Monday, February 6, 2012

Poetic Perils Monday


I started blogging, because I wanted to write.  In fact I was writing already, and blogging appeared to be a new - convenient and fun - way of organizing and storing my writing, playing with formatting, and so on.  Of course I wanted to reach out, and find people who’d relate to my words, find my Reader. 

I tend to lean toward prose, poetic prose in particular.  I enjoy writing personal essays and short stories.  I envision a book for children, a middle grade novel (the book is not much more than an idea at this point, however,  I’ve already written a number of chapters, and even made an online ‘pledge’ to finish the first draft by January 2013.)  My current obsession with poetry came as a complete surprise to me.  I was reading an issue of Writer’s Digest once, and saw a reference in small print to a poetic blog called Poetic Asides.  I decided to check it out, and was instantaneously hooked.  The talent I found there was overwhelming.  The people were very welcoming and supportive.  It was a whole poetic world, a Planet of Poetry in the cyberspace.  Then Poetic Asides led me to Poetic Bloomings, and I fell in love.  Then at Poetic Bloomings I ‘met’ Margo Roby, and was so happy to discover her Wordgathering…and the chain reaction goes on and on. 

I’ve been writing like there’s no tomorrow.  And I intend to continue.  I will try to write better, though, edit more.  I won’t rush.  I’ll pause, think, write, leave, wait, come back, edit…and then I’ll post.  Something like that.  So, if it’s Monday, it’s time for 

Poetic Perils

That means both, my poetry, and prose – also a poetic endeavor.  I’ve tasted the sweet perils of writing: my sanity’s endangered, but I love every minute of it.  Beware of the poetic attempts of the Amateur: you never know what might happen…you might even enjoy them!     

Live for the Love of it,
The Happy Amateur

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