Writing Month #1 Comes to An End

My great experiment of spending every other month in a primary writing state of mind went okay for its first month in action. I often found myself distracted so I did not write as intended – 1 poem a day – but made up the count on other days. I had hoped to make further progress on Obiter & Oleander and Kirsch & Kerosene.

Ended up writing 25 pieces for Obiter & Oleander and 22 pieces for Kirsch & Kerosene. Their current overall poetry piece counts sit at 27 each. I also put down 2 pieces for a new project that has been rolling around in my head for the last few months. This project is tentatively titled as Cleanse. Do not need another writing project but it is what it is. 🙂

49 pieces in 28 days is pretty good. Not NaNoWriMo good but still an admirable accomplishment.

The overall poetry count – all pieces written since 1994 – is at 1208. Being that the 1000th poetry piece was written on October 25, 2012, I think it is amazing to be at 1208.

April is Writing Month #2. It is also Camp NaNoWriMo (since they did away with Script Frenzy) and NaPoWriMo. I hope to be vastly more productive in my daily writing come April.

Of course, I will continue to write in March but my primary focus will be on cleaning out and organizing the sewing/guinea pigs’ room and the kitchen along with finishing up the last little bits of rooms I’ve previously decluttered. They all are housing items that need to have a home somewhere else.

Always busy with one thing or another. I would prefer just to be busy with the writing but, for right now, no such luck. Soon though, very soon…

The Perils of Writing

Had this brilliant idea today. I figured I would go to a coffee shop in a city that I normally do not go to. The first five coffee shops were packed to the gills. Decidedly, it is a sad day when a writer cannot find a coffee shop to write in. I was heading to a familiar business, Panera Bread, having struck out on the coffee shops when I remembered there was a small coffee shop in the shopping center I was near. It wasn’t too busy and had ample available seating. Oh happy day! The only problem with Good Measure Coffee & Tea, in Louisville, CO, is the lack of outlets for computer. This lack means I was unable to stay as long as I would have liked. There was a power strip but, for some reason, my computer refused to acknowledge the power coming though it. Nevertheless, spent a decent amount of time writing while enjoying a Turtle (chocolate & caramel) latte.

As I was getting ready this morning, the verse novels decided to chat it up. I was ecstatic until I went to write. They stopped their incessant yammering as soon as I picked up a pen and/or came near the laptop. Little bastards. I would really, really like to finish at least one of my novels this year but they are being mighty uncooperative. At this rate, I will never finish any of the novels even though the concepts are fantastic.

Three poems so far for today to go with the two I wrote yesterday afternoon. Not feeling overzealous with the writing right now but this is common for the start of WriMo. My writing mojo is good for the first day or two then a lull followed by a whole lot of progress later in the month.

Been looking for some new music and one of my cousins (who has the same first & last name as me – there are three of us!) suggested New Kids on the Block. Sorry but I did not care for them in their heyday and I still do not care for them. Never really enjoyed music from any of the boy bands.

FebWriMo

As part of my resolutions, I decided that I would take some months to have WriMo (Writing Month). February is the first WriMo. There’s not a set goal per se. The original intention was to write at least one piece every day but I shot that idea in the foot on the 3rd and the 4th when I did not write. Still, I have written fourteen pieces since the 1st. Obiter & Oleander and Kirsch & Kerosene are now well on their way.

I spent January 30th and 31st doing final edits and formatting on Ink & Ice. Discovered that I had forgotten to log a poem written during NaNoWriMo. It drove me crazy trying to figure out why the worksheet of titles had one hundred poems listed but Ink & Ice‘s Table of Contents had one hundred and one. Issue resolved and the last poem written, Widow’s Walk, migrated over to Obiter & Oleander. Began final edits and formatting on Unlined & Undertakers but have not completed the formatting.

Been doing a lot of thinking on marketing for the books. There is so many of them now and it would be nice if sales were more… lucrative. While I did study advertising and marketing for awhile in college, it has never been my strong suit. In fact, I feel really awkward in situations involving marketing/advertising whether it be for myself or my work. Not a great state of being for self-published author so I am working on ways to market without me feeling awkward about it. I hope to have a finalized solution together by March.

Flare & Fetter comes out next week on Tuesday. Very excited about it but, also, very nervous as its poems are very personal in nature. Every poem I have ever written has a bit of my heart in them but the poems in Flare & Fetter, Unlined & Undertakers, and Kirsch & Kerosene are essentially a window into the depths of my being. It is a little terrifying to put all of that out there.