There are no hooks or bait. The skill is standing barefoot when the ice water runs across your toes and the feeling goes thick in your fingers waiting for the hum in the current. You can be there for months, lock-kneed and bent into shapes you must learn yourself out of. Still the Poem Fish does not swim in those waters, or if it does you sense it slip smaller than a minnow through the splayed net of your hands, watch the words melt and rush away with the rest of the river current. Other days the Poem Fish arrive in shoals, thrash themselves over each other to leap into your hands. Those are the days you learn which Poem Fish to throw back to grow and which you should take a knife to, split open along the belly seam and spill onto the page. Some will turn before you cut, a dead thing dead before you thump its scaled head against the rocks, and filled with sand. Those are not Poem Fish, they will not fill you up.
Good morning fellow Weekend Coffee Sharers and Saturday morning blog readers. I missed last week’s link up due to the bank holiday mania that descended on the household and the lovely weather that goaded me outside into the garden.
Since we last spoke I have managed to get outside and start planting up some bits and bobs for a vegetable patch. The fiancée and I are in the middle of buying a house so everything has had to go in pots since I don’t want to leave anything behind, but I have the beginnings of a lovely little herb garden and the sunflowers and rocket are just starting to peep up. I’m a little late with planting but I’m hoping to get a fair amount off stuff to grow, but since it’s only the fiancée and I, we don’t need an awful amount and next year I’ll know to start planting sooner.
The garden itself looks pretty good. Alongside my own efforts and the fiancée’s weeding skills, we’ve got flowers coming out all over the place. The poppies have been a constant feature and we have this beautiful clematis on the fence which bloomed all the way through to September last year. Even the rose is just starting to come out. There are just two flowers out at the moment, the one in the photo and another almost buried in the foliage. It’s such a pretty pink colour and there’s buds all over the huge plant so in a couple of weeks it will look amazing. My own rose in the kitchen [mark II] is doing well. I’ve kept it alive for over a month which is impressive considering my record with house plants. Once the last of the flowers are gone I’ll plant it out in a bigger container in the garden where it can have a little more room to grow.
This week I also re-booted The Terrifying Life Of Henry Granger with the first part posted on Wednesday. Making Of Monsters is the first bit of the story and I’m debating doing it as weekly or fortnightly feature. I need to get back to updating Headquarters as well but I don’t want to spend too much time away from Dawn Shadows. I haven’t touched the redraft in days but I’m trying to not beat myself up about my slump in motivation and focus on other creative outlets instead.
I’m afraid there’s a little sad news this week as well. As on Tuesday, the koi that the
fiancée and I bought back in September have gone down from six to five. My favourite of them all, Monsieur, was discovered swimming round in circles on his side on Sunday and by Tuesday he was belly up. For those of you wondering, Monsieur is the one right at the back. He had two little spots of black on his face that looked like a moustache and I adored him.
But back to more positive news. I decided to take something of a step forward with this blog and switched it from a free blog to a premium plan. That means that you can now find me with just http://www.caroljforrester.com. Those using .wordpress.com will get automatically directed across, which is lucky because I still have a couple hundred business cards with that on them, but it now looks a bit more professional and a bit more mine.
Alongside upgrading the plan I’m trying to come up with some ideas of how to push this blog forward. It was started to host my creative writing and that is still the primary objective but I also want to cultivate an audience for Shadow Dawn. It is about promoting myself as a writer and exposing myself to new opportunities in the blogging and writing world. If I want to do that, then I need to get serious about sitting down and writing not only for my novel but for this blog as well. I need to learn to schedule posts and events and work towards targets.
Even if I would rather go and take a nap.
I’m going to try and get disciplined with #freewritefridays and find a few other weekly events to join in with. Yesterday’s free write Balanced On A Blade’s Edge went up last night and I’m trying to work out if it’s just the longer length or something else that means that my prose doesn’t get as many views as my poetry. It doesn’t really matter but the flash fiction pieces do taken much longer to write and it would be nice to have similar traffic to the poetry for them.
That’s all I have to say this weekend. How have the rest of you been? What’s going on with your own blogging experiences and do you have any tips for keeping the green things in my garden alive? Let me know in the comments section below and all the best for the week to come.