On the chopping board of life stands sweet and lays sour things. They are chopped, cut, diced and served up delicious with tangy bits. I mused about life as I continued typing my research paper. I could pause my music player to listen to your voice notes. All your voice notes. You see, I love voices, listening to their sultry, cheery or silken smoky tones.
On the chopping board of life we all lay here. Either dissected or being prepared to be prodded by tools ie. persons or experiences that bring out ourselves. I pause Ella Fitzgerald infamous sensual jazz ballad, At Last. Then my right fingers play your voice note. While my left palm reached for my cold glass of pink yoghurt. Sweet and sour. Sour strawberry creaminess coat my curling tongue like a French kiss. Sweet, sweetness is your voice. The moment passed like how I missed making your acquaintance about ten times before I did a year ago.
A DJ turn table or photo editing app is what life uses these days. Chopping up beats and mixing pulses of daily life. Cropping and feeding filtered gradients that gradually alter reality’s real. So I listen to Sufjan Stevens’ hollow singing thrown in after your voice like sour yoghurt sipped after chewing sweet, soft chocolate cake bits.
CHOP! the knife slices into the small brown circumference. Like my excitement shorten night’s rest. CROPPED, I now have another taste of life for myself.
You! Yes, you gemstone!
Welcome to August.
I expect you to have some adventures this month. I plan having adventures with diverse narratives on my DNF list. I’ll also publish drafted book reviews of my July reads. Ebooks from my TBR list that I’m interested in reading in August include The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding and When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. Expect new, quirky, vibrant book photos here and on my bookstagram account gemstone. Feel free to use them as wallpapers. When you repost or use my book pictures reference me.
Books on my Did Not Finish List include
- The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein (A transgender business woman’s autobiography)
- P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han (sequel to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before)
- Meet Cute Edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout (YA Romance Collection)
- A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Edited by Ellen Oh and Ellie Chapman (YA Fiction Collection of Retellings of Asian myths and legends)
- Garri for Breakfast by Seun Lari-Williams
- Fine Boys by Eghosa Imasuen
- It Wasn’t Exactly Love by Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop 2012
- Desperate In Dubia (story of four young women desperately searching for happiness in Dubia)
This list is filled with exquisite fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction set across the globe through time with various characters. I’d like to finish reading them while trying to acquire titles for African Horror. I don’t plan to complete reading everything on my DNF list this August though.
July was busy but blissful. I read really amazing books amidst many research papers and legal articles. I read a lot of highly recommended YA Romance, queer romance and some trilogies. The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera. Everyday by David Levithan. Kevin Kwan’s trilogy (Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, Rich People Problems), Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Almost a dozen stories read from Meet Cute Edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout and A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Edited by Ellen Oh and Ellie Chapman. Plus fifteen chapters from the Desperate In Dubia blog. July was filled with new lessons, my LL.B project editing, quirky book photos and globe trotting narratives.
PS: Happy new month gemstone!
If you are an avid reader of Amethyst Saw you’d know I give my new month welcomes on my instagram and THE QUIRKY CREATIVE FICTION newsletter. However since April, I write you a little note welcoming you to a new month. July began with me juggling. Juggling research with reading vigils, cold weather from sporadic rainfalls with Lagos traffic. While curating my thoughts about my globe trotting reads.
Welcome to July gemstone! What book did you begin reading this month? Comment below to share with me.
Just after I shared my last #pridemonthreads I came across Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera and Everything Leads Back to You by Nina Lacour. I poured myself into the former dropping my current reads. After a never before read narrative I jetted off to Singapore. Left for China then circled around Europe with extravagant Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problem by Kevin Kwan in three days. I’m still curating my thoughts on these exquisite reads. After the difficulty of trying to stick to my reading list in June i.e. not so fun experiment. I decided to be directed by curiosity and interest. I got recommended Desperate In Dubia. This time I took an economy class flight to meet four different women in UAE through this fiction blog series (now a published book). For African literature, I think I’ll continue Garri for Breakfast while exploring erotica and essays from Adventures From The Bedrooms of African Women. I don’t like having half/quarter/one chapter read books and I already have three!
Let’s pause our book lust for UPDATES.
I have a new sub series called My Yellow Eko to share stories of adventure, yellow sights, bustling sounds and hustling people in Lagos, Nigeria. New stories are about to be published. The #PoetryILove Bar shares an aesthetic stanza from Jumoke Verissimo’s third poem in Saraba Magazine Special Issue. I currently will be publishing works on Tuesdays and Fridays. These are my last Thursday posts till further notice. A goddess needs to finish her LL.B research paper. Don’t hold your breath but I plan to have a Youtube playlist for book visuals on my personal channel soon. I will be publishing flash stories, some erotica and chicklit on the blog.
I hope you’ve aligned your reading goals for the month with other plans. All the best juggling July gemstone.
Happy New Month Gemstone!
The first half of 2k18 is almost gone. It’s been a pleasure sharing my quirky narrative and having you read literature with me. I began June with a giveaway and a reading vigil. I plan on reading a lot of novels, ebooks, poems and Comic Republic comics this month. Some from authors Off the Continent. I even made a list.
Fine Boys by Eghosa Imasuen,
The Last Days at Forcados High School by A.H Mohammed,
Queen of the Damned by Anna Rice,
Matchmakers by Jude Devereaux,
Diary of A Crush by Sarra Manning,
Heat Wave by Richard Castle,
Garri For Breakfast by Seun Lari-Williams,
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi,
Immortal Promise by Leitha Wards.
I’ll be completing and publishing drafts from past months. Flash stories will be published into the Write Pad and Series will have new entries into FROM THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT and #INSTASTORY. My thoughts on my current reads will be shared in WHAT I AM READING. I plan to start, continue and complete writing and editing some manuscripts. I set some reading goals for this year. I’ll assess my progress at the month which should be fun.
Jump right into the new month and prepare for the rest of the year. It isn’t too late Gemstone.
Today makes it 365 days of sharing my quirky narrative with you. I started the blog to curate and publish my African chicklit and speculative fiction flash stories. After over 100 posts, 4 series, 8 categories I’m grateful to have you read, like and comment over the past year.
Amethyst’s bookstagram account was also a year old on the 13th.
It seems like hours ago I published this first post of a book photo and review in this WHAT I AM READING above. Today 72 posts later #amethystshotx shares my improved book photography skill. i’m so happy I decided to utilize these platform for what I love. The following months are going to be superb. As I have more flash stories, series, reviews and manuscripts to publish.
Happy Anniversary to Amethyst Saw (blog, bookstagram and newsletters). To celebrate I’ll be doing a giveaway on my instagram for my readers and followers resident in Nigeria. More details will be published on my instagram account so do follow Amethyst Saw.