Poetry Wednesday – Tree


I see
For so long I have
Seen the tree
Through forests
Blacken, dying
Bitter green, struggling
But I cannot seem
To break free from
This maze
Charred branches pulling me in
Wanting to hold, devour
My subconscious
Trapping me in shadow
Until the Reaper comes
Comes to save me
But how can I surrender
To Death when I have yet
The chance to live
Live by my terms
Free of another’s doubts
How to track the tree
Adorned in the silver fleece
Beckons, tempts, taunts

January’s Kindle Download

I would like to thank everyone who partook of this month’s promotion – a free Kindle download of Smoke & Spirit. I appreciate it, and I do hope that you will be kind enough to live a review on Amazon or GoodReads.

Next month’s free Kindle download will be Flare & Fetter.

Writing Update

Been very bad about keeping tabs on the blog this month. I apologize to my readers, to the words, and to myself as it isn’t fair to any of us. I’ve been either very busy or mind-numbingly exhausted. Every day closes with me being so exhausted that I do not even dream once my head hits the pillow. In some ways, this is a good thing but, at the same time, dreamless sleep is not refreshing. This also hinders my writing ability.

Today, I found myself at a write-in. It was quite productive in spite of horrid fatigue. I wrote four pieces for Obiter & Oleander and, inadvertently, a piece for Elysian & Ether which has a specific theme unlike Obiter & Oleander which is random. I also spent time reading through Ink & Ice and correcting some minor formatting issues. Unfortunately, the file was reading strangely on my laptop so I was unable to correct the Table of Contents. The ToC will be a project for tomorrow on the desktop computer.

I am nineteen pieces away from completing Obiter & Oleander. Since I have not written anything for Kirsch & Kerosene lately, it still needs 23 pieces to be completed. Still, I am closing in on the finish line for them. Next up is Xenium & Xyris, Zephyr & Zinc, and Elysian & Ether for the poetry books.

I started in on a continuous story poem today (aka an Epic Poem) tentatively titled Night Wolf. I am 50 lines in but no idea if it is an idea I can actually complete to my liking. I hope I can. Mostly, it is a just a writing challenge to try.

Cleanse offered up some clarity as to its plot’s intentions but did not inspire any new pieces just yet. It is nice to have a better idea of what to do with when it decides it wants to be written further.

Last weekend, I began assembling a new poetry collection called Russian Hymns. No idea when it will be done as works are still filtering in for it. Although, its theme seems to have run its course as it has not popped up in Kirsch & Kerosene in quite awhile. I do hope that it shows up again in Zephyr & Zinc as the title of that book is inspired by the theme’s catalyst. If you’ve read Flare & Fetter and read Unlined & Undertakers when it comes out in October 2013, you’ll have a better understanding of reasoning for Russian Hymns. The collection will be of prior written/published work as well as some new pieces.

I hope the coming weeks are more productive with the writing but I doubt it. I have a lot of house stuff to tend too. Those tasks but the increasing heat leave me pretty useless by the time I get around to writing. Writing in the morning is also out as I keep thinking I should be cleaning when it is cooler in the house. Looking forward to July as long as June is fruitful with decluttering productivity.

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013 – Day 3 & Free Books

Today was not a productive writing day. There was one poem for Obiter & Oleander, Steam, which became today’s NaPoWriMo post.

I actually spent most of the day doing things around the house, and doing battle with Seasons of Self: Autumn & Winter. I discovered that the Seasons of Self: Autumn & Winter file was corrupted. Did you hear me scream in horror around noon MDT? It took a great deal of time to repair the corrupted sections. The Table of Contents is still in need of correction so I will tackle that tomorrow.

Felt horribly uninspired and detached throughout the day. I am not a fan of feeling so apathetic toward everything. I am hoping for a better day tomorrow. I would really like to make significant progress on Kirsch & Kerosene, Obiter & Oleander, and – at least – one of the novels in verse during April.

The giveaway for the Kindle books of Smoke & Spirit, Flare & Fetter, and Little Lines I Shared with Death will continue for two more days. It will end on April 5th around 11:59pm PDT. The paperback version of Flare & Fetter is still on sale for $9.99 until April 30th.

Free Books & NaNo-NaPo

Spending this week making final preparations for NaPoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo. I am also making preparations for the release day of Seasons of Self: Autumn & Winter on April 9th. It will be available as a paperback.

In honor of National Poetry Month, I will be giving away free Kindle books of Smoke & Spirit, Flare & Fetter, and Little Lines I Shared with Death from April 1st to April 5th. The paperback version of Flare & Fetter is still on sale for $9.99.

During NaNo-NaPo, I will attempt to post a poem everyday and – quite possibly – there will be an additional book and/or writing post.

At this point, several of the novels in verse are speaking to me so there is a chance that I will make progress on them in April. I also hope to make great strides in the completion of Obiter & Oleander and Kirsch & Kerosene. When I am not writing, I have edits and formatting to finish on Ink & Ice and Unlined & Undertakers. I have intentions to consolidate my various blogs because I often forget about the others – it would be nice to have everything in one place after all. 🙂

It will be a busy month but I am looking forward to it.