Collection Update #2

Hi everyone.

Sorry for not updating more regularly. I’m kind of swamped with classwork and trying to edit my novel at the moment, so I haven’t had much time to write for this blog. The poetry collection is still underway, I want it to be out by May/June at the very latest as afterwards I will be concentrating on my dissertation and my novel. But I haven’t forgotten this blog, I promise! I will hopefully have some more sample pieces up soon, but I’m so keen for the collection to showcase brand new and unseen material that I’ve been keeping everything for that instead. Hopefully with my next post, I’ll be announcing the title and the cover, as well as a release date! It’s so exciting.

Thanks for sticking around and being so patient. It means the world 🙂

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Collection Update #1

Hi guys, sorry I haven’t posted anything in the last couple of weeks. I’ve been hard at work juggling a few things – assignments for my MA, editing my novel and of course working on the collection, which is coming together a lot faster than I expected. I’ve written a bunch of new poems but I’ve decided to keep them for the book, as I don’t want to put out a collection which is mainly made up of poems that I’ve already posted online – I want lots of new material. Still got some edits to do and a few more poems I want to write, but it’s definitely on its way, and I’m pretty happy with how it’s coming along. Still musing about a title, but as soon as I settle on one, you’ll know about it. I’m also thinking about doing some poetry readings at the open mic at the Art House in Southampton, if anyone reading this is in the area.

Watch this space for more updates! 🙂

New Year Update (5/1/2016)

If you’ve been following this blog at all closely (there are quite a lot of you following me, so I imagine at least some people have noticed), you’ve probably guessed that I’m going through some crap right now.

But I recently came up with an idea. And my aim for this year is to publish a poetry collection. It’ll most likely be self-published/funded but I have a really solid idea in my head for it and I’m excited about it. I’ve been mulling over self-publishing poetry for a while but this is the first time I have a firm idea and theme. I even know how I want to organise it.

Some poems in the collection will be taken from this blog (most likely reworked for publication) and it will also contain a lot more original content that won’t appear here. I’ll post updates about how it’s going under the tag ‘poetry collection’, but I’d like to have it ready in the first half of this year. I want to make it easily available, so I’ll most likely be going for both eBook and print copies. I also want to make it as affordable as possible, so I’ll be doing more research into pricing. And I’ll have a link to it up on this blog as soon as it’s ready. I’m also thinking about a free PDF sampler, but I’ll have a think about that.

Every time I want to scream or cry or rage I will pour it all into this. I am part of the way there already. I have a theme. I have over twenty poems almost ready to go. I need more but I can write more. I have a whole list of ideas. I can turn that thing he never cared about into my own achievement. I’ll do it. I don’t want to make a quick buck from it, I don’t care if no-one wants a copy, I’m going to make it for myself. Something good that came out of all this, something I can hold in my hands, something I can point to as a good thing that would never have happened if not for that pain. I can write about the joy and the anxiety and the laughter and the heartbreak. I can write. That’s all I can do now. And it’s all I will do. Say nothing, but write everything. I have a title, and a plan. It’s going to work. I’m excited. This is the most optimistic I’ve felt in a month.

Personal post

Just remembered that November is next month, and that means…

Bonfire Night!

Well, it does, but it’s also NaNoWriMo time, and I will try (and most likely fail) to write another novel in a month. It’s a target, anyway.

So yeah, I might not be posting as regularly (why do I even have followers), because I’ll be using my free time to be writing for that. I’m torn whether to do a new draft of my five-year-old story or a new one I thought of that involves interstellar travel, humans migrating to new planets and a mostly-female land pirate crew.

I’ll make up my mind when it gets nearer the time.