HALFWAY! I’ve been posting on my Facebook page everyday letting friends and family know what I’ve been up to with my poetry. I’ve been pretending that I’m totally fine with self-promotion and they’re pretending that they’re too nice to tell me they’re tired of hearing about it. See how everything works out in the end?
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed pushing myself to write every day. Usually. Some days I would growl at my computer because what was coming out would feel forced or trite or too abstract. I’ve accepted that probably just means that I need to spend more time on it. If I just sit my butt at the computer long enough, the words eventually tell me what they want to say. I suppose I’ve also been working at pretending that I have patience.
AND it’s so sad that I have to work full time because there is SO MUCH good poetry happening at the 30/30 project and I want to be able to give it the time it deserves and savor it all, slurping at the spoon. But usually, I’m spending my free time writing and/or the aformentioned growling.
Or exercising. Who would have thought that getting serious about my writing would also coincide with becoming more committed to increasing my physically activity? I’ve been trying to hit three yoga classes and two spin classes a week. I’m so terribly out of shape that it sounds much more athletic than I am actually capable of, but it’s a starting point and it’s so empowering to feel stretched out and strong(er) again.
If you haven’t checked out the Tupelo Press 30-30 Project website you really need to. There ares some AMAZING poets writing a poem a day for 30 days to help support the nonprofit press. My offer still stands, donate what you can or subscribe to a year of Tupelo Press’ publications, and click my name, Carrie Nassif, on online form’s “Honor” button and I’ll write a poem with up to 10 words of your choice. So far, I think my best poems are the ones others have helped me write this way. Want to challenge me to some super hard GRE words? I double dog dare you!!!
SO, what are you waiting for? This poetry marathon party is halfway over and it’s time for you to come and hang out with the cool kids. Or the dark, literary ones with the snarky comments whispered under our breath. Same difference, right? We’re recruiting. And we’re coming for you!
Thanks again, all you readers, and feel free to comment with your reactions to the poems and/or your efforts to establish a regular writing practice and/or to keep connected with other writers. I’d love to hear from you!