If you've been following me this month, which I'm sure you have because you're reading this right now, then you'll know that I signed on to write a poem a day for the entire month. And today's poem, poem number 30 (actually 32 because I threw in two bonus poems) is for you! Enjoy!
But I also signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo - a scaled down version of my beloved November National Novel Writing Month. It was a set your own goal kind of a challenge, so I kept my sights small. I set a goal of 500 words a day. And I met that challenge, too! I added almost 20K to my novel.
Which leads me to my biggest brag.... I started the novel in 2007 when I was on maternity leave with Connor. I added bits here and there over the past five years, sometimes in spurts, sometimes in dribbles. (Hmm... spurts and dribbles is a good way to describe this stage in my life, with four children life is anything but dry... but I digress). Anyway, when April challenged me to sign up for this Camp NaNoWriMo, I decided that my goal would be to revise and finish my novel. And guess what? Last night I typed "The End".
I finished it! I finished my novel! Holy crap! I never finish anything, I just flit from one hobby to the next until I get restless and start something new (I think I might have written a poem about that). But this one, despite having taken me five years, I actually saw through to "The End!" And I don't think it sucks! It took me all month but I revised, tweaked, and completed chapters and filled in most of the missing plot holes. It's big... over 100,000 words and over 400 pages long.
Next step, share with a few people, get feedback on plot holes, dropped plot lines, confusing bits.... and then revise. Phew, I'm tired just thinking about it! :)
Anyway, I'm blathering on. Here's the poem. Enjoy! I'm shutting off the computer for the rest of the day and taking a break from writing.
Time to dust off my scrapbook table and switch modes for a while! :)
# 30 – To My Handful of Blog Followers
The challenge to write thirty poems,Seemed like an arbitrary one,
But I learned a lot of new techniques,
In this poetry 101!
I tried my hand at sonnets,Free-verse, tankas, and pantoums,
I threw in a couple ballads,
But skipped those pesky short haikus.
Turns out I like my poems to rhyme,I like consistent metre too,
Some took me quite a bit of time,
Others, I whipped off in a few,
Minutes, that is. While my baby naps,
Or while I'm feeding her; turns out
There's lots of stolen time to write.
Some poems were silly, some were sweet,
But I hope that I amused you,
While I blogged my poetry,
National Poetry Writing Month,A challenge to write creatively,
No prize except the awakening,
Of a long dormant part of me!
If you liked reading all my poems,Then please check in again back here,
I might post a few more, once in a while,
And I'm signing up again next year!
- Laura Freeman -April 30, 2013