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I’ve started contributing to an awesome new blog called “Girl Getting Her Geek On.” Here’s my first post!

The Day I Achieved Instant Teleportation.

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This was another poem I wrote for my Intro to Poetry class. My son, of course, was the inspiration.

 

On stubby, chubby legs you start
Waddling, toddling
Through the house and through my heart.

You wiggle, jiggle your belly
Grinning, giggling
Chortling with joyful glee.

Cooing, chewing, mouth open wide
Tasting and wasting
Food thrown aside.

Picking and flicking your pudgy fingers
Mooshing and mashing
The mess of it lingers.

Worming and squirming your stumpy toes
On chunky, clunky feet
You stuff in your mouth and touch to your nose.

Every inch and ounce of your tiny perfection
Will always be the object of my affection.

I’m currently revising poems for my poetry class portfolio and thought I’d start sharing some of my work. This one was for the “List Poem” assignment. While I’m not fond of the List Poem structure (a list is a list, to me, so it’s hard to think of it as poetic), but in revising this one, I’m more happy with it compared to the first draft which was much more… list-ier.

Enjoy. =D

 

24 Hours With You
6:30 AM
I awake to your voice
Crackling, chirping through the monitor.
I drag myself from the warm embrace
of my bed.
You greet me with a smile.

7:30 AM
Two sugars and a heap of French Vanilla creamer.
You’re changed, fed, stumbling around
On unsteady legs.

9:00 AM
Coffee’s cold.
I chase you away from the TV.
From the cable box.
From the router with its blinking lights.
From the wet shoes deposited by the door.
From the blinds in the windows.
Again.
And again.

10:00 AM
I hold you close
Your warmth tucked in my arms.
We sway
Forward and backward.
Forward and backward.
I gaze down at your innocent face
As your blue eyes flutter closed.

12:30 PM
You wake with renewed energy
Ready to continue the chase.
Laughing
Clapping
Giggling
At silly little things.

2:00 PM
You gobble down your lunch
Watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates.
Mickey Mouse.
Little Einsteins.
You’re done –
You’ve slapped the spoon from my hand
To tell me you’re full.

4:00 PM
You used to take a second nap.
Now a distant memory.
You slurp down your bottle
Then grin at me,
Wide-eyed,
As if saying,
“Yeah right.”

6:30 PM
Bed time.
I hold you close as we rock
Forward and backward.
Forward and backward.
You look so peaceful.
I kiss your cheek.
Tuck you in.
Whisper,
“I love you.”

3:00 AM
The Witching Hour.
I stumble around the house
A zombie.
Warming your bottle,
Changing you,
Falling asleep as we sway
Drifting off again.

6:30 AM
I awake to your voice
Crackling, chirping through the monitor.
I drag myself from the warm embrace
of my bed.
You greet me with a smile –
It makes it all worth it.

Procrastination

One of the many reasons I haven’t posted here in a loooooong time – I am a procrastinator. I have a really bad habit of getting into a funk when I feel there’s too much to do so I opt to do nothing instead. Then I suffer the feelings of guilt and I slide even further into the creativity-killing funk.

Since I get into the funk so often I rarely write so I feel like I don’t have anything to blog about except that I have nothing to blog about. I think that would get old pretty quick. Then I wonder why people would bother following my blog when I don’t post anything.

Then I found this gem of an article: Why Procrastinators Procrastinate. I felt like it was written just for me. It really hit home.

So I’ve decided to take things one item at a time, and I’m happy to say that last night I finished a non-class required short story! It’s been sent to a few friends for critiques for the next draft. It’s a teaser into a second book. I’m still working on revising the first, but this short story has given me ideas on the changes and the direction of where the story is going.

For now… I’m on to the next item of my to-do list: finishing the Christmas stockings I started (and obviously didn’t finish in time for Christmas. Damn you Instant Gratification Monkey!)

~May your muse be ever inspiring.

12 Questions to Ask Yourself About the System of Magic in Your Fantasy Novel

Good things to think about while I’m building my worlds. Some of the comments are pretty amusing, too.

Skyfire Kickstarter

Help support an independent author! 25 days left on the Kickstarter for Skyfire: Book II of the Summer King Chronicles. I read the first one almost a year ago and have been anxiously waiting for the sequel.

Song of the Summer King is a beautifully written YA novel that follows a young Gryfon named Shard as he learns about himself, his gryfon tribe, and the wolf clan his tribe has been at odds with for as long as he can remember. Jessica (Owen) Kara transports you into her world with such ease that you can quickly find yourself reading for hours. I can’t wait to return to her world in Skyfire!

Page/Word Counts

As I’ve mentioned before, Lily’s story started out as an assignment for my first semester back to college. It’s been my goal for a long time to submit a story to the Writer’s of the Future Contest, and since I want to expand this story more I’m thinking about submitting it when I finally finish.

For 17,000 words, at about 250 words/page … it’s going to be about 68 pages, give or take. My question to you is, how many pages do you think I should take to get to the inciting incident, and how many pages should I spend on the denouement? After those two, I can figure out where I want the rest to go.