Love is Real, But So is Legal Separation…But, So is Tonite’s 10th Wedding Anniversary Extravaganza!

This is a Pinterest pin montage (20 pins) for my husband (who’s not speaking to me) to realize I love and adore him even if I leave the state in secret with my daughter and change our names!

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A Tenth Anniversary-Happy Ending Poem for My Husband from “Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019)”

“You have taught me how to swim again

and we come full circle resiliently,

just like high and low tides

blend together into swells.

In this harbor,

we reinforce each other

with similar rhythmic fluidity,

and I am buoyed.

Forgiveness is

a natural outflow of commitment,

just like the

reinforcement

of our vows–

and our past and current selves

lap against us,

shaping our direction into

a kind of kingfisher future–

turning choppy waters into glass,

gliding us smoothly towards the horizon,

intact together,

within and without,

on and on,

until we slip ahead,

just we two,

into a new ocean,

having finally mastered this first one.”

-pg 49, “Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019)” by Marie K Johnston/Kristen M McCurry

I love Chris McCurry forever, no matter what..

Real Life Update: “My Husband Wants To Divorce ‘Healthy Me’! What?!”, Reprinted from BipolarLifer.com

Check out my victory selfie montage and find the link to this article below!

Cheers! Marie K Johnston 🦋🦋🦋

bipolarlifer.com/2019/09/25/even-abusive-husbands-can-evolve-but-not-mine/

Introduction to “Cosmogony: A Poem (2019)”

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Cosmogony (2019) is a rhyming and metered poem that came to Johnston during a hurricane and subsequent flood in Spring, TX, her hometown, in 1994. In this tale, the major forces of Nature in turn tell their origin stories to a dreamy seventeen year old girl on a Galveston, TX beach and she spins their words into her own tentative life philosophies.

This poem, exactingly created in a sort of time vacuum when the natural world around her was on center stage, is a great example of her early ability to transfuse beauty and hope into her writing.

Readers familiar with Johnston’s 2018 release of Mental, a novel which focuses on one woman’s determination to be whole and happy, will recognize these verses from Part Two. Reprinted here to spotlight one height of her creative skill, this poem is a clever and thought-provoking drama of magical pathos.

This is Johnston’s third book of poetry. She is also the author of Dandelions (2019), a long poem about the wonders of a childhood spent in Nature and Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019), which focuses on the themes of love and personal growth. Her first novel, Leaves Subsiding (2010), written under pen name M. Yoshida McCurry, is about the elusive search for happiness. She recently released the Second Edition of Mental (2018), a novel about overcoming a difficult childhood.

Marie K Johnston (aka Kristen Marie Tichenor, aka M. Yoshida McCurry, aka Kristen M McCurry) is a novelist, poet, visual artist and (amateur) website creator. She is a 42 year old married mother of one living in a little arty town just northwest of Houston, TX. She was educated at The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University, wrote for Walmart.com and Rice University’s Web & Print Division, and taught high school English/tutored UT@Austin undergraduates for ten years before she married.

To read a preview of Cosmogony (2019) for free now, go to http://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston, where you can also enter to win a copy of one of the four titles Johnston is currently promoting. Cosmogony is an eBook ($7.99) and a paperback ($7.99) for sale now on Amazon.com. Go to https://www.amazon.com/Cosmogony-poem-Marie-K-Johnston/dp/1692594095/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=cosmogony+by+marie+k+johnston&qid=1569338582&s=books&sr=1-1 to add this book of poetry to your personal library now!

 

 

Introduction to “Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019)”

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“What is risk when this is all we have–

the houred day,

the finite span of years,

consciousness of aging

and sure death beyond.

I would rather make risk my lover…”

Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection, 2001-2019

Disaster and Harmony (2019) is full of poems that deal with personal struggle, difficult relationships, true love(s), searching for peace, and finding joy despite chaos and pain. These poems were composed between the years 2001-2019 and are randomly arranged.

Johnston writes frankly about deep depressions, marriage and family, being in love, beginnings and endings, taking joy in little and big things, and personal growth.

This is her third book of poetry. Johnston recently published Dandelions (2019), a long poem about the wonders of a childhood spent in Nature and Cosmogony (2019), a rhyming and metered poem about the natural world and one girl’s place in it. She is also the author of Mental (2018), a novel about overcoming a difficult childhood. Her first novel, Leaves Subsiding (2010), published under pen name M. Yoshida McCurry, is written in the style of magic realism and is about the elusive search for happiness.

