An Overdue Update

I know, I know. It’s been a month since I’ve been off WordPress. I guess now is as good a time as any to give you a small explanation and update about both me and Raw Earth Ink.


In Real Life…

The beginning of November my new house was (finally) finished, paperwork signed, and I’ve spent the last month moving out of the house I’ve rented for the last 5-1/2 years into the new house and then of course cleaning out the old place. Slightly hampered for a bit there by a bit of snow but overall, it’s been pretty smooth. And I love the house and the property. It’s not a lot, but this was an incredible opportunity for me and I am beyond blessed in it.

Also this last month, my boyfriend and I decided to say our vows soon-ish. I’m a bit of a neo-hippie of course so I won’t do the “official” government-authorized marriage thing… as I don’t believe government has any rights to “license” one’s relationship. But we’ll have a few friends and family members celebrate with us.

Wait, what..?

**slight rant incoming** Yeah. Normally I don’t share much of my actual real life online because it has very little to do with my writing. But the fact is, there are a few quite literally crazy people who read my blog (for some unknown reason which escapes me) who think I either have some relationship with a fellow blogger or wish I did. Sorry, that’s just not the case nor has it ever been. These individuals are ridiculous. I have for several years now dealt with so much psychological manipulation, depression, anxiety, and OCD-related PTSD-like symptoms due to one character in particular who made my life miserable on WordPress. Or rather, I let her influence my emotions and energy. At this point, it’s just ludicrous. I have protected her identity from those who have asked but I’ve decided I won’t anymore. Why have I been? It has done nothing positive for me and I’m done with her games. The other thorn in my paw is backstabbing from certain individuals and I’m not sure why, considering these are random bloggers who quite literally don’t know me and I don’t know them. So it seems petty at best.

Why say any of that above? Because I just don’t care anymore. I used to care about numbers and readership and my WHOLE PURPOSE of starting this blog was to share my thoughts and feelings as I work through… well, life in general. I just wanted to reach out and share and if a couple people along the way were touched emotionally or intellectually or inspirationally…. That was all I wanted.

Of course, by now the blog has morphed and grown and shrunk and (I think) improved over the months and years. My heart towards writing and creating art hasn’t changed. I love reading. I like writing. I love publishing. I don’t particularly care for the cliques and games and weirdos and such but I DO love the interactions, the conversations, and the inspiration. I have met some really, really great people here and honestly only a couple rotten eggs, as they say.


Fair enough. Alright so…

Okay. Moving on… what’s all this mean… well, I’m just not interested in whether I get 50 “likes” or 5 “likes” anymore. I wish I could get more traffic and improve interactions and comment quality. But I’m not into creating “content”… meaning writing just to make sure I’m posting often enough.

Also, (as a side note) it’s really disheartening to publish books which I agonize over for hours and hours, perfecting every page, promises from ‘readers’ that they will get a copy (of which none happen). It’s demoralizing. BUT, I somewhat recently had a change of heart about all that. See… I’m a writer. I’m an artist. That’s not going to change. So I’m going to keep doing that. Even if no one buys the book. Even if no one reads it, I’m going to keep creating. It’s the process that matters. The end result to ME.

How am I changing personally through writing? What lessons have I learned? Am I moving forward? These are the things I will keep asking myself.

That said, ‘tara caribou’ will continue writing and creating art in various media, just as I have been. Sometimes I’ll even share it. Stats be damned!


This is leading somewhere… I’m just sure of it.

Okay, so this post is getting long. Too long. What do the hip-kids say nowadays? TLDR?? Yeah, well, I’m going to write it anyway! Ha!

Raw Earth Ink. Guys, I’ve gotta say, I love publishing. I mean, publishing under my own company rather than for someone else. It brings me so much joy and happiness and satisfaction to do this. Like, I really, really enjoy doing it. I mean, I have the absolute privilege to work with some really great people. Every one of them super talented and just needing a little helping hand to see their dream come true. Wow. It feels so good and I’m proud of what I’m doing.

