Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Singing through the Storms

Summer is swiftly giving way to fall, and in a year of storms, music and verses have given me solace and hope. At the times I have been too overwhelmed to write this year, the poetry of song has carried me. So today I'm happy to share with you the creative works and supportive people that have lifted me through seasons of uncertainty. 

They are the voices and songs of The Stay at Home Choir, a global community of singers formed in quarantine to help musicians continue their craft through lockdown. Open to amateur, student, professional and retired singers alike, ranging from beginners to experts - SAHC has grown into a family of thousands who have formed friendships across the globe while creating beautiful music. 

I've been a member of the choir since April, and my SAHC experiences with singers, musicians, and composers around the world have raised me from darkness to light, doubt to hope - and brought words back to my pen when it had fallen silent. To founders Tori Longdon & Jamie Wright, and the hard-working SAHC crew, I am forever thankful - your loving community of singers and the uplifting experiences you've provided has been water for the soul in a time of drought. 

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The Stay at Home Choir presents O Radiant Dawn from The Strathclyde Motets by James MacMillan with The Sixteen, Premiered June 27 2020.


Morning Splendor

A poem inspired during rehearsals for Sir James Macmillan's 'O Radiant Dawn'

by Stacie Eirich 

How glorious the sun breaks over the horizon, 
Resplendent in wonder, golden rays bright, 
Heralding the day, rapturous delight!

How splendid the light beams across the sky, 
Bursting in song, many voices aligning, 
Singing as one, joyously shining!

How harmonious the morning flows into afternoon, 
Drifting in legato lines, peaceful phrases - blissful tranquility, 
Connecting and rising together through music - magnificent serenity.

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The Stay at Home Choir and Classic FM present the digital premiere of a mass singalong of Sir Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace, which premiered 20 years ago at Classic FM Live at London's Royal Albert Hall to mark the new millennium, Premiered Sept. 6, 2020.


Song for a New Day

A poem written in quarantine, during rehearsals with The Stay at Home Choir

by Stacie Eirich 

On the cusp of morn, we wait silently 
for light to break forth, birdsong to announce 
the start of a new day, a new dawn 
when we will wake, rise - 
travel this vast world, experience it anew 
hug our friends, kiss our families 
sink our toes in the sand, share meals and return 
to life - perhaps a little differently 
than before.

On the cusp of morn, we begin to sing 
for May to herald a new beginning 
the start of a new day, a new dawn 
a fresh page, brimming with possibility 
overflowing with hope, abundant with love - 
this vast world, alive with a new energy 
calling us to care for each other
care for our earth
care for a universe
filled with so much wonder
so much joy 
so much yet to astound us 
in each new day.

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I hope you've enjoyed these songs and verses, that they were a bit of sunshine in a grey hour. If you'd like to hear more beautiful music from The Stay at Home Choir, click here: SAHC YouTube Channel or here if you'd like to sing with us: SAHC Website

Thank you for visiting my Author Blog today! May you be safe & well, and may you always keep creating.❤ -Stacie 


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

June Announcement: New Poems Published!

Dear Readers, 

I'm happy to announce that a few of my newest poems can be found in The Auroras & Blossoms NaPoWriMo Anthology, 2020 Edition! Available June 23, 2020 -  this is a digital publication that features uplifting verses from poets worldwide. See the description & click on the link below to start reading today. 

Thank you for your continuing support of my poetry, stories and novellas, and for visiting my Author Blog. Have a wonderful day; be safe & well. 

