Homonyms Action

Ok, you all know homonyms (words with multiple meanings) – like suit – that suits you or the black tie suit. Now, take the same idea, but apply it to actions. Waving, for example can mean hello or goodbye.

Stevie Smith, a British poet, uses this idea in her poem, Not Waving but Drowning.

“Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way, They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.”

While the action of waving can look like a greeting, an attention getter, something welcoming, it actually also could be a goodbye or a drowning, an attempt to get help.

Thinking along these lines, are there any other actions that could have multiple meanings? Maybe, try to come with a time you did something that someone else misinterpreted.

Comments open for any thoughts, examples or whether you liked Stevie Smith’s poem.

It’s not one of my favorite poems, but I like it, and for some reason I find it funny.

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PS4 What? And Poetry for Valentines

Sci-Friday everyone! And what does that mean? I bring you a small piece of relatively related to science news, info, picture, video whatever I decide and my decision is this video!

Isn’t it interesting? Sony gives us a date and that’s it. It’s a 45 second video of a date. I assume the date means that Sony will announce something on Febuary 20th. What could it be? Oh how about the next gen console?? Thats right, gear up for PS4.

Sony is jumping ahead this year to beat Microsoft to the punch. Microsoft will also be unveiling their next console fairly soon and both should be ready to be at the tip top of your Christmas list this year!

So start saving!

Also, on another note. As Valentines Day is right around the corner, I would like to ask, what’s more special than a poem to read to your special someone? Check out A Sense of Light or Darkness and say ” I love you” in one of the most romantic ways.

“I heard, you spoke like petals
With your iridescent grin
Just like before
Tonight
Tonight
I follow my shadow
And fall for you again.”
Tonight

“-bittersweetness resting with it’s subtle changes
Like orange scattered leaves
Waiting for a wind.”
Reisling

Or maybe your relationship is not all candied hearts and you would like to read something more sober.

“It’s broken frame
(An illusion of wholeness)
While jagged edges bursting light off
In different directions
Remind the air
Of its partial existence.”
Broken Vase

Whether your in love, in hate, or happily enjoying your single freedom, this collection offers both light and dark sides of many types of relationships.

A Writers Business Plan

I have been bad. Well, not all bad. I have been rather successful at writing this blog 5 days a week. Though its not really too much work, it takes dedication and commitment. I may have missed some days here or there but so far I am proud that I’ve been sticking to writing each day. Now, where I have been bad is not continuing to write on my zombie book or my angel book, despite the available tools, and a genuine excitement (anxiousness) to get these published. Last year I started a business plan and I accomplished many things because of this plan. However, as time continued and holidays, family, excuse, excuse got in the way I neglected to update and keep up with that plan.

I am growing tired of these ideas being trapped in my head. So onward plan and outward with creativity.

I have a beautiful planner my dad got for me and I am ready to business plan it up. And get these books PUBLISHED!

Want to create a business plan for yourself? It’s a fantastic way to delve into the projects, and create realistic, achievable goals.

I plan on mapping out specific goals for the next 12 months. All sorts of goals, like finishing certain chapters, finalizing, editing, proofing, ( I have so many pages of written text that just needs to be typed its daunting, but I can, I think), and don’t forget market strategies (some are best before the book is published, others after), giveaways, tours and spotlights, etc. There is A TON involved with getting that book published and if your a self-publisher, God help us.

Truth be told self publishing is pretty easy (once you get the hang of it) but if you lack dedication, a realistic outlook, enthusiasm, or confidence, not to mention patience, you may see a lack of productivity.

A business plan helps. I had a plan created for each book, each broken down by different categories like marketing, writing, editing, etc. as well as a plan for this blog and other social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

Getting back on track with a solid, updated business plan will be the push I need to publish the proposed 2 (or even 3) books I have lined up for this year.

If you want any tips on business plans, I’m happy to give my thoughts.

Also, if anyone has something specific they would like to know more about regarding poetry or writing, I will make next weeks workshop dedicated to you 🙂

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Line Breaks

Today’s exercise is a simple one, but can be highly rewarding. The directions work well for either poetry or prose -LIMITLESS!

Directions:

  • Write or take an older poem and type it out in a block, no line breaks, so that it reads like prose.
  • If you are a prose writer, take a block of text (or write one) make sure that all the dialogue remains blocked in one large paragraph.
  • Without thinking to much, start from the beginning and hit the enter key at any point you want.
  • Make some lines long, some short -vary it.
  • If you see a compound word, hit the enter key.
  • Even if a word is not compound and you want to break it up, do it.
  • Now, re-read your text. Make sure to pause appropriately at the line breaks or any mid line punctuation.

By doing this exercise, I’ve noticed that certain tones become the center of the now-poem, sometimes a different tone than the one intended or previously attached to it. The point is that oftentimes by doing this, things in the text are revealed, words that were lost within the prose find a meaningful presence and you discover more about what you have already written.

Besides the discovery, this exercise frees writers who are often nervous about changing the text. It’s an exercise in opening up to editing your own work. You are able to see alternatives and may end up liking that alternative better.

