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To Be Crowdfunding

As you may know, I have been working hard to make my first collection of poetry ready for publication, in order to make one of my biggest dreams become reality. The book is almost ready – but I could really use your help!

I have started up a crowdfunding campaign (<–Click!) for my bilingual collection on the Dutch platform Voordekunst (not to worry, everything is available in English!).

Below is the promotion video I’ve made for this project – it is in Dutch, but I’ve included an English translation below the video.

I am the poet, Maria M. Crouch
I have something special, so please do not slouch
I write in two languages; unique, is it not?
After 10 years I’m putting myself on the spot

To Be // Te Zijn is my first collection
In which everyone will find a connection
Four journeys await you in this book
132 poems is what it took

Imprisonment to freedom; weakness to strength
Through love; through life itself at length
With great illustrations this book will be
An exciting experience for you and for me

With your help I can print it and have it shipped
With glorious extra merch equipped
Of course I’ll be giving a launch presentation
Make sure to be there; it will be a sensation!

So… Have I made you curious? Hurry –
Please donate now and ease my worries
I’ll thank you from the bottom of my heart
To achieve my dream alone would be too hard.

In other words: I’ll be eternally grateful if you support my project!

Please donate using the link above the video and spread the word amongst your friends / family / neighbours / coworkers / pets … you get the idea 😉

Shareable links and posts are now available on all of my social media channels for IntraTYPical and Maria M. Crouch. Join the conversation using #TBTZ!

Any questions? Do ask! 🙂

Thank you!

– Maria M. Crouch

Stranger (To Be Free)

Over the next few weeks, I will share one poem each time from each of the four volumes in my upcoming collection of poetry ‘To Be // Te Zijn’, to give you a preview of it.

Today’s poem is from the volume ‘To Be Free // Vrij te Zijn’, in which the journey takes you from imprisonment to escape and freedom.

This poem is about the freedom to be yourself, and being accepted as such by others. The inspiration for this poem came from a character in one of my favourite movies.

What (or whom) does this poem remind you of?

~ Marise / Maria M. Crouch

To Be: The Four Volumes

The title of the collection of poems has been revealed, and today I am adding the titles of the four volumes (or ‘chapters’)!

In each of these four volumes, you – the reader – will be taken on an emotional journey.

  • To Be Free: from imprisonment to freedom.
  • To Be Strong: from weakness to strength.
  • To Be Loved: from lacking love to giving and receiving it.
  • To Be Alive: a journey through life itself.

This collection of poems is meant to be relatable and offer comfort. I myself love to read books in which I can recognise something of myself and in which I can lose myself completely – take a break from the real world. What is your favourite thing about books?

~ Marise / Maria M. Crouch

Title reveal!

I am spending these summery weeks working hard on my collection of poems. Translating, design, and everything else that publishing a book involves.

I am proud to hereby share the title with you:

Indeed: it will be a bilingual collection. I have wanted to make this for years – I think it is wonderful to be able to address and appeal to people in two languages – and on top of that, it is something unique, which I really love!

Would you like to know more about this special project? Stay tuned; I will share more bits and pieces with you over the next few weeks.

~ Marise / Maria M. Crouch

Welcome to IntraTYPical!

Hello and welcome to IntraTYPical’s new and improved website!

My name is Marise Hurkmans, owner of IntraTYPical – nice to meet you. For as long as I can remember I have been attracted to two career paths: science and writing. While at first science took the upper hand, it has become clear that my heart is in writing.

I started IntraTYPical in 2018, ready to offer my writing, editing and translating skills to the world. Very soon I attracted a number of partners and happy customers. After about one year, I registered IntraTYPical BOOKS, to expand on my services and further work on achieving my long-time goals and dreams, including publishing my own collections of poetry (under the pen name Maria M. Crouch).

Curious what IntraTYPical can do for you? Feel free to look around or send us a message!

Picture by DMvdBerg.