Halfway through NaNoWriMo 2019

Oh how I wish things wouldn’t fall through the cracks but they do. This poor blog (and social media) are hiding in the dark crevasses of my mind and my to-do list each day. I don’t mean for it to be this way and yet…

I get so busy and/or distracted that I forget all of this is here for awhile. I frequently tell myself and this blog that I will be better about posting. It remains true for a few weeks then back into darkness with the occasional glimmer of hopeful light.

NaNoWriMo this year is WEIRD for me. While I make word count each day, I feel as if I have written nothing of any kind of substance for my poetry books. It is disappointing but I forge ahead. Putting words, any words, to paper just to say I did while maintaining the faintest wish for something useful.

Things with Patchwork Chicken Studio are going well even though I’ve ended up making more drawstring bags/backpacks after I promised myself I wouldn’t after August where I made 37 bags in less than a month. Glutton for punishment I guess but it was out of need for some additional variety after sales at a few shows. I also have a small pile of fabric waiting for the post-show season to become bags too but shhhhh, not suppose to know about that.

Word count for today is done. Would kinda like to curl up for a nap now but alas, no. There are time-critical things demanding my time and attention today. I had to force writing time into my schedule by going to the local coffee shop so I would not get distracted by all the other things waiting for me at home.

Mosaic Monday – Scorpio

Scorpio: Water, Deep Red, and Steel

It is Scorpio season!

Scorpio is the 8th of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Those born between October 23rd and November 22nd are Scorpios. Scorpio is represented by the element of Water; the colors of Deep Red and Black; gemstones of Onyx, Jet, and Opal; the metal of Steel.

Scorpios are loyal, passionate, resourceful, observant, intense, ambitious, persistent, determined, and dynamic but these positive traits can lead to negative ones where they are jealous, obsessive, suspicious, possessive, manipulative, and unyielding. Scorpios are fiercely independent and moody deep thinkers which gives them an air of mystery. They are able to accomplish anything they put their mind to and they won’t give up. They are perfectly suited to being on their own which they prefer so they can have absolute control of everything.

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Mosaic Monday – Libra

Libra: Air, Indigo Blue, Rose, and Quicksilver

It is Libra season!

Libra is the 7th of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Those born between September 23rd and October 22nd are Libras. Libra is represented by the element of Air; the colors of Indigo, Ivory, and Rose; gemstones of Green Aventurine, Opal, Agate; the metal of Quicksilver.

Libras are charming, diplomatic, energetic, stylish, and balanced but these positive traits can lead to negative ones where they are indecisive, lazy, strict, vain, and apathetic. Libras are very extroverted and enjoy culture, communication, and beautiful things. Libras are hard workers who want the best for all especially if achieving that outcome utilizes their dedication, decision-making, and creative strength.

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Mosaic Monday – Virgo

Virgo: Navy Blue, Earth, and Quicksilver

It is Virgo season!

Virgo is the 6th of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Those born between August 23rd and September 22nd are Virgos. Virgo is represented by the element of Earth; the colors of Navy/Sapphire Blue and Earth tones; gemstones of Sapphire, Sardonyx, and Agate; the metals of Silver and Quicksilver.

Virgos are dedicated, resourceful, helpful, hardworking, witty, practical, intelligent, curious, and introverted but these positive traits can lead to negative ones where they are overwhelmed, self-pitying, uptight, critical, and moody. Virgos are deep thinkers with rich inner lives and a passion for life-long learning. They love and are inspired by beauty in all its forms. Ideal hobbies and activities are ones where Virgos can work alone on tasks that bring knowledge and/or beauty into their lives.

Art, Simplicity, and Joys

This week was the release of Written & Whim. I am very excited and grateful to have it done and out there. Still trying to wrap my brain around the fact I have published 23 full-length poetry books since September 13, 2011 aka the day The Heart of Autumn was published.

There are only 8 more books until I complete the A to Z theme. That is a bit baffling too. When I started on the A to Z journey in 2011, I thought it would be crazy to write 2600 poems over 26 books. I have less than 750 poems left to write now. Overall, I have written 2615 poems since 1994-ish. The bulk of which were written since I started publishing my work. Publishing my work has been a powerful motivator to write more which is fantastic.

No rest of the artistic. Already a quarter of the way through on writing the next book, Doll & Discarnate. At the beginning of 2019, I had this grand plan to write and publish 4 books during the year. I didn’t count on, foolishly, life things and other creative pursuits slowing that progress. Despite the error in judgement, I forge ahead with the words.

For several years now, I’ve been work on and toward a more simplistic life so I can spend more time with my passions and joys aka creative pursuits. I neglected my passions and joys quite a bit for many years prior which brought much sorrow into my life so simplicity is very appealing. Never want to feel that destructive, bone-deep sorrow again.

I keep coming to points where it seems I have finally reached a nice level of simplicity to only see it falter later. No. In fact, I have more to work to do. The chaos that ensues has been getting less and less chaotic over time. Yay for progress! But the fact that chaos creeps up and in so quickly tells me I have more work to do.

I’ve been neglecting such work this year. I think this has been to the detriment of my creative process and myself. Have to take time in the coming weeks to really clear out things weighing down my environment and triggering chaos. Cleaning up my apartment on a weekly basis, even though it is a deep clean, just isn’t enough to stop the creeping.

A few months ago, I sat down and wrote down everything that brings me joy no matter how small. The list surprised me. Poetry, painting, and creative things made the list of course. (Simplicity and no clutter also made the list which was surprising yet not surprising.) Some of my joys are not things I can do every day as they are seasonal activities. However, a lot of my joys were little things – like having my fingernails painted black, and the scent of sandalwood – that I could incorporate into my day every day but I wasn’t for some reason. As if I didn’t realize the joy they bring, as if I hadn’t forgotten what joy could be within the little things. Since I’ve done this list and started incorporating the little joys more and more into my daily life, I find myself much calmer and happier. As someone who has suffered from severe depression and wild mood swings for YEARS, it is kind of weird to be calmer and happier but it is growing on me.

I typed up all my joys into a word file on my computer. I go back and look at it to remind myself from time to time, especially if I am feeling sad or lonely or upset, then go and do one of things on the list.

So I leave you with this…

What are your joys? Do you involve as many as you can into your day?

Poetry Book Wednesday – Written & Whim

This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is Written & Whim. Today is its Release Day!!! Welcome to the world, Written & Whim!

It is the eighteenth in the “A to Z” poetry books as well as my twenty-third published book. Several of its poems can be read through https://words-scribbled.com/books/written-whim/. The cover features one of my abstract paintings.

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One hundred poems where words rule over and submit to the whims of ink & thought dancing in wonder across the pages

Written & Whim is available through Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1686128142 Kindle – $2.99 and Paperback – $9.99. The other 22 of my currently published poetry books and numerous chapbooks can also be found on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/default/e/B00AOVY2K4

Mosaic Monday – Leo

This week’s bead mosaic is Leo. Happy Birthday Leos!

Leo is represented by Fire, Orange, and Gold.

This mosaic ended up, surprisingly, being one of the most challenging Zodiac mosaics to make. The beads were uncooperative as they kept sliding around the box, and I struggled to come up with initial design. In the end, I ended up delighted by the finished design.

Leo

The 5 inch by 3 inch by 3/4 inch wood tray was painted with orange acrylic paint. It features assorted glass beads, assorted acrylic beads, metal charms, and a metal Leo charm. The finished box was sealed with a gloss acrylic sealant.

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