Poem: The Doorway Effect

The Friday poem.

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Poem: Winter Solstice Fires

The Friday poem, I hope you enjoy.

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Writing and Crafting

I totally forgot to create a blog post for this morning because Christmas crafting has completely taken over my life! That and making sure my daughter has an outfit for her Christmas concert, and work, and the cold and dark, and trying to keep up with all the usual stuff that needs to be done.
 
Sometimes other types of creation take precedence over writing. It doesn’t necessarily leave my mental space happier but it’s what needs to be done. I will get back to the novel, it just might have to wait a week.
 
But, I realized that Friday is the winter solstice and it got me thinking about light and the lack thereof, so I started writing a poem on my drive in this morning. I hope to have it up on Friday.
 
And I hope everyone is finding time to enjoy the season. Seek out the warmth and light!
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Poem: Riding a Benevolent Wave

The Friday Poem. If you enjoy it, check out my collection, A Sanctuary Built of Words: Poems of Peace, Grief, and Passion, available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online book sellers.

Riding a Benevolent Wave

Writing is my present to me

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Christmas is coming and I’m in full present production mode! However, the writing must go on.
 
Now that the post-Thanksgiving cold has finally begun to abate, I’m back to adding to my NaNoWriMo novel, Unprepared. It’s a lot slower going than during NaNoWriMo, I only added 400 words at lunch today, but I’ll keep chipping away at it until it is done.
 
What is Unprepared about? When an agricultural engineering professor loses his wife and daughter to a bioengineered virus, he also loses his will to live but he may be one of the few people who can put his town back together again when it’s all over.
 
The book picks up when a quarantine goes into effect. The powers that be at first believed they were dealing with a particularly virulent flu pandemic, possibly bioengineered. However it is clear that it is even worse than that. They are losing people quickly and towns are soon isolated, dealing with their own disasters.
 
It’s amazing sometimes the ideas that come to light when I’m writing fast. This novel includes: chicken broth, a backhoe, biogas accelerating enzymes, Albuterol inhalers, and an inverter.
 
I’m looking forward to saying this draft is done.

Poem: Private Mythologies

A Friday poem.

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Bit by Bit

You know, I feel like I’m not getting much done . . . all . . . the . . . time. But that’s just a feeling.
 
The truth is that in the last ten years, I’ve self-published a book of poetry, written a good number of short stories, drafted three novels, with a soon to be fourth, and edited several of them to a point I feel is nearly ready for publication.
 
And, it seems to be getting a bit easier to envision and complete a novel length story arc.
 
I said to a friend the other day that when I started out, I struggled to write a short story that went longer than 2,000 words. They were complete, but very bare bones.
 
Now everything wants to turn into a novel!
 
So, I finished NaNoWriMo on my novel Unprepared with 50,000 words. Then I added in the 25,000 I wrote on it previously. 75,000 words . . . and it’s not even done!
 
I still have a bit more to write to finish the story arc and some fleshing out to do, but I will soon have a complete trilogy. It’s an exciting prospect.
 
And there’s so much more in my head to write. It’s a little frustrating and also invigorating. I love the writing life.
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