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Thursday, 30th December 2010

2011 Reading List

Because I buy way more books than I actually have time to read and they can sit on the shelf for years unopened, I’m setting the task of playing catch up. These are the only books from my collection I currently have access to. And there are at least another 5 I’ll be purchasing over the next few weeks and adding to this list, after that no more buying or downloading until I’ve culled this list.

1) Cemetery Poets : Grave Offerings (Poetry Anthology)
2) Gorelets : Unpleasant Poems by Michael A Arnzen (Poetry Collection)
3) Dark Demons by Kurt Newton (Story collection)
4) Femmes De La Brumme (Short story Anthology) edited by Nicole Thomas
5) Momento Mori by Angeline Hawks Craig (short story collection)
6) Above The Arctic Circle by Brian Lawrenson (Non-fiction)
7) Are These Eyeballs by Garry Charles (Short Story Collection)
8) The Hound Of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (Novel)
9) Twisted Imaginings Vol 1 by Garry Charles (Short Story Collection)
10)The Strange Case Of Doctor Jekyll And Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stephenson (Novel)
11) Vicious Verses And Reanimated Rhymes edited by A. P. Fuchs (poetry anthology)

12) Cell by Stephen King (Novel)
13) The Rising by Brian Keene (Novel). Take a peek inside with my The Friday 56 entry.
14) Staying Alive: Real Poems For Unreal Times edited by Neil Astley (Poetry Anthology)
15) Myths And Legends by Anthony Horowitz (collected myths)
16) Houses Without Doors by Peter Straub (short story collection)
17) The Collected Poems of W B Yeats (poetry collection)
18) Moon On The Water by Mort Castle (short story collection)
19) The Mammoth Book Of Best New Horror edited by Stephen Jones (short story anthology)
20) 52 Ways Of Looking At A Poem by Ruth Padel (Poetry reference) Take a peek inside with my The Friday 56 entry.
21) Collected Poems Of Sylvia Plath (poetry collection)
22) The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry (Poetry reference)
23) How Poetry Works by Phil Roberts (Poetry Reference)
24) Phantom Noise by Brian Turner (poetry collection)

25) The Man In The Picture by Susan Hill (Novel)
26) Banquet For The Damned by Adam L G Nevill (Novel)

Wednesday, 29th December 2010

New Years Writing Goals 2011

In the tradition of millions of people the world over making their resolutions, I’m setting my writing goals for 2011:
1) Write every day whether it’s a blog post, the novella I’ve recently begun working on or a new poem
2) Write at least one chapter of the novella a week.
3) I will not miss my poetry course deadlines.
4) Start submitting my poetry to the markets again.
5) Read more poetry.

How will I achieve my goals?
Taking part in Novpad last November proved that I can write every day, it offered the motivation that this has to be done now and not left until the day after. But motivation when left to my own devices isn’t so easy to come by, I always seem to be battling constant tiredness and a general lack of time so perhaps reminding myself daily why I write will suffice. I certainly don’t want to be a failure anymore.

Wish me luck and feel free to use the comments section to share your own goals.

Monday 31st May, 2010

Writing Life

My muse has been feeling restless as much of the last two weeks have been taken up with promoting the website and various blogs and moving house and generally feeling out of place. So, I have set myself the task of writing a autobiographical poem each day based on that days events or emotions or even the weather or a combination of all three. I may or may not decide to post some here on this blog.

Today's piece was a total of 5 lines and 14 words, although it's short I think I've said enough.

Has anyone else set themselves a writing project?


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