Poetry Book Wednesday – Written & Whim

Book Cover Reveal for Written & Whim which will be released soon!

The cover art is a segment of one of my abstract paintings.

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NaPoWriMo Review

And another NaPoWriMo is done. This was my sixth NaPoWriMo. This year wasn’t as successful as other years but it certainly was not the worst. I ended up with 45 new poems across 4 different poetry books. I had intended to write more for Written & Whim so it would be done and ready for publishing soon.

However, life had other plans. An emergency tooth extraction on April 11th made the rest of the month kind of odd as things aren’t healing, recovering as quickly as I would like. Prior to the extraction, I had been more tired than what is typical. I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome so for me to notice this, the exhaustion was WAY intense. I suspect, now, it was due to my body fighting the infection that led to the tooth extraction. Worse than usual exhaustion remains – though not as badly – through recovery. I only have so much energy to give things, anything, in a given day. The infection, the extraction, and the recovery have been consuming most of it.

I had hoped to go to a concert during the month but fatigue vetoed that. I wasn’t a total recluse during the month though. I managed to go to the coffee shop a few times to write even if I didn’t really want to. The days I want to spend the entire day in bed, I force myself to get out even if it is for an hour at the coffee shop and I make myself write. I may go back to bed when I get home but, at least, I did something productive with my day.

I spent Easter with my niece and nephew. On April 6th, I worked a craft & art show. Sadly, the crowd was minimal at best. I sold nothing. My friend sold 2 items. It was very disappointing yet we forge ahead with getting our art out to the people.

I did quite a bit of sewing prior to the show as I constructed more drawstring backpacks out of my fabric stash as well as create an Easter-themed mixed media piece and an Easter-themed mosaic.

I started figuring out how to make things from polymer clay which was prompted by an idea for a mixed media art project but being unable to find the components in order to make it a reality. I need to finish constructing the clay components this coming week so I can start on the project. I also have several mosaics in various states of creation. Working hard to motivate myself to finish them. A few have been languishing, unfinished, for a while.

My hopes for May are:
– Complete most, if not all, of my mixed media art project
– Finish off at least 3 of the 6 mosaics I have in progress
– Finish the sewing project I have sitting on my cutting table
– Finish the clay pot art project I have sitting on my work table
– Finish Written & Whim while making more progress on Doll & Discarnate, Letters & Locks, and Tincture & Thorn
– Finish the healing process of the tooth extraction site
– Have a very successful craft show on May 11th

Poetry Book Wednesday – Obiter & Oleander

This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is Obiter & Oleander. It is the sixth in the “A to Z” poetry books as well as my eleventh published book. Obiter & Oleander was released on December 12, 2013. Several of its poems can be read through https://words-scribbled.com/books/obiter-oleander/.

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Piecing the flowers
Create the visions
Abandoned by roadblocks
Built brick after brick
In my own rising
From the paper smoke

Obiter & Oleander is available through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1490918337 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 – Kirsch & Kerosene

This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is Kirsch & Kerosene. It is the fifth in the “A to Z” poetry books as well as my tenth published book. Kirsch & Kerosene was released on October 08, 2013. Several of its poems can be read through words-scribbled.com/books/kirsch-kerosene/.

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Clutching nutrients
In my withered palms
Singing healing psalms
Malnourished soul
I harbor within
Drink deep of the real
I forged and built

Kirsch & Kerosene is available through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1490918264. 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 – 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/.

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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 – Ink & Ice

This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is Ink & Ice. It is the third book in the “A to Z” poetry books as well as my eight published book. Ink & Ice was published on June 11, 2013. Several of its poems can be read through https://words-scribbled.com/books/ink-ice/.

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Where the ink travels, I follow. Follow through realms of dreams, demons, music, thought, and demigods. Stringing verses together in order to find a way home when the ice melts.

Ink & Ice is available through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ink-Ice-N-L-Riviezzo/dp/1490364161 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/

Exhaustion vs. Productivity

Having difficulties in ridding myself of this crud which has been plaguing me since December. Some days are better than others. Then there are days like today where I can work for about 10 minutes before exhaustion makes me dizzy so I am forced to rest for 20-30 minutes before work recommences for 10 minutes more, rinse and repeat. Despite this “work schedule”, I cleared and organized the random pile of items in one of the bookcases and cleaned up & organized two shelves in the hall closet this morning.

Considering that my apartment is fairly clean right now, I’m healthier, than in the past, even with the crud in play. I am impressed with myself. Onset of acute illness (on top of the chronic issues) or a long project usually means my apartment becomes a disaster which takes several days to clean. Today’s cleaning was part of a long-term reorganization project to declutter my personal space rather than post-project cleaning.

Other accomplishments of the past two weeks were completing my cousin’s baby quilt (which was delivered by the postal service yesterday and I hope it was received) and writing 25 poems. I actually remember to post all the desired posts to the blog and social media except one. This may not seem like much of accomplishment to some people but I am notoriously distracted by things so I don’t always remember certain intended tasks even if they are on my to-do list or I keep postponing throughout the day until I end up overlooking them/running out of time.

The baby quilt took much longer than intended. It was frustrating because, at first, I could not figure out why. I eventually realized that the quilt was quite a bit larger the previous baby quilts I had made due to wanting a certain pattern with the squares. I was very fortunate to have enough fabric for the quilt in the end. It was getting kind of dicey with one of the prints. In addition to the baby quilt, my cousin also received two flannel blankets – one I made this week and one I made a few months ago.

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– Not the best pictures, was having lighting & positioning issues – 

Been doing a lot of reading of books. There are some weeks where I read very little then there are times where I binge read like a person who stumbled upon an oasis after weeks wandering the desert. There were several days that involved reading for 10-12 hours, up to 6 books. One of the perks and downsides of being a speed reader is the amount of books I can read in a day (as long as the book is engaging). If you want to know what I’ve been reading, check out my author page at Goodreads.

Finding it hard to believe that January only has a week left to it. Mostly because there were several things I had hoped to accomplish during the month but haven’t even started on. Regardless, things are progressing so I cannot be too heartbroken over the remaining items on my monthly to-do list.

And that is this week’s update. Wishing all much creativity and artistry.