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/.


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

June’s Free Kindle Book – Last Days!

oleandercoverJune’s Free Kindle Download is Obiter & Oleander. It will be available for free from June 12th through June 16th. Please download, read, and enjoy. Reviews would be greatly appreciated.

June’s Free Kindle Book

oleandercoverJune’s Free Kindle Download is Obiter & Oleander. It will be available for free from June 12th through June 16th. Please download, read, and enjoy. Reviews would be greatly appreciated.

Plenty of Ideas…

…if they would just speak to me beyond basic phrases.

I spent last night working with two story ideas that have been on the back burner since 2005, because they decided to present ways of relieving their stagnant states, in addition to writing two poems. Unfortunately, the story ideas aren’t in a talking mood today. Nothing really is. I attended a write-in this afternoon and was not as productive as I would have liked. I wrote two poems for Obiter & Oleander, one poem for Kirsch & Kerosene, and one poem for Nightmares & Nevermore. Obiter & Oleander is three poems away from being completed and Kirsch & Kerosene needs six. Still, I remain confident that the two books will be done by the end of this month so I can focus on Xenium & Xyris, Zephyr & Zine, Elysian & Ether, Nightmares & Nevermore, and whatever novel that decides to talk to me during the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo.

I also wrote a piece for poetry magazine in the UK that is doing open submissions for an upcoming anthology. It has been many years since I’ve submitted a piece to a magazine or anthology so I am a little nervous about the whole thing. I really like the piece, Incantations, I wrote for it. The writing guidelines for this anthology were wide open so I have no idea if the piece is right for it or not. If it gets rejected, it will find a home in Obiter & Oleander or Xenium & Xyris. In the past, my work has done better with the UK magazines than with the US ones so there is a chance. One of the US-based magazine actually told me I should look into getting extensive psychological therapy because my poetry was just too disturbing and dark. That particular magazine went under a few months later and the name of it escapes me now.

It is hard to believe that July is a week away. I am not ready for it to be here yet. This next week will be very busy making preparations for the coming month because there is so much I want to write, and I cannot afford to be distracted by other things like I was in April.

Busy Poet is….Busy.

I was suppose to post for Asana Stories yesterday but never got to it. I find myself extremely busy this week which is pretty much the same as the last one. I am currently in the throes of publishing prep for Ink & Iceavailable one week from today! – and Seasons of Self: Spring & Summer. It dawned on me Saturday morning that Seasons of Self: Spring & Summer comes out in August, and I’m going to be doing the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo. Add in everything else I need to do in July and August, it is best that I get the poetry collection 100% ready right now. When not bogged down by non-writing writing stuff, I’ve been slowly working on decluttering. More often than not, the hours in the days quickly slip by and leave me utterly baffled about how a simple task can take so long to complete.

On the upside, I’ve been writing 3 to 5 poetry pieces a week so long as I leave the house to do it. If I continue my pattern of a once a week write-in, I should be done with Obiter & Oleander and Kirsch & Kerosene by the end of the month or darn close to being done. I’d really like to work on my plethora of other projects for July. Not sure why but these two poetry books seem more painful than they should be. I’m guessing timing and expectation are the culprits here. I plan not to push too hard on the deadline for Xenium & Xyris, Zephyr & Zinc, Elysian & Ether, and Nightmares & Nevermore. I really do not want and cannot afford a burnout right now – creative or otherwise.

Chaos – that is what I have right now….