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Monday, September 8, 2014

Poetry Challenge—Introducing the Acrostic Form 1: The Abecedarius


Sometimes I get stuck for ideas, and sometimes I just run out of steam. Today was one of those days. I had a post prepared about Robertson Davies version of the englyn, but I couldn’t wrap my head around writing it, so I’ve stowed that post for another day—and then I went looking for some help. I used ‘how to write poems’ as a search term, but it was too general, so I used ‘types of poems’ and took the first link I saw: http://www.kathimitchell.com/poemtypes.html.
Now, while I’m tempted to call this the Kathi Mitchell leg of the challenge, I won’t, but I will direct you to her site. It’s a good resource for teachers, poets-in-the-making, and writers who hit a bit of a block, but need to write a poem for whatever reason. So, go here, for a crash course in some poetry basics: http://www.kathimitchell.com/poemtypes.html.
And then I just had to go and dig a little further and I discovered that there were some different types of acrostic, including the one we’re featuring this week: the abecedarius. Here’s my first attempt at one of these:

A Lone Knight’s Anthem

Always alone
Been a long time, since I’ve been home.
Called, they say, but they are wrong.
Doomed, I say, to travel on.
Every step I know I must
Fight the battles to me thrust,
Give my blood, my sweat, my soul, now stained,
Help the fallen, even risk what ground I’ve gained.
I live a life that some might think,
Just a time of feast and drink.
Keeping them ignorant of the pain,
Lying behind each story gained,
Makes me ache to stay away,
Nearly cripples my heart to say,
“Oh, maybe, next year, I’ll come back and stay.”
Please, for my next victory, pray.
Queer the pitch with lightning stroke
Raise hell against the hellish folk.
Sing until you just might choke.
Try to fix that which was broke.
Unless the magic’s blended, done,
Vexations worse will surely come
Wizardry will not succeed alone.
Xenophobes a new tune strum.
Zeroing the danger allows for my return.

Why don’t you give it a try? Try writing at least one acrostic for each day of this week.
You can find out more about how to write acrostics from the following sites:

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Progress Report: Week 1, September 2014

Busy week at school and a busy fortnight ahead. Still trying to work out how to study effectively, keep up my writing and get enough sleep so that I don’t break. On the upside, stuff got done.
 

Overview

  • New words produced: 7,230
  • Old words revised: 0
  • Works completed: 20 (all for two other major works)
  • Works revised: 0
  • Covers created: 0
  • Works published: 0
  • Works submitted: 0
  • Competitions Entered: 0
  • Bloggery: 1,303 (included in above total)

Tier 1 Tasks

  • Annual 13: Added 0 words, awaiting editing and formatting;
  • Annual 14: Added 5,726 words;
  • Annual23: Added 201 words;

Publishing Tasks


Created 4 blog posts for this blog.

New Arrivals


The following ideas arrived this week:

  • PictureBook29A—My Friends, the Birds: a bilingual book about birds;
  • Poem436—hDragon’s Wrath: an englyn toddaid about a dragon;
  • Poem437—My Choice: a cinquain about a life choice;
  • ShortStory366—Escaping the Undead: a piece of flash zombie apocalypse fiction;
  • ShortStory367—The Rogue: a piece of flash science fiction about a cyborg;
  • ShortStor368—Inspector O’Grady and the Pixie Prince: a piece of flash urban fantasy fiction set in the pixie-dust world;
  • ShortStory369—In Search of Pixies: a piece of flash urban fantasy fiction set in the pixie-dust world;
  • ShortStory370—The Ulsa-7 Screw Up: a piece of flash science fiction about a vampire hunt;
  • ShortStory371—Makty’s Return: a piece of flash science fiction about a starfarer’s return;
  • ShortStory372—A Contractual Exchange: a piece of flash vampire fiction about a contractual exchange;
  • ShortStory373—Homecoming: a piece of flash fiction about a hostage rescue;
  • ShortStory374—The Oblivion Bride: a piece of flash fiction about a fast ride home;
  • ShortStory375—I’m not Writing about You, Either: another piece of flash fiction about the dangers of writing in public;
  • ShortStory376—The Kessek’s Aid: a piece of flash fantasy fiction set in the world of the Kesseks.
  • ShortStory377—Rescue Flight: a piece of flash urban fantasy set in the pixie-dust world;
  • ShortStory378—Boarding School Birthday: a piece of flash science fiction about making a birthday cake;
  • ShortStory379—Marianna’s Gamble: a piece of flash steampunk fiction about the completion of a mission;
  • ShortStory380—A Blade of Silvered Iron: a piece of flash urban fantasy fiction set in the pixie-dust world;
  • ShortStory381—Apples, Grapes, Bananas, Apes: a piece of flash steampunk fiction about a boat ride;
  • ShortStory382—Swan Mays and Sea Trolls: a piece of flash urban fiction set in the pixie-dust world;
  • ShortStory383—Just Believe: a piece of flash science fiction about mercenaries and missions