Poetry Book Wednesday – The Tears of Spring

This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is The Tears of Spring. It is my third published book. The Tears of Spring was released on April 17, 2012. A few of its poems can be read through https://words-scribbled.com/books/the-tears-of-spring/

The Tears of Spring Cover

Certain moments in life are burdened by trials, pain, and regrets. In these fifty-six moments, the tears of spring are shed filled with hopeful intentions

The Tears of Spring is available through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/150236140X/ Kindle – $1.99 and Paperback – $6.99 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

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Release Day for Seasons of Self: Spring & Summer

seasons2coverToday is the release day for Seasons of Self: Spring & Summer. This book of collected work consists of The Tears of Spring and The Breath of Summer. These 109 poems were previously published in ebook format. Seasons of Self: Spring & Summer is available as a paperback through CreateSpace and Amazon for $14.00 or less.

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….

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013 – Day 9 & Book Release Day!

Today is the release day for the paperback version of Seasons of Self: Autumn & Winter. It is the first of the five poetry collections that will be published from now until October 2014.

Today is also brought to you by springtime in Colorado. Yesterday, it was near 70 degrees with a gentle breeze until about 4:30pm when the wind picked up. All evening and early morning, very high winds rattled the windows and shook the house. It was very challenging to get a good night’s sleep. There were times were I thought the house was going to get thrown on its side because the wind gusts were so strong.

By 10am today, there was two inches of snow on the ground areas not containing concrete or asphalt and 16 degrees F in addition to the continuance of high wind. The weather reports had claimed 6 to 10 inches of snow by the end of today but I doubt it will happen. I had no plans to go anywhere today. However, the drastic change in temperature makes me very exhausted thus hindering my writing prowess.

Why yes, I just wrote about the weather. I know it is terribly boring and rather cliché yet it completely sums up the kind of day I am having. After all, the weather is to blame for my mental fog.

Today’s NaPoWriMo contribution is Unrepentant, a piece for Obiter & Oleander that I wrote around 1am.

Not sure I will write much beyond Unrepentant as I have a slew of other tasks to complete. This is disappointing as I would rather be curled up in my electric blanket writing with notebook and pen than at the computer doing data entry work on a snowy day. The situation is entirely my fault because I opted for a morning at the coffee shop then an afternoon nap yesterday instead of data entry work and household chores. Have to suck it up and get stuff done.

Many hours later and writing did not come around again beyond the completion of this blog post. I completed most of the data entry work which always takes longer than I want it to. Perhaps I should have also said no to a mini-movie marathon of the first three Twilight flicks. On a snowy day, one just needs mindless fluff to watch even if the horrific acting gets annoying. Regardless of activity, I spent the day curled up in my electric blanket. For awhile, it was really bad idea as the heat was making me even sleepier but I eventually got my act together.

Today’s final counts are:
0 poems for Kirsch & Kerosene
1 poem for Obiter & Oleander
0 pieces for novels in verse
531 total words
1 NaPoWriMo Post
1 Camp NaNoWriMo Post

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013 – Days 6, 7, and 8

I had not forgotten to post for Days 6 & 7. It was more a side effect of limited time and very little to say. I did manage to put three poems to paper & ink during those days. Of course, there were the NaPoWriMo posts of Rhine and Floorboards but, truth be told, I wrote those two pieces in the afternoon on Day 5. I scheduled them to post for Days 6 & 7 because I knew my time at a computer for any purpose would be limited during the weekend.

I honestly cannot remember what I did on Saturday, Day 6. By that point, I had only slept about 10 hours since Wednesday evening/Thursday morning and my thoughts were mushy. Rhine and Floorboards appeared as word soup rather than poems. No idea if the two poems I wrote that day for Kirsch & Kerosene make any sense or are salvageable. I have typed them up but have not read them through.

I did get more sleep before the bulk of Day 7 which was a good thing as I was meeting up with family in Downtown Denver for a dual birthday (My mom and Brother-in-law) celebration lunch. The outing was quite exhausting once all was said and done so I did very little upon returning home. The one poem for the day was written shortly before leaving that morning. It will become part of Obiter & Oleander if it is any good. Again, I have typed it up for the word count but have not read it through.

