C E Hoffman

May I Live On In Love and Literature

Defunct Magazine 2022 May Day Chapbook Contest

Yesterday, I tweeted:

It’s more a reminder to myself than anyone else.

We work harder when we love our work, and I adore creativity. Yet I need to learn to pause and celebrate how far I’ve come. I need to get as excited about where I am as where I’m going!

So, today, I’m taking the time to thank Defunct Magazine for selecting my chapbook NO ACTUAL SIN as the winning entry for their 2022 May Day Chapbook Contest.

The chapbook explores intimacy, sexuality, healing, and shame, the title taken from a D H Lawrence quote.

They said of the submission:

“Our judges were enamoured with the authentic voice… and the way consistent themes and ideas were weaved throughout the collection.”

It reminds me of another Tweet I’ve turned into my desktop wallpaper:

I crave validation, yet I’m reticent to accept when the validation is there!

I am so grateful that my work reached the judges and editors at Defunct, and hope it will reach you, too.

Also, congratulations to the runner-up Durell Carter and the honourable mentions Secret Hallelujah, Marcia LeBeau, and Alison Lubar. Let’s all celebrate each other!

Stay Creative!

C💕

My first grant!!!

I want to thank the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for their Literary Individual Project Funding Grant!

Thanks to them, I can continue to grow and learn as a writer- and above all, a person.

I so appreciate this encouragement, validation, and acceptance.

We all deserve abundance. We’re here to follow our dreams, and create a better reality- not only for us, but everyone.

I am so grateful to share more of my words with the world.

Thank you: to the Foundation, my family, friends, my partner, and of course, the universe. I’m so thankful for every damn minute within this exceptional, insane subjectivity.

Above all, thank YOU! (For being here.)

Buy Sluts and Whores here.

Stay Creative!

💕 C

Podcast Launch: Scribbles & Spills

It’s my birthday!
I made it to thirty. And I want to celebrate with you. 💕

Please accept this humble gift: the first episode of my new podcast Scribbles & Spills, where creatives of all kinds expound on their art and spill their secrets.
Our first guest: Mallory Smart, a Chicago-based writer and the Editor-in-Chief of the publishing house, Maudlin House. She talks music and literature on her podcast, Textual Healing, and her first novel, The Only Living Girl In Chicago, came out from Trident Press in August 2021. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @malsmart. 

We discuss her new book The Only Living Girl in Chicago, destigmatizing mental illness, and the importance of self-care.

Listen below now! And remember to follow Scribbles & Spills on Twitter, and Subscribe to my YT channel, where I’ll also be uploading the episodes.

S01E02: Danton Lamar- Leading w/ Laughter Scribbles & Spills

Welcome to Scribbles & Spills, a podcast where creatives of all kinds expound on their art and spill their secrets. Meet Danton Lamar, an American comic living in self-imposed exile. He's brought his story-based racially charged awkward charm to Asia, Europe, Russia, the US, and now Canada. He runs The Comedy Lab: Toronto’s only all-minority-run comedy club, and Werd (Word) Entertainment: an events and production company dedicated to elevating marginalized voices. He produces upwards of 12 shows a month including Dope Comedy, at the gorgeous Broken Cage Gallery. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @DantonLamar. Danton and I discuss the qualities of leadership, the importance of representation, and uniting through diversity. Links: https://dantonlamar.comhttps://www.facebook.com/thecomedylabtohttps://www.facebook.com/watch/werd.entertainment/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmE3oYl78GWaPPtqMtc2FAghttps://twitter.com/DantonLamar
  1. S01E02: Danton Lamar- Leading w/ Laughter
  2. S01E01: Mallory Smart- Saying the Unsaid

Stay Creative!

C💕

My Brain in 30 Secs {Stuff About Mood Swings}

Happy happy sunstroke 

high on sunlight brain explodes 

Happy happy drunk poet 

I’ll be famous when you’re all dead!!!!!!

(flashes, 

my sweet head.) 

-Liquid Moments Pt. 1 from Blood, Booze and Other Things in Nature (Buy it now!)

So, I have mood swings. 

Mood cycles, more accurately, which I experience as altered states. There are extreme highs and bitter lows, changes in energy level, cognitive function, lucidity and irritability, which, though often helpful to my creativity, are also detrimental to my enjoyment of and participation with life.

I crave consistency. Steady income, permanent address, a relationship I know will last. Perhaps I strive for such an even keel because I lack one internally. I am learning to ride my waves, but that doesn’t make them less exhausting. 

I’ve had mental health struggles for most of my life. As early as six I was plagued with extreme anxiety and bouts of insomnia. At thirteen I was compulsively self-harming, struggling with an eating disorder, and tried to end my life, resulting in psychiatric hospitalization.

