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?

4 Responses to “Here I am again…”

  1. Elizabeth on April 13, 2012 11:15 am

    I envy you! I’m trying to write a dissertation, but I have to force myself to work on it. But even with something that excites me, I usually feel like I’m in control of the idea as it is taking shape. Maybe because what I write is usually more analytical and not as expressive/artistic.

  2. Jennifer on April 13, 2012 11:23 am

    Elizabeth, I do then exercise control in the revision process, when I spend 3 hours deciding if I want to use the word “rouge” or “blush” – are the branches bare, or are they naked? I can spend days on that, but on this particular project I really feel like the first “work generation stage” is in charge of itself. It’s a bit unusual for me…

    Keep plugging on your dissertation!

  3. funkomatic on April 13, 2012 4:35 pm

    I’m working on Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem A Day Challenge. The results are, well, results. Hoping to find some gems in the editing process.

    When I get really wound up in a music mixing project there are moments when it seems that the next song is no longer my choice but a demand made by the universe.

  4. Jennifer on April 16, 2012 7:46 pm

    Cory, do you write centos? It just struck me, with your music mixing background, you would probably write some awesome centos.

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