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Happy 6th Blogiversary To Me!

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I just found out from WordPress that today is the 6th anniversary of my having a WordPress.Com blogging account. Where did the time go?

My current blogs are this one, sunriseoverswamps.wordpress.com, and The Night Is As Bright As The Day (http://deepseastarryheaven.wordpress.com/). Thanks to all the people who read my posts. It’s much appreciated!

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NaPoWriMo 2013: Reflections

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It’s finished! I have completed the 30 poems in 30 days challenge. And, boy, was it difficult.

It started out well – I had enough ideas in stock to get  me through the first week or so of impromptu poetry writing. After that, though, it became a difficult journey of trying to challenge my creativity.

It surprised me, too, to see the themes that arose. In my mind I would like to be a nature poet, more in the vein of Gerard Manley Hopkins or Mary Oliver. In reality, I am a fumbling amateur struggling to string together a sentence while heavily swayed by my inner emotional torments.

However, this in itself was a lesson. I enjoyed the accountability of having a daily task to write. I also enjoyed playing with the words. While I will not be too quick to leap again onto a “one poem a day” schedule, it did spur me to get more active with my writing. The process is quite cathartic, and good practice at developing new ideas.

I am hoping to reshare the best of my contributions to NaPoWriMo 2013 at my RedBubble portfolio, but I would appreciate some reader feedback first. If you have a WordPress account, please feel free to hit the “Like” button or even rate my NaPoWriMo posts (please be kind!) if you particularly liked one, or two. Or share/comment as you wish. I will use any positive and constructive feedback to determine which five or so pieces of writing get immortalised at RedBubble.

A big thank you to the dedicated readers who kept up-to-date with my NaPoWriMo offerings. I enjoyed exploring your contributions, too!

 

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Poetry Writing: Halfway Point

I am half-way through my poetry writing challenge. So far I only missed one day, but I will make up for it!

Some things that I’ve noticed:

My writing is massively swayed by my moods. For better or for worse. If I am experiencing an emotional low, my writing is significantly “darker” than if I am feeling happy.

It’s also hard to write a whole new poem each day. It’s very hard. I work and draft and write and try to share something of decent quality, but it is not as good as writing, then leaving the piece aside and coming back to it at a later point for editing.

However, the positive outcome of the experience is the motivating factor of participating in a larger community of poets, of varying skill ranges and experience and style. So, I do write, and try to write, regardless of how I feel, rather than setting it aside waiting for those days of emotional overload that can be unleashed in writing.

Thank you to the blog readers out there who have been “liking” my posts. Fifteen more to go!

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