Monday, June 29, 2009


So, I started a "novel" this past December. I woke up from a very vivid dream that I knew could be the start of a really interesting novel idea. I wrote down everything I could think of that belonged to that "world" (it's a kind of fantasy-genre idea) and have continued to keep some notes when I come up with new characters, etc. but I have only really WORKED on writing it for 2 nights. I have one page actually written. It's kind of depressing. Yes, I was in school at the time, but now I have time and I haven't touched it yet. 

The other day, out of curiosity, I looked up the bio of Stephenie Meyer, the author of the "Twilight" series. I discovered that she is a mom of three young sons and the idea for her books came to her in a dream on an ordinary day when she had to take care of her little boys. She is now making $50 million a year. It may sound ridiculous, but I have to think that if she could do it (busier than I am in the parenting department!), I could too. I don't really care about the money so much, I just would love to get this book done and hopefully published. But to do that, I need to start working on it. I need to get my butt in gear. To do this, I think I am going to have to set myself some deadlines. I think I'll start by just getting myself to try and write at least a page every day. Usually if I get a page I want to do more, so hopefully that will get the raw material down and then I can start playing with it. Sorry I'm thinking out loud here. I guess I'm just looking for some moral support from you!

Hence the early blog post today. I will return tomorrow with a new (and not as intimidating, I promise!) Poetry Challenge. So today's your last chance to have a crack at the sestina!

Haiku News

now doubts eyewitness accounts
of Neda's death. Hmm.

Madoff sentenced to
150 years.
Payback is a bitch.

Michael Jackson's mom
given custody of kids;
hope they're OK now.


Alicia said...

I'd LOVE to read a book you write. I'm sure you'll do great and with your new writing 'schedule' you'll have it done in a matter of time. I can't wait for tomorrow's poetry challenge.

Minerva said...

Alicia--thanks!! I have had students say the same, I hope they mean it so my mom and I aren't the only ones with copies of it! LOL...Seriously, though, I am encouraged by your words. I WILL get it done eventually, I'm just hoping for sooner than later at this point :)

Anonymous said...

Haiku News Commentaries

Will cast any doubt needed
To stay in power.

The conservatives
(Khamenei and the army)
Will help buttress him.

Madoff is lucky--
Dissatisfied customers
Would skin him alive.

I'm sure we all hope
That the press will let those kids
Have a normal life.


(I'm not sure whether this will be a double--or triple--post. It's acting wonky. Apologies where applicable.)

Minerva said...

Cicely--so far, just the once. Thanks!

Mimi said...

Children are privilege,
Not chattel to be slapped
for minor misdeeds.

A pleasant breakfast,
waitstaff attentive to our needs -
then whack, whack, whack cry.

Apparently it
is an unwritten rule that
Bacon can't be rolled!

If you think that mom
got away without my stare,
You don't know my style.

The damage she did
spilled over from her son to me -
unhappy morning.

How I wished for a
calming word or advice to
apply some healing.

I was not being nosy here. It happened directly in my line of sight six feet away.
This was a nine or ten year old boy. She actually slapped him once before this - I think for talking with his mouth full. I tried to give her the benefit of some doubt that time (though I don't hold with hitting kids - maybe he'd been obnoxious earlier, or maybe she had a death in the family???), but the second time it was blatant and totally uncalled for. I felt helpless.

Minerva said...

I'm sorry you had to see that, and that it happened at all. I agree, some people don't seem to be deserving of their children. Hugs.

Anonymous said...

Rolling in bacon
Is one of life's great pleasures!
No bacon for Mom!

"I agree, some people don't seem to be deserving of their children."

And there are parents
No kid, however ill-trained,
Deserves to suffer....