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?

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Poetry Book Wednesday – Altars & Avatars

This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is Altars & Avatars. It is the sixteenth book in the “A to Z” poetry books as well as my twenty-second published book. Altars & Avatars was released yesterday, February 12, 2019. Several of its poems can be read through https://words-scribbled.com/books/altars-avatars/.

Altars & Avatars

One hundred poems scripted onto this paper altar in exaltation of hidden potential – gods known and unknown, holy and unholy – within all creations.

Altars & Avatars is available through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1502756927 Kindle – $2.99 and Paperback – $9.99.

The other 21 of my currently published poetry books and numerous chapbooks can also be found on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/default/e/B00AOVY2K4/.

Poetry Book Wednesday – The Soul of Winter

This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is The Soul of Winter. It is the second book I published and was published on January 17, 2012.

The Soul of Winter Cover

The transition between what life was and what it is shaping to be in the future. A chronicle of the precipice that bridges childhood and adulthood, Autumn and Spring.

The Soul of Winter is available through Amazon: Kindle – $1.99 and Paperback – $6.99. The other 20 of my currently published poetry books and numerous chapbooks can also be found on Amazon.

Poetry Book Wednesday – Mourning & Melancholia

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This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is the brand new release, Mourning & Melancholia. It is my 21st full-length poetry book. This is a very exciting milestone as I never considered the possibility of so many published books. Mourning & Melancholia did take longer to write than I had originally anticipated yet I am immensely delighted with the poems completed.

One hundred poems inscribed on fallen angel feathers mired in melancholia and marked with what prevails the mourning after

Mourning & Melancholia is available through Amazon. Kindle – $2.99 and Paperback – $9.99. The other 20 of my currently published poetry books and numerous chapbooks can also be found on Amazon.

Poetry Book Wednesday – The Heart of Autumn

This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is The Heart of Autumn which was published on September 13, 2011. It is the very first book I published. I don’t really remember the writing process of the book but, as writing came to a close on it, I realized I should finally start publishing my poetry rather than constantly contemplating the idea of publication.

The Heart of Autumn
The Heart of Autumn is available through Amazon. Kindle – $1.99 and Paperback – $6.99. The other 19 of my currently published poetry books and numerous chapbooks can also be found on Amazon.

Poetry Book Wednesday – Vervain & Vice

This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is Vervain & Vice which was published on August 11, 2015. It is the seventeenth book I published. The writing process of Vervain & Vice happened during a time of transition and immense stress for me which prolonged the time it took to create as well as encouraged a sense of twisted creativity that resulted in very beautiful poetry.

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Vervain & Vice is available through Amazon. Kindle – $2.99 and Paperback – $9.99. The other 19 of my currently published poetry books and numerous chapbooks can also be found on Amazon.

Poetry Book Wednesday – Unlined & Undertakers

This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is Unlined & Undertakers which was published on August 13, 2013. Hard to believe it has been five years since its release. It is the ninth book I published. Unlined & Undertakers is two parts personal growth, one part writer’s obsession, one part paranoia, and one part love letter to a dream. A dream that began weaving its way into my world back when I started working on The Heart of Autumn. Over a span of four years, a faint dream solidified and became a constant in my day so this book was titled to pay homage.

Undertakers Cover

One hundred poems on matters of life, paranoia, longing, personal growth, dreams, and the seduction of ink

Unlined & Undertakers is available through Amazon. Kindle – $2.99 and Paperback – $9.99. The other 19 of my currently published poetry books and numerous chapbooks can also be found on Amazon.