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 2

Day 2 is brought to you by 4 hours of sleep and not nearly enough caffeine to compensate for the lack. My mood and inspiration is as overcast as the Colorado sky. Fortunately, the sky will bring rain which will bring a clean slate, a rebirth to the earth. I wish the overcast nature would bring the same to me.

I did get two and a half poems written just after midnight again. The other half was written a little after 11:30am. Today’s NaPoWriMo installment is Crest. The first line came to me early in the day yesterday but it did not want to be fleshed out at that time.

Cleanse is talking to me a little bit. If I could just get my fingers to stop tripping over the keys and my brain to wake up enough to listen, I may make some progress on it.

Had one of those ‘writer’s problems’ today. The espresso machine decided to throw a fit so I went to setup the one cup coffee machine but it was missing the most critical pieces. I searched for the pieces but they eluded me. I did manage to get the espresso machine to give up a cup of mocha goodness but it was a battle. Also, Starbucks’ Blond Roast is bitter. Glad I just purchased a $1 sample bag of it. At least I have iced coffees and teas to get me through this month, and to give me the chance to find those missing pieces and/or repair the espresso machine. Still, there are those moments where a writer really needs to have coffee. Today was that kind of day for me and I was left unfulfilled. And iced coffee is not the same…

A week from today is the release date for Seasons of Self: Autumn & Winter. It is a poetry collection consisting of The Heart of Autumn and The Soul of Winter. It will only be available as a paperback. It may eventually be available as Kindle book but it would be the same price as buying both of the individual Kindle books.

I think I should stop writing the bulk of these blog posts in the middle of the day. The updates added later make me sound kind of scatter brained but oh well. Writing these posts out early – and in between poems – help me get the creative juices flowing. I should not be writing right now. I have guinea pig cages to clean and laundry to do. I was supposed do such things yesterday but other tasks took far longer than intended.

And this where the moment arrives. That moment where I get too distracted by daily life and do not come back to write again. The very reason as to why I have alternating months of writing and other stuff. There is always something to do and I never have enough energy to get it all done along with carving out writing time. I know it is a burden that all writers must bear. It is annoying the ever-living crap out of me today.

Overcast and a touch cynical.

Moving on, moving on….

I discovered that I did not log several poems from last month into the listing of poems so all my book counts are off. I worked on getting everything put into their respected files and the listing updated. Keeping 1230+ poems organized with unique titles is hard work but the spreadsheet is doing a good job as long as I remember to put the information in.

The giveaway for the Kindle books of Smoke & Spirit, Flare & Fetter, and Little Lines I Shared with Death is going strong. This promotion lasts until April 5th. The paperback version of Flare & Fetter is still on sale for $9.99 until April 30th.

If you have picked up a copy of any or all of my books, please leave reviews on Amazon and/or GoodReads. I would love to know what you think of them!

Today’s final counts are:
1 poem for Kirsch & Kerosene
3 poems for Obiter & Oleander
1 piece for novels in verse – Cleanse
963 total words
1 NaPoWriMo Post
1 Camp NaNoWriMo/Free Books Post
Other writing organizational stuff

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…