Life post ‘Finding Me’ Launch

My book launch last week was great and far exceeded all the expectations I tried not to have. I have spent a week recalibrating and trying to set a new pace to life post launch. Releasing the book was the first part of my new journey and now that I have put some of my most intimate poems into the world, I have found myself at another junction. I called the book ‘Finding Me’ because I knew that I have not yet fully ‘found’ myself. I probably never will. However a range of experiences in my late teens made me hurt so badly I knew what I did not want to be, the type of people I did not want to be involved with, the kind of ‘experiences’ I never wanted to taste again and a general understanding of what I did not like. The huge contradiction is that by exploring what I did not like, I better understood what, who and how I loved.

Looking back on the past couple of years and making sense of the process has been wonderful. The beauty of retrospect is that you see where you went ‘wrong’. I have used the apostrophes because the bumps and hiccups in the road help to mould and change us. We gain a bit of wisdom if we are willing to learn and in theory should be better human beings because of it. I have heard it said that we learn less from success than we do failure – this depends on the human being. I believe we can learn loads from both if we are willing to.

Anyway while I promote and give talks on ‘Finding Me’, I am working on new material. Finding Me is pretty dark in the first section and I know that I want my next work to look at the joy and fulfilment I have found post my Finding Me revelations. I want the work to inspire and provoke in all the loveliest ways possible. I am so excited about the project that I do not know where to start. It seems that all the good is balled up in the present and I am struggling to separate the feelings, lessons and experiences as I did in my first book. The one thing I do know is that I am not trying to replicate my first work and so that has given me a freedom in terms of content and structure.

Buy the book for only £1.97 here:

Nissi x


About Plantain Periodicals

Hello! Welcome to the Plantain Periodicals blogs. The name stems from the kitchen moments I had with my friends at university cooking plantain and planning our lives together. I have used this space as a window into my mind and the way I make sense of all my experiences through writing.This is where I share those conversations and moments that happen inside my head as a young woman growing up in 21st century London. Hopefully you'll be entertained and also learn a thing or two. My main blog ad: My literature blog: NMx
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One Response to Life post ‘Finding Me’ Launch

  1. Susan Michaels says:

    excited to hear about new material coming along, Nissi…Haven’t had a chance to get your book yet, but it’s on my list! 🙂 and blessing it in prayer!

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