Good Morning! Quick announcement for those of you following such things. The Beautiful Stuff Poetry Anthology of 2019-2020, “No Small Things” will be released this coming Monday the 17th of February! Appropriately just past Valentine’s Day. That means you can buy it for a belated gift, because everyone knows the actual day is just a commercial driven, chocolate and sex-fest. (if it were just a chocolate and sex-fest, without the commercialism, I’d be totally for it.)
But a stunning book of poetry is the gift that keeps on giving.
Stay tuned for pictures, samples, and book giveaways happening this month and thru March. Also, be on the lookout for a book signing to happen this Spring in Fort Collins. I will let you know the date and place as it solidifies.
AND NOW THIS:
First off, where in the hell are your haiku’s?
Okay, here’s a few from some brave souls out there.
Miss. Elliana Byrne from Boulder, Colorado sent me this lovely and thought worthy collaboration of five.
He said, I can’t help
With all your mental raving
You’ll have to sort it
He said, I was sweet
A juicy peach to bite, hard
But I talk too much
He said, breathe deeply
When I’m not so insecure,
He might give a fuck.
He said, I wouldn’t
Not with you, and your baggage
Stacked higher than sin.
They all want to taste
But none want to swallow me.
Jagged edge sweetness
Here are a few of my own in “honor” of the upcoming holiday.
Silence stole my heart
You are gone, and I am lost
You were my constant.
In drifts of heart-shaped candy
All love is false hope.
Pumping without feeling love
Empty valves digress.
She carried it well
Cancer of melancholy
consumed heart tissue.
There’s no time limit on these exercises and no order so if you want to send me anything from The Beautiful Writer Workshop, feel free.
NOW, ON TO THIS WEEK’S BEAUTIFUL STUFF:
This week’s exercise is short and sweet (not 17 syllables short, you’ll need some time on this one.)
Take ten to thirty minutes (together or in pieces) and pick either one of your favorite characters from a work in progress OR a favorite character from an already published book.
Write their backstory.
Where were they born? What was the name of the hospital? What time of day was it? What were they like in kindergarten? Did they run track or dole out drugs in high school? What’s their most defining internal characteristic? What strange thing do they do when they think they’re alone? What’s the worst thing about them, external or internal? What’s the best?
If you’ve already done this, then kudos to you. The writer that knows their character will have a much easier time telling their story. If you haven’t done it, get on it!
If you don’t have a character of your own, pick one of your favorite characters from literature (or dime-store novels, it doesn’t matter) and rewrite them as the anti-hero/opposite and be sure to have the backstory of why they turned out that way.
What defining moment in their life changed it all?
Okay. Go. You don’t have to send anything in on this one, but keep in it your file for your WIP. If you like it and find it helpful, do a similar exercise with the other characters in your book/novel/short story. Even the “sidekicks”. Everybody’s got a story.
Until next week, Happy Writing.
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Beautiful expression of the ” holiday”!!