Thursday, May 17, 2012

Darkness and Light

When I first started looking for themes in my poetry, I found a lot of them were on the darker side: death, pain, abuse. Of course, a lot of those were from my teenage days. You know how teenage angst can get. But I still use poetry to deal with the darkness.

So a few years ago, I decided to put these poems in a collection. At the time, I didn’t have any publishing credits, so I hesitated sending it out. It’s been sitting on the virtual shelf. Now I’m ready to take a look again, and I believe my newest poem will be a strong addition.

I’m using Scrivener to organize the poems. My title is Chiaroscuro. Focusing on the contrast between dark and light. Exploring the darkness, bringing the monsters of death and abuse into the light.

And now I have a book publication, the Lifelines anthology with the Poetic Muselings. Time to step up and try getting my own collection published.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Action Scenes

In my writing, action scenes--especially one-on-one fight scenes with no use of magic--are not my strong point. So when Authoress posted about a critique round for action excerpts, I jumped on the opportunity. Barely got in. Mine is #22 of 25. So head on over to Miss Snark’s First Victim and check out the action scenes, let me know how I did.