Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Just learned what prose poetry is!

I am not a poetry expert. In fact, I just don't 'get' most poetry. I've dabbled in the typical rhyming poetry off and on, but overall, I don't write it. So, when I attended the monthly meeting of my local writers club, the Ventura County Writers Club, to hear our speaker, Perie Longo, an acclaimed poet, I wasn't sure I'd enjoy the talk. But I did. I really did. She explained the differences and similarities of poetry and prose poetry and I actually understood what she was talking about. Prose poetry, if you didn't know, is a little like flash fiction (although there really isn't a required length) in that is doesn't rhyme and it's written in paragraph format, not the short lines of a regular poem. However, just because it's not a rhyming poem doesn't mean it doesn't have a lyrical or musical quality to it. Ms. Longo read several prose poems and they were lyrical. Some were funny, some were poignant, but they were all well-constructed and meaningful. So, my hat's off to those poets and prose poets out there! I don't think I could do what you do :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Busy is good

I like being busy, I really do. Not the housework kind of busy, that's no fun at all. In fact, you can't really call me a good, dedicated housekeeper. I figure I have better things to do than sweep or vacuum the floor. Sure, I'll do it when I need to, or when company is coming over, but otherwise, a little dust never hurt anyone. Well, maybe it would hurt an asthmatic, but I don't have asthma so it's okay. Besides, I have three hairless Sphynx cats, so there's definitely no cat hair sticking to the furniture or carpet. This allows me to justify not cleaning every day. I'm good at justifying things. Anyway, back to my main topic here...being busy. The kind of busy I enjoy most is the writer-type busy. And I am writer-busy right now. I am getting an historical romantic suspense novel published very soon and I'm still querying a couple other novels I've finished. And, I'm currently writing a New Adult novel. I'd only recently learned about this new genre, so thought I'd take a whack at writing a novel that falls squarely into the New Adult category. I've also written a few flash fictions, but haven't managed to get them published yet. I'll keep trying thought.