To read a preview of Disaster and Harmony (2019) for free now, go to http://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston, where you can also enter to win a copy of one of the four titles Johnston is currently promoting. Disaster and Harmony  is an eBook ($7.99) and a paperback ($7.99) for sale now on Amazon.com. Go to https://www.amazon.com/Disaster-Harmony-Collection-Marie-Johnston/dp/1687743703/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=disaster+and+harmony+by+marie+k+johnston&qid=1569339640&s=books&sr=1-1 to add this book of poetry to your personal library now!

Disaster bio pic

Marie K Johnston (aka Kristen M McCurry) is a novelist, poet, visual artist and website creator. She is a 42 year old married mother of one living in a little arty town just northwest of Houston, TX. She was educated at The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University, wrote for Walmart.com and Rice University’s Web & Print Division, and taught high school English for ten years before she married. 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to “Dandelions: A Poem (2019)”

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“Instead of little boys, dandelions had

come out to play, their furry heads

swaying to flower music and their tiny

leaves waving him a hello…”

Dandelions

Dandelions (2019) will be a delight for anyone interested in the simple joys of childhood. Charlie Taylor is a little boy who believes adventure will always be found around the next corner. He inadvertently discovers one of Nature’s secrets in the field where he normally plays with his friends, and then hurries home to share this new knowledge with his mother.

Told in vivid, modern stanzas, Dandelions is a gently unfolding tale about the innocence of childhood and the wonders of Nature. Setting this story in rural Spring, TX, where Johnston grew up, allowed her to create a lovely, realistic yet magical backdrop to this long poem.

This is Johnston’s third book of poetry. She is also the author of Cosmogony (2019), a rhyming and metered poem about the natural world and one girl’s place in it, and Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019), which focuses on the themes of love and personal struggle. She is also the author of two novels. Her first novel, Leaves Subsiding (2010), written under pen name M. Yoshida McCurry, is about the elusive search for happiness. She recently released the Second Edition of Mental (2018), a novel about overcoming a difficult childhood.

To read a preview of Dandelions (2019) for free now, go to http://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston, where you can also enter to win a copy of one of the four titles Johnston is currently promoting. Cosmogony is an eBook ($7.99) and a paperback ($7.99) for sale now on Amazon.com. Go to https://www.amazon.com/Dandelions-Poem-Marie-K-Johnston/dp/1083036041/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1569340745&sr=1-1-spell to add this book of poetry to your personal library now!

Marie K Johnston (aka Kristen Marie Tichenor, aka Kristen M McCurry, aka M. Yoshida McCurry) is a novelist, poet, visual artist and website creator. She is a 42 year old married mother of one living in a little arty town just northwest of Houston, TX. She was educated at The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University, wrote for Walmart.com and Rice University’s Web & Print Division, and taught high school English for ten years before she married. 

Introduction to “Mental: A Novel,” Second Edition (2019)

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Mental (2018), which took twenty years to complete, is based on Johnston’s late teens and early twenties in the 1990s in Texas. Weaving journalistic scrutiny with magic realism, Mental draws upon a broad set of themes, all of which reveal why one young woman’s emergence from childhood to take responsibility for her life was belated.

Told by identical twin narrators in three parts, Mental delves deeply into the inner workings of the psyche to achieve a hard won happy ending, leaving the reader with the suggestion that it is one’s attitude that directs one’s fate. Drawing upon Buddhist wisdom and with a strong foundation in the natural world, Mental‘s subject matter may at times be dark–but the message of the piece as a whole is overwhelmingly positive.

This Second Edition of Mental, released on the first anniversary of its original publication, is meant to inspire those who are struggling to find themselves in a world that can be full of evil, disappointment, loss and grief. This novel is about dealing with changes and transitions, and is offered to illustrate the importance of continuing the search for peace even in the midst of suffering.

This is Johnston’s second novel. Her first novel, Leaves Subsiding (2010), written under pen name M. Yoshida McCurry, is about the elusive search for happiness. She is also the author of Dandelions (2019), a long poem, Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019), and Cosmogony (2019), a rhyming and metered poem about the natural world and one girl’s place in it.