-Stacie 





Welcome to a collection of stunning and moving inspirational poetry written throughout National Poetry Writing Month in April 2020.
Come on a journey with us as we explore the works of many diverse and talented poets who each know how to write uplifting words to stimulate our senses and make us feel better about ourselves.
Contributors to The Auroras & Blossoms NaPoWriMo Anthology: 2020 Edition include: Donna Allard, Chandni Asnani, Maria L. Berg, Jamie Brian, Jimena Cerda, Jaewon Chang, Ravichandra Chittampalli, Sandra Christensen, Mimi DiFrancesca, Fiona D’Silva, Kate Duff, Judy Dykstra-Brown, Amanda M. Eifert, Stacie Eirich, David Ellis, Michael Erickson, Deveree Extein, Jack M. Freedman, Alicia Grimshaw, Jenny Hayut, Patrick Jennings, Liam Kennedy, Ting Lam, Rose Loving, Cendrine Marrouat, Michele Mekel, Ally Nellmapius, William Reynolds, Madhumita Sarangi, Anna Schoenbach, Julie A. Sellers, Jonathan Shipley, Dorian J. Sinnott, Krupali Trivedi, Angela van Son, Michele Vecchitto, Penny Wilkes, Gemma Wiseman.
Release date: June 23, 2020

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Sunshine & Starlight




Soon after my last blog-post in March, life turned upside down with the onset of a worldwide pandemic. My family has been lucky; we are safe, well - and navigating our days at home as best we can.

A typical day for us includes morning cleanup & chores, reading, homeschooling, and plenty of time spent outdoors on sunny days. We, like many other families, have cleaned out our closets, baked and played board games, and taken bike rides together. We've made crafts and talked to friends and cousins over Zoom, built Legos and watched movies together.

In seven weeks, we've done more together than in many months time.

Have we also yelled, cried and had moments where we needed to be alone in our bedrooms, or to go on a solo bike ride? Absolutely! And I think that's OK.

What matters is we are making it through; we are able to find the sunshine in each day, and still look up at the stars each night.

We are safe, we are well - and we are in this together. 

Throughout April, I wrote a-poem-a-day as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month, and to find the beauty in each day spent at home. You can read the entire 30-poem collection for free on Wattpad; it is an inspirational collection that I hope will uplift readers.


My work-in-progress for May is a historical fiction story set in 19th century Paris that I began writing in February for Wattpad's Open Novella Contest. Unfortunately, although my story made it through to the third round, I did not submit it for the finals. Poetry was what my heart needed for April, and so I have no regrets! The story will still get written, just on my own, slower timeline.

May you & your families be safe & well. Thank you for visiting my Author Blog; wishing you a day filled with sunshine & stars! 😊 -Stacie 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Return of Spring



Spring is, without a doubt, my most favorite season of the year. A time of blossoms and light - cool,  refreshing rains and fresh greenery - nature has a way of finding itself at the forefront of my writing in springtime. In fact, I wrote and published an entire book of poetry on the subject in 2016.

This spring, I'm busy writing several prose works-in-progress, including one for the Open Novella Contest III on Wattpad. But I can't ever stay away from poetry for long, especially during the season that I find most inspiring for verse. So I'll be participating in National Poetry Month in April again this year, writing a new series of poems while reading and supporting other poets.

Another exciting thing I'm doing this season is serving as an Engagement Ambassador, which will include supporting Wattpad writers through active, positive participation on official Wattpad profiles, within its forums and the Wattpad community-at-large. This includes, for example, anything from vetting official reading lists to judging contests to creation of new content for Wattpad profiles. I look forward to connecting with writers from all over the world and helping new writers flourish as they navigate Wattpad!

Offline, I'll be celebrating my birthday along with my daughter's birthday, attending numerous spring activities for my children and seasonal festivals, and preparing for the end of the school term in May. For me, this means organizing my time so that writing is prioritized before breaking from it for a different summer schedule in June & July.

I hope that you are making time to enjoy the spring sunshine, a good book and time with the ones you love. Wishing you a beautiful spring; thank you for visiting my Author Blog. 😀 -Stacie




Thursday, January 2, 2020

A New Year & A New Novel


Happy 2020 Readers! I'm starting the New Year off with a New Novel. A fantasy with action, magic & romance - it's the story I've been wanting to write for a long time. 

Is adding it to my other works-in-progress a bit crazy? Probably. But in order to follow my passion of a 'writing life' - I'm not going to limit my creative ideas. 

In other words, I'm saying yes to the Muse! And embracing the phrase "Just Write It." 

Thank you for visiting my Author Blog! I hope you'll continue to follow my writing journeys in 2020. Happy New Year! :-) -Stacie

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