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Poem-a-day friends, I am so sorry to have fallen off the face of the blog for the last third of November. Writing during family vacation time is always difficult for me--one of the reasons NaNoWriMo seems impossible--but during travel time, I wrote three micro-poems. When I returned home, I came down with a vicious cold. I mentally composed a feel-sorry-for-me cinquain somewhere in that haze (srsly, the first line was "defeat" and the final was "despair"), but my more ambitious plans disintegrated.

By my (still) cold-clouded count, I wrote 25 poems. I attempted three poetic forms I'd never used before: triolet, nonet, the Bop. I returned to some familiar forms like senryu, sevenling, and cinquain. In general, I experimented with form more than I expected to. I was also writing much more emotional poetry than I'd planned--my way of coping with post-election trauma. Maybe seven of the 25 poems, with varying degrees of revision, can be folded into my regular speculative poetry submissions. I'm pleased with that result, since my inventory had dwindled and I was growing impatient with my slothful production.

Thanks to all who read, commented, and cheered me on. I hope those of you who were pursuing writing goals in November fared even better than I did. Feel free to share your news/stats in the comments!

Date: 2016-12-06 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
I think it was an awesome month, and I think you absolutely should include them with your submissions.

I didn't do anything NaNo-y for November, but I've been working on a short story (longish short story--may end up one of those unsellable lengths) and enjoying that. (I've put the novel down while I work on this story). I just had one of those things where you keep the outline premise but gut a lot of the innards to try something better (not done with that process yet, but I think it will be better, so I'm glad).

Date: 2016-12-07 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cafenowhere.livejournal.com
Um, not quite following. Was it the novel or the longish short story that you gutted?

With the story, if length keeps it from selling, you can always save it for your collection! You should have a collection someday soonish. :)

Date: 2016-12-07 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
The gutting was of the longish short story. (The novel is just sitting off to the side right now. I don't know why I even mentioned it.)

When I finally get the longish short story into shape and finish it, if it doesn't sell, I will probably make a cover for it (or hire someone to make a cover for it) and offer it as a standalone. And yeah, maybe one day I'll pull things together for a collection!

Date: 2016-12-07 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cafenowhere.livejournal.com
Ooh, that's an even better idea! Your fans (me included) can read the story sooner *and* later. :)

Date: 2016-12-07 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ericmarin.livejournal.com
Yay for 25 poems! Way to go! :-)

Date: 2016-12-07 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cafenowhere.livejournal.com
Thanks, Eric! Not too shabby, methinks. ;)

Date: 2016-12-08 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mnfaure.livejournal.com
I wrote a 51K MG fantasy that I promptly set aside and have hardly spared a moment's thought for since. That was the plan, but it is a bit disconcerting.

Date: 2016-12-09 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cafenowhere.livejournal.com
WOW! That's amazing! Congratulations. :D

It *does* feel weird to put something so big and new on the backburner, but it's probably the wise thing to do.

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