Currently, the closest I have to a diagnosis is an assessment of probable Bipolar-2 with C-PTSD and BPD tendencies. (Quite a mouthful of alphabet soup.) It would take years working with a psychiatrist to be properly diagnosed. For now, I have to cope. 

Art is my antidote.

Jonathan Larson once said something like, 

“It’s not that I don’t share my emotions. I just tell them through songs.” 

My internal world often feels too intense to share with a family member, partner, or friend one-on-one.

Within Art, I feel safe to be myself.

Everywhere else, I turn my volume low.

Nobody wants a roller coaster in their living room. 

I did my best to compress my moods in a 30-second reel. You could almost call it a book trailer for Blood, Booze, and Other Things in Nature, which explores highs, lows, sexual misadventures, drunken escapades, and above all, my determination to act better than what I feel.

Doctors used to tell me, “Make it to twenty-one, and you’ll be okay.” 

I’m almost thirty.

It hasn’t gone away. 

And I’m done hoping that it will.

I will not let it stop me from doing all I’m meant to do. I truly believe our curses can become superpowers, and if you’re struggling too, please know that I believe in you.

There’s a reason we’re still here. 

Maybe I can’t get off this roller coaster. Maybe the peaks and valleys will never level out. Whether they do or not, I am already coping so much better than I ever thought I could. And, if you think about it, I bet you are too. 

Stay Creative. 

It’ll safe your life. 

C

PS Buy Blood, Booze, and Other Things in Nature here.

Dear Danuta Gleed {Stuff About Success}

We get obsessed with struggle- especially artists. Struggle feels like part of our identity. We struggle to create- our art, and a living. 

When did we equate struggle with effort? 

There’s an effort that is joyful, exuberant, easy. Like darling Lesley says in Ted Lasso, 

“When you’re with the right person, even the hard times are easy.” 

For me, that “person” is my purpose, my passion, my vision for my life, my art, and my world. 

I believe I am worthy of a life beyond struggle. But that doesn’t mean all the struggle will disappear.

We get obsessed with success- especially on social media. Success is a peak, but according to algorithms, it’s the only thing worth writing about. 

When did we lose reverence for the valleys? 

The Danuta Gleed Literary Award exists thanks to a generous donation from the late Danuta’s husband. It was one of the few awards Sluts and Whores was eligible for, and the only one whose deadline I didn’t miss. 

An award like this can launch a career. 

I didn’t even make the shortlist. 

What do we do when our dreams fail us? Or when we feel rejected by a world we so long to be a part of? 

We have two choices: give up, or keep going. 

Not too long ago, I fell in love with a man, and he helped me fall in love with country music. 

This doesn’t embarrass me. (For an explanation, see my other music loves, including but not limited to emo and musicals. My Spotify is a cringe fest!)

I love country because it has a song for every moment: the goods, the bads, the highs, the lows, the maybes, the nos. 

The country song for this moment: Doin’ This by Luke Combs

For those who refuse to click the link (fair enough), I’ll elaborate: 

In the song, an interviewer asks the singer, 

“What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?” 

His response: 

“I’d still be doing this.”- with or without success.

He goes on to describe a life “feeling on fire on a stage”, no matter its size. 

“It ain’t about the fame.
It ain’t about the fortune.”

It’s about following the call of your soul. 

Full disclosure: I wrote most of this post well before knowing the results for the Danuta Gleed shortlist. Up til this morning, I was still hoping for that glorious email that said, “Yes.”

As much as this hurts, it doesn’t make a difference. It doesn’t change what I’m here to do. 

I’m doing what I love. 

That’s the only worthwhile reason to do anything. 

If you lead with love, you’ll make mistakes, but do no wrong. You’ll fail, but you’ll thrive. Material success will be revealed for what it is: a bonus. 

I do not mean to diminish the financial struggle artists face. I have explored and sometimes suffered some of the “lowest” jobs you could think of. I have literally shovelled shit. I have disinfected menus and toilets. I’ve broken down from a glance at my bank account, panicked at credit card statements, and, as it seems, will continue to do so. 

My closest experience to financial stability was via sex work, which both increased and crushed my confidence. Why was that service my sole financial validation? Why didn’t my art hold the same value? 

Capitalism is far from a meritocracy. There are too many struggling who supply indescribable value to world- whether through their art, or their presence as human beings. People have to ride the luck of the market to subsist. Artists shouldn’t rely on grants and awards, as grateful as I am for their existence. 

Art is not a product. People are not brands. Life cannot be reduced to Likes and trends. 

I am proud supporter of UBI, and hope to see it arrive as soon as possible. I’d love to receive universal basic income now, but would be just as happy to see UBI enacted after I’ve achieved financial independence. 

For some, $10 000 is a boost; for others, a shopping spree. 

For me (and most artists), it would be life-changing. 

