality, life had thrown me into the powerful current of adulthood. Marriage was the norm Transferring jobs occurred. New adventures were thrown at me. Family and friends came and went from my life. All of it affected me, shaped me, tossed me around like a little boat in a raging storm. Then, I was diagnosed with lupus, changing how I lived in addition to what I lived. Life became more precious to me, but at the same time, I felt it pushed me under.
Welcome to your late twenties and early thirties. Life doesn't go as planned, but you have to sail on toward the horizon. In this collection, I explore more mature themes, dealing with trying to hold on to your happy youth while wading through the darkness that is always there, such as confusion, loneliness, stress, violence, and even death. Still, despite these topics, I look for the lighthouse, the beacon of hope to continue on, all through poems, short stories, children stories (about my cat and grandma), and other literary works. With the power of writing and creativity fueling me, I was able to stay afloat in light.
Exclusive to this collection also is my new adult novella, Dreaming For You, following the story of Frankie Ragner, a former teenage Hollywood heartthrob that wants to better himself by being a producer, despite his addictions that have been forced upon him since youth. His only salvation when he sinks into his transgressions is his dreams, a lovely maiden visiting him in different forms when he's at his worst. She gives him everything he desires, but she's only a dream too good to be real. Still, if someone gives you such a vision, shouldn't you chase it?
Endless Silver Ocean has tales for the young and young at heart, mature and impactful reading, all through poems and stories that I wrote from personal struggles, this work the most revealing about who I am as a person. Even when waves are choppy and cruel, I look to my words, my stars, to conquer this endless silver ocean.
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