Who Is Lori Carlson?

(Latest update: November 27, 2016.)

My name is Lori Carlson. I am 50 years old, separated from my spouse (we live in different states) and currently living with my elderly father and brother. I am a Poet and Short Fiction Writer, a Spiritualist, a practicing Buddhist, a Solitary Witch and a Reiki II practitioner. I am also a Mental Health and LGBTQ Rights advocate (I am the B part of that equation).

I write sometimes under the pseudonyms Iona Nerissa and Ravyne Hawke.

I hold three degrees – an AAS in General Studies, a Bachelors in English, a Masters in Arts and Liberal Studies, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Creative Writing.

I have been writing for more than 30 years and delight in the written word. Poetry is my passion, but I also dabble in prose poetry, novellas, flash fiction and short stories. My muses, Catharine and Evelyn, as well as my Animus, Stefano, keep me quite busy.

I am not professionally published (except for a few poems here and there), but I do not write for publication, money, or recognition. I just love writing and sharing my words with whomever wishes to read them.

What can you expect to find here at A Whispered Wind? Poetry from my archives, new poetry, Flash Fiction and Short Fiction, Novellas, book reviews, book promotions and reblogs from some of my favorite writers here on WordPress.


More of my work can be found at Promptly Written  Promptly Written is a where I post short fiction, poetry, etc. from prompts. Feel free to drop by there as well.

Or, if you prefer to get to know *me* better, check out my personal blog As the Fates Would Have It where I share tidbits about my happenstance life.

My Writings

Current Novellas

November 2016 – Seeing You, a paranormal mystery

March 2016 – The Stacked Deck, a noir-style mystery

April 2015 – Astraeus Earth Force Station, 2115 A.D., science fiction space opera

Short Fiction

April 2016 – Science Fiction stories + Zanzibar (an on-going collaborative effort)

February 2016 – Horror Tales

Drabbles – 100 word stories

Flash Fiction


Prompted Poetry

Poetry from the Archives


I’d love to hear about YOU and how you came about my blog. Comments are always welcomed and appreciated. Or, you can fill out the form below to contact me via email:

106 thoughts on “Who Is Lori Carlson?

  1. […] is a continuation to Lori Carlson's Zanzibar, published on her blog 'Promptly Written' on 30 April. Lori and I are developing this story as a round-robin, and this episode will also be published on Lori's […]

  2. […] is a continuation to Lori Carlson's Zanzibar, published on her blog 'Promptly Written' on 30 April. Lori and I are developing this story as a round-robin, and this episode will also be published on Lori's […]

  3. Dave says:

    Thank-you for following me Lori 🙂
    Your work is very inspiring.

  4. tigre23 says:

    Thank you for the like and follow – looking forward to seeing more from your blog. My blogging journey is in its early stages and am pursuing my love of writing that has lay dormant for many years – there are so many talented writers that I have found, you included. Peace and blessings! 🙂

    • Lori Carlson says:

      My pleasure hun… There really are a lot of great writers here on WordPress. Poets and writers of flash and short fiction, even authors. I look forward to reading whatever you come up with on your blog. Blessings to you as well 🙂

  5. […] is a continuation to Lori Carlson's Zanzibar, published on her blog 'Promptly Written' on 30 April. Lori and I are developing this story as a round-robin, and this episode will also be published on Lori's […]

  6. […] is a continuation to Lori Carlson's Zanzibar, published on her blog 'Promptly Written' on 30 April. Lori and I are developing this story as a round-robin, and this episode will also be published on Lori's […]

  7. Hi, Although I’ve already spoken to you briefly on Annette’s place I just wanted to properly say hello and thank you for following my blog. 🙂

    • Lori Carlson says:

      Oh so lovely of you to stop and say hello! Thank you for visiting me and for keeping up with the posts on Annette’s Place. You are so welcome for the follow 🙂

  8. I loved the concept of the muses and animus 🙂 It is so awesome. Thank you so much for the follow Lori 🙂 Much appreciated. Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead. Cheers and warmest wishes, Minaxi ❤

  9. […] A2Zers out there in the blogiverse! I am Lori Carlson, the guest author here at Annette’s Place. It is my honor to share with you the featured […]

  10. G. R. McNeese says:

    I came across your blog from someone else’s blog doing the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I’ve read a few of your posts. They are very good, especially the ones based on prompts. Makes for good writing/blogging material. I look forward to reading more of your work.

  11. jhwinterauthor says:

    Thank you so much for connecting through the A to Z Challenge and for featuring my post on your blog as well. I’m your newest follower 🙂

    Ink & Stitches – http://blog.jhwinter.com

  12. Thanks for the follow! I look forward to getting to know you.

  13. SD Gates says:

    Hi Lori. Thanks for finding my little blog and following!!!!!!