I’m hoping, going into the new year, now that my house-moving is done, to revamp the publishing company and website a bit. You’re going to see more from Raw Earth Ink than tara caribou because that’s where my passion lies right now.

Currently Raw Earth Ink accepts poetry books, short story collections (my personal favorite), and fiction (except horror or romance). Beginning in 2023, you’ll also start seeing work from my imprint Wild Badger Books which features children’s books, art, photography, and non-fiction.

Additionally, 2023 will be the start of several new Raw Earth Ink writing contests and awards which will include cash prizes for winners. More to come on that front!

I’m also happy to announce that my dear friend Candice Louisa Daquin, of thefeatheredsleep, will be joining me at Raw Earth Ink. I’ve worked with Candice several times, published her work in The Poets Symphony, and I respect and adore her. She’s a really wonderful person and I am delighted she wants to work with me!

Into the Future.

So there’s a lot on the horizon for me and I do hope you’ll stick around and support fellow writers, in word or deed. I’m excited for this next chapter (haha) in my life, both in real life and online. I’ve let go of the garbage that’s been weighing me down and it is onwards and upwards for me, ever growing and changing. Without which, I would stagnate, shrivel, and wither away!


Well, that’s it in a nutshell. At least for now. In 2023 you’ll be seeing another book from me (the art is being worked on as we speak!), also Brandon White’s third book, John A. Graser’s second book, emje mccarty’s first children’s book, Braeden Michaels first children’s book, Annette Kalandros’ first collection of poetry, G.M. Manzi’s second book, and Alex Gallo’s new thriller. All this and more!!

But before I go:

If you’ve made it this far with me: THANK YOU. No, really, Thank You. For realz. I honestly do appreciate you so, so much. Michael, Chris, Braeden, O.D., Jo, Candice, Haze, Jacob, Cassa, River (when you used to), Rob, Jay, Goldie, Matt, John… and on and on and on… so many great people… my heart is full with your friendship and kindness along the way.

Your friend and fellow blogger, tara

58 Comments on “An Overdue Update

  1. Wonderful to read what you’ve been up to. I know I don’t comment / ‘like’ everything but I do read your posts when I get a chance. I adore your photos of the changing seasons and the beauty of your surrounding landscape.
    May I take this chance to wish you and your partner all the very best for 2023, whatever that may bring.
    Take care of yourself friend x

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    • Thank you, my friend! You were one of my very first followers. Literally. Like one of the first five and you’re still here! I am so grateful to you for all your kindness to me, for working with me, the beautiful art you’ve sent me, and for sharing your own journey, even when it’s really tough to do so.

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      • While I’ve taken down my blog site I still kept my WordPress account open purely to keep in touch with what you do as you were also one of my very first followers.
        I feel honoured to have been included in some of your art / poetry books and look forward to maybe doing it again sometime.
        Much love and friendship heading your way

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  2. Congrats on everything! I can’t wait to see what comes up, and more than a few of those upcoming books look appealing.

    I’m always available to lend a hand if I can help and you need one. Just reach out.

    I’m pretty excited for you. 💫☺️

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  3. All exciting new life changes. I love when people live their passions. Life is too short to do anything else.
    I’m proud of you letting go of all the negativity & toxic people. That anchor can no longer weigh you down. Your future is looking bright.
    Vows & promises made are sacred. No piece of paper confirms or denies its existence. Peace & blessings for that next step.
    In this journey called life, you need connections to people you bring you joy. It is a pleasure to have crossed paths with you.

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    • Thanks Haze! You have helped me and encouraged me in more ways than you could possibly know or understand. You’re an awesome friend.

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  4. Well, that’s quite an update. I don’t keep track of numbers of likes and followers, although I do occasionally notice, so I understand you taking that position. I’m here because I enjoy reading you, and plan to stay. I think Candice joining you at Raw Earth Ink is a wonderful idea.

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    • Thank you so much!! I am excited for what’s happening right now and for the future. I’m just tickled Candice reached out to me and we have been talking about joining forces for about a year now. I had so much going on this summer, I simply didn’t have the energy to figure out the details. Thank you for all your support, it really has touched my heart, more than you can know.

