Poetry Book Wednesday – Unlined & Undertakers

This week’s Poetry Book Wednesday feature is Unlined & Undertakers which was published on August 13, 2013. Hard to believe it has been five years since its release. It is the ninth book I published. Unlined & Undertakers is two parts personal growth, one part writer’s obsession, one part paranoia, and one part love letter to a dream. A dream that began weaving its way into my world back when I started working on The Heart of Autumn. Over a span of four years, a faint dream solidified and became a constant in my day so this book was titled to pay homage.

Undertakers Cover

One hundred poems on matters of life, paranoia, longing, personal growth, dreams, and the seduction of ink

Unlined & Undertakers is available through Amazon. Kindle – $2.99 and Paperback – $9.99. The other 19 of my currently published poetry books and numerous chapbooks can also be found on Amazon.

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Tuesday Tabellion – Who Is?

Question: Who is the ‘he’ and who is the ‘she’ in your poems?

Answer: This answer largely depends on the context of the poem and the reader’s perception. Some poems – especially those written early on – do have a specific person attached to them. The poems which came to make up Russian Hymns are about a fictional character named Zephyr. Unlined & Undertakers and Zephyr & Zinc pay homage to Zephyr as well. A few poems after Russian Hymns, Zephyr & Zinc, and Unlined & Undertakers also reference him. Typically, these later poems make note of hymns. Why he sings hymns remains a mystery to me. Zephyr, at his core, is not a nice person and only gives the illusion of being wholesome, loving, better than he is. In some ways, he has evolved to be the general meaning of ‘he’ in a lot of poems. There are times where I think Zephyr has always been ‘he’ but grew to be more of a solid entity then returned to a more incorporeal state of existence as words and emotional needs are fickle. Predominately, ‘he’ and ‘she’ are a reference to creativity or to some personification of a harbinger of dying/death. Again, which is which depends on context and perception. I am not always sure myself and I wrote the poems. I am certain there are times where ‘he’ and ‘she’ are a direct reference to death but I can never seem to pinpoint the exact poems in which this occurs.

Freebie Friday and NaPoWriMo 2014 & Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 11

It is Freebie Friday! The Kindle version of Unlined & Undertakers is free until the 14th. Download, read, enjoy, and review.

Onto to the status update…

Day 9 was less than exciting although I did put up three poems which was nice. I continued a bad habit of always being out of the house. Enjoying my break from taking care of others I suppose. I did spend a large portion of Day 9 at the vet clinic with my sister’s English Bulldog, Byron. He was getting an Echo Ultrasound to see how far his heart disease had progressed. Prognosis was decent but the vet wants to run some additional tests, and Byron ended up on some medication that should reduce his risk slightly of sudden death. Day 9’s poem is Better Halves, a piece for Xenium & Xyris.

Day 10 should have been heavily focused on writing and editing, especially the editing, but that isn’t what happened. Two poems and five pages of editing do not equal a heavy focus. I ran some errands, tended to some household chores, and finished up some paperwork that had a Day 11 deadline. Day 10’s poem is Honey, a piece for Nightmares & Nevermore.

Day 11 finds me at the local IHOP again. I had a coupon for a free short stack. Hello, Free pancakes! They brought me a regular stack instead. I didn’t know I had a limit on pancakes. It is four. Five proved to be far too much for me. I have written three poems and this blog post thus far. I came with the intention of lingering – comfortable seating, bottomless drinks, and free WiFi – but my allergies and the waiter seem to want to thwart that plan. Today will be spent all over the place with me working on editing and writing wherever I can find a place to sit a spell. Today’s poem is Roses, a piece for Nightmares & Nevermore.

Present Stats
Xenium & Xyris: 70/100
Zephyr & Zinc: 76/100
Elysian & Ether: 37/100
Nightmares & Nevermore: 51/100
Overall Word Count: 5700/20000

Release Day for Unlined & Undertakers

Undertakers CoverUnlined & Undertakers is two parts personal growth, one part writer’s obsession, one part paranoia, and one part love letter to a dream. A dream that began weaving its way into my world back when I started working on The Heart of Autumn. Over the past four years, the faint dream solidified and became a constant in my day so this book was titled to pay homage.

The $14.00 Paperback is available through Amazon and CreateSpace. The $3.99 eBook is available through Kindle, and is free to borrow for Amazon Prime Members

Day 31 of Camp NaNoWriMo, July 2013 Edition

And Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end for another year. I finished out Camp with 20,078 on Day 27. Not sure how I managed to achieve that word count but it is done and I embrace it. For the rest of the month, I managed another 2,045 words. For as many words were written, a surprisingly few ended up as poetry and I never touch the novels.

Final Poem Count – 59
Xenium & Xyris – 22 poems for 22/100
Zephyr & Zinc – 20 poems for 20/100
Elysian & Ether – 7 poems for 8/100
Nightmares & Nevermore – 10 poems for 12/100

Upcoming for August:

  • Release Day for Unlined & Undertakers
  • Fish out all the poems from the Camp NaNo files and place them in their respective master files
  • Quilting
  • Train the glutton for punishment wonderful person who volunteered to (eventually) take over my data entry oriented office in the Society for Creative Anachronism
  • Become more familiar with the documents pertaining to the SCA office I offered to take over
  • Continue work on the house
  • Hope the garden produces more before cooler weather comes
  • Finish setting up Shop Sable Quill Creations and list some crafting supplies on Etsy

The question is whether or not I can get it all done in a timely fashion. If July’s pace stays, probably not but I will give the list my best intention of effort.

New Poetry Wednesday: Night Sky

Night Sky

Seems lost on today
Night sky drowning
Under the storm clouds
Snowflakes flooding down
Seems lost on tonight
This moment
Where I long for you
Too much
Too deep
Cannot even see the stars
To make my wish
For my beloved
When cherished embrace
Is hidden from sight
Under the storm clouds
Drowning out night sky

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.