Where Have I Been?

Jan 27, 2015



Hey friends, it's been a bit. And while I was gone, can I just say how touched I've been by your emails and comments about my whereabouts. Seriously- each time I got a new email I couldn't help but audibly go aww. I've always considered you friends, and it's some kind of feeling knowing you feel the same way. 

So explanations are owed, ey? At first I just wanted a few days to focus on my writing, so I closed the laptop and took out the notebook and concentrated on getting some thoughts down. Then next thing I knew I had over a hundred pages filled and a new project I just had to get out of me before I touched anything else. With the new year came a new impatience to actually make this writer title stick, and every time I put the pen down I grew nervous. In the best possible way.

And what a project. I'm excited to share that I've written an ebook of close to a hundred poems, and it's going to be published towards the end of February! I'm in cahoots with the talented Logan Ledford right now about illustrating my cover, and once that's all wrapped up I'll be making my way towards the online bookstores. 

To say I'm pumped is a gross understatement :)


I've shared my poems time to time here on the blog, so it's some kind of feeling seeing all of them living in one space. You've always been so kind when reading my work, so I hope you enjoy reading my first book as much as I did writing it. 

Not wanting to give you news and no proof of it, below I'm sharing one of my most favorite poems. Happy Tuesday friends, and I'm happy to say I'm back!


There We'll Wait

You know what I love? The spaces between I love you. The tap of your fork against the plate and how my cup of wine clicks against our table. The scratchy voice coming from the radio in the other room. The quiet sound of your hand reaching across the table and whispering over mine. How your voice sounds like your mouth on the back of my neck. The soft murmur of our easy conversation.

Between these quiet Tuesday night routines, following every comma and right after every pause for breath, is I, love, and you. In the middle of every I love you is a sink full of dishes, whisper of socked feet tangled in white sheets, and gentle kisses against curved cheeks. We lyric ourselves into the laundry that needs to be finished, into the ends of every smile that follows me repeating your name. We write ourselves into the grocery bags we need to carry, the cracks running up our rented walls, the sides of the bed we choose to drag up the sails of heavy eyed dreams.

Like the spaces between our fingers, in the spaces between I, love, and you, we wait.

The in-betweens have always been my favorite.


outfit details
FUR COLLAR: c/o New Old Fashion Vintage
SKIRT: c/o New Old Fashion Vintage (vintage similar: here, here, here, here)
BOOTIES: Marshals
DENIM BLOUSE: thrifted
PURSE: thrifted
TURTLENECK: thrifted (store similar: here | vintage similar: here)
HAT: thrifted (similar: here)

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  1. Happy to see you back! And that you are bringing these good news about your ebook of poems :) Wonder how Logan's illustration approach would be. Do the poems gravitate around the same theme?


  2. yay how exciting!

  3. So happy to read your post and congratulations on your ebook! I am so excited to hear this and thank you for sharing with us, if needing to take a break to create beautiful writing then please do so! I simply adored reading "There We'll Wait" :)


  4. Your writing is so beautiful. Congrats and I cannot wait to read more! I actually thought you were taking a break from blogging to write. I am so glad that you have really dived into it!

  5. That's such exciting news - congratulations!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  6. I'm glad you were able to concentrate on your writing (I did miss you though!) and congrats on the publishing coming up!


  7. What an exciting project! Congratulations!! Can't wait to hear more about it - that poem is beautiful. It's very nice to have you back though :) xx

  8. You're baaaaaack! I'm glad you took some time just to write. That sounds really nice, actually! Sometimes staring at a computer screen all day can take those authentic, raw, creative juices right out of you! I am looking forward to seeing your poetry collection! I always enjoy reading your writing on your blog when you share (then again, all the content on your blog is pretty flowery and fun to read :)

    The poem you shared is beautiful. The imagery in it is so thick and lovely. I used to write some stuff down in a little poetry notebook, just for fun, but haven't picked it up in a while. You may have inspired me to start again!

    I hope your 2015 is off to a really great start, Marlen!

    ♥ perfectly Priya

  9. Wahoo!! You're here and you write! What can possibly be better than that? Ok, a few things maybe. :) But writing is definitely one of the very best, for a writer. And you are! Even before publishing a book - you have always been a writer, it's the way you feel and live your life. Congratulations on your first book of poems! I sure am looking forward to reading more, you write beautifully!

    And you look beautiful, as you always do. Love seeing this happy smile on your face! xxx

  10. MARLEN ok I was definitely starting to wonder where you had gone but I'm so stoked for you about all the writing you've been able to do! Not that it's any surprise, but I love the poem you shared here; you always write so beautifully.

  11. Ahh I've missed you and I'm so happy you've returned with the most wonderful news! Your writing is absolutely beautiful, I can't wait to read the rest of the e-book! <3

  12. OH my goodness, that is amazing! I feel badly that I didn't notice you were gone, but I haven't been reading blogs for two or three weeks because... pregnant, sick, and taking care of a toddler. I would definitely have been bugging you, though.
    But oh man, I'm so proud of you! You're inspiring me to get more intentional about my writing, and pursue publishing, too. So, so, SO excited for you, Marlen!

  13. Oh, Marlen, I'm so glad you're back (my feed just isn't the same without you in it) and what news! This path you're on is one you're meant to take for sure, your talent with words must be shared :) And what a poem - There We'll Wait is fantastic. You have taken the normally mundane day-to-day happenings of a relationship and turned them into something remarkably beautiful and sentimental. I could just feel the love when reading this!

