OS: Welcome to Cy Blanca author of A Teacher and a Poet! Thanks for stopping by and telling us a bit about your new story!
Hi there, everybody! My name’s Cy Blanca, and I’ve just released my first ever story with Dreamspinner Press—A Teacher and a Poet. Before I begin, I just want to thank Morgan and the Open Skye readers for inviting me to talk nonsense for a little bit. I especially want to thank Morgan for being so amazing and letting me write for her after being so… tardy with my post. I really appreciate your patience so much!
Now, I suppose the best way to get you all to understand a little bit about me is to explain exactly how I even got to this point where I managed to write a story. Honestly, I keep asking myself this question every time I realize I’ve got something published. Think to myself, “How in the biscuits did I even get here?!”
For as long as I can remember words have had an impact on my life. No matter what form they came in—song, poem, story time—words were always around me and always made me feel a certain level of happiness and excitement nothing else ever could. I think I can trace it back to my earliest memories of music. Sounds… all of them different and all of them with a purpose and meaning. Most certainly, music is what made me fall in love with words because they made sounds, and those sounds were all fun and different and exciting. I fell in love with the idea of words dancing together, words talking to each other. Word sounds are some of the most magical things ever placed on the planet. A series of words could get you to dance, but said slightly differently or moved around a bit they could make you want to cry. It wasn’t until I reached high school that I realized that words and their proximity to each other literally created shapes and meaning on a page.
After that, I knew there was no way I was ever not going to write. So that’s what I’ve been doing—mostly music reviews and editorials for various websites. However, this was only the second time I ever actually considered writing a story, then asking it to be published. The first time… we won’t talk about. But when I got it in my head to give A Teacher and a Poet a shot, I never actually expected it to go anywhere.
And here I am now, having a therapy session about my obsession with words with people who I don’t know and who don’t know me. All this to introduce my little story to you wonderful folks. So I suppose this guest post is really a thank-you. Thank you all for accepting my story about two men so in love with each other and the music around them they have a hard time holding that love back… even during work. (Bad boys!)
This is a thank-you to Dreamspinner Press for first introducing me to romance and all the ways their writers manage to make their romance sparkle. I didn’t realize before reading DSP books that romance could be honest, real, tragic, poetic, and political in ways that I’d only related to the authors I’d grown up with and loved—Roald Dahl, Aldus Huxley, James Baldwin, L Frank Baum, to name a very small few. The next chapter in my addiction to words was all thanks to DSP, and I can’t thank them enough for giving me a chance to make some of my own music to add to their symphony.
This is especially a thank-you to the teachers and poets who’ve entered my life and taught me—either firsthand or through their stories—how much power words actually have. Not just the power to influence, but actual superpowers! Poets and writers like Jeff Oaks, Lynn Emanuel, Toi Derricotte, Terrance Hayes, and Dawn Lundy Martin—all creators of music, all different in scope, experience, and background. Each of them added a new line to the score of my journey as a writer. Then writers like Carl Phillips, James Baldwin, Harryette Mullen, Junji Ito, Roald Dahl… gosh there are so many! All of them writing from different perspectives and turning even the simplest words into an aria! Just…! (Cue keyboard smash!)
Ultimately I wanted to take this time to say thank you to everybody. I know this is kind of odd, writing a guest blog and spewing my fangirl feels all over the place. But I was inspired by Morgan’s generosity, and the generosity of all the blog owners who’ve given me a little bit of space on their sites, to show an enormous amount of gratitude. As this is the last stop on my blog tour, I think there’s nothing better than looking back and saying thank you for all the kindness. So that’s exactly what I did!
Now to end this before it gets too sappy and too long. Thank you all, really, for letting me spew rainbows all over the place. I hope you all enjoy A Teacher and a Poet. And even if it’s not your cup of tea, at least thank you for giving it a chance! Bye, everybody. Love yourselves and love one another ^^
Shawnee County, Kansas, might not be the most accepting place for a gay couple, but boyfriends Antony James and Curtis Ramírez have made it their home. Both of them work at Pauline Central Primary School, and while Antony is content teaching, Curt would rather pursue his passion: poetry. He plans to resign, but he doesn’t get the chance.
Working together has its risks, and when a student witnesses Antony and Curt sneaking a kiss in the workroom, they’re reprimanded. The school board’s punishment is mild, but some members of the community aren’t willing to let the indiscretion go. That small mistake could cost Antony and Curt their home—or it could remind them that home is in the heart, and as long as they stay strong in their love, they’ll always have a place to belong.
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Cy Blanca has enjoyed words since she was in elementary school. They hold magic powers for her, and she loves playing with them to see just what they can do. She got her degree in English poetry, but she’s been doing mostly editorial work for online magazines YAM Magazine, Rock ’N Seoul, and SeoulBeats (yeah… she loves Korean music and gets to interview folks and write about it). She’s exceptionally blessed to actually be able to do exactly what she went to school for, and fiction is a new avenue she’s trying to explore. Hopefully she can make some magic happen with the words she’s been in love with since she was in elementary school.
She’d love to hear from people who want to know a bit more about her, or just want to become homies.
You can reach her on Twitter: @madcywhite
You can also reach her on Instagram: @mindless_cy
(For K-pop related fangirling, venture over to @mindlesscy if you dare.)