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.

When Winter Comes…

I find myself in a blogging mood this morning which strikes me as odd. Blogging isn’t really my thing. There are a numerous writing articles out there saying that blogging is good for motivating a writer but, I find, it doesn’t really help a poet. I started blogging as a way to get get my books out there, and to share what I am the most passionate it about. Poetry has always been a passion but I have another one too. My other fairly recent passion is tiny homes. I have finally decided to start blogging about tiny homes and my journey toward having one over at Tiny House Dreams.

On December 11, 2012, Little Lines I Shared with Death was published. Due to my battle with a cold, I did not mark this milestone. Very saddened by that. Little Lines is a collection of work that I wrote in the first five years of ‘taking my writing seriously’, and while finding my poetic voice. While I did write prior to high school, I have no idea where any of that writing is.

Yesterday, I baked spritz cookies which are my all time favorite cookies. I tried a new recipe featuring whole wheat pastry flour and honey. I made them for a family gathering on the 25th. The problem with making one’s favorite cookies, a few days before the intended event, is ignoring their siren song. I did set aside several cookies for myself  but they are gone now. Had some for an evening snack and the rest became breakfast along with fruit smoothie.

Even though I had no intention of attending write-ins during the month of December, I am heading to one today. Going a little stir crazy at home. I am hoping to finish sorting through the NaNoWriMo 2012 free writes to free all those poems then type up more of the formerly MIA poems. Write-Ins this time of year are not known for their productivity but trying to remain optimistic that I will get work done.

New Poetry Wednesday will begin again on Jan. 2, 2013.

I hope everyone is having decent and, hopefully, minimally stressful holiday season.

And December Begins

2012 WinnerNaNoWriMo has come and gone. I finished on November 27th with a word count of 50, 609. This amounts to a minimum of 104 poems and ~40 pages of free writing. I have begun sorting through and editing the works in the NaNoWriMo files as I move them over to their master files. If I was not dividing up the bulk of the work between two poetry books, I would have a completed poetry book which fulfills the base essence of NaNoWriMo. I would have liked to have finished both poetry books but, overall, I am pleased with my progress. There is still the potential of getting one done with the pieces in the free writes.

I have spent the days since being somewhat of a slacker as I was feeling very exhausted. When I was not exhausted, I was catching up on some housework that had been neglected for a few weeks. A lot of housework and other things still need to be done…sadly.

Today marks the start of the finishing work for Little Lines I Shared with Death for its release date next week. Even when the files appear perfect, a formatting flaw is always found. It is inevitable.

December also marks a short break for New Poetry Wednesday. I am a little too preoccupied with editing work to keep tabs on it plus all the new poetry is mixed into the NaNoWriMo files for the time being.

The progress stats, so far, for November:

Ink & Ice – 60 poems written for a current total of 72
Unlined & Undertakers – 41 poems written for a current total of 67
Danse Obscura – 2 pieces written
Reaper’s Moon – 1 piece written

Release Day and Milestones

Today is the release of The Breath of Summer, the fourth installment of the Seasons of Self series. The series has been a long time coming. Been wanting to publish them for years but kept postponing. Now they are out there for public consumption.

New Poetry Wednesday came and went barely noticed  as I was entrenched in decluttering my poetry files. 960+ poems in count but 50 of them are missing in action. They’ve been missing for quite awhile. It use to be 70 pieces missing in action but, at some point, 20 of them worked their way back into the fold. Then there are handful or two hiding out among my blogs that are not logged on the master list.

I found a slew of poems from the same time frame as Seasons of Self that I want to share. I have decided to release them as a series of seven chapbooks over the next few months. The series will be called Moments of Self. The Kisses of Midnight and The Blood of Night will be released first.

Little Lines I Shared with Death has finished with edits and formatting. A little apprehensive about publishing this collection because it consists works from the beginning while I was still trying to find my poetic voice.

The edits for Smoke & Spirit are coming along nicely. I am very confident that it will be done in the next week or so.

The first draft of A Hundred Flames was completed last Wednesday. I believe it should be 100% ready for a release date in February 2013. Very excited about it.

I started A Hundred Flames in July 2011 and Smoke & Spirit in November 2011. To have them both done – at 100 poems a piece – is fantastic and amazing. I am in awe of the writing endurance I seem to have. Not sure where it came from but it is something to further embrace.

Eight pieces into a new poetry book, Ink & Ice.

Still trudging along with The Cupcake Verses. Writing a cookbook is not an easy task no matter how many recipes you have.

In the process of prepping for NaNoWriMo. November has a tendency to sneak up on me, and I am extremely determined to finished Reaper’s Moon this year. I am hoping that I can focus solely on it instead of having ADD like last year. I need to make sure all projects being published before year end are completely ready to go by October in order to aid with the much desired focus. Smoke & Spirit and five chapbooks are the only projects remaining. The chapbooks are almost done – just have formatting to complete.
Clearly, I have been busy although it often doesn’t seem that way to me. I am my own worst critic. 🙂