WordCrafter Poetry Treasures blog tour – Day 2 featuring Victoria Zigler

Poetry Treasures is an anthology of poems by a number of talented poets. Today I am thrilled to introduce poet and children’s author, Victoria Zigler, whose work features in this anthology.

I don’t do routines by Victoria Zigler

I’ve made that fact clear in several interviews where I’ve been asked what my writing routine looks like.

It’s not that I don’t want to, because I’d love to have a proper routine.  The simple fact is, I can never make it stick, and it’s not even poor willpower, but issues with insomnia battling chronic fatigue, which means sometimes I go days where I’m lucky if I need all the fingers on one hand to count the hours of sleep I managed to get in those few days – regardless of how physically tired I might feel – while other times it’s the reverse, and it’s hours of wakefulness that are few and far between.

I’ve written several poems during those nights when insomnia has kept me company, the most recent of which is the one entitled ‘Hello Insomnia, My Old Friend’ – written at the start of 2021 – which appears in the Poetry Treasures anthology.  In it I tried to capture both my resignation at yet another sleepless night, while at the same time acknowledging the frustration and exhaustion of knowing it’s the insomnia that’s won this time around.

Of course, since I recently returned to where I was born and raised in Wales, and both Wales and failed attempts at sleep get associated with sheep, the sheep on the nearby mountains had to get a mention too.

Photo of some sheep

It’s not a long poem, but here it is:

Near a mountain covered in sheep

I toss and turn, but fail to sleep.

In despair I’m almost weeping

For I wish that I was sleeping.

But as I lay here in my bed

Thoughts are buzzing in my head,

And that’s why I’m already dreading

The direction this night is heading.

Hello insomnia, my old friend,

Our relationship has got to end.

© 2021 ~ Victoria Zigler


Poetry Treasures

The blurb

A collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on Writing to be Read in 2020. Open the book and discover the poetry treasures of Sue Vincent, Geoff Le Pard, Frank Prem, Victoria (Tori) Zigler, Colleen M. Chesebro, K. Morris, Annette Rochelle Aben, Jude Kitya Itakali, and Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

Purchase links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Poetry-Treasures-Sue-Vincent-ebook/dp/B0933KSJR9

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Poetry-Treasures-Sue-Vincent/dp/B093QLNGC5

About Victoria Zigler

Picture of Victoria Zigler

Victoria Zigler is a blind vegan poet and children’s author.  Born and raised in the shadow of the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, she moved away from Wales three times: once to spend six months living in Alberta, Canada, the other times to spend a few years living near Hastings on the South-East coast of England, UK, each time returning to Wales.  Now she lives in Wales again, along with a chinchilla named Mollie, a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie, a Cavapoo named Logan, a Hermann’s Tortoise named Artemis, and her Canadian husband, Kelly.

Despite spending far more time than she’d have liked in hospital, and eventually losing her sight to Congenital Glaucoma, Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, with no plans to stop any time soon.  So far she has published nine poetry books and 46 children’s books, all of which are available from a variety of online retailers in multiple eBook formats, as well as in both paperback and audio.  She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, which is available in eBook only.  Additionally, Tori’s Hermann’s Tortoise, Artemis, was featured in both the Magnificent Pets Coloring Book For Children and the Magnificent Pets Mandala Coloring Book For Adults, which are available via Praise My Pet.

Vegan due to both a love for animals and dairy allergy, as well as an Eclectic Pagan, Tori describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world.  She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time, but is most likely to be found playing with her petkids, curled up somewhere with a cup of tea and a book, or trying to keep one step ahead of those pesky typo fairies while writing her own books.

Find Victoria Zigler

Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk

Blog: https://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/toriz

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCakYxH7BNyc2Lxr1g1nbP9w

Find Tori’s books on…

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/toriz

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B095PNZNLP

…Along with a variety of other retailers, such as Audible, iTunes, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.


83 thoughts on “WordCrafter Poetry Treasures blog tour – Day 2 featuring Victoria Zigler

    1. HI Darlene, you comment is very interesting. My husband, who is not at all artistic, suffers from insomnia. I don’t and can sleep anywhere, any place, and any how. My son was saying last night that although he struggles with OCD, at least he can manage his condition most of the time. He said many of the boys are struggling with insomnia [they have some very important exams coming up] and Greg felt the insomnia was much worse than the OCD.

