Here I am again…

April 12th, 2012

I started listing out my specific writing goals in 2009, the year I decided to give myself one year to see if I was any good at this poetry thing. Every year, one of my goals is a renewed dedication to my blog, and every year that’s the first goal to go south. It happened this year earlier than usual, but it’s because I’m in the middle of something exciting, a poetry project right now that’s got me by the neck and won’t let go. It started in mid-January and so far I have twenty poems in various states of completion; that’s a blistering pace for me, an exhausting pace, a burning the candle at both ends pace but I’m afraid to let up because I can see this whole project in my head: a collection of poems, a narrative arc, a beginning, a middle, and an end. Conflict. Resolution. Three characters, two voices. It’s a complete story in my head and it’s taking up all of my extra writing minutes right now. It’s exciting. I can’t say if it’s good – oh, I know some of the poems are really solid and I know some aren’t there yet, but I don’t know – won’t know until it’s done – if the idea I have in my head works on paper. But it’s got me by the neck, so there’s nothing to do, is there, but let it drag me around like a cat with a bird until it’s done with me.

What are you working on right now? And when you’re in the middle of something that really excites you, do you also feel like you’re not the one in control?