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Local writing group accepting new members

Taking submissions for upcoming anthology, “Ticks and Quirks: Human Oddball Stories.”

Are you interested in science fiction? Fantasy? How about Horror? …. Then perhaps you might find your seat in the new writing group that is meeting once a month at Bob’s Bookstore in Charleston.  While the group is still pretty small, it has plenty of room for inspiring writers who enjoy such genres. They share ideas for writing topics, offer advice and even talk a bit about their lives – as we all know -life can be quite inspiring too!

Currently while the group is looking for new members, they have also inspired a new idea for an anthology titled, “Ticks and Quirks: Human Oddball Stories.” At their last meeting, they were speaking about some of the unique individuals whom they have crossed paths with as well as some interesting life experiences. After speaking for some time on the topic – they thought – how about we put together an anthology on these stories?!

Putting together a new anthology will be no problem – as the two who founded the writing group –local authors, Joshua Annis and Ariana R Cherry, have started their own publishing company, “Cherry House Press.” With the ideas and submissions from the help of the writing group and the experience of Cherry House Press, they will be able to print “Ticks and Quirks: Human Oddball Stories.” They will be taking submissions through September 15th.

If you are interested in joining the new writing group, “CIHFS Writers Group” (Central Illinois Horror/Fantasy/Sci-Fi) , or would like to share your story about a unique individual or life experience, come on over to Bob’s Book Store at 303 Lincoln Avenue in Charleston on Saturday August 25 at 7:00 pm .

You can also visit or message the group Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CIHFSwritersGroup/.

For more questions about the writing group or submitting to the anthology, you can contact Ariana R Cherry at arianathepoet@gmail.com.

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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!

https://arianarcherry.wordpress.com/events/

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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 cherryhousepress@gmail.com. All other submissions for novellas, poetry and novels are taken all year long.

You can visit Cherry-House Press on the internet at: https://cherryhousepress.wordpress.com/ and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/CherryHousePress/ . If you have any questions, you can email Ariana at arianathepoet@gmail.com or call her at 217-246-1966.

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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 https://arianarcherry.wordpress.com or follow her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ArianathePoet/

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I have been wanting to start my own small publishing press for quite some time – although, I knew that I needed to gain some experience creating and publishing my own books first. I’ve been self-publishing since about 2004. I released my first book, “The Real Me-Xtended” in 2004… It definitely was quite simple and basic, but it felt awesome to put my first collection of poems into the world. I had submitted my writing to other publishing houses and got a few “no’s”…but a few of my poems had been published into anthologies… I still wanted my own collection though. As the years have progressed, the Internet has made it possible for authors to self publish and become independent authors… Two publishing houses that I am particularly familiar with are Lulu.com and Amazon.

Fast forward some years later, I have published 7 of my own books and have helped a couple good friends publish their books as well… What I want to do now, is help other beginning authors – those who are just getting their feet wet in the publishing business and are trying to wade through the waters…. I want to be the one who takes those people’s hands and help them swim…. Which is why I have created, “Cherry-House Press.”

I hope to use Cherry House Press to help both new and seasoned authors as well as putting anthologies together and collaborating with other authors… I already have a call for submissions… (Which will be my next blog post). We will be looking for poems and short stories about our personal fears… You can see more information about it at:

https://cherryhousepress.wordpress.com/open-submissions/

Feel free to stop by our page at Facebook and add a “like” to it:

https://www.facebook.com/CherryHousePress/

and you can visit our website at:

https://cherryhousepress.wordpress.com/

 

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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: https://www.amazon.com/Only-If-Ariana-Cherry-ebook/dp/B01N3RM157/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
  • 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!

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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!

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OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

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Domestic violence resources:

http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/home
http://www.doveinc.org/
https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/domestic-violence
https://www.facebook.com/October-Is-National-Domestic-Viol…/

……If you know of someone who may be experiencing domestic violence – help them break the silence….Contact someone asap….. Sometimes it is much more difficult for the person in the situation to call out for help…..

 

Ariana R. Cherry: 5-Star Author

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Normal Love

I thought my life was normal.
Caught up in my own farce,
I thought it was what
all the other couples did.
I knew no other way.

I let you let me cry.
I thought it was okay,
to feel like you wanted to die.

I saw others’ happiness…
I secretly watched that other guy,
lovingly caress
her face.
I thought it was all play,
not real.

In my world,
Love would not allow you
to feel.

Years of fighting an unruly heart,
While I allowed you to tear it apart,
and I never got to put it back together
EACH time.

I thought it was normal,
to feel so broken.

One late evening,
feeling so incredibly alone…
I had a recognition.

My heart cried out for life.
It begged to be realized.
It asked, that I run away
from the inflicting knife.

It beat at the thoughts

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