Sunday, June 30, 2013

Poetry, Anyone?

Everyone needs art in their lives. Art nourishes the soul!
So...it's Sunday. Poetry, anyone?
Here's a poem by the master, Pablo Neruda. It's called "Don't Go Far Off..."

Don't go far off, not even for a day, because --
because -- I don't know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.

Don't leave me, even for an hour, because
then the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.

Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach;
may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance.
Don't leave me for a second, my dearest,

because in that moment you'll have gone so far
I'll wander mazily over all the earth, asking,
Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Fallenwood 2 - Edits complete!!!

So the edits are complete for Fallenwood 2 and it's set to be officially released at some point this next month. A friend told me once that I should write my memoirs. Well, even though the Fallenwood series is a fantasy series, it is no less real to me, and we writers put so much of ourselves into our work that the series itself might as well be my memoirs. As I write Fallenwood 3 and am beginning to form the story for Fallenwood 4, I'm looking on the series altogether as sort of a eulogy to my foolish, rebellious, painful and at times very happy youth. My 30th birthday is later this year, and I feel like writing this series has been a sort of cathartic journey wherein I've been able to process my life's journey and the things I've learned and picked up along the way. I'm still writing Hybrid Space as well, though it being a sci-fi and all is proving a bit challenging. I have a lot of ideas, and it will be interesting to see how they all come together and how my characters evolve and interact. Anyway, as Greymalkin would say, "Life is a patchwork thing at best," is it not? *SIGH*

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Quiet The Mind To Invite The Muse

"Quiet the mind to invite the muse" is the title of today's blog post. Lately I'd been in a state of lacking motivation to write. Life events caused my muse to flee for a little while. My mind has been unquiet as of late. As I was perusing the internet though, I remembered a site called gratefulness.org that I used to frequently visit. I went there and took a virtual tour of a maze. The exercise is supposed to be a kind of meditation. The one who enters the maze never comes out the same person that went in. I didn't expect to find my muse hiding there at the end of the maze, but as I allowed my mind to relax, the words came unbidden and I took out my notebook, to write the scenes that played themselves out in my mind. One cannot write in a tense state of panic, in that "constant sense of danger" that can take root in the mind after traumatic experiences. Are you having trouble with your own writing? Or perhaps just with your own sense of well-being? Take a walk through the virtual maze, and you might find your own sense of inner calm waiting there as well. :) -Leslie