True happiness is having the power to love life no matter what happens. 

To give, no matter what you have. 

I promise I will keep giving, because it is all I can do. The world gives us so much: inspiration, beauty, struggle, surrender. 

I am overwhelmed with gratitude. For all I have, all I receive, and all I can give. 

I only want to receive so that I can live well, and give more.

Keep an eye out for exciting changes soon. 

Stay Creative! 

PS Right now, 25% of Sluts and Whores ebook and paperback sales will go to Doctors Without Borders to provide humanitarian aid to the Ukraine. Buy it now

Chapbook Release: Blood, Booze, and Other Things in Nature

What’s it like being the only guy in your pre-natal yoga class?

What do you do when your wedding toast becomes spoken word?

Which alcohol mixes best with C-PTSD?

Now, you can find out.

Buy from Amazon here.

(Available from Lulu soon!)

And, in case you missed it, check out the cover reveal:

Stay Creative!

C💕

SPOTLIGHT: Blood, Booze, & Other Things in Nature by C.E. Hoffman

My new chapbook Blood, Booze, and Other Things in Nature is out from Alien Buddha Press! 💕

Alien Buddha Press

amazon.com/dp/B09YQ4W4WL




Uranus in Transit Pt. 1

Once upon a patriarchy,
Uranus turned to Taurus,
and Venus Herself washed cumspit off my dress.

YOUR PINEAL GLAND IS A CATALYST!

Shed your armour!
Cleanse your aura!

New World turtles will expose soft pink bellies to New World seagulls with soft pink beaks
Apocalypse is the ultimate (r)evolution
Listen! Shout! Breathe!

Oppression is so last century.





Nice Day to Get Laid*

Grown-up kid w/ groceries: cheese buns, Pepsi.
White clouds make chaos w/ sickgreen leaves.
The grass is not me, we
coexist separate-
ly.

Like how whores live alone no matter the number
of lovers they do (or don’t) take home
Like how mothers mourn while Kids get to grow
Like how whores live alone.

Grown-up girl w/ groceries: in-store sushi.
In other news, I’m making history.
In other words I’m totally
FUCKED
aka
damn lucky.
(*This title is taken from a Sex…

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Sluts and Whores Fundraiser Sale

Super excited about this!

For a limited time, 25% of Sluts and Whores sales profits (through any retailer, except used book stores) will go to Doctors Without Borders to support humanitarian aid in the Ukraine!

Show your support!

Buy on Amazon.

Buy on Indigo.

Buy from Barnes & Noble.

Buy from my publisher’s website.

Long live Ukraine!

C💕

Cover Reveal: Blood, Booze, and Other Things in Nature

It’s here!

Been waiting to find out what the new cover looks like?

Wait no longer!

Watch below.

And remember to Subscribe!

Keep an eye out for Blood, Booze, and Other Things in Nature May 15!

Stay Creative!

C💕

Podcast: The Writing Sparrow

Had a lovely time with the amazing Sarina Langer on her delightful podcast The Writing Sparrow.

We discuss #OwnVoices, Jungian theory, and enough abstractions to make my heart sing!

Listen below, on Spotify, or anywhere else you get your podcast fix!

How to Conquer Your Writing Fears with Kirsten McNeill The Writing Sparrow

Kirsten McNeill joins me again for this week's episode to talk about how we can overcome fear on our writing journey, be that the fear of writing a book, of being read, of our books being disliked, etc.This is a super-sized episode, and we hope you'll enjoy our pep talk!Please note: The Writing Sparrow will take a break after this episode. It will return, I just don't want to promise a date. This is a good time to subscribe to the show (completely free, if the word puts you off!) or follow the podcast at any of the links below. That way, you won't miss us when we're back.***Come join The Writing Sparrow on its very own Facebook fan page or its very own Instagram account!To find out more about Kirsten, check out her Instagram, her Twitter, and her website.Find out more about Sarina and her books on her website, and find her on Instagram and on Facebook.Support the show
  1. How to Conquer Your Writing Fears with Kirsten McNeill
  2. How to Narrate Audiobooks with Adriene Arce
  3. Writing Routines: N.D.T. Casale
  4. Holding One Another Accountable – Sarina's July-September 2022 Goals
  5. How to Stop Procrastinating and Foster Consistency with Aluko Deborah JB

Stay Creative!

C💕

Chapbook Announcement: Blood, Booze, and Other Things in Nature

I’m delighted to announce that Alien Buddha Press has offered to publish my poetry chapbook Blood, Booze, and Other Things in Nature.

Inspired by slam poetry, punk, and The Beats, this collection tenderly and irreverently explores mental illness, sexuality, the nights we’ll always remember, and the ones we wish we could forget. 

Release date: May 15 2022.

Stay tuned for a cover reveal!


As always, Stay Creative.

C💕