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I’ll be entering the Fine Arts Department at the art show at our local county fair this year. I am entering some photography that I did and an abstract acrylic painting. This is my first time entering a painting instead of a drawing…. and my first year I’ve taken the photography aspect a bit more seriously…. We will see how it goes!



I was updating my schedule of events for my appearances for the rest of the year… If you’d like to catch me, my poetry or buy my books, there’s a few more places that I’ll be “on the road” this year…

1. Spook Show at the Cross County Mall: August 3 and 4th.
I’ll be at Spook Show Convention with fellow author J.W. Wright along with our books and some of my artwork. This will be our first appearance at this convention.

2. Candle Light Vigils for HOPE and DOVE: October
I will be presenting my program, “A Normal Kind Of Love” at the candle light vigils for HOPE and DOVE to speak on domestic violence. Dates, time and places to come soon.

3. Dark History and Horror Convention: November 9 and 10.
J.W. Wright and I will be at the Savoy Recreation Center for one of the most awesome conventions of the year!

You can also click on the link to see the information as well. Come see me sometime this year!

…So for this post, I am going to go a bit unpoetic and speak on something extremely “girly” -and this is not a topic I post on regularly on my blog…. But it is something I needed to get off my chest – so I am treating this as a journal like entry…I have never really been quite too particular with my looks or “fussy” (as my bf calls it) over my hair or overall appearance…. until the drastic hair change….. Feel free to continue reading – warning – this gets girly and its all about hair… (no poetry here – but I definitely could write some hair poetry about now I am sure!)

A week ago – today, I did something very different and quite shocking for me…. Somehow – I went to the salon and when I came out – I realized I left about half of my hair on the floor… And I couldn’t really put it back on…

But I am going to back up this story first… A few months ago – after YEARS- no DECADES of having hair pretty much past my shoulders – I went for a bob…                                                     (Before and after photo below):


ANd I really liked the haircut … It was easier to take care of and I liked the lightness of it…. But then some of it started to grow out and I had my stylist “trim it.” Well – she did a little more than a trim and took about another inch and a half off – It never quite felt like the same cut after that… (and then I also dyed it a reddish color)…(photo below):


The cut just never felt right after that and the dying it red lasted just a bit. I ended up dying it back to brown which is my more natural color… At different points in my life, I had often wondered what it would be like to have shorter hair – I mean – after-all I had taken the plunge for the bob…. So I had courage to do that. I saw some cute shorter bobs (pixie bobs) that I had liked and felt that I could pull off after some research…. So I took those photos to my stylist… but that is not what happened….She decided to try something “edgier” and called it a “messy pixie.” One – I am not an edgy type of person when it comes to style… I am more of a classic, comfortable, cute kind of style…I have a bit of classic, modern mixed with comfort.. .There are times, I’ve dressed a little more “darker” or mild goth like for conventions – but that was for author appearances at those events… That was about as “edgy” as I got….

So anyhow – I took the plunge…. and my hair was all on the floor…. and this is what was left. (My first bob (before) and after (pixie) below):

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I actually smoothed down my hair and had put a skinny headband in it after leaving the salon… I  like my hair smooth and neat… Not messy….

So – I have been learning to adjust to this new pixie that has now taken residence on my head…


I have never quite realized how much I have cared about my hair until this past week… I have never felt so far from me and the person I am – this unfamiliar face staring back at me in the mirror – has been quite strange to me… I have had long hair for almost my entire life… And this drastic change… It has totally turned my little “comfortable fashion” style upside down. I’ve had to rethink some of my outfits and rethink the way I style my hair. I will say – it has been nice to spend less time washing and drying my hair, but it has taken a bit of time to style in the mornings so that I can tame it from my dreadful bedhead that I wake up with each morning.. and I am not lying – It is dreadful. If you ever decide to have your hair this short – you will have atrocious bedhead – unless you sleep in a shower cap perhaps…(which I have thought about)…

I am sorry if this sounds dramatic – but I have been close to tears every day that I have woke up to fix my hair… Trying to tame it from the mornings, and figure out how to wear it and still feel like me. I have felt entirely disconnected. I am sure all of you are saying “It is just hair!” and you are right – IT IS JUST HAIR.… but – ya know… It has been like a “mourning” for me… Mourning from that old look that I have been familiar with for so many years and trying to adjust to that new face that I see in the mirror. In the past week, there might have been a few hours that I actually even felt pretty…. I have had tons of compliments – people have told me that they love my hair and it is cute…. But I am still trying to adjust to the stranger staring back at me and this new hair routine…

Yes – it is just hair, but it is also a part of me… And I know very much so – that we do not judge people on who they are on the outside – We love people for who they are on the inside – for their heart and soul…. So it is not that I am so worried about my appearance – it is just trying to adjust to such a drastic change and trying to welcome something brand new – and mourning an old way of life….

