I have switched gears over the last several months from working on my novel to dropping everything to focus on the climate crisis. I began writing articles on zero waste and sustainable ways businesses and individuals can decrease their carbon footprint and be part of the solution. I also made a commitment to transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle. Now in my 12th week, you can check out my progress at https://www.facebook.com/ZeroWasteSantaClarita/
I hope this article inspires you to do everything you can to reduce your carbon footprint. I would love to hear from you on this important topic!
Lisa McDougald | The Greener Side: Going Zero Waste in the SCV
This is the author’s first book of poems. The collection is divided into three natural moods or seasons—we follow our speaker’s shifts through grief and despair, awareness and observation, hope and inspiration. Each poem was selected and revised from pieces written between 1991 and 2017.
In THE DRIVER, THE JOURNEY, THE FALL, Lisa M. McDougald navigates confession and autobiography, writing about a range of trials: the death of her grandfather, love lost and longed for, a co-worker’s suicide, and existential anxieties. The author meditates on her heritage by contemplating DNA; she looks upward, celestial, probing there for answers. Here is an ardent soul fighting to sustain herself in a shifting and often isolating modern world through the decay of the 20th century and the dawning of the 21st. She offers us a swing in the park—sharing moments that threaten to plunge us off a cliff, but imploring us to hang on. And we will.
“…light on exuberance and strong on exacting observation, a bit like Emily Dickinson…”
— NEIL HOWE, author and historian of American generations
“I truly appreciated reading this book…. I was surprised to feel sorrow. I was pleased to be back in touch with regret. I felt my own angst over the world’s peril. And the longer I read, the more deeply I felt my humanity….”
More reviews on Goodreads
Copyright: Lisa M. McDougald
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Raven Shadow Press
Published: January 28, 2019
Weight: 0.41 lbs.
Dimensions: 6 x 9
A glimpse of another time,
out floods the soul—
fluid, rank, ancient.
Shedding the skin,
it takes in
on thirsty cells
Countdown to my official launch date of The Driver, The Journey, The Fall—
March 26, 2019!
With National Poetry Month just around the corner, I will be focusing on marketing and connecting with readers. It has been quite the adventure from start to finish! I’ve learned a lot and super excited to see a book I have contemplated for many years, be realized. I will be sharing stories behind the poems and inviting you to ask questions about the work in future posts so stay tuned…
Check out the latest reviews on Goodreads!
I want to share a recent review on NetGalley by bookseller, Kay Card:
Promising debut from McDougald here. Had a very modern feel, covering a range of themes, some random and surprisingly poignant given the subject matter. There was a fair few poems in this collection like Lost My Heart and Valley of Memory that completely clicked with me, and others that missed the mark a little but liked regardless. Would happily pick up future works by the poet on the back of this.
The Advanced Reader Edition of The Driver, The Journey, The Fall will be available for download until NOVEMBER 30th. All you need is Adobe Digital Editions (a free application) to access it once you have downloaded the PDF.
I look forward to your feedback and invite you to submit a review on GoodReads! Thank you again for your support! #NetGalley #TheDriverTheJourneyTheFall #TellTellPoetry
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As I am in the review process of my poetry collection, The Driver, The Journey, The Fall, I had the opportunity to interview with Kallie at Tell Tell Poetry about my process and experience as a newly minted Self-Publisher! I want to thank Kallie and all the staff at Tell Tell Poetry for making my book the best it can be!
I am excited to announce the advanced review copy of The Driver, The Journey, The Fall – now available on NetGalley for a limited time! Please feel free to share, comment, and let me know what you think!