30 Poems/Flash Fiction in 30 Days

Inspired by an amazingly talented friend of mine, Steve Toase (who is also known as the Master of Flash Fiction in many circles), I am giving myself the challenge to write 30 pieces of work over the next 30 days.

As I am keen to gather enough work to put together a book of poetry one day, I am aiming to fill the 30 days with mostly poetry. 

However, to keep things interesting and to mix it up a little, I’m also going to dabble with some flash fiction too. This will help train me to get back into the writing ‘habit’ and fitting it into my day again. 

  
I was talking to a friend today and, while we chatted over coffee, our notebooks and pens on table grasping for inspiration, I realised I have lost my ‘writing identity’. It’s been so long since I’ve had the courage to write that I’ve become too scared to do it. 

What if I’m no good? 

What if I’ve lost the ability to think creatively? 

What if my life just isn’t interesting enough to produce interesting writing?

What if I’m really, seriously no good?

I’m sure every writer has these thoughts and if I’m to overcome them I have to force myself to write, even if it is the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever written. I’m sure I’ll churn out plenty of rubbish before I get my mojo back. I just need to be brave enough to do it.

So I’m going to!

I’m not going to post each day’s task as, for example, today’s was dire. But maybe I’ll feel happy about some pieces and want to share. As my confidence grows, then so too will my posts on this blog.


Trichophagia

 

I munch on the strands,

flicking the fibres between gapped

tooth. Tasting conditioner and breath

 

embedded in each split end, my mind

flips back to curling chubby fingers

around mum’s blonde braid.

 

Whether up or down, she always kept

a few flicks by her cheek, softening

her jawline, making her look like an angel.

 

In hamster cheeks I store hair in clumps,

wound like wool, knitting over tongue

and uvula. Hacking through forests

 

of auburn curls I build a nest deep

down in my stomach. There, I will curl

up in the warmth of my mother.

 

 


A Break…Now Back Into It

Wow. It’s been a long time since I viewed this site, never mind write anything on it.

Here’s the update on me.

So I finished University and came out with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Creative Writing and English Language. I don’t know how I managed that but I was (am) super proud. I even managed to secure a job working for an Arts and Events team in local and national newspapers. The only problem with that was working 40 hours a week in front of a computer with two kids waiting at home. It left me little time for the ‘good’ writing. The ‘fun’ writing!

So, I left there after 6 months (shortest job ever) to work in care as a support worker. I’ve been doing this for the last two years and I have never been happier. It’s the best job in the world.

The plan was to pick up with my writing again, but I didn’t. I sat my large posterior in front of the TV each night watching Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Once Upon A Time and other getaway shows. When I wasn’t stuck in a vegetative state in front of the TV, I was lost in my books of course. The need to read overtaking my desire to write. Such is life.

But these past few weeks the urge is coming back. I haven’t been totally out of it. I’ve still attended the odd open mic night and I am now the Chair of York Writers. So I’m not completely out of the loop. But I’m weaving my way back into that circle as we speak.

I have written a few bits here and there so I’ll flick through them and see what I’m willing to show you. They’re mainly work in progress at the moment, but watch this space…I’m coming home!


New E-Zine “The City Fox” Call for Submissions

The City Fox is a new e-zine, founded and edited by Kathy Anne Halliday and co-edited by me.

We are looking for submissions of poetry, prose and art. Anything strange, uncanny, dark, relating to flora or fauna is what we want to read.

Deadline for subs is 30th April for the 1st edition to be published end of May.

Get submitting guys and support the local presses!!! Thanks:)

http://thecityfox.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/call-for-submissions-to-the-city-fox/


Cake Day

Here is a new poem, still in its infancy as it is a first draft.

Would love to know what you guys think!

 

Cake Day

 

Grandma used to say

everyday above ground is

a cake day.

 

I never understood

the saying until now, sat

in the second pew

 

watching lilies tremble

by candlelight. She often

came up with wacky sayings.

 

I’d shrug them off, thinking

her daft in her old age, strange ways.

 

She always kept her helmet

on the kitchen table, next to

a china teapot. One of the few

 

oldies I knew who wore jeans,

her tattoo would peek out from under

the sleeve of her cardigan.

 

They served cake at the wake. Carrot,

her favourite. I tuck into the frosting

and spice, think of her, up there,

 

looking down on me stuffing

my face, smothering myself

in life. Having another cake day.

 

 

 


Dissertation Disaster?

I guess you could say it’s all gone to pot a little. Work on my dissertation is moving along ever so slowly and I really should be picking up the pace. I went from wrestling with a creative non-fiction book to turning it into a historical novel. What a switch!

 

It’s not that I don’t want to write the non-fiction book, and I like to think that I will actually write it. It’s just the deadline for my dissertation is in May and I need to get words on paper. It seems writing fiction comes more naturally to me. This could be down to the fact I read so little non-fiction and maybe I should change this if I am going to write a non-fiction book.

 

Can ya guess what it is yet?

Can ya guess what it is yet?

These are a few of the books I am submerging myself in at the moment which may give you a clue as to what I am writing about. I like to keep the mystery a little so I won’t divulge my idea completely but I am sure some of my readers might be able to guess (or if you know me, you probably know the subject area anyway).

 

 

So as well as writing this dissertation I am also getting involved in other creative projects too. I have recently been appointed the Secretary for York Writers which is a local writing group who meet up once/twice a month and share their work, enjoy listening to guest speakers and sometimes engage in workshops. I have also just co-edited the poetry for Indigo Rising UK and that was fun. I enjoyed reading such a mix of poetry, a lot of which was excellent. Issue three will be released very soon so I will keep you posted.

 

So all in all it’s been a busy start to the year. I haven’t written half as much as I would have liked but I plan to make sure I set aside time in the week to get things down on paper or to work on this novel. The kids can fend for themselves…right?


Pygmy Giant

I am proud to have my piece of Flash Fiction ‘Pebble’ published by Pygmy Giant.

I wrote this piece during a workshop with Nicholas Royle, who edits the great ‘Best British Short Stories’ collections, published by Salt. So I should really credit his inspiration too. Thank you.

Hope you enjoy.

http://thepygmygiant.com/2013/01/29/pebble/

 


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