Day 14 was greeted by high winds and plans to meet with my mom for lunch. Both things held true especially the high winds. Beyond the day’s NaPoWriMo post of Wormwood for Kirsch & Kerosene, I wrote nothing else. I overdid it on Saturday and paid for it on Sunday.
Today, I woke up an inch or so of snow. In spite of the white stuff, I ventured out to the torrid coffee shop as they had issued a 15% off entire purchase coupon in honor of Tax Day. Hard to ignore the siren song of discounted coffee and pastries. I was there for about 40 minutes before deciding to go home again as the snowfall had picked up drastically. During those 40 minutes, I wrote two pieces and enjoyed a lovely cherry turnover. The rest of my iced caramel latte ventured back home with me. Aside from 15 minutes of yoga and setting my balance ball office chair back up at the desk, I spent the majority of the rest of the day curled up in an electric blanket while writing, reading, and doing other computer-oriented work.
The balance ball chair does wonderful things for my back especially when it is in pain (like today) but the chair makes me a tad nervous. I currently exceed the maximum weight limit by a little bit. Always worried that I am going to break it and injure myself in the process.
Today’s NaPoWriMo installment is Twisted Arms, the 50th piece for Obiter & Oleander.
I am having trouble believing that today is the halfway point for NaPoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo. Where has the past week gone?
The other day, a friend informed me that my “love” poems make no sense. My response, ‘When does love ever make sense?’ To that, they had nothing more to say. The “love” poems aren’t necessarily about love anyways. Most are about longing and the agony that comes with the longing of unrequited affection.
A large portion of Unlined & Undertakers is about the effects of this longing. This theme has spilled over into Kirsch & Kerosene. This longing in addition to the notions of personal/spiritual growth are why Flare & Fetter, Unlined & Undertakers, and Kirsch & Kerosene exist as separate entities from Smoke & Spirit, Ink & Ice, and Obiter & Oleander. Smoke & Spirit, Ink & Ice, and Obiter & Oleander are books of general poetry that do not fit a theme per se. While some of the works have a kernel of personal reflection in them, they are primarily pieces written when a phrase or broad thought pops into my head and wishes to be fleshed out into something more than itself.
And it snows and snows. It is suppose to continue snowing through Wednesday. Not sure how much snow I will get here by the end. It could be 6 inches, it could be 24 inches. Either way, I am staying home from here on out until the snow stops and the roads clear up. I have plenty of things to do – write, read, write, clean, edit, write, format, write, and declutter. At last check, there was approximately 16 inches of snow piled up. This is, by far, the most snow this area has seen in several years.
Today’s final counts are:
1 poem for Kirsch & Kerosene
3 poems for Obiter & Oleander
0 pieces for novels in verse
Some Free Writing
878 total words
1 NaPoWriMo Post
1 Camp NaNoWriMo Post