We are the bees of the invisible.
We wildly collect the honey of the invisible,
to store it in the great golden hive
of the invisible.
--- Rainer Maria Rilke, from a letter to Halewicz
I initially created this website to allow my writing to float out into larger world, and as time passed, I began to appreciate the odd fluidity of this electronic space. I found that working here provided me with an odd awareness of audience that encouraged honesty while allowing my writing process to remain transparent. I stopped writing online when I started to gather and edit some of my many manuscripts, which are now available as books on Amazon, but the website remains, propped up on the shelf like some odd dog-eared photographic album of times gone by. I think that if you read that which is posted here and then read my books, you will understand some of why I allow the website to remain. It offers up what I believe -- writers are rarely conduits; they sit in quiet rooms, thinking and writing, absorbing what flows about them, sifting and distilling, chopping, cutting, rewriting . . . 90% perspiration, 10% inspiration, and all that . . . writing is process; art is process . . . process is change . . .
Change is life. Change is art. We are only passing through. Posted on this website you will find earlier versions and previously published poems from Eve and the Archangel in Paradise, 'Alewa Drive, Drawing Breath, The Tender Hour , The Street . The finalized books are available on Amazon. These manuscripts have made the leap from virtual to real space where pages can rip, stain with coffee, touch skin, and someday decay to compost. More to come.
Who am I? I'm just a woman, a mother, a writer and a painter, and I publish under my given name Tia Ballantine. I do not publish or exhibit my paintings under any other name. I currently live in the desert north of Nogales. As far as I know, there is one other Tia Ballantine living in the US -- in San Diego. I am not her.
Explore, enjoy, and if you find yourself questioning anything on this site or crave discussion, contact me! I willingly work with fellow writers, editing and providing useful advice concerning the organization and presentation of manuscripts. If you are interested in these services, please shoot me an email for more information. My services are not that expensive so don't hesitate to ask!
One last thing . . . Please note that all writings and visuals on these pages are under secure copyright, but if you see something that you might like to include on your site or in your print journal, just contact me. I am reasonable and accessible. If you wish to read more work for potential print (or electronic) publication, I have other poems and stories that might be suitable for your journal or anthology, but please don't ask me to submit work if you are only vaguely curious. I tend to get rather annoyed if you ask me to submit work and then reject the work, months later. That's bad manners in my book . . .
Feel free to email me if you have any questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org