And I realize – hair grows back…. But for now – I am just going to have to learn new ways to style my new haircut and learn to be more confident in who I am…. Then maybe  – I can learn to deal with such a drastic change such as this….

…..If you’d like to try for short hair one day – great! go for it – but do keep in mind – there could be some psychological things that go on in your head – especially if you have had long hair for close to two decades in your life (like me)... or even over that…. Because you will need to learn to embrace change…








New publishing company, Cherry-House Press taking submissions

A new local publishing company, Cherry-House Press, is seeking both new and seasoned authors. Author, Ariana R Cherry (“Only If,” & “Between Light and Darkness”) of Arthur is the founder of the new publishing house. Her other team-member, author J.W. Wright (“Bestial Transformation and Other Horrors”) is the press’s proofreader and reviewer.

Cherry founded the press to give independent authors a voice in the publishing world. She has always had a dream of starting her own publishing company and has been publishing her own work since 2004. Cherry realizes the difficulty of being an independent author and how intimidating it can be when submitting writing to the very competitive world of publishing.

Cherry-House Press is seeking collections of poetry, novellas and novels. They are publishing genres of poetry, fantasy, science fiction and horror. Along with seeking authors to publish, Cherry-House Press is also taking submissions for their first anthology, “The Fears of Us All.” They are seeking submissions of short stories and poetry. Writers who are interested in submitting work may submit stories that are up to 10 pages or up to three poems that deal with either psychical or mental fears. Submissions for the anthology will be taken through March 30 and may be emailed to All other submissions for novellas, poetry and novels are taken all year long.

You can visit Cherry-House Press on the internet at: and on Facebook at: . If you have any questions, you can email Ariana at or call her at 217-246-1966.


Local author, Ariana R Cherry will be speaking at the first annual Art in Equality Convention on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Savoy Recreation Center in Savoy, Illinois. It is a convention and film festival focusing on Equality for all: LGBTQ, all races, all religions, all sexes. “We are ALL human, let’s stop the hate. We will provide an environment that welcomes everyone with open minds and open heartsWe will embrace knowledge, love and understanding.

The Art in Equality Convention will bring knowledge, love and understanding by showcasing special guest speakers, vendors and films from independent filmmakers. Other special guests include actor and former pro-wrestler, Bishop Stevens and Philo Barnhart – creator of Disney’s, “Ariel.”

Cherry will be giving a presentation titled, “A Normal Kind of Love,” which is performance art with both poetry and story-telling. She will be telling a true story about domestic abuse and her journey from darkness back into the light. Cherry will be presenting at 10:00 am that day.

Cherry is also the author of her epic poetic tale, “Only If,” and her most recent collection of poems, “Between Light and Darkness.” You can visit her website online at or follow her on Facebook at:



2017 has gone by – and it was a pretty good year for the most part… But there are still projects that I would like to finish – and ideas that I would like to get started for 2018… I really would like to focus on hopefully getting more of my books noticed or “out there” somehow by finding reasonable and reliable marketing. Along with that I have some goals that I would like to set for 2018….

  • Finish “Only If” part 2 (Clara’s Story). I am bit behind on this and only because as I have been writing this story – it took an unexpected turn that I wasn’t happy with but then realized that perhaps a particular scene had to happen…. So I hope to be moving on with that and I plan on finishing that story! (If you haven’t read the first one, you can actually purchase it on Amazon in print or on Kindle  (Kindle Unlimited customers can read it for free!) at:
  • Publish another collection of poetry…. (or 2)… I am stuck between poetry that deals with the mind or perhaps poems about angels…. I may do both of them… But I would like to see one of these collections published.
  • Work on selling more art and jewelry on eBay or other social media platforms. (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram).
  • Start up a small independent publishing company – Cherry House Publishing. I’ve been self publishing for several years and I would like to be able to help other authors like myself with the steps in getting published.
  • Create more art/jewelry to sell at a local store where I live…                                        (The Arthur General Store).
  • Expand more on my story, “The New World..” – hopefully maybe publish it at the end of the year? …
  • I am hoping to attend the Art & Equality Convention, Spook Show Convention and the Dark History and Horror Convention. It is always a great time to meet new people, see old friends and hopefully share my work with hopefully new fans!


