{poetry prints now available}

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Want to display one of my poems on your wall? Well now you can! This 5×7 print is available for $9.99 on my etsy shop:


{about the print}
A Romantic Evening with a Cthulhu Figurine | Kaela Danielle McNeil | 5×7 Poetry Print
Photo print (4×6) with mat board to fit most 5×7 frames.

{about the poem}
“A Romantic Evening with a Cthulhu Figurine” was first published June 2015 by Zoetic Press’s Nonbinary Review under Kaela Danielle McNeil’s pseudonym Ellie Slaughter. It was nominated for an Independent Best American Poetry (2015). You can read the original poem here:


{about the author}
Kaela Danielle McNeil won the Roy F. Powell Creative Writing Award in Poetry (2011) and has been nominated for Independent Best American Poetry (2015). She has been published in Anthropoid, NonBinary Review, and Alyss, as well as elsewhere. She graduated from Lesley University with her MFA in Poetry. In May 2015, she participated in Tupelo Press’s 30/30 project. Currently she lives in Salem, MA with her daughter.


{getting back into writing}


Hiatus is the word I’d use to describe what the past few months of my life have been like. Hiatus from Facebook and social media, hiatus from really caring and nurturing myself and my own needs, hiatus from reading, and yes, even writing. I took a mental vacation of sorts. Life lacked inspiration, and I felt no need to be inspired. Some would call this depression; I call it auto-pilot-post-MFA-relaxation-mode-for-six-months.

Regardless of what it’s called, I found it harder than ever to jump back on the metaphorical horse after such a long break from writing. What’s a woman to do?

Create an easy-to-follow schedule:

How do  you do your best writing? Do you, like me, read for an hour before you write? Do you practice yoga and meditation before jotting down your most important ideas? Try to remember what worked best for you when you were writing before and schedule it into your day. Pick a time of day you dedicate to writing and your pre-writing rituals. Schedule it when you’re at  your best. If you’re a bird or something, you probably write best in the morning; if you’re the worm, better stick with the afternoon.  Make it a habit again and do it.

Write more than you normally do:

The longer you’ve been without writing, the more time junk has had time to accumulate in your writer brain. In order to get that junk out, write as often and as much as possible. Don’t worry about writing the next best “Howl” right now. Worry about figuring out how to re-find your voice. It’s not like riding a bike, it’s more like physical therapy – find out how your fingers and hands move the pen across the page again.

Don’t edit any poem just yet:

Don’t edit anything until you’ve written a HELL of a lot. And I mean a lot. Just enjoy this grace period you’ve given yourself to get back to it. Just write for the joy, if that’s at all possible. When you’re ready, and you’ll know when you’re ready, go back and look for something salvageable from what you’ve written. But don’t do it in the first few poems you write. Wait maybe 10 or 50 poems later. You know. Whatever feels right for you.


What do you do when you’ve stopped writing for a really long time? How do you get back to it?


{new beginnings}


Hello and welcome! I know I’ve had this site up and running for a few years now, but I decided to clear out the old and add some new content to this blog of mine. So first thing’s first – how do I go about re-introducing myself to old friends?

Well, in case you didn’t already know me, I’m Kaela. Some basics: I’m a 26 years old divorcee, I have a beautiful daughter who is 3, and I live in Salem, MA. I have some pretty amazing people in my life, including my parents and family and friends, and my boyfriend who shall be henceforth known as the Guy. I’m also a graduate of Lesley University’s MFA program with a concentration in poetry. I used to publish my poetry under a pen name for security reasons during my divorce (read: restraining order; read: domestic violence), but now that the storm has cleared a little bit, I feel safer, though not really “safe,” using my name.

What you won’t find here is a cutesy little site like all the other mom-blogs of the web, even though I gush over sparkles and flowers and the like. I’m not here to give you Things I Love Thursdays or Workout Wednesdays (Ha! Like I ever workout). I’m here to write about writing, about teaching (or trying to find a job teaching), and maybe a little bit about my own life.

So, welcome!