As We Close This Year 2020

Dear friends,

Here we are again, at the end of another year. For some it has lasted forever and for some it was *blink* and it’s over. Personally I fall into the latter category.

This year I have accomplished so much making my dreams a reality. I’ve strengthened a few friendships, and had to walk away from others. People, as they do, come and go. On a personal level, I have grown and changed a lot. And the same could be said for this blog and what it represents.

I signed several authors and published their debut books, first Brandon White with his intensely emotional The Year that Stole the Light Away, poetry centered around the early days of loss, grief, and learning acceptance.

Around the same time, emje mccarty’s adult comic collection, Confusion Perfume and Other Neurotic Comics, released, which chronicles her alter ego(s) and recalling her early days of dating, relationships, and then parenting. We get to watch her art grow and morph, which is hilarious and immensely satisfying.

I myself put out a second poetry book, Four, in which I include twenty-plus black-and-white nature photos and for which I have received some very positive feedback on. The book, only available directly from me or the distributor lulu in paperback, holds some of my very best poetry and I’m very proud of the end result.

Along with these titles, the dark fiction short story anthology The Shadows of Blackout Island only recently released at the end of the year, contains seven twisted tales which center on a mysterious island and the creepy goings-on within.

I’ve read some comments about my lack of support and new content here on WordPress these past eight to ten months. I will be getting back into my old shenanigans shortly after the new year as I have greatly missed all my friends and creators here… though it may look a little different. Believe me, I haven’t stopped creating art or writing, I just haven’t been sharing it with all of you much. I aim to change all that.

On another platform I shared some of the books I read this past year and here they are for you too! Some of which I’ve written reviews for, others are on the way. At the end of this post I’ll add the list, in case any are of interest to you. I hope you’ll check some of these indie authors out because most of them are really, really amazing.

Moving into this upcoming year, I have several more books currently in the works to be released from Raw Earth Ink. This includes the next book from Brandon White, another from emje mccarty, a poetry book from Hidden Bear, the poetry anthology Creation and the Cosmos, the short story horror anthology The Hawthorne Project, several from myself including a short story collection, and so much more.

Along with writing and sharing my passion for helping others realize their dreams of being published become a reality, I will be sharing more of my art and amateur photography with you. I hope you’ll continue along with me on this journey of creative ventures and keep the conversation going.

Love and light to you all,

~tara caribou


How about you? What are your plans for this next year? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!!


  • Left Waiting by River Dixon
  • Grilled Cheese and Whiskey by Brendan de Lucia
  • Broken Confessions by Jared Presser
  • Badcurious by Jeroen den Haan
  • Lazy Prey by Jeroen den Haan
  • Lines at the Amusement Lines by Eric Keegan
  • The Raven’s Poison by Braeden Michaels
  • Smitten by Indie blu(e) Publishing
  • Until She Sings by MB Blissett
  • 101 Chances by J Matthew Waters
  • Thirty Days to May by J Matthew Waters
  • The Poets Symphony by Raw Earth Ink
  • A Scorched and Mystified Wilderness by Dave Matthes
  • Darkness Under Siege by Reaper VX
  • Lost Love by Dragon Soul Press
  • The Lonely Young and the Lonely Old by Tim Miller
  • The Saturn Time Cube Simulation by Nick Hinton
  • Crimson Skins by Devika Mathur
  • That’s Not Poetry by J Warren Welch
  • Your Mom Thinks it’s Poetry by J Warren Welch
  • Alchemy by Mark Ryan
  • Verbal Vomit by Stephanie Lamb
  • The Shadows of Blackout Island by Raw Earth Ink
  • (un)fettered by M Ennenbach
  • The Year that Stole the Light Away by Brandon White
  • My Sober Little Moon by Jon Lupin
  • And Other Things by Layne Ambrose
  • Stella Walker’s Acquaintances by Braeden Michaels
  • Lazy and Writing Wild by Jon Perry
  • X and I by SK Nichols
  • False Knees by Joshua Barkman
  • Confuse Perfume by emje mccarty
  • Black Snow by Mark Ryan
  • The Side Effects of L by Alex leGare
  • Twisted Blend of Wild by Jon Perry
  • The Moon Will Listen by Beau Allen
  • Face the Music by Mark Towse
  • Four by tara caribou

44 thoughts on “As We Close This Year 2020

  1. You, the find of my year, Tara – can’t remember how, but I’d guess River had a hand in it – you’ve laid a lot of titles out there – I’ve got a few – and looks like I’ll be adding more. As for 2021, once this old sod got an arm jab going to get out more – breathe more fresh air and dig deep, disturb a root or two. You take care, see you out there. Eric.

