This a lengthy post, longer than my usual posts. Below is the actual post I made here on WordPress seven years ago. I am sharing it all with you guys because I never thought that, that one single moment of “airport boredom” could actually change my life and my perspective about writing and publishing. I started out with only a few followers. My first post (one below) had three ( 3) likes.
Seven years after, my Word Press family grew bigger. I’ve met interesting, talented, and, supportive bloggers/writers/poets, and eventually made friends with them. It has been a wonderful seven blogging/writing years. (I’d write a different post about the amazing people I’ve met here)
My first few years were a bit off, so to say. I didn’t know which and what direction to take as a writer or blogger or poet. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism so, I must be equipped with the basic knowledge in writing. I was a student writer as well back then, so writing is really not new anymore. I was also a teacher – coach for all of my students’ (including my own children) writing competitions, and I did pretty well as a coach the, I made champion writers out of my students and my daughter as well.
Never did I thought that one day, I will be writing again myself, the least publish my own book. That one “airport boredom” piece of poetry prompted to many more WP posts/poetry. After years of struggling to find my voice, I made a breakthrough in poetry with my “Summer Rain” poem series – a poetry series in honor and remembrance of my beloved father you is now reunited in heaven with our creator. The response was very overwhelming and I realized I must be really doing something right. That time, I was posting under my pen name “michnavs”, with no profile bio or even a photo. My readers and followers were completely unaware of who I am/was. Then, came my next struggle. Should I go public about my identity? I don’t even have any social media accounts. I was enjoying the that I was writing anonymously. WP was my sort of my “virtual self”. Some of my closest friends and family don’t even know I was in WordPress.
Well, until of course opportunity happens. Luck happens. Great thing happens. I had the best opportunity of working with Perak Women for Women Society, in helping to create awareness on abuse and violence. (I’d write a separate post to honor these lovely women)
I wrote my first book Last 2019. It was well-received in Ipoh, Perak. And then, the next is history, they say. Writing and speaking gigs happened one after the other. It boosted my confidence and I made several submissions to different international poetry platforms and online magazines. Surprisingly, my first ever submission was chosen among the hundreds of poems submitted. And, before I realized, I was making submissions almost every week and got published and made few award nominations too. ( I will write another post about my submission journey)
I then made my debut in the online publishing during the pandemic. My first ebook was well-received too, and thus, it gave birth to more, better, and greater opportunities.
Currently, as I mentioned in my previous post, I am working on some amazing projects.
I am expanding my poetry and my advocacy on “abuse and violence”, via my online instructional videos and awareness campaign.
So, to all of my WP followers and readers, you will now be able to finally see the face behind “Michnavs” and behind all of my poetry.
Final announcements and links will follow soon.
With this, I say, over and over again “dreams do come true” – even when you least expect it. Just quiet yourself and listen to what the universe is telling you. And, wait, just wait for that “perfect timing”.
“So hush now, the universe is telling you something”. (oh, my I think I just have another poetry collection theme)
Watch out for my second book too.
Thank you all wonderful WordPress people….cheers…
Thank you to my family for all of their support and encouragement. I would have not done it without them.
My first WP post (https://michnavs.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/fly-high-flight-5j-799/)
I am a mother of four. A former college English Professor. It’s been two long years since I quit my job to be with my four beautiful girls—— full time. This means I got to prepare breakfast for them, drive them to school, pick them up in the afternoon, and tutor them in the evening. It’s exhausting but very rewarding. (and oh, in case you wanna know I am lean and fit at sighhhhhh…36 …they say I am the eldest version of my children) And as a usual reward, my husband would fly us all to Singapore every summer… for the past years, we’ve been flying through Cebu Pacific. I discovered that it’s very affordable not only that the flight attendants are really friendly…my list could actually go a long way so I wrote them down in poetry.. in case I haven’t mentioned I’m a self-proclaimed writer (Whatever that is……)
On a chilly morning
I hear your voice ringing;
signals a new beginning
wishing for a happy ending.
On this motion-filled place
I see your image as I trace;
signifying a new world to face
hoping it to be an enchanting maze.
On this seat, I first had your touch
feeling the warmth, marvelous as such;
waits as we soar waits as I catch
flying so high the sky within my touch.
Seven years and still flying
with you it’s wonderful and enchanting;
discovering new worlds so amazing
watching the stars oh breathtaking.
“thank you for flying with us
making Cebu pacific your airline of choice”;
intercom interrupting as I chase
ending a dream with a smile on my face.
through the years we’ve been in the sky
enjoying the heavens so might;
flying like the rich and famous safely
without being costly.
this is not a paid article… I just thought you guys wanna travel in style minus the guilt of overspending for an airline ticket.
fly high and enjoy…..see you…