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I have been using (Inter)National Poetry Month as an encouragement to spend more time writing poetry. Concrit gratefully received.


Tuesday
I boiled the water too hot,
was blind to the Agony,
left things to sit for too long
until they turned dark and bitter.

The sun had set by the time
I poured it all out
and started again.


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calissa: Photo of Swarovski crystal & gold figurine of inkpot and quill sitting on a page that says 'create every day' (Writing)
Last night my partner teasingly challenged me to compose a poem in his honour. He started to get a bit alarmed when my face took on that blank expression which suggests I'm thinking hard about something. This is a *slightly* more polished version than what I originally came up with. I should note that my partner has an inexplicable fondness for camels.

Concrit is always welcome.


A Camel Limerick
There once was a lovely young camel
Whose soulful, dark eyes were untrammelled
His coat was most fine
With a beautiful shine
He was truly the handsomest mammal.




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Current Projects
I don't tend to work on a whole lot of projects at once because I lack the head space and need to manage pain levels. However, I know that even when I'm a regular visitor to a journal (and more especially when I'm a new reader) I can sometimes find it really hard to keep track of the author's writing projects.

For the curious and confused, here's a list of my current projects:

Last updated: 2 August 2015

Wolfwinter )

Heartwood
A high-magic science-fantasy about a young mage's fight to protect the one person who accepts her for who she is.

Siren Songs
A low magic fantasy story about a woman in a village of outcasts whose life is turned upside down when a stranger comes seeking the source of the strange shrieks plaguing the village.


Past Projects
And then sometimes after you've gotten to know someone a bit through their journal you start getting interested in reading their stories. But where to start? Here's my answer. Please note that the stories are kept under a filter. If you'd like to be added, please let me know.

Children of the Crown Wars )


Phoenix Down )


Poetry )
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What are you doing/thinking/wondering/making/reading/etc. that you don't normally post about? I have added a few more categories this time to better reflect some of my interests :)

Doing: [personal profile] jjhunter recently brought to my attention a post from [personal profile] melannen on some exercises on the craft of writing. One of the things recommended in the post is "practice stupid language tricks" which covers things like doing crosswords. I have had a giant book of crosswords gathering dust on my shelf for quite some time now. Almost without meaning to, I picked it up and started working my way through it. I had forgotten how much fun it is. I rarely manage to completely solve them, but find that I don't really care since it is simply a way to exercise my language skills.

Watching: Still waiting for more R&D to be released. In the meantime, I have returned to anime. I got caught up on the most recent episodes of Naruto released on CrunchyRoll and have just started in on a new anime called Log Horizon. I heard about it through the excellent anime review blog of John Samuel, who I had the pleasure of meeting on the anime panel at the Australian Sci-fi Convention last year.

(As an aside, I highly recommend his blog. I find his reviews are always very astute).

The anime is about players who get caught in an MMORPG and can't escape; the virtual world effectively becomes their reality. This is the same premise as Sword Art Online which started out so well and then went terribly, terribly wrong (seriously, don't get me started on what they did to the female lead). I am assured that Log Horizon is much better but I haven't yet warmed to it. To be fair, I am only two episodes in.

Thinking: A conversation with a friend going through a tough time recently made me realise that some part of myself likes to think that I am a fierce warrior at heart. This amuses, baffles and pleases me by turns and I find myself wondering how this relates to my love of fantasy as a genre.

Reading: Weirdly, I am actually between books at the moment. I have been holding off a little on reading while I caught up on writing some reviews, though I think I shall resume again soon. A dear friend recently launched her first e-book and it is next on my list of things to read. It has been years since I first read this story and am excited to see what the final result is. If you like near-future fantasy featuring things with wings, you might be interested in checking it out.

Wondering: I have been pondering starting up a modest poetry practice but have been unsure where to start. There are so many possibilities! I think I am going to start with some of [personal profile] jjhunter's excellent advice and go from there. The sheer fact I am wondering bodes well for the return of my creative energy.