Reification: A Real Tool, Maybe a Hammer

Today we are looking at reification, which is taking an abstraction and treating it like a concrete. It is similar to personification. Personification allows you to attach human qualities to anything, whether they be abstract or not, whereas, reification allows you to make an object out of any abstract thing.

Personification example: That sun you use to draw in elementary school in the corner of the paper, large rays and cool shades. (Well that’s not a literary example, I guess… Here; Even the sun had to wear shades to keep cool. -terrible, but I love it.)

The sun (as a concrete object) does not really wear shades and it is so far from being “cool” but attaching these human traits and objects, even addressing it as he, allows him to be like a person or personified.

Reification example: I held fate in my little fingers, like a dime, in-fact, fate was a dime, my last dime, and I slipped it in a machine, watched the wheels roll on and on with no spectacular ending. (Might be a bit cliché, but I really like that sentence).

Fate, in that sentence, is made into a concrete object, something the narrator can hold, manipulate.

Can you tell the difference?

It’s a very interesting process, choosing what objects symbolize certain abstractions. Is hate a sweater you throw on, bundled, literally get swallowed up in the threads?

Not only is the use of reifications useful in poetry, when creating concrete, tangible moments out of raw feeling is often a goal, but using them in stories is a great benefit as well. Within a novel, using a concrete object to equal an abstraction can help provide clues to the reader as to what is going on or being felt.

Here are a list of abstract words, try making a list of a few objects that could be a concrete counterpoint, a reification:

      Love
      Hate
      Loss
      Jealousy
      Bravery
      Honesty
      Misery
      Information
      Trouble

Contest Results and Resolutions

First thing’s first!

I was really excited to do a contest/giveaway of my poetry collection. I asked anyone to comment with their favorite poet and each day, for 5 days, I would select one person at random to receive a signed copy of A Sense of Light or Darkness. No one commented and this seriously depressed me, but I think, as writers know all too well, sometimes rejection or a lack of enthusiasm happens and we all experience it and we learn from it and how to deal with it. It’s part of writing and creating and pushes us to dig deeper, write better, and work harder.

So, despite the lack of comments, I would like to still give away the signed copies. There were 4 likes on my post so each of them get a signed copy, named as follows:

Please email me at lizbethwrightbooks@gmail.com an address to which I can send you a copy. Thank you for the interests and I hope you all enjoy the book.

Since it did not work out the way I had hoped, I would like to also give 2 additional signed copies to my highest commentators as shown by WordPress stats:

I really appreciate your participation and following of my blog and I hope you enjoy reading my first published work. Please email me (lizbethwrightbooks@gmail.com) an address to which I can send your copy.

And now onto the workshop!

Writing down goals and resolutions is one step in committing to them.Making them visible, tangible, and accessible helps you to remember them. So today, I’m writing down my resolutions as an attempt at commitment.

  1. Writing Projects – there are several items that fall under this; finish Alphaeus by March, finish my zombie guide, make some solid headway on my gargoyle novel, always etc. etc.
  2. Maintain weight. I think it’s important to always make exercise and weight management a resolution -no matter what your goals are; maintain weight, build muscle, lean up, or lose 50lbs.
  3. Do a challenge. I’ve seen a few really fun reading and writing challenges that I would like to participate in. Now the challenge, picking one. Haha.
  4. Ireland vacation. I would love to start seeing the world, and first on my list is Ireland. As a subcategory – relearn geography. (Sometimes my imagination replaces real geography with a fake one.)
  5. Become a better blogger. The last couple weeks I’ve skipped writing a blog post on certain days. With the holidays and days off from work, I go see people or whatever I decide to do and I end up forgetting or procrastinating because I fool myself into believing I have time and will just do it later. I’m on the right track, I’ve just got to keep that productivity arrow pointed up.

Christmas, Codes and Contest!

Happy Thursday!

Are you all surprised that there are only 5 days until Christmas?? I sure am and I still have so much to do. I always think I’m ahead at the beginning of the month, but by the time it’s whittling down to the last days, I realize I am soooo behind! That’s alright, those haikus keep me sane and I get to wrap presents tonight, one of my favorite parts 🙂

Well today’s post is about giving. And I want to give you guys something.

For a FREE ebook copy of my poetry collection, A Sense of Light or Darkness, go to Smashwords and enter the code CQ64P.

But that’s not all!

If you would like a paperback copy you can go to Createspace and enter code K297HXJ8. It will give you 73% off, meaning you only pay for production and shipping.

But wait there’s more!

In the spirit of giving, I would love to hold a contest for the next 5 days. In the comments section below tell me your favorite poet. For each day, I will randomly choose a winner, a total of 5 winners, to receive a signed copy of A Sense of Light or Darkness.

All codes are good until January 2nd. If you have any trouble with them, just send me a message 🙂

Oh, one last thing, today is supposed to be Tantrum Thursday, so here is my tantrum: I wish I would have thought about the contest at the beginning of December. (That’s about as ranty as I feel today).

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