Wednesday, 12 November 2008

The Reader

‘Be warned this book has a long sinister history.’ said Warren. ‘Born of clay when Ur still nestled in Euphrates mouth; it lived on papyrus under Anenemhet I watchful eye. In late Rome, renegade Monks scratched it on parchment, ready for the day when Caxton could print it in secret.’

Love’s weathervane

I dread his sandpaper touch
I love her princesses’ skin
I dread his sea stench

I love her freshness
I dread his oak taste
I love her summer flavour
I dread his monotones
I love her footsteps
I dread his shadow
I love her spaces
‘Hello love, a good day?

A Dreamer

When I slumber life’s good
Men tremble at my waking
Debrecen burns in the night
Hymen rip at my taking

Tacitus fooled into battle
Covetous of thrones lost
Fortuitous fate smiles

Coitus interruptus riposte

Wakeful to life greys
Doleful bedclothes cast off
Slothful discards raked
Vengeful hopes do a Romanov

Fresh Produce

‘I have come for the position,’ said Tom fresh from the Poorhouse.

‘Let me look at you,’ grunted the cook wiping her stained apron, ‘the last lad could only last a week. Hmm you’ll do, with a bit of fattening-up.’
That week’s supply of meat bleeds in the lar

A Fool’s Errand

With half an ear on the breathless lecturer- ‘for enchantment protection… the lark uses grass… but the crow… uses withy’- Gawain rushed out to the Eagles.

Glancing down on the moving dots, he held on tight as clouds enveloped him.

Looking up Hedith, whispered, ‘the fool.’ Her plan was working.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

A memory lingers

The door slammed and footsteps faded. On the radio the world without us was playing, our song; the song I died to.

‘I don’t like this room, it’s too faded. Rip it out but keep the period radio,’ Mary says ticking her list.

I remain for footsteps and our song.

The secret to being a writer is that you have to write

ChooseInteresting New Scientist article(Article Preview How to be a genius 15 September 2006) that reveals what a genius is. Get down to around 10 years of hard work, and have a mentor to inspire you and you will get the intuitive insights that others call genius

The good/bad news for all us budding writers is write, write and write! See Nanowrimo to get started. In short write a book in 30 days and enter the annual competition of the National Novel Writing Month. This is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

Only nine more years and you are made.