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      1. That is interesting. I have just noticed it more in creative types but then I have met people who are not creative who suffer from insomnia too. I used to but don´t anymore. Perhaps being retired I have less to stress about. Greg is right, insomnia is worse. I wish him good luck in his exams but I also know he will ace them!

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      2. By the way, Robbie, good luck to Greg on his exams. Also, I’ve known a couple of non-creative types with insomnia too, but have to agree with Darlene that it seems to especially happen with creative types. Oh, and I’m jealous of your ability to sleep whenever you want. My hubby can do that, and it’s really frustrating, especially on those nights when I’ve been trying to sleep for ages, and he comes to bed and is asleep within seconds.

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  1. Hi Robbie and Tori. Wow, did I ever relate to this post and poem. I’ve been troubled by insomnia since I was 12 years old. Even when I get a “decent” night’s sleep, I wake up multiple times, never quite getting to that deep sleep where we rest. Trying to sleep is truly exhausting. I wish I had talent like yours for late-night poetry, because that sounds like a good idea.
    I love the sheep. The one on the right has such an expression on her face, a combination of surprised and indignant. LOL.
    Robbie, I think your WIP’s concept has wormed into my brain. This morning (when I was finally getting a few minutes of that deep sleep) I dreamed of a television commercial for one of the elements you mentioned. LOL, it was a beautifully done commercial. No worries, even though it’s gotten into my subconscious, that is not a story I want to write. 😀
    Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Hi Teagan, I am flattered that my idea has struck a chord with you. I agree that it isn’t the sort of story you would usually write, far to dark and to much destruction and horror. This story has clung to me too and that is why I just want to get the draft done so that I can free up my mind for other things.

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    2. Thanks, Teagan. I’m sorry you can relate to the sleeping issues. Unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on how you look at it – my mind is very good at being creative when I’m meant to be sleeping. Shame I don’t generally then make up for the lack of sleep properly later. Anyway, glad you enjoyed the poem.

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    3. Oh, and the photo of the sheep is actually one I took myself many years ago. I’m glad you like it… I thought it would go well with the post.

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  2. Reblogged this on Writing to be Read and commented:
    Day #2 of the WordCrafter “Poetry Treasures” Book Blog Tour finds us over at “Robbie’s Inspiration” with a guest post from contributing author Victoria Zigler. Please join us to learn more about the inspiration behind the poetry featured in this wonderful poetry anthology.

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  3. A great post, Tori.

    It’s a problem many can relate to. I’ve only had temporary bouts with insomnia, but I always found writing, getting the words from my head onto the page, to be a good remedy.

    This poem says it well. I hope readers will be enticed with it to check out the rest of the wonderful poetry featured in this anthology. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Kaye, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, sometimes writing a while will help. Unfortunately it doesn’t always though.

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    1. Thanks, Liz, and I’m sorry you share my struggles. I may be jealous of people like my hubby and Robbie, who can apparently sleep through almost anything, but knowing how it is means I also feel bad for those who share my insomnia struggles.

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  4. I have a soft spot for humorous poems, and I love Victoria’s way of injecting humour into such an unpleasant symptom. A great introduction to her work. Best of luck to her and thanks for sharing, Robbie.

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  5. Reblogged this on Frank Prem Poetry and commented:
    Today I’m visiting Robbie Cheadle’s ‘Robbie’s Inspirations site where she is hosting Victoria Zigler, another of the wonderful authors in the Poetry Treasures anthology.

    Victoria describes herself as a blind, vegan, children’s author and in her guest post tells of her relationship (sometimes creative) with insomnia.

    Also sheep.

    Check it out!

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    1. Thanks, Marje. I’m sorry you struggle with insomnia too, though glad it’s either not as bad or easier to deal with for you these days. Thanks for sharing your review.

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    1. Thanks, Sally. It’s doubtful the sleep issue will improve, especially if the past few days is anything to go by, but it’s a nice thought.

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