A challenge

Wow have I set myself a challenge!

I did not know what I got myself into when I decided to do the ABC of poetic forms. Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy doing it and have a list for practically the whole year. But well doing a formal poem is quite a challenge and you have to really work on it. Maybe Stephen Fry is right with his criticism of the free modern verse :-).

I suppose I will learn a lot and will have a lot of to try out this year as well. For now I want to work more on the Balassi Stanza meaning I want to do some more because it has proofen to be quite tricky to make a good one.

What else is going on writing-wise? Nothing much to be honest. Was quite motivated to blog last week this week is a bit more difficult but that’ll go soon I suspect. It seems to be more difficult to blog at the end of the week as I work more and feel usual quite tired. So I will probably pre-write my posts to keep up not with the Kardashians but with my readers ;-).

I have not started on my #NaNoWriMo Novel again ~ seems like it has to rest for a while longer. But I have thought about it last week and got some more ideas which is encouraging.

What I like is my  meetings with a friend to take pictures. Had a nice one this Monday which kept my mood up.

Well how is your writing or other creative activities going on? Are you in a down or does the new year (and the survived end of the world for that 😉 ) motivate you no end? Feel free to share with us :-).

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Happy new year….

… yes I might be a bit early for that but being confined mainly to the sofa and bed not being able to concentrate on anything in the last few days has born a few resolutions for 2013.

The good thing about blogging is the fact you can go back and check next year. Am already looking forward to where it will lead me :-).

A few weeks ago I have read about a new book Stephen Fry has brought out. “The ode less travelled” it is called where explains on the one hand that those who are able to speak and read English are also able to write poetry. On the other hand he critisises modern verse though as being watered down and boring as it is mainly free verse looking within the poet.

I thought that a bit arrogant at first but his challenging thesis did not leave my mind. Thetefore I have decided to go on a poetic voyage throughout the centuries and continents and learn about different pietic forms. I will also try them out. A challenge in itself :-).

Having been ill a considerable time of 2012 I have also decided to put more emphasis on exercise and gardening. Both are not only good for your health but also for your creativity. Lets hope the weather will support me :-).

And last but not least having missed my goodreads goal by about 6 books this year I will put more into my reading efforts.

Three worthy resolutions – lets see if I pull through.

So what are your new years resolutions? Do you have any? Are your challenging, highbrow or just plainly non-existent?

Am looking forward to hear from you but for now:

Let’s get the party started ;-)!

Have come a long way….

Image of Stephen Fry

Image of Stephen Fry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I mentioned before I had planned to self~publish a little poetry book this year. I will not manage this year unfortunately but have started to work on it. I will do that with blurb which I like very much as it gives you a lot of freedom to be creative. You can keep the book just for yourself or put it up in the blurb store and see if anyone is interested.

I have already chosen the book format but now have to chose the poems that should go into it. I have space for nine poems so I had a look into my poetry blog and wow have I written many poems! If you write along, you never realise how creative you have been. My work has gone a bit astray as I saw loads of flaws in my presentation of the poems in the blog which has changed when I changed the layout for it. So I go through the whole blog edit the presentation and chose the poems that I want to go into closer selection. Then I will edit them to make them better which is something I have rarely done with my poems before. This excites me a lot because it is a new project; it is a dream I am fulfilling and I am learning and trying out new abilities.

Little did I believe that I would come this far when I wrote my first poems 26 (!) years ago. I just wrote for myself to express what was going on in my life (what else can you do at the age of 16 😉 ). It is nice though to see through all the time, see the developement that has happened and the different themes I was occupied with. It was mainly to do with the content but since the last #frapalymo and an article I read about a new book that Stephen Fry has brought out I am suddenly interested in the more formal part of poetry. What different types of poems are there? I want to try out new forms to find new creativity and a new form of expression.

So I have come a long way but hopefully will go along way as well :-)!