    And of course, rocking ensemble as always, my dear! I'm totally drooling over that pretty plaid number and that fur collar.

  14. Marlen, CONGRATS! That poem is so, ridiculously beautiful, intimate, visual. Girl, I will absolutely buy your poems. Happy to have your lovely posts back :).

  15. Ah, so lovely to see you back! I was curious too :) Huge congratulations about your book of poetry- so well deserved! xo



  16. Welcome back, Marlen! There's no doubt you've been missed but what an exciting reason for being away - congratulations on your book! If anyone knows about how crazy the process of writing a book can get, well, I'm your girl, so the fact that you needed to take some time away from the blog seems totally understandable to me. But I'm glad you're back :)

  17. Congrats on the ebook! That is absolutely amazing.

  18. Welcome back! I'm so glad you took a break to focus on your writing -- blogging is fun and all, but sometimes you have to take a step back to focus on living. :)

    I can't wait for your book! Good for you for accomplishing something you put your heat into.



  19. Congrats on such a wonderful accomplishment! You are an amazing poet and I love your outfit!
    That fur collar is so fun!

    Alysia Ave

  20. Beautiful outfit and stunning poem! I might have teared up a little, but I'll blame my hormones. I just started following your blog a few weeks ago, and I've been reading old entries like crazy. Love it all <3 P.S. I just got back from visiting Chicago for the first time and it was more amazing than I ever imagined.

  21. Oh, congrats! I'm so glad your time has been for something so positive and happy! That was brilliant writing and I imagine the rest of the book is just as good.

    Also- a great look :)

  22. Great to see you are well. Sometimes it does us best to close the laptop and reflect on ourselves to remember why we love to write. (:

  23. What?! Your a star- that's amazing!! I am so proud of you and that poem is incredible- I want it framed and held dear where I can read it daily! Well done you!


  24. Yaaaay, omg, this is such a big project you have undertaken!!!!! And I'm so happy for you, can't wait to check out the ebook, your poems touch the soul like golden honey :D Sorry, I'm not very good at poetic stuff.... :D
    And I'm even more happier to have you back! Yaaaay!

  25. This poem gave me shivers! So much beauty in such simple words if they are put togeher the right way. Ah the power of poetry...<3
    Also I didn't even know you wrote a book, how amazing! I can see from following your blog that you are quite a skilled writer. Publishing an own book must be so exciting, I'm so happy for you!
    And last but not least: I love your outfit! Plaid and denim is one of the best combos in the whole wide world! :)

  26. That's really exciting, Marlen!! Beautiful words!

  27. super look:) xx

  28. So exciting Marlen! I love both the outfit and your writing, definitely keep us updated on the progress! I have been pretty out of touch too and am excited to get back in the swing of things and catch up with my favorite blogging gals :)
    xo Hannah

  29. I had to immediately run over here from Instagram to see what's up :) I've missed you around these parts and am so happy that you were just taking a break for something so awesome. I'm really, really excited for you Marlen- you are such a great writer and I can't wait to read more!

  30. congrats on your new ebook! i love this look :)

    C's Evolution of Style

  31. I am beyond excited and happy for you! I just assumed real life started calling, but never in such an exciting way. Your own book! Such a privilege! Congrats and good luck!

    P.S. The in-betweens are my favorite too.


  32. so glad to see you're back! but that is probably the most legit reason for taking a break from blogging (not that one really needs a reason, it's always good to focus on other things at times if one feels like it!) and i'm really happy for you! the biggest congratulations on your wee book, how exciting! also, you're looking lovely, lady! xx

  33. Welcome back! I'm very happy to see new posts from you again.
    Congratulations on your new book, that is really, really exciting. I love your poem - it's sweet and lyrical and homey, very lovely.
    Jessica, Zella Maybe

  34. Holy sh*t, dude! That's fantastic! Congratulations <3 Really loving that skirt, by the way. Perf!

    - Anna


  35. Welcome back!! Congratulations on your book, that is so darn exciting! Your words are absolutely beautiful and always inspiring to read.

    So glad you took that break then Marlen, because it's definitely been worth it. Can't wait to read your book of poems! :)

  37. CONGRATULATIONS! That's fabulous news. I am sooo soo happy for you! Now that I've read the poem at the end of your article, I'm glad you took some time off blogging and concentrated on your writing. It was one of the most beautiful, authentic, relatable and powerful pieces I've ever read. I literally didn't want it to end. I got goosebumps, my eyes welled up....just wow! You're a very talented young lady, and I can't wait to read the whole book, and the next, and the one after...

    Jasmin xx


  38. I'm so glad you are back! I have missed your way with words and amazing style. Congratulations on your first book! And what a lovely first poem to share with us. Will you be making any of your poems into prints by any chance? I would by "There We'll Wait" to hang on my wall.

  39. I was very excited to see you back on Twitter/Instagram the other day! Obviously, I was wondering where you had been.

    You're such an incredible writer. I can tell by how you present yourself on your blog that you'd get into a serious "zone" when you get started with the pen to paper.


    Something About That

  40. This outfit is beauts! Love your style, you have a new follower! x

  41. OMG That's so exciting!! The wait for new posts from you was absolutely worth it!! Let us know when the poetry book is available and I'll be sure to get a copy!!
    Also, I seriously love your outfit!! You always manage to look cute in cold weather! You look as beautiful as your poem :]

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  42. What beautiful writing! Put a big smile on my face!
    Xx from the Girl in the Houndstooth Coat


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