Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Storm

So I wrote a poem not long ago, but without internet access, I didn't get to post it. I have the good ol' "webz" again, so I'm going to post it now. And away... we go!

Where is the bridge
To stand me away from the waves
The sand, the rush, the crash
Not the surf but the sand...
The waves.

Where is the bridge
To carry my scorched palms from the swell
deep beneath the salty, breaching foam
your hand, your eyes, your breath
Not the sex but the heat...
The waves.

Where is the bridge
To keep me dry through your storm
The sweat, the tears, your rain
Not the ocean but the cloud...
The waves.

Still and thorough, you beat against my roof
Hot and strong, you press on my shutters
If you are the storm, I need no bridge...
No curtain, no door, no roof
Come in, my storm, and rage forever with me.*

So that's one of the things I've written in the last month or so. As I already may have mentioned ;) I finished the novel, and have also written a short story. Things have been good in my world, more zen than in the recent past.

Good day

Friday, August 27, 2010

End of the first step

So, here I am, more than two years from the beginning of this journey, and the book is fully written. Really, it's only a first draft (or first draft plus, I did a lot of editing while I went along) and there is more work to be done, but I feel like I've finally put my tired foot down, after holding it up; hesitating to take that step.

As a matter of record, before I do my first official edit, or have any beta reading done, the stats on the book stand like this:

13 Chapters

408 pages; double spaced, size 12 courier font (like most publishers seem to ask for)

87,412 words; black and white, on the page (this also seems to be a plus) ;)

I also finally have an internet connection, so as things continue to progress, I will update this page. I'll also be bringing the other random thoughts on life, poetry, and short stories that roll out in the coming days.

The next step for me, in the "big book" process, is to finish my query letter. It needs to be well written and exciting, so as to catch a literary agent's attention. I haven't started this, but it's only like a one page project, so it might not take me three more years. (hehe)

I also need to finish my summary, which I have started, but haven't looked at in months. A bit of a longer process, but another necessity in the publishing process.

One of the more important things I have to do, is finding beta readers. I need to find people that are willing to read the book, and kick back some honest thoughts on the story. The good thing is; I don't need a red-pen to fix punctuation, just some honest thoughts and feedback. For the most part, I'm delegating this job to a "critter" website that I'm a part of, but if someone is interested, an extra set of eyes never hurts.

Well, that's all I've got for you, for now.
I'm sure I'll be back soon, and more regularly :)

thanks for reading