A Shotgun Life: Poems by Amye Archer


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I just finished a full-length memoir, which took me about two and a half years to write. So, my process when I'm working on a book is very different than when I'm writing essays or poems. When I'm working on a book, I have to monitor myself carefully. It's very easy to become consumed by that fire inside of you. When I was writing my memoir, I found that I wrote better in the morning, and for short bursts.

I would take the girls to daycare and write for about three hours straight, then, I was done. Some days, when it wouldn't come, I wouldn't force it. Another thing I would like to address here is that I made a conscious decision to put my daughters in daycare when they were three years old so that I could teach and write my book. I would often cry at the large amounts of guilt that piled themselves up inside of me, but in the end, I knew that I would be a better mother if I was writing and doing what I loved, even if it meant they had to go to daycare for a few hours a day.

What are some of the ways your family and your art interact? I write about my children all of the time. If I'm not writing about them, I'm reading to them.

Sometimes I let them "help" me with a story and we write one together. Usually it's very character driven and there's no plot, but, I give them a pass sine they can only scribble in crayon. I was a very big reader when I was growing up, and I'm working hard to foster that same love of books in them. My situation is a little different in that my art did not begin until my children came along. It was having them that allowed me the ability and justification for quitting a very monotonous job and to pursue my writing full time.

However, I will say that having children has given my art a new and deeper meaning. Whereas I used to write poetry and small pieces for the masses, I find I am always writing with my girls as an audience. I am always aware of the fact that I am preserving some sort of legacy for them. Are your children ever subjects in your art? I think I answered this earlier. How does travel figure into your art? How has that worked out?

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I'm very lucky to have a wonderful and supportive spouse, and a very helpful bunch of grandparents who stay with my girls when I need to travel for my writing. Whenever possible, however, I do want to start taking them along What about promoting the arts with your own children--any fun projects to share? I would say the library is the best place to start. My local library always have arts and crafts for children of any age.

I started taking my girls when they were two, and they have loved it ever since. How do you escape? I don't.

If I Don't Make It, I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings by Amye Archer

I haven't figured that one out yet. If you have any suggestions, please send them to amye amyearcher. View all 7 comments. Aug 22, Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc-are , netgalley-reviews. Who are the survivors of school shootings? That means there were, as a rough estimate, ten thousand people directly affected by the Parkland school shooting, each one a survivor.

Fifty three years after the shooting at the University of Texas, which left fifteen dead, and 31 injured, John still struggles with survivors guilt, and the the effects of PTSD. I feel I was a coward. That day is always with me in my mind.


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Every day. But I know now that I did the best I could, but there is always a worm of doubt. I brace myself for the onslaught of flashbacks and vivid nightmares in the weeks and months following each one. In a year, in seven years, in twenty years, in fifty three years, the survivors of school shootings will still be affected by the tragic events they experienced. View all 8 comments. Jun 06, Donna Hines rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley , arc.

This is one of those books that will break your heart but will give you hope for a brighter future. As we all have learned gun violence must stop! It's a tragedy that is more than just a day's event as those involved have years of emotional turmoil, trauma, and ptsd to endure.

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It's not just a one day news headline. It's more than just a day in Congress to discuss what's next. This is our nation. This is our reality. This is now the new norm. We cannot continue to allow guns to rule over our lives. T This is one of those books that will break your heart but will give you hope for a brighter future. There is no need for high powered assault rifles in our country!

There are many ways to protect oneself without use such a weapon that literally cremates human kind. We are not a third world country yet I see violence daily. I know trauma first hand from an abusive relationship of many years and I can tell you that much of what was noted resonated from within me. The idea that kids must hide under desks fearful of a classroom bell or knock on a door is excruciatingly painful. I know all too well how loud noises can startle an abuse victim and I know all too well how living in daily fight or flight can wear away at normal body functions. It's maddening that we cannot create the proper legislation because of the almighty dollar, corporate conglomerates, and the elitist who would rather rule with force than rule from compassion.

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I hope someday our world changes for the better but upon glancing in the windows from afar I assure you nothing will change till it happens to one of there own. Only then may we finally have the change needed to stop this madness View 1 comment. An incredibly tough, but necessary read. As a school shooting survivor - a loose term because, although present, I was not in immediate danger - this book was oddly therapeutic.

My school is in here. My brave classmates wrote essays. The title and cover are tasteless and insensitive. Do better for the survivors!


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    View 2 comments. Jun 07, Mary S. Shelves: adult , non-fiction. A harrowing collection of sixty narratives—covering over fifty years of shootings in America—written by those most directly affected by school shootings: the survivors. This is a subject I really wanna talk about—I'm intrigued and anticipating this read! Many thanks to the publisher, Skyhorse. Jul 21, Kirsti rated it it was amazing. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

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    I have to say that as an Australian, this book is a real eye opener. Of course it is confronting; these are the stories of those who survived a school shooting, their parents and siblings, their friends. It boggles that a book could cover SO many of these stories, because guns are just not in our culture as much.

    I have literally seen on gun in real life, on a farmer's property that he used to shoot rabbits. Each story is Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! Each story is a deeply personal narrative and there is going to be plenty of triggers here for people affected by gun violence. But these people all want to tell their story, and they want their story to mean something, change something. They add their voice to many in America at the moment, adding this book to a very modern movement. This is well written and edited.

    A confronting topic but needed. Of course five stars, but how do you rate a book like this? Aug 29, Kelly Hager added it. This is a harrowing and at times overwhelming anthology featuring people most affected by school shootings survivors and parents of victims, but some teachers and a few others, including doctors.

    A couple were related to the shooters.

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