To read a preview of Mental (2018) for free now, go to http://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston, where you can also enter to win a copy of one of the four titles Johnston is currently promoting. Mental is an eBook ($9.99) and a paperback ($9.99) for sale now on Amazon.com. Go to https://www.amazon.com/Mental-novel-Marie-K-Johnston/dp/1690980842/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1569337062&sr=1-1 to add this novel to your personal library now!

Disaster bio pic

Marie K Johnston (aka Kristen M McCurry) is a novelist, poet, visual artist and website creator. She is a 42 year old married mother of one living in a little arty town just northwest of Houston, TX. She was educated at The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University, wrote for Walmart.com and Rice University’s Web & Print Division, and taught high school English for ten years before she married. 

 

Marie K Johnston Releases Second Edition of “Mental (2018)” & 3 Books of Poetry Today, 9/23/19!

I have made the most of a year in basic good health to complete quite a large book project!

I now release the second edition of Mental (2018) and its three companion books of poetry: Dandelions (2019), Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019) and Cosmogony (2019) on the first anniversary of the original publication of Mental (Sept 2018).

All four of these titles were published this calendar year (2019) after being worked and reworked by your dear author these past twenty-five years.

In partnership with Halcyon Days Press, Inc., I am proud to reveal the pieces that I have been polishing these past two and a half decades, and also to unveil the cover art that I created in my art room for Mental and Dandelions.

Stay tuned for posts and pages devoted to each of these titles! I hope you will add them to your personal library soon!

Follow me (and get a sneak peek of the new books) at http://www.Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston!

Stay tuned for posts about my upcoming book contest so that you can enter to win a free copy of one of my books!

Cheers!

Kristen M McCurry/Marie K Johnston

Why I Write, Part One

If you wonder why I keep doing this all-consuming thing, even though I go basically unrecognized, I will tell you this: writing is an effort which seeks to turn pain into beauty and hold up the pathos of life for all to see…

I knew I wanted to be a novelist and a poet when I was 11. I have spent all of my free time (when not painting) since then creating chains of words, editing those chains, in an endless loop that marks the main pursuit in a life filled with a fortunate and relative peace (allowing this pursuit to be an option at all). Writing is, of course, a recursive, elusive, reclusive activity.

Although not a writer himself, Picasso famously quipped that “without solitude, no great art is possible.” Although I have had very deep friendships in my life, am involved in quite an entangling and long marriage, have a complicatedly beautiful relationship with my daughter–I do admit that, at least during the school year, I find I have much time to myself to dream up all kinds of artistic diversions and for this, among so many things, I count myself quite lucky.

So, in the end, I think, it is the mad dash towards the idea of the perfect thought perfectly expressed, chasing a runaway train of beauty and sadness and love and freedom that keeps me feverishly at my iMac, searching for release. And maybe, someday, even fame? One can dare to dream.

I will let you in on a secret: I am busy at work on my third book now, a collection of poetry (old and new). I would share the title, but I fear someone will steal it (as happened with my title, “New Moon”–seriously!), but I will reveal that “happy” is in the title.

🦋🦋🦋,

Marie K Johnston/Kristen M McCurry

Cheapy Pine Dresser Transformation, Part One

So, my household inherited this dresser five years ago. I didn’t like it so I put it in the guest room–it was unfinished pine and just not my style.

But, now for reasons enumerated on http://www.BipolarLifer.com (somewhat), the guest room recently became my bedroom! I decided to get to work on spiffing it up, adding a lot of art I created (to be revealed later when room is cleaner), a decoupaged “headboard,” and now my unveiling of this partially transformed dresser!

Voila:

I am pretty happy about the way it has turned out so far, although my husband will probably dislike it (he recently said he doesn’t like my folk art, which is plastered all over our house, and I am gobsmacked by this revelation), but my daughter says the dresser rocks and that I should still keep making art no matter what anybody says (so I’m going to)!

Thank you for looking at my work! Once I paint the rest of the dresser a mahogany brown, I will make another post of the dresser and the entire guest/my bedroom.

Cheers! 🦋🦋🦋

Marie K Johnston m/Kristen M McCurry

My “New” Writing Chair!

So, I picked this chair up at the local Goodwill for a mere $10, and now I have transformed it into the chair I will sit in when I begin writing my third novel sometime very soon!

I am so excited to have a “real” office chair! Chloe gives it a thumbs up!