Poetry Wednesday: Wood Gods

Wood Gods

Threw money to wooden godsxeniumcover
Hoped to see all the colors
Between trees without
Being swallowed by unseen
Creatures lurking leaves
Sun left over to the east
Broke down near demons
Clearing through blackened grass
Threw money to wooden gods
Hoped to see all the colors
Over too soon promises denied
Marathon of binds reach out
Unwind around stones
Linger in the mouth

Release Day for Xenium & Xyris

xeniumcoverToday is the release day for Xenium & Xyris. This book took longer than anticipated. Still, it remains a labor of love. Please read and enjoy. As always, reviews are greatly appreciated.

It is available as a paperback for $9.99 and as a Kindle book for $1.99

Some verses of disarm
Cutting insides apart
Burns to bear in bare
For days gone wild

State of Chaos

I’ve been most neglectful of this blog for the month of June. A few pre-scheduled posts about the month’s free Kindle download and that has been it. No Poetry Wednesday, no updates, nothing more. Why? Well, I’ve been working on the third move in nine-ten months. My time with my nephew has come to an end. I will miss him but I have also missed my typical day-to-day routines and my fur babies.

I knew it was truly time for me to go in May but things were delayed a bit as my sister got her ducks in a row to become a stay-at-home mom. Truthfully, I’m surprised it took her so long to do this. I figured out she’d eventually become a stay-at-home mom within 2-3 weeks of the baby’s birth.

In end of May/June, I worked really hard to complete Zephyr & Zinc and Xenium & Xyris. I was becoming quite frustrated that it was taking me so long to finish those books. I should not have been so frustrated considering I spent, since mid-April or so, 70 to 90 hours a week tending to my nephew, cooking meals, cleaning house, and grocery shopping. How I managed to get any writing or editing done from December till now continues to mystify me with everything else going on.

Those hours and their chaos have caught up to me though. I did okay in the beginning but now, I am very sick and will be spending the bulk of the next two months trying to recover. It may take longer than that but not sure if I can surrender so much time. Still, I have a long to-do list for the month of July including participation in the second session of Camp NaNoWriMo and getting my editing business back up and running. I also need to finish editing and formatting Zephyr & Zinc and Xenium & Xyris.

July and August will contain the theme of looking for a place to live. I am moving back to my mom’s house for the time being. Not looking forward to being around her ever-growing hoard of stuff. I’m trying not to think about the hoard. I’m trying to focus on spending time writing, recovering, reading, and cuddling my fur babies. I do not have much in the way of housing prospects right now because my income is very itty bitty but I am optimistic to find something and move into it by September which would make make for four moves in a year. Have I mentioned how much I despise moving?

I did have a small vacation in the month of June. I went to Vegas for 2.5 days and 2 nights for a Symposium in regards to volunteer work I’ve been doing for almost 3 years now. Most of the cost was covered by the volunteer organization which is why I was able to go. I became debt-free in May. There was no way I was going to allow myself to go into a small amount of debt again in order to go on “vacation”.

The Symposium was decent but not as informative as I had been hoping. I have fun getting away for awhile. A friend, who also attended the Symposium, and I went to see Thunder Down Under one night, Cheesiest experience ever. I continue to be baffled about how we let her husband talk us into going (so he could go to some other show guilt-free). I did get to see my paternal grandmother and her husband which was really nice as it has been almost three years since I last saw them. We had a lovely dinner together my first evening out there.

This weekend is the moving of the last bits of stuff aka the furniture. Hope it goes smoothly, and I dearly hope that I will be able to setup up my furniture at my mom’s house on Monday so I have a decent work space and a comfy bed. Last I checked, the bedroom I’ll be using/guest room continues to be overrun with stuff, and the other bedroom where the guest bed will go is so full that only a small walking path exists. My hope is minimal but maybe I’ll get to be surprised.

Poetry Wednesday should be back for July as will general posting.

 

NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 21

Cedar

Pure as a wedding dress
For which I cannot attest
Strolling on holy ground
Lovers do pin curses
Praise by the night
When the moon does
Make a mess of the light
Fabric’s folds cannot help
Me now that I tread lands
Long forgotten howls
Cedar branches twist
Pure as a wedding dress
For which I cannot attest
Words I never knew
Make themselves new
On the holy grounds
Where lovers do pin
Curses praised by night
When the moon does
Make a mess of the light

NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 20

Plumes

Sank into plumes
Bottom out in the ocean
Got lost amongst the storm
Singing me its psalms
Chorus’ hypnotizing burns
Pull me out, pull me loose
Cast me back into maelstrom
All of sudden, I held
Keys on my palm
Their sinister plans climbing
Up my arms as art
Wish I could have known
Before I started listening
Yanked into plumes
Bottomed out in the ocean

Tough Decisions on Day 19 of Camp NaNoWriMo & NaPoWriMo 2014

Tough decisions this Saturday morning. Was so close to finishing Zephyr & Zinc so I decided to take a number of pieces from Nightmares & Nevermore in order to finish out Zephyr & Zinc. The poems from both books follow similar themes and threads so it isn’t a stretch. I also took a number of poems from Elysian & Ether and placed them into Xenium & Xyris, but it did not finish out Xenium & Xyris because I could not take enough as most of Elysian & Ether‘s poems were written with a very specific title-related theme in mind.

Today’s piece is High-flown, a former piece of Elysian & Ether that now has a home in Xenium & Xyris. I wrote and posted it shortly before deciding to move things around.

The Present Counts now stand at
Xenium & Xyris: 83/100
Zephyr & Zinc: 100/100
Elysian & Ether: 28/100
Nightmares & Nevermore: 33/100
Overall Word Count: 14501/20000

NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 19

High-flown

Descended out of windows
When I let go
What you once meant
A sweet relief
Descend and find peace
Until I land
A bed of your feathers
Demand me back
Into their high-flown embrace
Descended out of grace
I wish to stay
When I let go
What you once meant
Sweet relief as I
Crested on the breeze
Until I landed
Bed of your feathers
Suffocating me slowly
In their high-flown embrace
Wish I continued descending
Until time stopped
When I let go
What you once meant