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  5. I’m so proud to be a part of the Raw Earth family and am so grateful for your continued guidance and support, my friend. It fills my heart to see things continue to grow and improve and I’m very happy for you and your BF!

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  6. Reading this gave me a slightly weird feeling, Tara – there’s about 6000 miles (I think) between us, and yet we appear very much on the same page. I began, like you, with the goal of having somewhere to ‘drop’ ideas/poetry/whatever, with the idea that someone might enjoy my creativity, but somehow got a bit bogged down in numbers. Thankfully I feel like I’ve got beyond that so my own presence might be a bit more space but creatively I hope still to develop.
    As I say, weird that our thinking seems in sync.
    Anyway, I’m delighted that your personal life is on such a high and I shall, as ever, look forward eagerly to your work and publications.
    Take care
    Chris

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    • I think that no matter how hard we try not to look at the numbers, at one point or another, they do get to us. Especially, when we compare ourselves to others. That’s only human. We just need to remember to slap ourselves when that happens and just carry on for our own sake. Not for the sake of others. Unfortunately, not all of us will be discovered by someone who wants to make us stars.

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    • Thanks Chris! Yes, I agree. You are one of the very few in this world who I truly believe understands me, since we are on the same wavelength and have similar experiences and thoughts. So I appreciate you so very much. You have lifted my spirits and touched my heart deeply in so many ways and so frequently! Thank you for just being you! 💕

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  7. Good to hear from you. I’ve been missing from my blog, too. And, unlike you, I don’t have a valid reason other than life – busy – overwhelmed – not writing. I hope that that can improve next month, but I won’t hold my breath. In the end, I love blogging, but I’m not here just to post things to post. I am here to express myself when I need to.

    I’m happy for you, your new house, and your upcoming vows. You’ve mentioned the abuse in the past, but I didn’t realize it wasn’t limited to one person… I really have not experienced the ‘cliques,’ and I’m grateful for that, but I think that gets worse the more readers you get (just like in real life, which is why I keep the number of people I associate with to a minimum. I never cared about ‘likes.’ Comments are more valuable to me. Comments that actually contain something constructive/you can connect with.

    You mention selling your books – heartbreaking. I admit that’s one of the reasons why I don’t hurry with my WIP (that has not been touched in probably 2 years now…). It’s really disheartening to see people put in so much time and effort and get nothing/little in return. I’m going on a Christmas trip and hope to leave Static Dreams vol. 2 in a couple of places. What do I have to lose, right?

    Now my comment is getting too long. Sorry to break it to you, but ‘TLDR’ is so 2002.

    Awwww, I am touched you mentioned me at the end! Thanks to you I am a published author! I look forward to more stuff from you whether photos, poetry or short stories.

    Stay golden!

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    • I agree, comments that are insightful or constructive are really what I think most of us honestly desire. I’ve backed off quite a bit on giving much in the way of comments because I don’t have as much time as I had a few years ago and sometimes it felt like a one-sided conversation. I need to get back to that point of really reaching out to those I read again. It’s been a weird couple of years…

      I like to randomly give away books as well! This year I’ve been donating anthologies to various local Christmas giveaways and raffles.

      Oh dang! I’m out of touch with all these slang words! hahaha 🤣

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  8. So glad to read your update. Congrats on the exciting life changes! I’m grateful to be part of The Poets Symphony collection. And I always enjoy reading your words and seeing your beautiful photos. Keep being you! 😊

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  9. lovely update! wishing you all the best with all the new changes and wishing you all happiness with your partner! it’ really good news and great to hear it! 🙂

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    • Thank you, my friend. I always appreciate your comments, since you seem to understand my heart better than most. You help me feel not so alone.

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  10. Wow! My heart is full after reading this post. First congratulations on your personal real life! Many more blessings on your way! 💚
    Secondly, what a wonderful realignment in being true to who you are as a writer – write for the passion of writing (and nothing else matters).
    Last but not least, so many great things to look forward to.
    I appreciate you Tara, you make WP a safe and loving place to be.
    Love and respect 👍💚

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  11. Wonderful news and you’ve been great to work with. I can think of no better team than you and Candice! Excited to see the projects you two will do. Enjoy your new home.