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    1. That’s wonderful Eric! Your book is one of my very first reads for 2021! Been chomping at the bit to get to it. I really appreciate your unique style and the way you use words in a different way. It’s artistic and meaningful!

      What sort of roots do you disturb? This year I neglected almost all of my horticulture but I’ll most likely get back into it this spring. Here in Alaska, we start growing (indoors) in Feb or March so that by the time they can go outside in May/June they have a healthy start.

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      1. That feels good, being read in Alaska – thank you, Tara – ha, the way I use words – I’d meant I’d got a few of the titles you’d listed and would likely buy more – but hey, I like the way you read me, you’ve made me smile. Ambiguous and English can’t help being me! Ah, what roots do I disturb – that’s something for 2021. I wish you well, Tara – it’s a pleasure getting to know you. Eric.

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        1. The feeling’s mutual, I’m sure. I often say I was born on the wrong continent. I’m fairly positive I was supposed to arrive in the UK. My sort of humor, that’s for sure. Thank you, I hope you have the best year.

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  2. I am so very happy to have been following you through 2020. I’m looking forward to purchasing my own copy of your newest book. I want it to be my first read of 2021. You do what’s best for you. I won’t say no to more photography images.

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  3. I had to laugh when I read this post. Not for anything bad, but because when things seem overwhelming or thought provoking or culminational (is there such a word) or whatever, and I like them but can’t describe why, laughter is my default path – the somewhat arbitrary end of this orbit around our home star has been special and yet not for me as it always starts on a day that marks a big change.

    I appreciate many of what I’m not sure what to call but lets say ‘alternative outpourings’ of art and/or spirit and/or emotion and/or whatever they are – these blogs, press’s, etc – yours to me is way up at the top, among many really good ones and I appreciate the perceptiveness and confrontation and thought provocation it provides me. I also appreciate that I can be frank about what and how a particular piece is to me and have that heard by the author in an open and welcoming way. It speaks to me about honesty and about an author owning their work and being open to how it has unexpected landings … that has been important to me.

    There’s been some wonderful achievements in this space in the last year and I feel those you claim to be yours are amazing and you can be genuinely proud – and thankyou for sharing selflessly others achievements and thankyou for the collaborations all of which I have enjoyed though may not have commented/etc on. I wish I had more time to explore and keep up with things.

    I hope this next orbit is good for people. I’m thankful to live in a very remote area in these times, but still feel connected to the things that matter …

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    1. Absolutely. I also am extremely thankful that I live where I do. It’s such a blessing that I personally don’t have to deal with some of the things I hear others are. Not that it’s picture perfect, of course… but I certainly am blessed.

      I always enjoy seeing your name, reading your comments brings a smile to my face, so thank you for that!

      And remember, if nothing else… I will always listen!

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  4. Hiya Tara, I hope that you are feeling well and may I wish you all the very best for the New Year. Is it strange that, for me, the New Year has never been more than the next day?
    Politically more of the same this side of the water, sad to say – I still cling to the hope that one day we will be guided by people who actually care.
    Hopefully I can get myself geared up to publishing an anthology this year – I’m retiring in the Summer so I should have a bit more time! Looking forward to getting hold of some of your recommendations. Take care C.

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    1. Hi Chris, I am the same. I also just think of it as another day, for the most part. I’m not much of one for noting the days and weeks and such. Although I DO love Thanksgiving! Other than that, I often lose track of what day it is. I have never “celebrated” the new year. I guess it’s like celebrating the passage of August into September to me! But I don’t mind those who do.

      I feel fortunate that our country is changing. Patriots rising up against tyranny, slowly, but I see the movement and that makes me happy because I’ve been watching this nation decline, especially in the last thirty years. I’ve watched some of the BBC-version of the news and it is always partial-truths, some outright lies, and very, very biased… so I get a bit upset that many people in the world believe certain things about my country and what’s really happening here and the leadership through those eyes. It bothers me that the media works on their own agendas (ie: follow the money) rather than telling the TRUTH, no matter what it is. There used to be a time when journalism was actually about getting to the truth. Somewhere along the way, that was lost.

      I say all that to say, yes, I agree, and am hopeful, that we will have leadership by people who actually care about the people as well. I think those numbers are few, but they are still out there.

      As a final note, I hope you’ll get that collection published this year as well! As always, if there’s any way I can help, don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

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  5. Great post. Necessary post. I wish I had half the energy you have creatively, I think you are incredible and support others so much. Kudos for all you have achieved and all I know you will achieve. I am very, very proud of you and very, very excited to see what’s next.

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