Hopefully I will meet some of these goals in 2018…. I will be blogging about these projects throughout the year if I do complete them …. Stay tuned!



Soon, within hours, it will be 2018…. and I will spend a bit of time reflecting on the past year… and the journey I have taken to get to today…this present time… Few will know how difficult it has been for me to stay in the present and to not keep lingering in the past…In 2017, I’ve worked hard to keep marching forward and to creating new memories…

… Actually in 2017, I did a few things that I never would have seen myself doing four to five years ago because I wouldn’t  have had the courage… nor the confidence…. But somehow – as time has progressed, I’ve surprised myself in more ways than one… While the final outcome was indeed not perfect – I still took the leap to get out of my comfort zone…

…I am not writing this to brag. I am writing this as something to look back on as accomplishments…and maybe – somewhere out there – I can inspire someone else, who has been down a difficult road … or is now – experiencing life for the first time free from a difficult situation they may have been in before…

In 2017, I had the opportunity to attend a couple of local conventions to promote my books and myself as an author – Dark History and Horror Convention and Cil-Con. At the Dark History and Horror Convention, I participated in an author’s round table on a small stage …. I haven’t had the courage to be on a stage since I had been in plays back in high school… At Cil-Con – I spoke to many different people… probably more than I had done so at previous conventions…

I did a few public speaking “gigs.” I am not one who is comfortable speaking in front of crowds… In fact – it can be downright terrifying sometimes… But – I did it 3 times this year!… I created a program titled, “Rhymes Climbing Through Time,” ( which takes a look at a few of my favorite poets through the years and their history. I also talk about my poetry, a little bit of life experience and why I write poetry to share with others… I performed that specific program twice – Once for the Moultrie County Historical Society and then again for the local Rotary Club. Then my boyfriend and I created a program for those getting their start in writing. We did that presentation at the Lovington Public Library… There were few in attendance – but they all enjoyed it and asked us to come back again sometime….

Coming up in March 2018, I have been invited as a guest to the Art and Equality Convention in Savoy, Illinois where I will speak on domestic abuse…. That will be a large step for me.

Since late 2016, I have been taking piano lessons. This is something that I have always wanted to learn as a child. I love what I have learned so far and playing the piano. While I was completely terrified, I played a solo at the Arthur United Methodist Church some weeks ago. It was a combination of “Fur Elise” and “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven. I did stop a couple times, and confessed that I was indeed nervous… But I did get through it !…. Thinking of that experience still makes me nervous! It was my first time playing publicly. I hope that with time and more experience, I will grow less nervous doing this….

Also in 2017, I was invited to be a guest on a podcast  – “The Rift Radio.” I spoke about my poetry and writing…. And now – I am the host (with my boyfriend as the co-host) of my own podcast (Night Moves Radio) and part of the R.I.F.T.. Network which began this past August… We interview authors, artists and musicians each week on Thursday evenings. It has been fun getting to meet new people.

After approaching the Arthur General Store with my artwork and jewelry – it is now selling in their store.. and I have made great friends with its owners. It was wonderful for others to think that something I created was actually worth selling…. I never knew if the things I created were any good or not… I believe that has given me the confidence that I have needed to put my creations out there…

….Looking back – I could have never dreamed of getting to have such experiences. Over four years ago, I felt trapped and in a never-ending loop. I was convinced that I was not a person worthy of good things happening to her….I also worried whether I was a good  mother or not… I felt like I was living in a bubble and there was no room for me to grow as a person…

There may be times that my past haunts me… or I still hear the echoes of all the bad things that were said to me… But I continue to take heart, try to have faith and believe that I can do this thing that we call , “life.” …. And without a dream that I had so many years ago to reassure me of the love that I did indeed have and to have the strength to change a situation that was causing me grief and not allowing me to grow…. None of this would have been possible…

….Life is a journey and not everything is perfect… and sometimes – time may seem like its standing… But – we just need to have faith … Somehow we just have to keep moving forward …Even when the past tries to outreach its arms to drag you down, you have to literally pull away and ignore those ghosts in your head.

…. Remember…. you….are much stronger than what you think you are.

……Happy New Year.