Jeebus, has it been this long since I’ve taken electron in hand and posted here? While the question is rhetorical in nature, the reality is it’s been far too many months since I’ve bothered to even look here, never mind post.
Many thanks to my Twitter-Daughter, Megan for the nomination, I hereby point the fickle finger of fate at Heather Grace Stewart and Joe Hesch because it’s Tuesday and why not, right? Thanks to my Twitter-Daughter for the kick in the pants that made this post happen.
What are you working on?
I’ve been scribbling lines of verse in my notebook, actually trying to arrange them in something close to a poem or three. Mainly, I’ve been listening. Gathering ideas for later use or quiet study.
What I haven’t been doing is working on anything with a goal in mind. Which means my iPod Challenge series is still 25 entries from completion and I’ve only submitted one poem this year. Which is misleading because I got tired of waiting so I withdrew it.
I have been pushing a pencil around a bit trying to draw, but like previous attempts it gets put to the side because it’s so much harder than it looks.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t honestly know that I have a genre to call my own. I do know that my poetry breaks all sorts of rules, that I play fast and loose with bizarre and “unconventional” line breaks and due to my laziness, I write very short pieces. That may be because my ideas are narrow in focus or germination or it’s because I enjoy the feeling of being “done” more than trying to flesh out the ideas to their logical conclusion. Because, that’s work.
Why do you write what you do?
I write what comes to mind. Most of it is directly influenced by what I’m reading or ingesting on the screen. Words and phrases will ignite something in my head and my pen follows along. Sometimes the ideas are good and sometimes they just sound pretty but mean little of value. I think having an undisciplined mind hurts my writing, as well as a lack of goals or willingness to fail miserably.
How does your writing process work?
It’s slowly been evolving from write, scratch out, scribble, drink coffee/tea/beer/water, eat something, pick my finger nails, pick up my pen, check Facebook, SHINY! Time for something else, to just carrying around a notebook and thinking about writing and not actually writing to not even thinking about it very much.
Currently, it’s writhing on paper then an attempt to make some sort of sense or at least tease the meaning from the mess. Trying to break thru the fear of failure or mediocrity or actually doing something well and raising expectations is what lies behind my self-deception of “writer’s block”.
Looking in my notebook, which is where almost all poems are drafted first, and half of other things, I see a pattern forming. I write out draft sketches, based around an idea or series of words. I then throw other ideas out on the page, which is typically the right page only. I sometimes change pen colors and make changes, or notes. Sometimes I make notes or critiques on the left page and use arrows (occasionally with circles and a paragraph, sometimes not). Then I turn the page and try again. It seems that when I do this, with clear paper, the ideas don’t swirl around as much. They find a place to land and become organized.I have been viewing of my poems as ideas looking for their way home.
I’ll be back soon with the rest of the countdown…