What Did I do?!

I have been at this poetry thing for 42 days. Don’t ask my how many complete poems I have, I don’t want to answer. I have notes scrawled across various notebooks around my desk, as well as numerous lines in a word document reminding me to write the one about [insert vague idea here]. I have promised to keep you all apprised of my progress, and the update is: Dismal. I don’t want to talk about it.

No really, I don’t have time, so much work to do!

 

I’m still working at at, but boy am I behind. To distract you from my lack of progress, an earlier completed sample:

 

Keeping Up With Fay

 

I was never one to say

that I am superstitious.

But I have heard that many Fay

find human kind delicious.

 

A fairy you must not offend

by blocking off thier path.

But if you do, you can amend

with soaks in oatmeal bath.

 

To ward the evil Fay away

partake of St. Johns wort.

To keep the meddlesome at bay

Leave out red berry tort.

 

If you dearly love your kin

grant gifts of daisy chain.

For if you do so with a grin

Kidnapping is in vain.

 

Should they find you anyhow

keep near an iron rod.

This for Fay, I give my vow

airs threats of no facade.

 

Mark these simple Fay decrees

to have a happy home.

’tis nothing but a meager fee

In places Fay-kind roam.

 

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Still At It

This month has been a busy one, and I am desperately trying to keep up on my poetry. I’m sorry to say I have fallen incredibly behind. My challenge began September 13th. Now, little more than a month into my challenge I should be hovering at just over 50 poems, however I am merely at about 27. I say about, because I am unhappy with how a few of them turned out. I am afraid that in my effort to be productive I may lose some of the quality of the work I strive to produce. But, instead of chastising myself for being behind, I am going to remain focused on producing good work. The entire point of the challenge was to keep me focused on the art of writing, and it has certainly done that so far. By no means am I done yet.

I am happy to report that in my focus on poetry I found a little inspiration for my novel, which has been shelfed since mid summer. The hiatus on regular storytelling has been good for me. I am a bit worried that picking back up on this project will hurt the allotted focus and inspiration for my poetry collection, but I’m not going to let that interfere with what inspiration is actually striking me at any given moment. If you are a writer, then you understand that you follow your muse, not a schedule. I tried being more organized and it did nothing but hurt my process.

If you have been following  me all summer, then you know all about my Children’s story which is already written. I have put off working on the  artwork because I was moving, and I feared that I might lose and/or damage some of the things I need to create pictures of my Garden Gnomes. Well, I’m all moved into my new house, and I’m 3/4 unpacked. My art room is starting to look like something might actually be accomplished there, so when the mood strikes me I shall begin working on my Gnome photos.

 

As always, I will update you on any new developments.

 

Happy writing!

October!

October is a special month for me. Firstly, it is the month I was born. I like to think I naturally adore this time of year because somewhere in my subconscious I recall it as the time I came into the world.

Secondly, Halloween decorations are going up, which means Halloween is right around the corner. It is my absolute favorite holiday (yes, even more than Christmas), so much so that I named my dog Pumpkin. People dressing up as all manner of ghouls and goblins, telling stories, grumpy pumpkin faces, and giving away free candy. What’s not to like?

Third, It is exactly the environment the fosters the imagination and it is precisely the type of storytelling I am doing with Tilted Tales, the eventual product of my personal poetry challenge. Witches, fairies, ghosties, and spectral haunts are going to grace many of the pages within my collection.

So Happy October reader. I plan on soaking up the inspiration that the season brings. I encourage you to do the same.