As the White Rabbit said: “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date!”
I must say, that last week was a very interesting week as far as emotions go. I feel I wouldn’t be honest if I do not at least give a nod at this very sad occasion. Feather’s flew and tempers flared as a tasteless act of spectacularism came to the my attention and to that of many of my fellow bloggers. I won’t speak of the episode though in detail, suffice it to say that it nearly cost us a dear poet, who worried by his reaction, had contemplated not writing anymore. I personally flare slowly and briefly, and the aftermath for me is saddness…I wrote this poem for the occasion: Senryu: First Light.
This week I began working on my anthology of short stories. I’ve opened a private blog where I have 10 readers who help me by reading what I’ve written and give me some tips that may permit me to eventually publish my work, first through e-zines and magazines, then eventually as a complete work. I find that it’s easier to just throw my things together for the blog and publish. However, I also realize that publishing is a more time-consuming and meticulous job. I’ll keep you updated.
I also published two of my “drawings” with Haiku, or Haiga. I wrote them in English and Italian. I try to doodle off a drawing in my free-time…the purpose? I wish to publish a sketch book of Haiku in Italian and English. Here are the examples (and I’d enjoy, and need real feedback here, not just: “Oh how nice!” which makes my ego happy but doesn’t help creating quality work!) Haiga 1: Willow and Wind and Haiga 2: Butterfly.
TJ Therien, reintroduced me to a form of poetry that I had forgotten about. The Arabic Ghazal, favorite form of Hafiz and the great Rumi and Sufi poets. My first Ghazal was all wrong and thanks to Lilith Colbert I was able to make the necessary corrections, but having fumbled so badly, I decided to write another: Ghazal: Fences of Segregation.
I also discovered that there are oodles of wonderful photo challenges about that had somehow escaped me. This week I participated at Cee’s Which Way Challenge and Ese’s Weekly Shoot and Quote Challenge. They were great fun and I especially enjoyed the Shoot and Quote. I participated with a quote of Oscar Wilde’s. Not to mention, the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and my own Pixelventures sponsored by We Drink Because We’re Poets.
I’d like you to have a look at the 13th Floor Paradigm, it is a growing blog and I’m sure you’ll find something that will interest you! I also find that another post is very fun and useful: Friday Fictioneers. I’m waiting anxiously for Rochelle to give us the new prompt for next Friday!
I’d like to thank all you wonderful people for your support and comments and a special thanks goes this week to a wonderful poet, Cubby at Reowr! And you’ll all find out why during the upcoming week 😉 . And take a look at this reblog…someone speaks of the Warrior Goddess Sekhmet, wow, was she a Goddess, I’ve just come across this blog and can’t talk to you about it yet, but I’ve got the feeling it specializes in Vampires!
Again, I must excuse myself to the majority of you whom I follow. I’ve done a little better this week, though. I have decided (didn’t I say something like this last week?) to really make and follow a schedule. Wrote that in black to remind myself to do so. I’m having a little problem by the way with my Daily and Weekly notifications on my e-mail reader as I’m not receiving them any more. I’ve tried doing instant notifications then to keep up-to-date of those blogs I follow most, but my e-mail is becoming unmanageable (even worse than before!) some of us are really prolific bloggers (she said blushing).
Have a great week folks and keep having fun writing, photographing or whatever it is you do to keep making this world a little better.