  14. Kev says:

    Very impressive… love your intro, and your work sounds promising. 🙂

  15. May J says:

    I am in extreme denial that you’re 49 because when I pictured you, you were a 20-something. Age is just a number, because really, you don’t sound your age, you sound so much younger, vibrant and youthful! You’re awesome and amazing!

  16. Annie says:

    Lori, I’m glad for the follow, because it led me here to you. I’m following back and looking forward to reading more of you. Hugs!

  17. […] To learn more about me, check out Who Is Lori Carlson? […]

  18. Thank you for following Kyrosmagica, just popped over to your blog today, very nice, interested to see you do a poetry sharing event. I write haiku but that’s about it at the moment in terms of poetry….

  19. You have given language to my view on blogging. I look forward to more kindred spirit.

  20. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Thank you for following my blog. I have returned the favor and look forward to reading more of your work.

  21. Rian Durant says:

    Hi Lori,nice to meet you! You have an amazing blog and I really thank you for the follow! I’m a fan of short fiction and prompts, and even haiku so I’ll definitely try to find some time to look around and read more (when I’m not at work ;)). Looking forward to your posts!

  22. Thanks for the follow, Lori. Your site looks gorgeous and suggests a creative mind at work!

  23. Kathy says:

    Hi Lori! Thanks for following! Your site intrigues me, with its depth and many dimensions. Glad to see you do the April challenge, too.

    • Lori Carlson says:

      Hey Kathy! You are most welcome on the follow and thank you for your kind remarks concerning my blog. I followed you so I can keep track of you during the A2Z, so I will be checking you out until then, reading and anticipating your A2Z posts! Have a blessed Sunday!

  24. Bushka says:

    Hi Lori. Thanks for popping in at my blog….brought me here. Pleased with what I find…would like to keep in touch…as you have done. Be seeing you….. Hugs!

  25. And i also like the background how it changes from dark to light as one scrolls down…pretty cool

  26. Hi Lori..thank you so much for the follow!!! That was one amazing about me ..and congratulations in advance for the 50th birthday 🙂 Must be really special !!!!

  27. opps clicked post to soon….and I really like your About page and they way your blog is set up. I enjoy your writings also and will be back soon for more reading…..

  28. Hi, Lori! Just wanted to thank you for your likes on my posts. I am very new at blogging and haven’t done much on a computer either. So’ come back again I am changing and so is my blog:)

  29. Sorry about the dogs.

  30. You have some nice works! Would you be interested in posting on my blog?(TheWritingHut)

    • Lori Carlson says:

      Thank you 🙂 what kind of writing are you interested in me posting there? And how would I go about doing it?

      • You can chose between poetry, short stories, or tips for writing(guides). Anything that you wrote we accept 🙂
        And to post you’d only need to register and send me your work, I will post it and after it you can post whenever you like or want.
        As for returning the favor I can offer you a backlink/do the same thing for you(post a poem or story on your site). I wish I could pay people in cash but at the moment I am unable to do so.

        If you want to do it you can contact me at admin@thewritinghut.net 🙂

      • Lori Carlson says:

        Does the work I post there have to be unpublished work? The reason I ask is that all next month, I will be writing 29 original horror flash fiction stories and it would be nice to get extra exposure for them, but I plan to put them on my blog as well… would you still accept them? I do have some poetry that is not published anywhere yet that I could post soon. As for returning the favor… I don’t know how to do the guest posting thing… Would you send the work to me and then I post it with a link back to you? Sorry, there is still a lot to this blogging stuff that I don’t know.

      • Any work is fine, published or unpublished. I will be glad to host your stories as well, due to me not being a horror fan I cannot write anything remotely scary as of now xD
        And for the exchange, yeah we can do it like that. What would you prefer for your blog, and should it be published or unpublished material 🙂

      • Lori Carlson says:

        The same.. poetry, short fiction, writing tips… A Whispered Wind is that kind of blog, so any of that will do. And it doesn’t matter the genre of the short stories or the depth of the poetry. And it doesn’t matter if it is published or not either. Thank you! I will go register on your site now and dust off a poem to send to you. Do you want me to leave it on your website or email it to you? I can be reached at ravynehawke@gmail.com

      • Awesome, chose the one option that will be easier for you 🙂 I don’t mind ether.

      • Lori Carlson says:

        Okay, let’s go with poetry 🙂 I just registered on the site… under Ravyne…

      • Lori Carlson says:

        oh… did you mean about sending to you or adding to your site? if so, I will add it to the site.

