C E Hoffman

May I Live On In Love and Literature

Category: Writing

Yet Another Podcast!: No Life Skills

Ashlynn of the No Life Skills podcast asked me beautiful questions and held incredible space.

Give it a listen and Subscribe to the podcast!

Some of my fav moments:

“The prostitute archetype is ancient and empowering. It has the potential to revivify but also threatens to dismantle a lot.”

“I understand people’s motivations for stereotyping and oversimplification, but even so, that’s not a place we can remain if we want to evolve as a species.”

“Real life people are complicated and silly and contradictory and interesting and that isn’t all automatically negated because someone’s a sex worker.”

“No simple answers, no simple questions, no simple anything.”

Buy Sluts and Whores here.

Stay Creative!

💕C

Review #1! {Stuff About Connection}

“What I hope my writing reflects is a sense of the connections between all human beings.”

-Chris Crutcher

Typesetters has honoured Sluts and Whores with its inaugural review!

I cannot thank this reviewer enough! They were attentive, communicative, and truly care about writers.

Their words were so sincere, I cried happy tears. 💕

A review like this reminds me why I write.

By sharing my soul, I want to help others connect with theirs.

By revealing my hurts, I hope people will be inspired to face their own.

Success is about connections. And I am so grateful to have made a connection with Typesetters.

Read the full review here, and be sure to follow Typesetters on Twitter!

Stay Creative!

💕C

BLOOPER Reel! {Stuff About Imperfection}

“Nobody’s perfect.”

That’s easy to say- even easier to type.

Harder to live.

I loathe limits, fear my flaws, resist humanity’s core.

It takes ample courage to embrace imperfection.

And even more to laugh it off.

When making silly vids like the one above, I fret insincerity. Am I being my whole, true Self keeping things light when things have been so hard?

Pain is prominent. I can’t avoid that truth, nor do I wish to enhance it.

I don’t care about “disturbing the comfortable”, though I long to comfort the disturbed.

I want my work to be a haven for those who grew up feeling like they didn’t belong, as I did.

I woke up crying recently. (This happens more than I’d care to admit.)

I picked up my book, read some stories, and found comfort therein.

Perhaps, if my writing can help me, it can help others, too.

Buy my book here.

Stay Creative!

C💕

BOOK REVEAL! {Stuff About Celebrating}

My author copies have arrived!!!

Click for ten silly seconds of indie author bliss. 🥰

Celebrate yourself!

You’re worth it.

Buy my book here.

Stay Creative!

C💕

Martin Millar Testimonial! {Stuff About Community}

Feast your eyes on my first Youtube #writerslift!

On Twitter, #writerslifts are wonderful opportunities to meet folks and gain follows.

On my Youtube channel, I want to create a platform to lift up one particular writer/creative at a time- esp one who has influenced or otherwise aided me on my creative journey.

In this vid, I lift up Martin Millar, a writer and friend who has inspired and supported me for years.

He provided a testimonial for my new book, Sluts and Whores, which I read in the vid above. 💕

Success is best when shared.

If you keep success to yourself, it will only dissolve into greed.

Stay Creative!

C 💕

Latest Podcast!: Mommy Needs a Drink

I am DELIGHTED!

My dear friend Tara Henderson (an exceptional creator) invited me on to her podcast.

This is my first ever podcast appearance! I was honoured- and nervous.

The result: extreme vulnerability, and, I hope, valuable content. 💕

Listen here.

(Highlights:

“Sex workers are the frontline workers of the soul.”

“Art should be an antidote to bullshit.”

“When I think of the sex workers I’ve had the honour of knowing… they’re some of the most brave, beautiful, passionate, intelligent, quirky, weird-ass people I’ve ever met. And I am so grateful, and so indebted to all of them, to have been reminded it doesn’t matter what society says about you. You are f*cking beautiful, and you are worthwhile, and you’re complicated, and you’re hurting and you’re healing and you’re human. And I really hope that anyone… who reads this book feels a little bit more in contact with their humanity afterwards.” )

Buy Sluts and Whores here.

C 💕

Book/Trailer Release! {Stuff About Resilience}

“Am I the one on the throne or or a wannabe?” 

-Simple Creatures

“It’s easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. 

It’s a lot more difficult to perform one.”