Writing: If you are an Australian writer, you may be interested to know that the CSFG have announced the theme of their next anthology. Despite the dreadful title, I am super excited about this opportunity to write some uniquely Australian speculative fiction--particularly because place is a preoccupation for me. Tonight I sat down and brainstormed some ideas. Tomorrow I shall look them over and try to pick a direction.

Drinking: Yesterday I had the opportunity to swing past my favourite tea shop yesterday and managed to stock up on the following:

20140225 Tea haul

The mornings are darker and cooler now, leading me to crave the Russian Caravan. It is very much a sign to me that Autumn is on its way.

Disaster

Feb. 18th, 2014 08:08 pm
calissa: Photo of Swarovski crystal & gold figurine of inkpot and quill sitting on a page that says 'create every day' (Writing)
It was one of those disasters
where I missed the warning signs.
The debris began arriving at my breakfast table
spewing out of my smartphone
to be eaten up with the muesli.

No natural disaster, this—
only volcanoes of anger
as the fault lines

running through my precious work
rumbled
cracked open
gaped wider

until all that remained
was rubble.

Humbug

Dec. 24th, 2013 09:05 pm
calissa: Photo of Swarovski crystal & gold figurine of inkpot and quill sitting on a page that says 'create every day' (Writing)
Over the last couple of weeks I've seen a number of friends posting about the ways they have not been feeling the Christmas spirit or don't celebrate that particular festival. Some of them have even apologised for this. The other night I was woken up with the beginnings of this new etheree poem. I finished revising it today.

Breathe.
You don't
have to say
you are sorry
for not pretending
to feel any kind of
Christmas spirit. All I want
as my gift is for you to be
not tangled up in tinsel and gilt
but honest and unwrapped--just as you are.
calissa: Photo of Swarovski crystal & gold figurine of inkpot and quill sitting on a page that says 'create every day' (Writing)
As many of you may know, my nephew was born today. I wrote most of this while waiting to visit.

A special thank you to [profile] alee_girl for introducing me to etheree poems.

Day Fourteen: poem )
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While the poem below was nominally written for [personal profile] wispywillow, I can think of a few other people on my flist to whom it also applies.

Day 7 poem )

Day 8 photos )

Day 9 photo )
calissa: Photo of Swarovski crystal & gold figurine of inkpot and quill sitting on a page that says 'create every day' (Writing)
As I mentioned yesterday, I have been struggling to learn to write poems again. So I'm a little tender about sharing this, but I wanted to anyway--partly because I wouldn't mind hearing some thoughts on it (and whether those last two parts need more of a bridge) and partly as a way of reciprocating to the tender, vulnerable poems I've been reading in my flist of late.

Untitled poem )
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We're almost a week into November already and I haven't yet checked in regarding my November project. To be honest, I haven't been quite sure whether I should because I find that I start thinking things have to be up to a certain standard in order to share them here. However, there have been some things that I have wanted to share. I'm also losing track of what I've done and when, so this might help keep things straight for me.

To recap: since I am unable to participate in NaNoWriMo, I decided to create my own challenge. I will engage in some form of creativity every day--at least enough to fill one A6 page. So far, this has tended to be photography because taking photos is relatively quick and I'm still enthralled with the new iPhone lenses my sister gave me for my birthday.

Apologies to those that follow me on Instagram and Facebook since you'll likely have seen most of these before.

Day 1 photo )

Day 2 haiku )

Day 3 photo )

Day 4 photo )

Day 5 poetry musing & photo. TW: grief and funerals )

Day 6 photo )

Haiku

Aug. 9th, 2013 07:58 am
calissa: Photo of Swarovski crystal & gold figurine of inkpot and quill sitting on a page that says 'create every day' (Writing)
This morning I found [personal profile] jjhunter was asking people to say how they are in haiku form. It seemed like fun, so I gave it a go. I thought I'd post my effort here:

Seeing these poems:
Excitement! Can I do this?
Triumph! This was fun.

Friendly dinner brings
Laughter tonight, but first I
Panic to clean house.

Feel free to head over and join in the fun. There are some great poems in the comments.

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