Sunday, January 31, 2016

Works of the Night

Sparkling and glittering
In the dark, windy night,
The signs are shimmering.
In the glow of streetlight,
I shifted on my seat
Beside the blurry street.

Citizens walking home
From another day's work
While some of the youths roam
Like tines on Satan's fork,
Out waiting for mischief
'Til they're caught by the chief.

Those scattered diamonds
Of their twinkling I'm fond
In the sky each second.

Glowing windows of homes,
Silence is deafening.
Now walking alone
In the night so freezing.
The creatures of the night
Live in my homeless life.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Lettuce

Too many lettuce kill
My active appetite.
All of my senses feel
No more of those delights
That go with chocolates.
Overflowing in plates.

There used to be mangoes
And awesome, native food.
Now, wherever this goes,
Though we still have some goods,
Those goods are all lettuce;
It's all we can produce.

Like a tree in winter,
In the cold so bitter,
Sight of leaves come fainter.

Then please bear with the times,
For we can go through this.
We haven't passed the nines;
None a day we will miss,
Even though we're reduced.
Let's cherish the lettuce.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Daughter

Those emerald green eyes,
Glancing at him, thoughtful ...
And then filling with smile.
Red lips so soft and full,
Exposing pearly whites.
She's a relieving sight.

Both the smooth, high cheekbones
And her child-like, soft cheeks.
His daughter is all grown,
Making men's hearts so weak.
Touch of pink on her skin.
He'll protect her from schemes.

She was his life's sunshine,
Making his mornings fine.
His life she did define.

He'll do anything for her.
Her red, cascading curls
Gracefully sliding where,
Like a sail, they unfurl.
Sweet voice he can still hear,
Though she's no longer here.


(Note: Starting today until February, this blog will publish only my original poems.)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

How to Write Even More


Being an author requires a lot of writing. As in, totally lots of writing. It's the kind of writing that's more writing than what students are made to write in any kind of school. They say, "You gotta love what you do." There are those instances, though, when loving a job isn't enough. It should be paired with finding the time to do it.

An average day in an average person's life is not perfect for finishing enough writing. Here are little tricks for getting more time in certain moments of days and nights for doing even more writing.

  • For the left-handed, learn to write with the right hand. For the right-handed, learn to write with the left hand. Sometimes, the reason for stopping during a writing session is because the hand has become too tired. Well, a human has two hands. When the right hand gets tired, write with the left.
  • Write while waiting in a queue. Queues are just unbearable, and writing during this time is a good distraction from feeling miserable about such a long wait.
  • Write during traffic. As more and more people get vehicles, the traffic has turned into some sort of a living hell. Just imagine all of the wonderful and important things that can be done within all those hours that are spent waiting in traffic. Such hours can be used for writing in traffic instead.
  • During a meeting. Okay, so this is a bit dangerous to do in strict companies. In places where the meetings are incredibly boring and no one checks if anyone pays attention (and nothing new is ever said, so paying attention doesn't matter at all), the time spent here can add more chapters to that fantasy manuscript.
  • While downloading. Downloads often take almost forever, but this is actually a perfect writing time.
  • While uploading. Uploads also take a long time and can sometimes make even the most calm person panic. Watching those upload lines fill up a bit within every fraction of a second is a test to sanity, but writing while the computer does its thing will have the double benefit of finishing something important and distracting oneself from extreme impatience.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Anticipated Writing Events of 2016


Happy New Year! I'm sorry for skipping a post last Saturday. I was just busy celebrating my birthday.

It is so nice to begin another year. There is a fresh feeling about it. Everything that went bad in the previous year is now in the past, and this is our chance to create a new story and move ahead. This will also be another chance for the world of writing and publishing to develop even more and be better than ever.

These are some of the writing events this year.

Now What? Months
This takes place from January to February. This is the event that follows the NaNoWriMo of the previous year and the one when novelists form groups and workshops to help each other on the editing, additional research and publication of their novels. The novelists who didn't finish their novels in the previous year also join this event to stay motivated in continuing to write.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2016 April
This is the first Camp NaNoWriMo of the year. It is a summer version of NaNoWriMo. The difference between Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo is the freedom of setting word counts and choosing genres. Camp NaNoWriMo also has private forums. Revisions can be done in this summer version, and some novelists choose as low as 10,000 words to be written in one month (unlike in NaNoWriMo, where everyone has to write 50,000 words in one month).

NaPoWriMo 2016
For people who have inner poets singing in them, this is the place to meet during April. The goal of the event is to write a poem each day within the month of April. The NaPoWriMo blog publishes poetry prompts each day of April to help poets who need some inspiration and guidance. It is optional to share one's poems in the comments section to add readers, win new friends, and also get to know the works of fellow creative people.

Clarion Write-a-Thon 2016
This is an annual event where writers make writing goals that they try to achieve within two months in exchange for the help of sponsors. This is done to raise funds for the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop in the University of California, San Diego. It starts on June 21 and ends in August 1. Writers will have to spend those two months accomplishing their goals and writing letters to sponsors (or finding awesome ways to get people to pledge donations).

Camp NaNoWriMo 2016 July
The second Camp NaNoWriMo of the year. It's exactly like the first Camp NaNoWriMo of the year, unless the NaNo team will come up with something new like they always do.

NaNoWriMo 2016
The main event of each year to a select population of writers. November is the month of creativity and frantic typing and writing wherever inspiration finds them. To a beginner, the best part of it is the Winner Certificate that's given by the end of the month. To an old-timer, the best part of it is the bunch of prizes. Whatever reason novelists have for joining NaNoWriMo, this month is always exciting and fun each year.

There are several other wonderful writing events this year. Just search for them on Google, or join writing communities on Facebook and Twitter.

There are also writing websites like Writing the City, where there are a wide variety of events and contests every month. Stories never end in places like Wattpad, Poetry.com, and more. So be sure to visit every now and then for a good read and lots of updates on upcoming works! And again, Happy New Year!

(photo credit: me)