Thankful Thursday Post 15
Happy Thankful Thursday!
For those of you who are new to Thankful Thursday, welcome!
I put together a post each week on Thursday to express my gratitude. Here is my video explaining Thankful Thursday. I feel like a video is more genuine than quoting myself in writing week to week. Take a look at the video recording, below:
In short, just in case you can’t watch the video (or it doesn’t work), each person, story, publication, etc. I select based on making me feel like I want to express gratitude. If you don’t want to follow me or what I write, I’m totally fine with that — that’s not the point of this. But, I love it when you support each other.
Love you all — just trying to spread the love!
Also, if you’re on Facebook and would like to see my live Thankful Thursday updates, please be sure to follow me at: “Sam Kimberle Writer, Creative Entrepreneur.”
Be sure to check out my video from this morning below if you’re interested.
Of course, I’m grateful for reading stories and meeting people through Medium that inspire me every day.
Yesterday was a special day for me in Medium world — it was my 6 month Medium-A-Versary (as in, I joined Medium six months ago)! So, this edition of Thankful Thursday is going to center around that theme. Here we go!
Like many Poets, I have been writing poetry for as long as I can remember. Also like many Poets, poetry is what I turn to when life gets rough. That’s exactly what was going on with me at the beginning of 2019. I was working a job that wasn’t a good fit, and was toxic to my mental health.
So, I turned to Poetry to help me cope with everything that was going on in my life at that time. I would use my lunch break time to write poetry. I would give myself momentary breaks throughout the day to write poetry. And I kept it all in a running word document.
I had no idea what I would do with those poems then, but I just couldn’t keep them inside of me. It felt like writing poetry wasn’t my choice — it was seeping out of my pores.
Long story short, I came across a several podcasts that changed my life. One of them was called Stop Writing Alone.
- Nicole Rivera is the reason I am on Medium. She is the Host of a podcast called Stop Writing Alone, where she explains that writers benefit from writing in community. Nicole discussed Medium at one point on her podcast, and without really knowing much about Medium at all, I knew then in my heart that it was where my poetry belonged. I am so extremely grateful to Nicole for all she has done to help and encourage me on my creative journey. Over this time, we have become friends and creative colleagues. She is an amazingly talented writer, so it’s difficult to select just one piece of hers to highlight. I selected this one for all of you Nano folks out there — here is a true horror story (with a happy ending, thankfully!):
Once I made an account on Medium, I went straight to publishing my first poem, which I called “The World Revolves Around My Head.” It’s about college — perhaps we’ll just leave it at that. ❤
2. Silver Lining was the first person to reach out to me on Medium, and told me that I should consider looking into submitting to publications. I had no idea what that meant. Thankfully, Silver Linings was kind, and extremely patient with me. She taught me the basics about publications, and even recommended a few to me to get started. We have come to know each other a bit off of Medium, and have even done a collaborative piece together for A Cornered Gurl, which I have included here. But really, I have no idea how I would have gotten to know anything about this platform if not for Silver Linings. Thank you for reaching out to me, and being a wonderful light in this community. Read our collaborative poem here:
When Silver Linings told me about a few of the different publications she liked, she mentioned Literally Literary and A Cornered Gurl.
