Judging by when I emailed this poem to myself, I wrote it on July 15, 2010. This poem lay forgotten because the email account I used at the time was compromised to the point where I had to shut it down. Still, I had some of them archived with another email address, waiting to be discovered. This is a rough draft–I am posting it unedited because it feels right to do so. I think I will bring it with me to the next poetry workshop, and, since I haven’t gone to that club all year, it will be very fitting, I think, to bring with me a re-discovered poem.
Paulo Coehlo was right. Offering something for free is the best way to go. Starting today, and for the next three days, my book of poems, A Modern Masquerade is available free for download. Up until today, no one had downloaded it (not that I’m going crazy marketing this one, because I’m not), but already, early in the day, I’ve had some downloads:
Can’t help but be pleased that my little book of poems is getting read
Of course, this might just be friends and family…but I’d be okay with that too.
I’m currently formatting my book of poems for publishing through Kindle. Other versions will become available after I successfully get this version up, but the formatting is taking a little longer than expected. I did finish editing the poems though, and am about…1/3 through the formatting. I’ve just learned too that the book may take as much as a day to become available for purchase. I’ll keep everyone posted here, via my blog.
As for Snowed In, there have been delays. I have more to rewrite. I also decided that I will offer this story free of charge, once it’s completed, as a PDF available on my website. I’ll provide a link when it’s ready.
Not everything is delayed though–today I began co-writing a book with a friend of mine. We’ve each committed to at least 1,000 words per day for July (and then we will see if we can continue in August or if we need a break that month). Today I wrote 1,048 words. I won’t be posting snippets for this book, but I am excited about it because it involves characters we’ve been writing and developing for years.
A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill. ~ Jane Austen
Today I wrote a letter to a good friend of mine. We’ve been exchanging letters for a couple of years and I was woefully behind on our correspondence. I am fortunate in that she’s patient with me, but in writing her a letter by hand, I further cemented my desire to write more. I’ve been going out too much, which, while fun, takes away from writing.
This brings to mind an earlier post I made on this blog about moderation. There was a time when I would spend all of my free time writing. While I pumped out a fair number of stories, poems and journal pages, retreating from life made it difficult to find inspiration. The last few months have been spent going out as much as I could–the writing suffered, but new experiences always spur my creativity.
I need to strike a balance, because right now, the part of my brain that wants to spend its energy on writing has been severely starved. I have some upcoming projects though that should jump-start things. I will start tomorrow with a daily poem–they will probably be short, but that’s one of the things I miss doing.
I have not yet determined what, if any specific, schedule my blog will follow, but my hiatus is officially over. Today I share with you a poem that came to me today. It’s not about anyone or anything specific really, except maybe I’ve heard “Rumor” by Adele on the radio too many times…
Delicacy of Reputation
A whispered slur
Hidden in shadowy creases of rooms
His taunt, “traitor, traitor”
Grows until it fills halls and alleyways in her mind
Wraps around corners
Seeps into mitered moldings
Hangs like mildew-damp air
In a begrimed basement
Voices join in
Swell to a steady staccato
A hollow claim, once given speech
By perception or fact
She incurs the damage
Despite frantic feats
To claw away at spindly stilts
On which rumor rests
I welcome your feedback. I will likely bring this and/or another poem to poetry group next week, but am always eager to receive constructive criticism. Being that it’s a new poem, I’m rarely married to any line, but I like the moments of alliteration in this one and would be inclined to keep them intact.
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