#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic 2018 AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT GUEST POSTS: “Poems of Nature & Life,” by Khor Hui-Min

I am excited to announce that I have finally published my first poetry book on 27 April 2018. It’s called Poems of Nature & Life and available in paperback and Kindle ebook format on most Amazon sites. You can see it at Amazon UK and Amazon US, to name just a few.

After I published it, I did my first ever guest post at Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer’s blog. It was fun to write the guest post. Here it is. Hope you like it. 🙂

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Welcome to my author spotlight guest posts where I introduce you to independent authors from various genres from around the globe. You never know. You might meet your new favorite author!

My guest today is Khor Hui-Min. We met through Twitter and share a love of poetry. I always marvel at how our blogs allow us to connect with people from all over the world. Khor lives in Malaysia and her blog is called Project Prose. She also writes about meditation, and the environment, all things dear to my heart.

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Poet & Author, Khor Hui-Min

Khor Hui Min thinks of life as a continuous learning process and believes in a healthy balance between work and life. She is a freelance writer, who is active in publishing poems and short stories. She moonlights as a face painter for the Malaysian Nature Society and also enjoys creating and carving pottery. She has a Bachelor of Computer Science and Master of Science (Environmental Science). You can read more of her writing at https://projectprose.wordpress.com/ and https://huiminskitchen.wordpress.com/

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Meet Khor Hui-Min:

I have always loved to write. In my student days, I would write perhaps one poem a year. But in 2014, I attended a writing workshop by author Zen Cho at the Cooler Lumpur Festival, entitled ‘Inspiration, Influence, and Interaction’. I wrote a poem as an assignment at the end of the workshop.

Something in me changed. I decided that I would start a writing blog, and post something once a week. It turned out that when I sat down to write, what invariable came out was poetry. I wrote poetry every week. To find inspiration to keep the momentum going, I searched on the Internet for writing prompts, and those have been very helpful, even if the prompt was just a single word. I would challenge myself to think of something to write, anything. What came out was, of course, poetry.

I also liked to read about stories of myths, legends, and magic finding them very interesting. They are a source of inspiration to me too. That was how I came across Colleen’s blog, which I follow with interest. I also follow her on Twitter.

“I told myself that at the rate I’m going, in a few years’ time, I would have enough material to produce a book.”

In 2017, I took a leap of faith – I quit my editorial job in the educational publishing industry to become a self-employed writer. For a few months, busy with my new direction, I forgot about my intention to publish. But in April 2018, as the dust settled, my dream of publishing surfaced again. It just so happened that a friend in a writers group had published with Kindle in Amazon.com, so I asked her how to do it, and she patiently answered all my questions.

So, I published on 27 April 2018. The book has a collection of 53 poems, mainly focusing on nature and life. Nature has always been the No.1 inspiration for me, and it is reflected in my poems and articles. I also write poems on life.

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I have always wondered why there are so many unhappy poems out there – people write poetry on heartbreak, general unhappiness, and as an outlet to vent their frustration and dissatisfaction. I, on the other hand, like to write happy, positive and uplifting poetry. There is so much negativity in the world. Why add to it?

Instead, I want to bring more light and joy into the world instead. When people are down, they can pick up my book, flip to a random page, and read something that makes them feel better.

Here is a poem about forest folk from the book, which I hope you will like.

MOON DANCE

Dancing, twirling, in the moonlight
Skirts of petals, shimmering bright
Light as air; fluttering, gliding
Pleasant laughter like bells, tinkling
Twirling round in a ring, so wide
Graceful and lively, side by side
Dancing and singing, with delight
Pretty elves and nymphs, what a sight
Springtime homage to mother moon
So alluring; makes young hearts swoon

© Khor Hui Min, 20 May 2015

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Here’s how to find Khor Hui-Min:

Facebook at Khor Hui Min

Twitter at @MinKhor

Blogs: projectprose.wordpress.com and huiminskitchen.wordpress.com

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Poems of Nature & Life is available in paperback and Kindle ebook format from Amazon.

You can see the paperback version here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1980944490

And you can see the ebook version here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CPBLK63

bluebird morning Thanks for stopping by to meet Khor Hui-Min. I look forward to reviewing her debut poetry novel, “Poems of Nature & Life.” ❤

 

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Soil

Soil is everywhere, beneath your shoes, under your car, hidden under buildings and houses. It is something so ubiquitous that we take it for granted, but without soil, we would have no food and no environment.

An indispensable part of the natural environment, soil is important to plants, animals, rocks, landforms, rivers, etc. and it determines the distribution of plant species and provides a habitat for a wide range of organisms.

We need fertile soil to grow our food, and the food of our livestock. Without fertile soil, we would all be starving.

 
Source of photo: http://www.fao.org/soils-2015/news/news-detail/en/c/317128/

Today, we show gratitude for the soil under our feet, a reminder that we must care for our planet to ensure sustainability in the long term.

Here is a contemporary series of three haikus on the subject of soil:

Of soil and toil 

I

See the fertile lands
Fed by sunlight and water
Shoots growing gently

II

Touch the leaves of plants
Feel the soil in your fingers
From which your food springs

III

Now in this moment
Contemplate the miracle
That is our planet

 

Khor Hui Min
13 July 2017

Read more about soil here.

 

Best version of you

I’ve started writing for BodyMindSoul Mag a few months ago. In contrast to the largely negative tone of mass media and social media these days, BodyMindSoul aims to spread good vibes, encourage a positive outlook and promote a happy and healthy lifestyle.

