Brief Update

I am on a time crunch, so I shall keep this brief.

The bad news: I will not have 150 poems for my book.

The good news: I Will have my book done in December.

I have been inspired to write some short stories alongside my poetry, and I decided to include that in Tilted Tales. There are many many poems that I did write, but will not make it into the book because my dog has laid steamers that made me more proud. That is not to say I can’t improve upon them, I just don’t want to force it if it’s not working. The short stories do work with my theme, and my husband has given his stamp of approval on the mix of styles, so that is what I am going to do. I will be sure to share the link with you when I get the formatting all finished and published.

 

Happy Turkey Day and Happy writing!

My Foray into Create Space

Lately my sparse posts have been wrought with despair and self-doubt over my personal poetry challenge. Today, however, I am feeling pretty good about my progress.

I have been working on the formatting for Tilted Tales, the projected fruits of my poetry challenge. I decided to self-publish via Create Space, the Amazon powered self publishing company. They have some very helpful tools on formatting your book, if you are willing to hunt around a bit on their website.  I am entirely new to this process, so I am figuring it out as I go.  I have opted to go with the 5×9 book size because (as they so helpfully tell you) this is the most commonly published size, and the most widely distribute-able.  I am going with black and white pages, as I have opted not to bother with illustrations. Taking the time to do drawings would delay my collection indefinitely, because frankly I am a slow artist. I want to get this collection done and out there so I can go back to focusing on my novel. Besides, there is no rule that I can’t have an illustrated edition release later.

You can design your own cover art via Create Space, and I have opted to do so with my own original artwork. They offer artist services, but I cannot speak to any of it, since I am not in need of an artist.I played around with a few design ideas, before settling on my now complete cover. I went with a shadowed, simplistic design that hopefully is interesting and conveys the dark and whimsical style I have. The only thing I have left to do is adjust the spine size, based on the final page count.

They offer a Microsoft word template for the inside formatting of your book, and I downloaded that template. Today I completed my title page, my copyright page, my acknowledgements, and my about the author page. Then (giving myself a big pat on the back) I managed to be creative and write several poems. I am not caught up to where I want to be yet, but I am satisfied that I will have a full book ready for my December 12th deadline. I’m exceptionally proud that I have stayed motivated, even when it seemed like I was getting nowhere. I may or may not have the 150 poems I had intended on, but there will be more than enough for my first collection.

As always, I will keep you apprised of my progress. Happy Writing!

 

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.

 

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!

Personal Poetry Challenge Check In

*For those of you just tuning in, I have challenged myself to write 150 poems in 90 days, the result of which I intend to publish.

 

I keep falling behind on my challenge, despairing that I have set an impossible goal.  I start counting how many poems I am behind, freak out, and then produce some of my best work to date- catching up all at once.

So if the challenge was measured day to day, I would totally fail. I’m supposed to write 1.66 poems a day. But alas, I set the challenge end at 90 days, so I don’t have to be measured until December 12th. If you add up all my completed poems to date, I am right on track (never-you-mind the fact that 8 of them were written today). Yay for me! If I didn’t keep blabbing on my blog about falling behind, nobody would ever know I am anything but blindingly awesome.

I’d rather you know the truth. I am a procrastinating over-achiever. You figure that one out.

 

So as a treat for following along with my crazy challenge, here is my attempt at a Haiku-yes it totally counts as a poem. I looked it up. No, not all of the poems I completed are Haiku. Most are about a page long, and a few are two pages. One is even three and a half.

Hope you enjoy my style, I will check back in when I have something worth saying.

 

Unicorn Haiku

Unicorns are great.

Raise them from tiny babies.

Delicious in stew.