      • Well it’s the same anyway, both need some time until I create the images for the poems 😀 so anyway is fine with me 😀

      • Lori Carlson says:

        Thank you. I am about to submit a poem to the site. Feel free to email me one of your works any time and I will add it to A Whispered Wind 🙂

      • Sent you a whole lot so you can chose 🙂 glad to do this exchange with a fellow writer 😀
        I will publish the poem in a few hours as now I must go to sleep xD
        Thank you again for the opportunity!
        Have a nice day/night 🙂

      • Lori Carlson says:

        You are most welcome and no hurry 🙂 I am just happy for the exchange with a fellow writer too 🙂 Sleep well! G’night

  31. joey says:

    Southwest Virginia??? WHA? My mother’s family hails from Lee County. My grandfather was raised in Bonnie Blue. One of my dearest, oldest friends is from Keokee & her family lives these last 20-some years in Big Stone Gap.

    • Lori Carlson says:

      Awesome! Do you ever come to the area to visit? I am closer to the western area of Southwest VA now… just north of Roanoke County and about an hour’s drive from West Virginia.

      • joey says:

        Rarely. I’ve been down 4-5 times in the last 15 years or so. Beautiful area. I’m a big fan (unless I’m driving!) haha!

  32. Hello, Lori! Nice to meet you! 🙂 Thanks for the follow, and I’m following back. You wrote wonderful poems. 🙂 I read in your previous comments that you were not well. Hope you are alright now, and everything goes well smoothly for you. 🙂 Take care, and be blessed. 🙂

    • Lori Carlson says:

      Thank you for following 🙂 I appreciate the compliment on my poetry. I am doing quite well these days as I’ve changed my diet considerably in the past 4 months. Take care and blessings to you as well 🙂

  33. Ashley says:

    Thanks for following my blog, I really appreciate it! Having a peek around yours right now – it looks fantastic!

  34. […] prompt box. Minimal editing. No story. Just trying to get back into the writing habit. Thank you to Lori Carlson for the prompt “An unexpected […]

  35. Elle says:

    your life is an inspiration, and your openness, and willingness to share your journey is profoundly beautiful. what a great spirit you have. glad to have met you.

    • Lori Carlson says:

      It’s sweet of you to say, Elle… I feel like I need to share my life with others, to let people know that they are not alone in this world. I am so pleased to have met you too.

  36. TanGental says:

    thank you for the follow Lori; will look at your poetry with interest

  37. willowdot21 says:

    H Lori great to meet you thank you for the follow. Seems like we have the same tastes in writing , mostly poetry and the odd prose! I have written mini sagas in verse sometimes referred to as prosetry by a couple of my followers! I look forward to reading your blog. Good luck for 2015 xxxxx

  38. booguloo says:

    I’m bi polar 2 or is that also… I knew there was a connection right away.. Hope the tests come out ok…be well!!

  39. Lori,

    It has been some time. I hope you are well.

    I want to thank you for following “A Way With Words.” My joy in writing is made more complete when people read what I’ve written (and even more so as they respond).

    I write mainly about faith and mental illness, but am known to dabble in other subjects, stories, and even the occasional poem. If you have any requests, please let me know.

    After going through a season of darkness and falling behind on my blog reading, I hope to engage in more. I look forward to following your work in particular.

    I pray you are blessed in your life and writing, as you bless others.

    Tony Roberts

    • Lori Carlson says:

      Thank you for stay in touch with me, Tony. I do enjoy your blog and although I may not always comment, I am reading it.

      I am saddened to report that my health is not so well at the moment. I’ve been suffering from dizzy spells for a while and after a CT Scan, there is a lesion on my brain. Still not sure if that is what is causing the dizziness though. I go to see a Neurologist next week.

      My spirits are high though. I’ve not done as much writing as I would like, but I hope to remedy that in the next couple of weeks.

      Thanks again for writing to me. I look forward to reading more of your words.

      Lori Carlson

  40. I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your blog! I am loving your poetry and other pieces of creative writing and look forward to reading more! You definitely have a talent! 🙂

  41. Thank you for the follow Lori. I will endeavour to read through this and savour every line.

  42. johncoyote says:

    Howdy. It is Coyote. Good to see your words expanding. I will come back in a few days. Time for my 54 hours of work in four day. I hope all is going well with you and the family.

    • Lori Carlson says:

      Great to see you here at WP too! Sorry for such a long work period… hope you get some decent rest in between. Life is going.. some days well, some not so well, but going nonetheless *smiles* Hope all is well with you and your family.

  43. willemite51 says:

    Hi Lori,

    Thanks for following my still-under-construction blog. I hope you enjoy my reviews. I am impressed with the bits of your work I peeked at so far and look forward to peeking some more.


  44. sandradan1 says:

    Hi Lori, thanks for finding and following my blog. Looking forward to exploring your writing too. SD

  45. Rachael Charmley says:

    Hi. Thanks for following me. I do like your work. Look forward to reading more stuff from you! X

  46. Thank you so much for joining us on wePoets, it’s much appreciated. We’d be happy to showcase your poetry should you want to share. 🙂

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