I like to keep this blog filled with poetry, I have other blogs for my more personal types of sharing. However, I felt that this was the appropriate blog to share this news.
In November, on my post Out of Character I opened up a little letting others know that I had several challenging months. December was no different. It proved to be one of my most difficult of all. I decided to use my energies in a positive direction. Mostly, to prove to myself that I could accomplish what I set out to do.
I made the decision to complete a poetry book by New Year’s Eve. My efforts spun into a series. At the moment, I have six in the series. Two of which, I did self-publish by my deadline. The other ones I plan to release in the next few months. One or two at a time.
The first two are many poems from this blog that people have not seen because I was the “shy” blogger for a very long time. I have taken them, rewrote several of them, as well as added ones that I have not shared before, or wrote while editing the books.
The series is titled “Into Infinity” each book is categorized and filled with poems that are my heart for certain topics. The first two share my love of science, numbers, words, and “love-hate” for punctuation.
The books to follow will be about emotions dealing with love, heartbreak, society, and other interests I have such as myths and fairy tales. I do have and will have new poems, possibly some short stories as well in these.
I am looking forward to learning more about the self-publishing process, as well as pushing myself to get better with each venture. As I went through my past poems, I did change several of them, but there were also some that I did not edit.
My reasoning stems from something I read about the poet John Keats. Here is an excerpt. “Keats when he became a published poet collected every scrap of paper containing his earlier poems and burnt them as he considered them to be awful.” I read it here Keats’ Kingdom.
I too have destroyed many of my pieces in the past because I felt that they were awful. I decided that I would not do that ever again after reading about Keats. I want to look back at my work to remember where I was. I want to see the progression, I can still use them as a base and change them if I like later, but it is a good thing for me to reflect on what I thought was “awful.”
Besides, some people may connect to those pieces, and that could inspire me in other ways. I would love to hear from you, gain support through various means. I am happy with “likes,” comments, purchases, or even just a smily face! Feel free to tell me your thoughts, or suggestions. I would love feedback!
Without further ado here they are …
Thank you all for your support throughout this past year and ALL of the inspiration that you have given me!