I just released my first self-published book 'Dadalectic: Waking Dream', a surreal, Dada-inspired collection of poetic stories and dreamy artworks playing with pattern and perception. Watch the book commercial to hear my reading of 'Pink,' one of my favorite poems in the collection, and get a taste of the overall work.
I came to the title 'Dadalectic' with subtitle 'Waking Dream' as I believe it guides the reader towards the basic understanding of this text; I was both awake and asleep, the state of half-consciousness termed 'hypnagogia' in which your mind may shut down but your imagination is not at rest. And, so, you are left with meaningful meaninglessness, a testament to dadaism.
While I have a passion for dadaism, I also appreciate structure and logical reasoning - the total opposite of Dada. Influenced by my studies in semiotics and my love of patterns, I structured this collection so that each piece connects from one to the other in ways that may take a few glances to fully grasp. In a way, this collection functions as one whole story in itself, just like an ever-changing dream with one consistent mood or overarching theme.
If you make the plunge and purchase the book (simultaneously supporting an artist!), I hope that you find something meaningfully meaningless within the book as it relates to you. You can take this as seriously or as light-hearted as you'd like, and the next time you're drifting off to sleep, you can let your mind wander and see what visions your imagination invokes. Perhaps you'll find a doll in a supermarket shopping for boxes of children, or perhaps a man wearing a knife on his head in order to cut the cake, and his wife jokingly calls him "the most dangerous unicorn."
I've been planning this book for a while. In fact, two years ago I registered the domain name dadalectic.com, and it's finally being put to use. I not only registered my own publishing company, but also my own imprint 'The Girl Mirage' for my more artistic works. I purchased my own ISBNs, did extensive research on self-publishers (and subsequently made an extensive Excel spreadsheet comparison chart), and after lengthy back-and-forth customer service messages, I finally published through Blurb Books. Using Blurb, I made my book available for sale on the IngramSpark Global Retail Network, which has access to 63,000 distributors, and landed my book on Amazon.com in just two days!
It's so thrilling to see my book on Amazon with my own author page, which will amass quite a few more works this year ;) All of the research and work paid-off. The first time trying anything new takes a lot of effort and energy, but once you complete that first project, it gets easier each time. Your confidence builds, and it becomes second nature. My goal in life has always been to share stories with the world, and while I'm aware of the breadth of my writing, it doesn't do much good sitting on my computer, haha. This is such a big step for me, and I'm thinking of making a video series to help others make this step, too!
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