October 21st, 2014


Warm http://wp.me/s2INPI-warm

Down the snowy path

we walk, your arms around me.

Your heart keeps me warm.

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October 20th, 2014


He said he felt like I didn’t love him,

Like he was just my friend

A friend with the alarm code to my heart & the key to my soul…

If only he’d turn it

Saw our future through a telescope

Growing together,

Taking each day as it came

Me, ready to abandon the script that had become my life,

My comfort zone

To walk through the storms in my head,

He was my light

Knight in shining armor,

More like a…

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Words http://wp.me/s2INPI-words

slicing into me

smooth & clean

like paper

or a ninja’s blade

takes a moment to sting

rarely bleeds

the pain has an echo

through the canyons of my soul

aftershocks through my mind

days, weeks, months later

like they just cut through my ear canal

your words…

Turtleberry 2011

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A Perfect Date

high off life
or cotton candy
or funnel cake with strawberries
hair red
bleached & baked
by chlorine’s date with the sun
jean shorts still heavy
from rapids promising
a shower or a soak
knees wobbly after
using a rollercoaster to
air dry
teddy bear bigger than you
cause you’ve looked 12
since you were 16
and 16
since you were 20
cheek bones higher than usual
from the smile
grown permanent on your…

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Nobody’s Somebody (excerpt)

Nobody’s Somebody (excerpt)

“Just think about how far we all have come since last year. Isn’t it amazing?” Drea smiled as she sat back in her chair at our banquet table. The other sorority members who were seated with us were either up and dancing or mingling around the banquet hall.

Amazing wasn’t the word I was thinking of when I thought about the past, or the future. My mind leaned more towards depressing as the…

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Love & Music

would I love music more than my boyfriend?


yes, I would

should he ever make me choose

between him

and the masterpiece that is the X&Y cd

I would chuck the deuces

plug my head phones into my iPod

and walk away

while Coldplay attempts to fix me

if my love ever decided to deny

the fact that Michael Jackson and Prince are

and always have been

musical geniuses that cannot be compared

to each…

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October 15th, 2014

Are you ready for NaNoWriMo 2014?

Are you ready for NaNoWriMo 2014?

Have you started thinking about your project for National Novel Writing Month?

(If you don’t know what I am talking about you should check out the NaNoWriMo Website.)

50,000 words in 30 days can be daunting… especially if you have no clue what you are going to be writing about. Now is the time to really start focusing in on a vague idea of where you want to start. It is perfectly okay to let the…

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October 7th, 2014

Writing Prompt - Your ideal day

Take a few moments to map out your ideal day. What does it look like? What does it feel like? Go from start to finish.

Use whatever form of writing speaks to you right now.

Speaking it into existence makes it more likely to actually happen.

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September 28th, 2014

Handmade Books

Our handmade journals have been a hit at the Baltimore Book Festival!










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September 21st, 2014

Fog : Writing Prompt

What will you see when the fog lifts? What is revealed to you? What is made clear? What shines?

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September 19th, 2014

Come see us at the 2014 Baltimore Book Festival!

We are excited to be participating in the 2014 Baltimore Book Festival!

bmore book fest

We will be located in a booth on Rash Field, just off of Key Highway.

We have partnered with Soulful Emergence Art Gallery! Along with works of fiction and poetry, there will be hand crafted journals and other surprises!!!!!

If you are in the area, please come down. Enjoy the festival and Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor.

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August 27th, 2014

GOD bless the exes!

GOD bless the exes!

Okay so I know this may sound weird but I am really thankful for my past loves.

No seriously. (Stop laughing and/or giving me the side eye.)

I was tweeting yesterday about understanding your personal love language. Your love language (by my definition) is the way you show love. It can also be the way you best receive love.

I have found that the most clear way that I show love is by devoting time…

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August 26th, 2014

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Simply needed to write a few things out

Simply needed to write a few things out

So, I have found the need to write myself out of this depressed state that I am in.

Of course you wonder… “Why so depressed? Don’t you realize how blessed you are compared to others?”

Blah Blah Blah

Yes, I realized that I am an extremely blessed woman. I have a million things to be thankful/grateful for.

That doesn’t change the fact that I suffer from clinical depression and generalized anxiety…

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July 30th, 2014

What can we do for you?

What can we do for you?

I am in the process of crafting a list of services that Turtleberry Press can help you with. The list is ever evolving based on the needs of the people we interact with.

Here is what I have so far:

  • Creativity & Writing Coaching
  • Publishing consultation
  • Basic Print ready manuscript prep
  • Editing services
  • Complete book publishing service
  • E-book publishing assistance
  • Handmade book publishing


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