Twenty years. Legitimately, I could toss on a cover (I even have something nifty I'll show off at the bottom of the post) throw the poems together in any old order and be published by Monday. But my brain doesn't work that way. I obsess over little things like comma placement (if I use them at all). Minute details bother me, like how one poem sounds coming after another poem, and I still haven't gotten to that phase of the project yet. I might even enlist some help with that. Why? Because I'm far to close to my own work. I've been writing it for twenty years. Well, to be fair, none of the poems in my book will date back twenty years. But some date as far back as 6 or 7, some longer, I'm sure. Some were written yesterday and some will be penned tomorrow.
I could never be a weekend author kind of person. Partly because I'm really enjoying the process. While I don't want to drag it out forever (My deadline is Feb 9th for completion) I want to savor the process. The process is a kind of love affair in itself. I get to construct an entire book from the ground up. I've written a couple novels, I've written short stories and flash fiction, but by far, I've written more poetic words than words in any other form. Poetry is more than a weekend love affair for me, and thus my book is more than a whim. It's my passion.
Now, I enlisted a friend of mine, a budding photographer, to help me with some sort of cover art. It's likely not the official cover art (if I get a publisher they'll likely provide the cover art) but I wanted a fancy graphic to use to promote my book. So, without further ado....
|Photo and Design by Ashley Lund|
Well, that's it. I rambled on about why I won't hammer out a poetry book in a weekend and now I must go. I have more work to do on my book. Hopefully it'll get picked up and I can hand these out for Christmas presents in 2014!
If you'd like to read some samples of my work, visit the links on this page.