I'm an English teacher. I have written one Young Adult novel that is in the editing process. I have started the sequel to the first as well as a book set hundreds of years in the past and am quite excited about eventually seeking out agents in the future. I am hoping to be accepted into the Fresno Statue MFA program in creative writing. I have also written a multitude of poems that range from religious issues to even more serious issues, like urinals in Berlin.
I haven't read this poem in years and well, it's not as clean as I'd like it to be, but it's still strong in how it affects me. The story behind this is that I basically had this image in my mind while in youth group a while back and it's always stuck with me. I hope you enjoy it and find it encouraging.
The Narrow Ledge
A man walks
But not where others are
Yet, where everyone is in its place
Here is another realm
In fact, I think the man is myself
On a Narrow Ledge
A Ledge no columns hold
There is only forward as well
Nothing is behind me
Oh, there is a couple!
No shouts will turn
Now the left sphere of vision is blue and calm
While the right,
Molten reds and yellows
Where dragon-like flames
Fly and threaten to pull me down
I know, it is an illusion
Meant to cause me to stumble
To take my soul
While the right is busy,
The blue left is encouraging
I cannot help
But want to jump
Oh, wait, a couple just did
Yet, the dragon swept them away
To the right,
Oh the screams of desperation
Guess there is no other way
Of joining the deep blue
Yet, the sounds there
Are beyond musical
I myself want to reach
Out to the blue on my own
But the dragons
Oh well, must go forward
After some time
This is a continuous segment about Writer's Block.
Today's note is about the nature of some writers, like myself, who struggle to figure out how to make a break through.
Here is what I propose writers do. Write something! Anything! Even if it's not relevant to your book. The more you're writing the more engaged your brain is and thus, the more likely you'll break through to the other side of that pesky brick wall. It doesn't matter how you get there. Who cares if you climb it, break it, use a police tank as a battering ram, just find a way to get to the green pastures you've been dying to frolic in.
Keep at it folks and remember, just because you passed one wall, doesn't mean more won't come up again. So keep keepin' on like the Brady Bunch.
News first: I have a friend who is going to take over editing duties on the first book. Hopefully, this means the book gets completed sooner and in your hands. It really should be a fun experience and will help me grow in my own writing I'm sure. It always helps to get other perspectives on what is or isn't working. So be excited about that.
Here is an older poem I thought I'd share that I enjoyed writing:
I thought I'd start a new segment on areas where I get writer's block or some other struggle within my own stories.
Today, my struggle is with starting a new section of a chapter, but that's not the problem. It's the fact that I want it to be based on this newer character in the series that needs to be fleshed out more. Frankly, all that's really known is that she has a fire in her and that she's also kind-hearted. We don't know her flaws, but I don't want to give her stereotypical flaws. She needs a uniqueness to her.
I think I may have just figured it out. It's not something groundbreaking, but it works. It's a case of identity crisis, but it won't be usual considering the story's framework.
Wow, I just learned something. Writing about the problem in an avenue like this helps solve writer's block. I suppose that's lesson one folks!
Okay, I realize that many people do not know much about my book. It is a fantasy ridden story in a World War 1 setting. There are Angels, demons (though I call them something else), and elves, oh my! The main characters are basically descendants of angels who are here on earth and they are known as Paladins. There are very few, and our young hero's, who's names I shall withhold for now, will be interacting with on a quest that hasn't really been given to them, but more like thrust upon them through a series of tragic events.
There is a good amount of magic that is quite interesting and fans of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Rick Riordan's novels, and many other fantastical Young Adult series will truly enjoy the books I'm writing. At least, I really hope you do. I've truly enjoyed writing this over the past 7 or 8 years or so. Much of that time was spent on college work, but the story never left my mind. I am always receiving inspiration for the story arc and hope that I can someday present the 1st book to you in published form. Hopefully, that is sooner than you and I realize.
People who know me know how much I love to read and I love finding cool books in stores. I happened to be vacationing in Boston and went to a really cool college bookstore right next to Harvard University and found a great edition of Night. I started reading it that day and I couldn't stop. I just kept reading as I was sucked in by the gripping details and I was fully absorbed by the time Elie and his father were running in the snow all night long. So here is the response:
I wrote this poem years before I met the love of my life and it was after I did, that I knew this poem was about her. I had known when I had written it that it was for my future wife. I got lucky with her. Maybe this poem helped.
In the past decade or so we have seen quite the trends make their way into the Young Adult market of publishing. Fantasy has always been popular since The Hobbit. Children's fantasy has been popular since long before that with the tales from the Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Anderson, Aesop's Fables, etc.
What I have noticed is (and this isn't really groundbreaking news) that publishers are on the lookout for the next big trend to market. Harry Potter was huge. We had wizards both good and bad and the magic was deliciously enticing for young and old. The next wave I admit is not my favorite. The vampire trend is oversaturated and filling up bookshelves and e-book stores.
What is exciting, is I think I might have stumbled on a new wave of my own. I do not say this to be self-indulgent or cocky, but I really think it is excited. It is magic, but with a different kind that has been used rarely. I have researched the character types for this story and they go back ages ago, but even then, they are rarely used. There is a very popular computer game that has this type of character in it, and these people have created their own lore. I went and tried to take this group to a new level.
Can you guess who these people are?
If you do know and are a friend of mine, please keep it to yourself. We don't want to unveil this too soon.
I wrote this in response to a song that really affected me. I think I know why, but it's a song that I heard in the movie 50/50. So here is my response to it or a redoing of it so that it reflects my heart.