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Lit. Update: Future Steps

It feels good to finally have my poetry book released in some form. However, the work doesn't stop there. Now I face the challenges of promoting it. As I already knew, "self-publishing" requires you to fund most of the work yourself. It gets disheartening and a bit stressful, but it's what I have to do… Continue reading Lit. Update: Future Steps

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Poetry: “New Chances”

Seeds sprout Watered by new lessons learned Strengthened by apparent obstacles Leading to a kingdom of Virtue From The Ocean's Made For Swimming Copyright © 2021 by Ena Whiteraven  All rights reserved. Image found online and does not appear in published work. No copyright violation intended.

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“The Challenging Reality: Wool and Ethics”

Latest installment in the mini series “The Challenging Reality” has been posted to S.D.!

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One of the topics I’ve been learning about recently has been the use of wool in the fabric industry. Generally, we as vegans tend to be very much against this practice and advocate for plant-based textiles made from hemp, organic cotton, recycled fibers, etc. as replacements for animal-derived fibers. However, I’ve discovered there are some interesting points people often overlook.

This might not apply to everyone. I’m speaking strictly from personal experience. Over the years, I’ve found that staying away from wool has become an incentive to purchase cheaper, fast fashion items made from synthetics that are almost always derived from (you guessed it) plastic. Plastic, as previously mentioned, will be shed into the environment sooner or later, regardless of what form it takes. Lately there has been a shift in the fashion industry to produce more “vegan” and “vegan-friendly” clothing. However, like synthetic leather, many of the products I’m…

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Released: The Ocean’s Made For Swimming

My first poetry book, The Ocean's Made For Swimming, is officially available for purchase on Amazon! Click the link to see. E.W.

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Lit. Update: The Ocean’s Made For Swimming , Official Poetry Release Tomorrow!

The official release of my first volume of poetry, The Ocean's Made For Swimming, will be celebrated tomorrow - Dec. 21st, 2021 (Yule/winter solstice)! It will also be available to international readers. Further information will follow in the update I post tomorrow. I've been in the process of connecting and updating information across all of… Continue reading Lit. Update: The Ocean’s Made For Swimming , Official Poetry Release Tomorrow!

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Blog Update: The Cruelty-free Life and Lit. News

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The Cruelty-free life page is once again live! As promised, I’m including links to some of the source material I’ve referenced for The Challenging Reality mini series. The posts will also be shared to T.W.N.

Literary updates are also coming to T.W.N. in the near future. Stay tuned for some big news!

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“The Challenging Reality: Vegan Leather”

First installment of the mini series “The Challenging Reality” on Superlative Deviation.

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Recently, I have been furthering my understanding of vegan and cruelty-free topics – specifically with regards to clothing, textiles, and manufacturing. As someone who never conformed to what most people saw as a normal diet and was considered by many to be vegetarian before it was “cool”, I was thrilled to see the huge selection of food items, personal care products, and clothing that suddenly became vegan-friendly. However, the key word is “suddenly”.

This post will focus primarily on research I’ve been doing and questions I’ve been asking about the vegan leather industry. These questions were prompted by necessary changes to my wardrobe, mainly in the shoe category. Because I am a person who walks almost everywhere, I’m very practical when it comes to footwear. Arch support issues, toe shape, and personal style makes me almost impossible to fit. When I need new shoes (which is almost all the time)…

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Excerpt (Poetry) : “There Is a Sweet Hereafter”

It is what you make of it. The images of mind. It is the limits of your soul In boundless space and time. It is the darkness or the light. The strangeness and the learning. The opportunities you missed, Distracted on the journey... The hearts you healed, the hearts you broke. The lightness and the… Continue reading Excerpt (Poetry) : “There Is a Sweet Hereafter”

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Excerpt (Poetry): “The Purest Generation”

 ...The stone wall and the canon Met them with a fearful ROAR! They blew a kiss and whispered Love - The canon was no more.  The stone wall raised its thorns As they silently approached - To them it was a gateway And blossoming vines encroached...  Impostors are these archons? I have… Continue reading Excerpt (Poetry): “The Purest Generation”

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Announcement / Lit. Update: “Excerpts and New Platforms!”

  The latest draft of my first poetry book is complete! I am slowly going through a list of possible agents and publishing options. Over the next several weeks, I'll be revising T.W.N. a little more. Older content will be removed and new excerpts will debut! For now, I'll use the artwork that has been… Continue reading Announcement / Lit. Update: “Excerpts and New Platforms!”