Good Habits

1. Writer, do you know your comp?

If you do, you are ahead of the game. If you don’t, How to Find Your Comp Authors, might be of great interest. Please read on.

2. What poetry changes

“When I say poetry changed the way I see the world I mean it taught me to be attentive, to be curious, to be empathic, to understand both the power and danger of language itself. It is a lens that allows one to see the microscopic and a distant star nursery.” ~ Eric Pankey

3. Laugh at your fears

If you are into horror comedy, check out this preview of the upcoming volume, “Undeath of Me” by Heather at Uniquely Holden. You can also learn more about this comic writer and artist behind this cool work.

4. Good habits

Staying in touch with those who matter to you is important, because “Death keeps no calendar.” I was again reminded of this recently…

5. In tribute

I bet almost all readers have books that remain unread and have gathered dust on their shelves. Song of Solomon is one of those. It was among other few acclaimed books I’d been meaning to read but without urgency. In the wake of Toni Morrison’s passing, I find myself reaching for her book and to read it, at last. It’s the least I can do to honour this literary icon.

Phew, thanks G for weekends! How has your week been?

Occasionally, I share five random things I’m reading, watching, doing and thinking about. You’re most welcome to join the conversation.

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and blogger. Her blog focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction, and also features poets and their books.


  1. Sending condolences for the loss you’ve referenced. With regards to Toni Morrison, I think I’ll read The Bluest Eye now. I have always meant to but never found the time.

  2. 1. I’ve no idea who my comp is/are. I shall start paying attention…

    2. Pankey speaks exactly of what I love about poetry and micro-fiction. I think readers of fiction would love poetry if they took these details into consideration. And I suspect readers of poetry would fall for fiction, if they could realize that there is always some poetry in the prose.

    3. Horror comedy is just yum. Of course, I will take a look-see.

    4. So true.

    5. A worthy tribute to a writer, to consume her words, to let them live through us… I will reread one of her books—Love, I think—because friends don’t let friends read alone.

    I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head cutoff. Hoping things will slow down a bit next month. I’m going on a trip in a few days. The flight is 5+… I’m taking your books with me. 😉

  3. Kathy, thank you so much for your condolences. It hits hard, when one is far away from home.

    As Morrison, same here. It took her passing to finally read her book. So many writers to read…*sigh

  4. 1. LOL, about the comp author! I’ve also started paying more attention after reading the article.

    2. Regarding your take on Pankey’s quote, I’m also of the same opinion.

    3. I know you love all things deliciously dark. Hope you enjoy Heather’s stories.

    4. You know the saying life is too short always sounds cliche until someone close (you were still planning to follow up on their latest correspondence) passes. Now I keep rereading that last message… 🙁

    5. Thanks for the gift of words, we can keep (favourite) writers alive. And many thanks for always reading with me, Maga. Doing things with friends is much yummier, indeed. <3

    And I know about running around like a headless chicken. But things will settle, they always do. Have a great trip and happy reading! 🙂

  5. 1.) I haven’t the foggiest. Maybe Neil Gaiman (boy it feels presumptuous to even type that!) because of the whole playing with myth stuff.
    2.) I love that quote. I think poetry taught me the weight of words, and how little nuances can reshape the whole picture.
    3.) Horror comedy? Yes, please! My husband and I spent our first Valentine’s Day watching Army of Darkness.
    4.) *hugs*
    5.) I’ve been thinking it’s time to pick up one of her books again. I read Beloved ages back. I may choose that one or pick something I haven’t read before, like The Bluest Eye.

    Last week was a mad scramble to get lots of work in and get my son’s butt in gear to pack to go back to college. We dropped him off this weekend. Here’s hoping he and his roommate get along and that he has a good year.

  6. Staying in touch with those who matter to you is important …

    Giving a hug to all those we love is important too.

    All the best Jan

  7. 1. I don’t thing it’s presumptuous at all to type that. Because (and as the article suggests) is not about comparing your writing to your comp’s but rather knowing where to position your book(s) in the market. And I think too, Gaiman might be your comp when it comes to your book of stories.
    2. It’s true poetry teaches us the weight, and economy, of words.
    3. See I know my writer community’s taste. 😀 And Heather has some real cool stuff.
    4. Thank you.
    5. I’ve never read Morrison at all, I’ll be catching up. But do enjoy your reads, and would love to hear your thoughts on them.

    I know right about “scrambling”! Hope your son settles well in his student life.

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