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  12. Awesome to have you back Tara. I agree. “Stats be damned”, thinking/obsessing over all that stuff is quite exhausting.

    I’m excited to see the new projects you have in store for us ☀️.

    Congrats on sharing the vows. That’s beautiful news.

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  13. Hi, Tara! Thank you for sharing so much info. For what it’s worth, I have your back- as much as I can in a digital space.

    You’re talented and, in my opinion, a good person. I enjoy who you are.

    Congrats on the ‘vows’ coming soonish!

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    • Thank you, Matt. I really appreciate you, too. I have been wondering how your business is going. Send me an email and fill me in!

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  14. Tara you beautiful person. Congrats on the move. I didn’t know about the partner. Happy for you. Didn’t know about the hater, it’s so hard having toxic people. I remember a review on my most popular book saying the author needs help. Maybe it’s true but do they realise how hurtful that is. Fuck them. I know how heart wrenching it is to put out books and have mixed successes. We learn from our experiences and your artwork is exactly that, art! Your books look great! It is hard to find an audience and to find a buyer. I go with the concept I write when I want if I get likes then great, I don’t like toxic and I don’t like fake people. WordPress is all I need, I do very little on Instagram and Facebook now. WordPress is where my poetry was born, it is where I have spoken to some amazing people that have experienced me and my lowest lows and some good highs. In all its unadulterated non censorship. Keep going Tara. You are superb in every way!

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    • Thank you Phil! You are one of my original followers and friends here on WP and I appreciate you! Like you, I prefer WP to other platforms and I’ve met some great people here. I don’t plan on going anywhere. Getting sucked into “numbers” is SO easy in this day. Writers of old probably never ever knew if ANYONE read their work. Now we see stats and stars and hearts and I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.

      Thank you for your comment. You brightened my day, my friend.

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  16. Hi Tara, I was very pleased to find your post and I understand what moving house involves.
    Now you are back I wanted to write to you about my nature works that would make very good and successful books. I review books and one example is James Hariot who was rejected by 17 publishers and then, by chance met an agent as passionate about nature and animal stories as he was. The result was spectacular – his books are never out of print and sold in millions!
    All my stories are based on my experience in saving creatures in need and developing extraordinary friendships. Would it be possible to send you by email a sample, so you could decide if you would like to see some more? And where would be appropriate to do so?
    Thank you.

    Joanna Ashbourn

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    • I, too, am a James Herriot fan! His stories are incredibly touching and stay with you years later. I saw your email before I saw this comment… I really enjoyed the post and it sounds like you have a soft heart as well for nature and the wild. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

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      • I will post more as I have many nature and animal stories. It was bad start today as I had no internet, no emails or even some lights!

        I even study slugs from my wildlife garden as I noticed that both slugs and snails have intelligence and good memory, and awareness of the world we don’t even imagine. I wrote “The Emotional Life Of Slugs”, that will surprise and amuse you.

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        • How fascinating! I will definitely be poking around your website and checking some of these out. Thank you for telling me about it! 😌

          (Though, I am sorry to hear you’re experiencing power issue! 😳 Hopefully it’s nothing too serious.)

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        • Thank you, Tara! I am fine now and I will post to you more stories, including about my robin friend, my blackbird that comes through cat flap early in the morning to check how the breakfast is going, the starlings who rap and in summer come through the open door and fly up and out through the open window upstairs. The story of the frog that I saved when he fall into place he could not get out, and then followed me into my kitchen, and stayed until the evening every day, and what happened when I once closed the door at night thinking he gone already; it will melt your heart. People wrote to me that after the stressful day, they are looking forward to read my stories and feel better that the world is still a happy place.

          Thank you for being nature lover, and I would love to work with you, and spread the word about the urgent need to save our planet for us and all the creatures that inhibit it. I have the solution how to achieve it, one of many now being worked on by the scientists, activists and people all over the world.

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