Sunday, 6 April 2014

Sunday poetry

Today's RhyPiBoMO lessons are all about types of poetry and here are my attempts at the different kinds.

Writing Prompt: Choose a genre of poetry and write a poem that fits into the rules for that genre.

Didactic(this is me- the poet, dictating a lesson)
Teach not
If you will also
Learn not
Dramatic Voice(this is me the poet posing a question to someone, in this case a Crow, who cannot respond)
Who are you to mock
Oh bird of raven wing
I can dream and fly much higher
Than you who cannot sing.

The Mask(this one is me-the poet- pretending to speak from the subjects point of view)
Do not for pity sake
Cut me from this earth
I shade, I breathe and clean the air
Other lives depend
On hidden nooks within my arms
And you will lose more in the end
Than me if you should cut me down

Lyrical, (this one has me-the poet- in the poem, very subjective)
I pricked my finger on a thorn
After that I was forsworn
Never to waste my time in a garden
Against floral whiles my heart did harden
Those roses, sweet allure and scent
Delicate petals cannot hide and
I will not relent

Narrative(this one is a story in rhyme without me-the poet- starring in it. Objective rather than subjective)
Thrashing rain, dark and pouring
In the forest cold and wet
The denizens of trees and bushes
Tiny creatures in the rushes
By the stream grown cruel and rapid
Cower and cling to sturdy branches
Huddled low in hole and burrow
To ride the howling storm.

Conversation or a dialogue poem.(me the poet has two characters talking to each other in a poetic way)

“I believe that I am
much superior to you.
A pot is just the way in which
a good hot tea should brew”

“You think you are so good,
Well I am telling you.
When someone wants tea on the run
I’ll make good tea and true”

“Your little bag, both cheap and dull
With far too little tea.
I assure you, slow or quick
They’ll brew their tea in me.”

“Not so, I hear them coming now.
The kettle, it just boiled.
“I’ll bet you all the teaspoons
Your plans will soon be foiled.”

“What ho, they both drank coffee
And our pride it is deflated.”

“Let’s be friends and make amends
Coffee’s overrated.”

RhyPiBoMo Poetry Contest Scroll

I wrote a poem for the Golden Quill Poetry Competition and submitted it and feel really positive about it. I wrote it using my sister's little girl as a template for the main character. I am hoping they will get a kick out of it. It had to be no longer than 32 line and no more than 200 words and it had to be in rhyme. My poem is 191 words, 32 lines and definitely in rhyme.

12x12 I posted a revised version of my picture book manuscript "Poppy Goes Bushwalking" on the forums for some further feedback. I had an excellent critique from my crit partners and feel like the changes improve the over all story.

One problem with blogging a book in thirty days is that I don't write consistently. Instead some days I write as much as 11 thousand words and others I write 500. Writing is a multifaceted industry in which a lot of thinking takes place. I found my mind drifting away at lunch time as it created a poem. I excused myself from the table leaving my offspring frustrated that I had faded out of the conversation. I have characters having conversations in my head and scenarios are played out over and over. The key is to then write them down. I no longer hand write as my handwriting is illegible if I am creating . Tidy handwriting requires me to concentrate on the handwriting. I tried to salvage an idea from a hand written page and only one in five words are decipherable.
So today I was thinking of the relationship between my protagonist and antagonist. I was thinking about what would be a big enough incentive to affect change in the lives of both characters. I was contemplating how to wind the build up of a relationship between them without it being too much of a focus but as an underpinning beat. I thought about the kinds of misadventures the two could get into with their diametrically opposed belief systems and how their whole stance would be a tug of war between them. I also contemplated writing in burst. One small scenario at a time. I write reasonably good flash fiction although I have had some scathing feedback of late that I don't squeeze in to the accepted framework that tertiary educators label flash fiction, but for my part I like the shorter length of flash fiction and short ficton. So far my largest published piece is only 25,ooo words or thereabouts. So for this novel I might try short vignettes of their interactions, conversations. I know it is day six and I ditched the first 11000 but there are still 24 days to go and I can easily get another 30k if I get all the right buttons pressed in my head. Tomorrow I will aim for 5k and today I will reread The 40 thieves.

I have an art competition I want to enter.


The First Ever Pretty-Much-World-Famous Illustration Contest!!!
the fact that this particular illustrator resembles a female
is in no way meant to deter any male illustrators! :)

The ContestDraw/Paint a children's picture book cover illustration (no text required - art only) for one of the following stories (which you will recognize as the top finishers in the March Madness Fractured Fairy Tale Writing Contest - a little extra surprise for those authors :)):

 - The Three Wiggly Worms Bluff by Wendy Greenley
 - Goldilockup by Mike Allegra
 - Goldibawks And The Three Pairs by Dawn Young
 - The Sweetie Witch by Pen Avey
 - The Princess And The Stinky Cheese by Lauri Meyers
 - Mongoose's Holi Party by Darshana Khiani
 - The "Princess" And The Pete by Jennifer Caritas
 - The Jackrabbit Who Cried Gila Monster by Elliah Terry

Illustrations should be 8x10, horizontal or vertical, any medium, posted in jpg at least 72 px
All stories can be read on the March Madness Finalist Post HERE so you will know what to illustrate :)
Post:  Your entry should be posted on your blog between Thursday April 24 at 5 AM EDT and Monday April 28 at 9 PM EDT, and your post-specific link should be added to the link list on my Thursday April 24 post which will remain up through Tuesday April 29 so that people can come visit and enjoy your gorgeous artwork! 
Judging:  entries will be judged by multi-talented, award-winning author/illustrators Iza Trapani, author and illustrator of over 20 gorgeous picture books, and Lisa Thiesing, author and illustrator of at least 16 beautiful and fun picture books and early readers!   Judging criteria to include:

 - is the picture readable to a young audience,
 - how well does it show the character(s) and
 - is the character(s) appealing (character development),
 - does it make you want to read the story,
 - originality
 - skill.

They will narrow down the entrants to 6 finalists (or possibly a couple more or less depending on the number of entries :)) which will be posted here on Thursday May 1 for you to vote on for a winner.  The vote will be closed at 5PM EST on Sunday May 4 and the winner will be announced on Monday May 5.  (No PPBF on Friday May 2.)

I am off to think about preliminary sketches. :)