My poem ‘Best version of you’ was published in Vol. 12 of the magazine. It is a poem intended to promote positive body image among females, but perhaps a few males here and there can identify with its message too. Beauty and fashion magazines, advertisements and the like show us photoshoped and airbrushed photos of impossible perfection, and that has made impressionable people dissatisfied and even depressed with their less-than-perfect looks and bodies.

The message in the poem is that we are the best version of us, because every person is unique and no two are the same. We should appreciate and love ourselves more and not compare ourselves to the unreal and the unnatural.

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When did we meet?

In mid-January 2017, I attended a week-long self-discovery, life transformation and success in life programme – the first of this kind of programme I have ever attended. One year ago, I would not have entertained the idea of joining such a programme, but in December 2016, I decided to take a leap of faith. I thought – I should try something new, something different. Maybe it will be good for me.

So, I signed up for Awaken the Divine You, conducted by Master Umesh, the founder of The Golden Space (Malaysia). I like the universal and non-religious concept of  the programme and the centre, where people from all walks of life are welcome, regardless of background, ethnicity and beliefs. It was different and interesting, and definitely beneficial. I felt that I have grown and improved on Hui Min version 1.0. Perhaps Hui Min 2.0 should be in the works? 😉 So would I recommend other people to take the same  leap of faith? Well, yes! Why not? Never try, never know.

After the programme, I wrote a poem entitled ‘When did we meet?‘ Hope you enjoy reading it. 🙂

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When did we meet?

When you walked past
Busy going about your lives
When did you stop to think last
Why the man leaning against the wall
Looked familiar, in a city so vast?

Jostling for space, shoulder to shoulder
In buses and trains, living life at a frantic pace
Did you wonder about the woman sitting yonder
Where did you see her last?
Was she from your school, did you ever ponder?

Busy about our lives; having time for nothing
To the point of eclipsing all else
What is that something that is missing?
The elusive feeling that you just can’t describe
That makes you lie awake at night thinking

Perhaps he was a brother’s long lost friend
Out of sight, out of mind?
Perhaps she was really an old school friend
Hidden somewhere in the recesses of memory
So busy in this city; till we’ve forgotten our friends?

Maybe he was a brother in a past life
Many millennia ago
Maybe she was a sister lifetimes past, or a wife
Although of different colours and beliefs
Our destinies are inextricably interwoven in life

Khor Hui Min
1 Feb 2017

On the Back of a Motorbike

I’m excited to announce that a new Southeast Asian anthology entitled On the Back of a Motorbike will be out of the printing press soon. As you might have guessed already, all the stories and poems in the book are supposed to contain the phrase ‘on the back of a motorbike’.

My poem The Vendors is featured in the book. 😀  The Vendors is about my fond childhood memories of vendors selling food, such as the bread man, ice cream man, etc. going from residential area to residential area. If you are wondering – yes, it certainly has that phrase in it. 😉

The cover looks like this:

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You know, I’ve seen quite a number of people sporting T-shirts with the slogan ‘Same Same But Different’ over the years. 😉

 

On the Back of a Motorbike is in the process of printing, and the electronic version will be uploaded in a few days’ time. I’ll share the link when it is available. So, keep an eye on this page for updates.  🙂

The book is published by Literary Concept, which is helmed by Kris Williamson. Click here to visit their Facebook page.

 

 

 

Dreams of home

It has been 2 weeks since I wrote some poems for my blog, I think. It’s about time to get back to my poetry writing every week. 🙂  I took my parents and brother to Bali for a family holiday last weekend, and the beautiful Balinese landscape and greenery has inspired me to come back to write anew. 😀

For RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #116, the word prompts are ‘home’ and ‘leaves’. I wrote a haiku about the little garden in my parents’ front yard that is overflowing with all kinds of plants.

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Dreams of Home

Dreams of home sweet home
Where leaves flutter in the wind
And flowers glitter

Khor Hui Min
27 September 2016

Parched Land

Today’s poetry topic is about the dreaded environmental condition known as drought. It plagues many parts of the world, and leaves lands barren and cracked. I wrote a series of three haikus on it.

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Dry ground in the Sonoran Desert, Sonora, Mexico. Photo by Tomas Castelazo (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D, via Wikipedia Commons

Parched Land

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Our thirsty cracked earth
Imploring the blue heavens
For drops of rebirth

II

Abundant river
From clear to brown; at last dust
Parched land in despair

III

Global climate change
Flood today; drought tomorrow
Future uncertain

Khor Hui Min
26 July 2016

Fairy song

For RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #106, the word prompts are ‘sing’ and ‘flower’. I thought of forests, and streams, fairies and flower meadows – the enchanted world of our imagination. 🙂

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Source: https://creativemarket.com/Vadim.Sherbakov/73972-29-Icelandic-Roads

 

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Flowers in my hair
Singing in the dew-drenched dawn
Summertime so fair

Khor Hui Min
19 July 2016

Light and Dark

For July 2016 week 3 of #‎MYWritersPoetryPrompt‬, there were two word prompts, ‘light’ and ‘dark’. I wrote about the co-existence of light and dark, good and evil. This poem is not about the triumph of good over evil, but about how their co-existence makes each appear as they are perceived in the present day – light being the good, and dark being the evil.

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Light and Dark

What is light without dark?
What is dark without light?

The light makes the dark
Look dim and dastardly

The dark makes the light
Look bright and beautiful

One without the other
Will lose its power and influence

They are pitted against each other
But each needs the other to thrive

An odd co-existence through the ages
But persists still due to necessity

Khor Hui Min
23 June 2016