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New New Year’s Resolutions

Last year, I used Adi’s blog to make my NYR. Let me account for the results:

I wanted to take part in NaNoWriMo again. This one was a great success! Not only did I participate and won, despite of all the trouble I was into, what with me travelling and being off from my laptop, but I also FINISHED my novel. Yes, believe it or not, I completed it and put down the coveted THE END at the bottom of it, centered, all caps 🙂 Oh, and even though it’s still unedited, I published it. On Smashwords. It’s still free. 😉 Once I finish the edit, it won’t be free anymore. As of now it has a lot of emptiness, especially in the beginning, while I was still honing my pen 😀 The artist is still working on the cover art, so the picture you will see is about to be replaced by the real one.

I also planned to take part in Nov PAD Challenge. This one was a partial success. My travelling and study schedule allowed for only one big event in November, and I made that NaNo. Anyway, I poemed steadily somewhere till Day 18, and then faltered a bit. I believe I miss around 5-7 poems.

My other resolution was taking part in NaPoWriMo, Apr PAD, or 30Poems30Days, which is just like November Poem-A-Day, only done in April. Uh, it was a failure. I started very strong again, having a lot of inspiration and sweet memories from November PAD. Sometime around Day 8 I faltered and could not get back in line for about a fortnight. Apart from having a tough time at work (which is not an excuse, as a poem could be a couple of lines and as such should not take that much time to write), I think my greatest mistake was that I tried to follow many prompt sites that cooperated in the NaPoWriMo. Having so many prompts to choose from, one has a hard time. While in November I only had the Poetic Asides, whether I like the prompts or not. Next April I will choose one site and go for its prompts only.

My other project was to complete my first NaNoWriMo novel. Well, not really a success. It still needs a lot of work. I actually think I will start editing the text, for I need to make major changes in it, and then I will move on to finishing the story. It’s not like I have no idea what to do. I even thought out the ending.

Well, now to the complete failures: translation projects. I had many. One of them was translation of a paranormal fantasy book a blogging friend of mine wrote a couple of years ago, which I started just after she posted it on her blog. Unfortunately, I never made it past Chapter II.

The other project was translation of short stories. Uhm, I have completed all the translations which I have started, in fact. Some of them still need editing and there are some that still need to be typed in, for they were hand-written. As for new translations, I don’t see it in the future.

So. My major mistake in NYR was that I made for unfinished work from previous years, while I should have left some space for new things to to.

What I managed to do, although it was not on my list, is the Sombre Chapbook. It’s ready, complete, edited, beautiful and is also on Smashwords. Well, it has been approved for other sellers, as well. So, Apple and the rest will start selling it soon. 

Next year

1. I will edit and complete Orange.

2. I will make one more Chapbook. Maybe it will be a Lover’s Chapbook and out for St. Valentine…

3. I will publish my works in more sites.

4. I will again take part in NaPoWriMo. Hopefully, to a better success.

5. November PAD – same,

6. and NaNoWriMo. I am thinking of writing a book for children. Yet, I still have ideas around the Lemonpie sisters. We’ll see.

7. I will continue doing sports

so… what else? Learning to cook or improving in something… I don’t know. I think I’m pretty satisfied with what I do and how I do it. I can only wish I have the good luck to be fit and able to continue doing it.

What are your New Year Resolutions?

Turn around, PA Wed 126

Poetic Asides Wednesday prompt is “turn around”. Oh, and it’s a shadorma… (I hope).

*

Turn around

Discover grandeur

Back in town.

The glamour of it

Filling the pretentious sway

Turns around.

 

© 2011 Mariya Koleva

Poems by Orange, NaNoWriMo 2010

Here are some poems Orange wrote during her life of main character in my new novel “Orange Lemonpie of the First-Year Stars” which I wrote during NaNoWriMo this passing month of November. I still have some work on it, yet the frenzy is over.

Chapter VI

You see that carpet on the ground,

Which makes that cheerful sound?

Leaves fall and autumn turns them bright,

Each one – a feast for our sight.

Beneath each tree there is a quilt

Patch-work – it’s patterned beautif’lly.

Let’s go and see – it gives me thrills

To lie and dream in reverie.(*)

(*) – I edited that last line, as Orange herself did not like it. 😉

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Chapter XX

Your eyes sweep me off

To the autumn forest

Where I fall asleep.

And your lips

Remind me of the

Autumn leaves

Which fly by

As days of wonder shuffle

Beyond my reason.

***

I have a vague feeling that the numbering is wrong… However, the novel is to be edited and perhaps translated.

My Word Wizard prompt of 22.11.2010

My Word Wizard, who I follow on Twitter, gave this prompt: write a Form poem. Here I give it yet another try at the very nice and neat form of Shadorma. In short, its rules: 6 lines, length of lines is as follows – 3, 5, 3, 3, 7, 5 syllables.

Shadorma

It was that

wonderful kind of

tired eyes

sparkling with

love, the scent of firewood

burning at home now.

***

No one wants to be alone, Nov PAD 11

a “No One Wants To…” poem:

*****

Inside a beast’s heart
sleeps a kitten who has forgotten
how to purr;
Yet, no one wants to be alone.
***
На всеки звяр в сърцето
дреме коте, което е забравило
да мърка.
А никой не иска да бъде самотен.

***

Ето и партньорът:

в Ден 25.

Love poem, Nov PAD 10

a love poem
*****

In all things done and then undone

I’ve walked, and looked and waited, too

In truth believed, then un-believed,

For I was seeing and un-seeing you.

***

***

“How long will you love me?” they often ask,

“You always say that Love is forever.”

“Love IS forever,” my answer is clever,

“Its objects, however, won’t last.”

Slow down, Nov PAD 9

a slow down/never slow down poem

***

Take your time and save

your breath will thank you for this

relaxed ambition

***

Pro-Pasta, Nov PAD 7

a pro- poem

***

Pro-Pasta

They say, “Pasta’s bad for your health”

I say, “Pasta’s great for my mood”

They go, “Pasta ruins your diet”

“But then I am nice and quiet”

Eating T-bones and steaks is barbarity,

Civilised pasta and bread is calamity.

So, is health what we crave, or felicity?

Is truth more important than integrity?

Looking for…, Nov PAD 6

a “looking for —” poem.

Looking for forgiveness

When you’re at the end of the road

It’s somewhat late for forgiveness

You don’t give it up,

For you can’t give it up.

What more can you hope for –

But the final remnants of you

To get cleaned

And stupefied

By the illusion that forgiveness really IS.