3. At the time, Anna Rozwadowska was the Poetry Editor at Literally Literary. I submitted a poem to her called “Burn Out” that she almost rejected, which makes sense — it was very dark and discussed some of the most haunting things I was dealing with at the time with regard to my day job. Also, she had no idea who I was. But, with some minor tweaks, it was published. I then submitted “I am Not an Artist” to Anna, which is when I really saw my poetry take off on this platform. Importantly, though, Anna was one of the first people on Medium to show any faith in my ability as a Poet. It meant so much to me. Anna, I am extremely grateful for you, and all that I have learned from you. Many months and moons later, we have done several collaborations together, but this one is still my favorite:
4. Of course, then there is Tre L. Loadholt, the Editor and Owner of A Cornered Gurl. It’s hard to know where to start. Tre is one of the warmest souls on Medium. She has created A Cornered Gurl in her image. Frankly, it’s still one of my favorite places to publish. It feels like the safest corner of Medium, particularly for my most vulnerable poetry. When Tre asked me to do a collaborative piece with her I was honored beyond words — my imposter syndrome kicked in almost immediately. ME?! Are you sure? is what I thought. But, we did it, and the poem turned out beautifully (of course it did — Tre is brilliant). Read our collaborative poem here:
5. It wasn’t long after that that I started reading Guérin Asante’s poetry every day. And even though I had no followers and was literally a nobody here on Medium, he read my poetry too. I didn’t know or understand that he was the top Poet on Medium — I didn’t even know what that meant. He showed me so much kindness when I was even less of a blip on the screen than I am now. Guerin’s artistic talent is incomparable. I have been privileged to get to know him over the last few months. If you don’t know Guerin well, I will spill the beans that he is exactly as sweet as he seems. He’s a lovely person. We — his readers and supporters — have been privileged lately that Guerin has been sharing not only his artistic and poetic talents with us, but also his musical talents. Read and listen to one of my most recent favorites here:
6. I am incredibly thankful that Guerin introduced me to Adam, Diabetic Cyborg. You would be hard-pressed to find a more gentle, and optimistic person than Adam on Medium, or otherwise. Adam lights up the world. His strength is contagious. He shares wisdom with his readers and supporters, and rises above challenges that others might not be able to handle, especially with such grace. Here’s a quote that Adam recently shared on courage:
Buddhism: The Lion King Fears no Other Beast
“Each of you should summon up the courage of a lion king and never succumb to threat from anyone. The lion king fears…
7. Very early on, I was also introduced to Jun Wu after becoming involved with a group on Facebook that, thankfully, neither of us associate with anymore (and perhaps doesn’t exist?). Well, either way, even though that wasn’t my best Medium experience, getting to know Jun was the silver lining. Jun is an incredibly talented powerhouse of a writer. She can go from humor to parenting, to poetry to tech. And on top of it all, she is kind, friendly and generous. She has continued to help me find my way. Here is one of her most recent poems about motherhood that I enjoyed:
8. Though Donna Barker doesn’t do as much on Medium as she once did, Donna is another person who was integral in my growth on Medium. She wrote mostly about sex and relationships, and she was (and is) fantastic at it. She’s a talented writer and mentor, and has a wonderful sense of humor. Though it is from several months ago, this piece is still probably my favorite of hers:
How to Tell if You’re Reading a Misogynistic Rant or Feminist Satire
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar…
9. How did I meet Frank McKinley? Honestly, I’m not sure. But, we quickly became good friends. Frank runs a group on Facebook called Medium Mastery, and it’s one of the largest Medium groups on Facebook — that might be it? Who knows. Either way, we have developed a great friendship. Frank and I support and encourage each other to take bigger risks for bigger rewards. I know I can come to Frank with a problem and that he will be honest with me. He is a true friend. This is likely my favorite piece Frank has written on Medium about an Artist’s date he took in the library. Read his work here:
10. When Christina Ward 💗 created Poets on Medium, a Facebook group to support Medium Poets and create community, that was a game-changer. This community of poets is one of my favorite parts of being a Poet on Medium. I have met some of my favorite people as a result of being a part of that group, including but not limited to: Tapan Avasthi ⛄️, Ashwini Dodani, Jenny Justice, Zarina Dara 🥀💃🏻, Zach J. Payne, Susan Brearley, just to name a few. I know that we are struggling as Poets on Medium right now, but POM is still a bright light in all of this. Thank you Christina for creating and running such a wonderful group. I’m going to feature this poem about friendship because it’s beautiful and feels theme-appropriate:
And there we have it — Thankful Thursday Post 15! Thank you to each of you for putting your work into the Medium community, allowing me to read it, and making my life a little brighter. Thank you for being there for me, and helping me start my Medium jounry. You are wonderful — I am thankful for you.
Please read and support each other’s work — that means the world to me.
Also, here is my Facebook Live video recording from this morning. I talked about the simple joy of being home alone, my gratefulness for the Artist’s Way group that just recently concluded, and of course, my Medium-A-Versary.
If you would like to watch this Thursday’s video, you can see it here:
Until next time, I hope you all have a wonderful week.
Thank you for reading!
Sam Kimberle is a Writer, Poet and Artist. Her primary creative mediums are words and clay. She received her B.A. from Dickinson College in Religion and Philosophy, M.A. from Temple University in Comparative Religion, and J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Instagram: Sam Kimberle, Facebook: Sam Kimberle, Writer Creative Entrepreneur