My Writing Free on Goodreads!

There are some short stories and poems that (A) I don’t plan on submitting to contests, (B) have already won a contest, or (C) have already been published and the rights remained with me. I’ve been trying to think of a way to share them with you easily in one place and not need you to sign up for anything new. Finally I’ve discovered that Goodreads lets me post my writing – anything I want! I’ve already posted my poem “Words Can Form”, winner of the Steven Barza Collegiate Prize from the Poetry Society of Virginia in 2007. I also posted a short story called “Wisdom’s Creation” that I hope you’ll enjoy, especially if you love libraries.

Find my fiction creations here: https://www.goodreads.com/story/list/584058. I’ll post more shorties and poems, and maybe even a section from Locke and Keye closer to publication. Maybe haikus, or even Symbolic Experimentalism pieces!

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Monday Thoughts on Creativity: Clearing Your Mind

Hello Monday. You’re unexpected.

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Sometimes when I’m overly stressed, I can’t concentrate on creativity easily. It’s not a flowing process, so I need to cleanse my brain’s palette. There are two ways that I do this:

  • I make lists of everything I need to do. One of the things I constantly stress about is forgetting what needs to be done, and that can even keep me from sleeping well. Luckily there’s a simple solution: always having to-do lists. That’s easy enough!
  • When I get overwhelmed and have a hard time clearing my mind, I write haikus. I typically look up pictures of nature or the beautiful landscapes in Morrowind and write haikus about them, which is especially gratifying since haikus were originally intended to revolve around nature. Somehow this has a calming effect on me and clears my mind enough that I can let creativity take over.

A couple of weeks ago I asked what others do to relax themselves when they’re overly stressed, and I’m going to do a video about that soon. I got some great suggestions, so hopefully they’ll help you too! In the meantime:

Haikus on Pinterest

Let’s start this post with a side note: the plural of “haiku” is “haiku”. Very few people acknowledge that though, so I always say “haikus”. That’s what you’ll find in this post.

Now let’s get on with it.

One of my Pinterest boards now has original haikus by me!

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As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of the video game Morrowind. I have a Pinterest board of beautiful scenes from the game, especially from the graphics overhaul version, and these gorgeous scenes inspired me so much that I wrote haikus to go with them. See the gallery here. Some images have one haiku while others have more than one. I tried to stick with the subject of nature for the most part, since that’s what haikus were originally meant to be about. That’s a post for another time.

Hope you enjoy these snapshots of beauty!

Valentine’s Day Haikus

There are only 4 days left until Valentine’s Day, a holiday when poems, music, and other forms of art are shared between couples as an extra special way to say “I love you”. To celebrate this Valentine’s Day, I’ll be posting at least one romance-based haiku per day on Twitter. Here are my first two Valentine’s Day haikus:

Your lips against mine
Tell me everything we are
And all we will be.

~

You are beautiful
In ways I never dreamed; I
am the lucky one.

Follow me to read the rest of my Valentine’s haikus!