-Chuck Palahniuk 

Sluts and Whores is officially released by Thurston Howl Publications. 

After all these years, my dream has materialized.
And I don’t feel like I thought I would. 

Life does not consist of peaks and valleys, but incremental steps towards either. 

It would have been folly to elect this publication the panacea for my human condition. 

All the same, I thought I’d feel good! 

To explain this incongruent mood, I have to divulge a matter of some embarrassment. 

Our Zoom book launch, which I, perhaps naively, kept very public, was invaded by a nasty hoard of hackers who did their utmost to derail an otherwise beautiful event. 

Me and my MC managed to boot the hecklers, and the show went on, as it must, but for me, the damage was done. 

I received sympathy from performers and attendees alike, but no amount of support can outweigh the burden of a neurotic mind. 

I put immense effort, not only into this book, but the event itself. I recruited some of the most talented artists I know, reached out to hundreds of family, friends, and acquaintances, and invested ample time into my least favoured element of the modern writing career: promotion.  

All that energy expended to create one impermanent piece of paradise, and the demons still invaded. 

Some people live to tear others down. 

Technology only enables their enmity. 

The internet is the Wild West of the Psyche. Anything goes; accountability is scarce. 

This virtual reality has risen from ubiquitous to essential, not only in our daily communications, but concerning our very sense of self. 

Whether or not we want to admit it, total Clicks, Likes or Views become a barometer of failure. 

We differentiate the winners from the losers, the “winners” accumulating inconceivable exposure.

Meanwhile, those who have 1000 views, or 100, or 12, require immense security to avoid feeling they have failed to be seen, and perhaps, by proxy, loved. 

When did we conclude that More = Better? 

Even if “more” is meaningless. 

Even if “more” unearths robots, trolls, and monsters.

I want to reach as many people as I can, to open their minds and stimulate their imaginations. 

That’s an influence no Like button can measure. 

In some ways, hate won this round. On the other hand, hate will never win- not as long as we insist on loving ourselves, each other, and the goals that make life rich. 

I understand hateful people more than I’d like to admit. They are in Hell, and want to drag others into Hell with them. 

I’ve had my share of Hell. (I still get weekend passes.) 

The difference between me and them: I don’t want to spread Hell around. 

My aim is to help people get out. 

May my words serve as rough road maps to the soul. 

May the story of my scars aid others in navigating their hearts’ mazes. 

I don’t care how many Likes I receive, or how many demons crash my party. No matter the rain, I’ll march in my parade. 

I’m going to write, create, and dare to do what haters can’t. 

Buy Sluts and Whores here

C 💕

Story Reading! {Stuff About Healing}

My beloved publisher, Thurston Howl Publications, released a story reading from the upcoming audiobook!

I, meanwhile, have been ill.

Mentally, physically, emotionally.

Mid-pandemic, I’m blessed to be without Covid. My illness manifests as adrenal fatigue, lingering colds, and mood swings. Yet these ailments take their toll.

Suffering is ample. So much that we feel there’s no room for our own.

The only way we can heal others is if we first heal ourselves.

My mental struggles may never be “curable.” Healing, for me, and for many, is arduous, life-long.

There is no insurance for the soul.

Regardless, I persist.

And I hope you will too.

💕C

Merch REVEAL! {Stuff About Worthiness}

“You get to make your life.”-Cheryl Strayed 

Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed inspired me to write (and live) fiercely

In the Intro, she mentions the surprised flattery of having her quotes sold on pillows. 

I wrote in my diary, 

“Oh, to have a pillow made with one of my quotes!!!” 

Now that I have Teespring store, I made that come true for myself. 

Don’t wait for someone to decide you’re worthy. 

Validate your worth first. 

💕C

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Book Cover REVEAL! 💕 {Stuff About Dreams}

It’s here!

The cover is out, and I am ELATED!

Thank you again to Sean Trayner (for the exceptional photography) and Cedric Bacon (for the cover design, plus, you know, being my publisher!)

Follow your dreams and don’t give a damn!

FYI. Following your dreams is NOT about “succeeding.” It’s about being true to your highest calling, your highest self. If material success comes alongside your dreams, great.

What matters is you abide your crie de coeur.

Run. Laugh (or make other people laugh.) Cook. Care. Write. Paint.

LIVE your life as is intended:

with passion, with fervour, with love.

💕C