Well February is almost upon us. The coldest, bleakest month in terms of the weather (when you live in Canada). 😦
The good news, winter is a great time to stay indoors and work on several creative projects. Lately, it’s been a bit easier to find writing and reading time. Also I have been working on some new recipes and hope to get back to my knitting and crocheting projects, very soon.
As I mentioned before re my own: Write-a-Book Challenge, I am working on two book projects. One is a Haiku journal. The other is a novel.
My Haiku journal will feature 52 haiku poems and photos, one for each week of the year. I completed 2 for winter and 1 for spring for the journal, during this past month. I also plan to review some of my earlier haiku works that featured my own photos and some of those might be included as well. If you’d like to see some of my earlier Haiku poems and photos, do click on the Haiku Reflections category on my sidebar.
I am so encouraged by the continued wonderful feedback from all my readers, in regards to my newfound interest and love of Haiku poetry. Hopefully I will be able to see this project “come to life” in a year’s journal/daytimer featuring my work. That would be a dream come true. 🙂
My novel to date…well, I can’t say that I have the whole story mapped out at this point but really, is that necessary to start? What I do have is the beginning of what I hope to be a good solid story to build on.
Here’s a brief summary of what I’ve come up with so far:
Tentative title: The Long Way Home to Me
-set in the 60’s at the height of the folk music scene in Canada and the U.S.
-two famous singers of the era (both married to other people) conceive a “love child” which they then decide to give up for adoption.
-secret of the baby boy’s birth and famous parents is kept closely guarded.
-adoptive parents treat him well until the husband dies, leaving the wife to start hitting the bottle and searching for the latest lover and plastic surgery fix.
-with his girlfriend by his side, main character finally has had enough. leaving the only home he has ever known behind, he heads out to the streets of Toronto and the clubs of Yorkville and Yonge Street.
-his amazing vocal talents do not go unnoticed.
—–to be continued….
At present, I am reading several books about the 1960’s to immerse myself in that decade, as an adult and not as a young child, which I was when I lived through the “swinging 60’s”. What a time of change and upheaval that decade was. So much happened to forever reshape the world and on so many fronts. I think it will make this an even more interesting project for me, to have this as the era to set the story in.
So, in a nutshell, that’s my progress to date. Do share your thoughts about my story idea so far. All feedback is most welcome, good and bad!
I also found this helpful list of ways to stay motivated when writing a novel. Worth checking out when you are faced with a bad case of writer’s block. 😦 I’ve printed it out and posted it next to my desk. By far, I know the feedback and encouragement of other writers is key.
On another topic, I am still searching for a poetry contest to enter my recent poem: Fading Memories. Judging by the amazing response I had to this work via comments and emails, I think this poem really hit home for a lot of readers. Any suggestions for a (obviously legit) poetry contest, that accepts poems over 30 lines in length and is open to Canadians, would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance if you can help. This poem was very near and dear to me and on many levels. I hope it can also be shared with a much larger audience of readers in the near future.
I digress, back to the Write-a-Book Challenge: What I am really looking forward to is reading about what you all have been working on?
Please leave a link back to your blog post re: your own Write-a-Book Challenge updates.
See you again in March! 🙂