I embarked on Day 8 way too early after very little sleep. Went to sleep after 1am and was up by 5:30am. By 6:30am, I was out the door to the grocery store for a few critical groceries – the guinea pigs were out of lettuce and carrots – before the supposedly atrocious snow storm moves in tonight. After the grocery store, I went back to the torrid coffee shop which was peaceful and pleasant. I was the only customer for a long time. It was nice even though 7:00am is a little early for me. Less than 30 minutes after arriving, I had three poems written.

In spite of very minimal sleep, I was quite productive during my time as I had two hours to kill there before continuing the rest of my weekly errands. I completed 5 poems, typed up the 3 poems from the weekend, and wrote most of this blog post. While I wanted to write more once errands were done, I ended up taking a 4.5 hour nap instead.

Now I find myself trying to get everything else done on today’s to-do list. This is proving problematic as a winter storm moves in and every previous broken bone or region of nerve damage is screaming in pain. This storm better live up to its hype since I am going through all this pain because of it. Sucking back a whole lot of pain killers under the potential I may get work done this evening.

As I am working on things, Anubis the cat keeps sticking his face in my glass of iced tea. Fortunately, the liquid level is much too low for him to drink from. I have lost many a cup of iced tea over the past two weeks to Anubis’ tongue since he decided that his new favorite drink is Mommy’s iced tea.

Today’s NaPoWriMo post is Fire Comes, a piece for Obiter & Oleander.

Tomorrow is the release day for Seasons of Self: Autumn & Winter. It will be available as a $14 paperback through Amazon. It is a poetry collection consisting of The Heart of Autumn and The Soul of Winter. Both The Heart of Autumn and The Soul of Winter are available individually as Kindle books for $1.99.

Day Six’s final counts are:
2 poems for Kirsch & Kerosene
0 poems for Obiter & Oleander
0 pieces for novels in verse
129 total words
1 NaPoWriMo Post

Day Seven’s final counts are:
0 poems for Kirsch & Kerosene
1 poem for Obiter & Oleander
0 pieces for novels in verse
100 total words
1 NaPoWriMo Post

Today’s final counts are:
3 poems for Kirsch & Kerosene
2 poems for Obiter & Oleander
0 pieces for novels in verse
1207 total words
1 NaPoWriMo Post
1 Camp NaNoWriMo Post

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013 – Day 4 & Last Call for Free Books!

It seems that a pattern is playing out and is impossible to ignore. On Days 1 & 2, I wrote two poems just after midnight. On Day 3, I went to sleep two hours before midnight then I struggled to write all day. On Day 4, I am awake at midnight and two poems are written. It would seem that the prime writing time this month is between midnight and 1am. I must remember this for the days to come. I was sipping Cold Brewed Lemon Zinger tea during those writing times as well so I should keep the pantry and fridge stocked up. Why mess with success?

As I attempted to fall asleep around 3am, I kept contemplating what to do with my various blogs. I’ve been toying with the idea of consolidating them into one which will make it – hopefully – easier for me to remember to post and the like. This idea keeps looking better and better. My contemplations circled around the concept of different days for different topics. The plan will be more solid once I get a calendar going so I can visualize it. I will probably implement such in May unless an attack of life or writing happens.

Today’s NaPoWriMo installment is Lost One from Obiter & Oleander.

Oh, how I hate working on Table of Contents for poetry books. I hate them under normal circumstances but I have developed a fondness for normal circumstances. Rebuilding a Table of Contents after file corruption is a far deeper horror. I kept finding improper page breaks and formatting as I rebuilt which meant I had to keep redoing sections I thought I had already repaired. The Seasons of Self: Autumn & Winter file was still highly temperamental about being modified into the publishing file. I finally finished – thankfully – and submitted the file for publishing without further issues.

Writing later in the day was sparse due to the amount of time it took to work on Seasons of Self: Autumn & Winter in addition to other tasks I had to do. Nevertheless, I reached my minimal writing goal for the day so I cannot complain.

The giveaway for the Kindle books of Smoke & Spirit, Flare & Fetter, and Little Lines I Shared with Death ends tomorrow, April 5th, around 11:59pm PDT. The paperback version of Flare & Fetter will be sale for $9.99 until April 30th.

Today’s final counts are:
1 poem for Kirsch & Kerosene
1 poem for Obiter & Oleander
0 pieces for novels in verse
546 total words
1 NaPoWriMo Post
1 Camp NaNoWriMo/Free Books Post
Other writing organizational & formatting stuff

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.