I’m sick. And when I get sick, I get maudlin. I got a notice that I was getting a deposit from Amazon for the books that I have available. It is the biggest deposit yet, a whole $2.77. That amazes me. It is a sign that people are buying the books that I have written… Mostly poetry, but I have some children’s books and a novella (as Serena).
When I told my mother that I was published her first question was if I had made any money. At the time I stumbled with my answer because I had only made thirty some cents. The fact that I had made anything was a miracle to me, but I knew that would not be what she wanted to hear.
For me, publishing is only a way of being heard. Still, making enough from my writing to buy a drink…. Well it humbles me. Would I like to be able to pay the bills through it? Well of course. I am not stupid. I just choose to be thankful for the small things. How often does changing the perspective change the way something feels?
Small miracles lift up the downtrodden. I choose to see this as a small miracle, so that I am uplifted. What perspective can you change to adjust your view?
©2017 by Patricia Harris
Tumblr is calling,
Porn and poetry,
Pitching me closer
Social media with no
The ability to hide out
Though I am there
For all to see
I can hide inside
My own anonymity.
©2017 by Patricia Harris
People watching gives insight
To the one for who speech
Is nary a delight.
Introverted and shy,
Not even sure why.
Stumbling over words
Unsure if I am making sense.
Seeing fussy children,
The young through the old
Helps to make even
The shaky bold.
Caffine is a miniscule medic,
Offering promises of awakening to
Fateful minds which seek relief
From the shackles of
Exhaustion. Cups restore
So I am on almost all of the social media outlets…. Though it is hit or miss on some as to how often. Tumblr is not something that I am on quite as often…. And yes I use it for poetry not porn…. Lol. It has been the best for poetry prompts. I really like prompts, as it gives me a focus to help the muse.
I finished writing Word Petals, my latest volume of poetry. However, editing and layout will be putting the likely release in January. Still, It meant that I needed a new volume. So I put in play one of the titles that I have in reserve, Soul’s Door. The new volume is already started.
Rust, Gore, and the Junkyard Zombie is still in the first round of edits. We just moved in a new home so I have been very busy, and the edits have been back burnered a couple of times. It is a priority but I have to have things like coffee and clean clothes for my editing time.
The blog/newsletter that I am doing with my sister is up and doing well. We post at least four times a week, often more…. Makes me feel like I am neglecting this one, though I have even gotten better at keeping it up.
If you are wanting to find me on the various social media outlets…. I am pattimouse nearly everywhere. Or just comment and I will answer.
I sat down to write this morning and realized that though this has been a rocky year personally…. It was a great year for my writing. I finished and published three volumes of poetry this year and am nearly done with a fourth. I put in play a pen name, Serena Mossgraves. As Serena I released a Novella (The Death of Neverland). I am nearly done with my first novel (Rust, Gore, and the Junkyard Zombie)… Just have to finish the editing, the writing is done. I have done several short stories and worked with two children’s stories. I also started collaboration with my sister on our Spiritual Gardening blog.
Looking it all over, it really does not seem like as much as it is. Still, it is more than I have accomplished before. With the end of the year nigh, I find myself looking back at the things that I wanted for 2017…and thinking ahead to what I want from 2018. I refuse to measure my life in regret, so I do not dwell on the things that went sideways. However, I do look at them and see what I can learn from what I have done. This year, though a personal hot mess, I was able to redirect myself back to my writing. I was able to make it a priority. That is behavior that I plan on continuing.
What about you? Was 2017 a good year? Why? What will be carried over into the new year?
©2017 By Patricia Harris
Stuck the shelf,
Forgotten in the dreams
Of writer’s long gone.
Clicking clacking keys,
The E sticking,
As dreams once
Crammed in drawers
To hide the writer’s soul.
- In life always take ACCOUNTABILITY of your own actions.
- BELIEVE in yourself even when others do not!
- If you are blessed to wake up each morning CELEBRATE the blessing.
- DECLARE victory even when you have a hard time seeing it.
- Do not just EMPOWER yourself but EMPOWER others around you.
- Always have FAITH that every setback is preparing you for the breakthrough that is coming your way.
- “No pain, No GAIN!”
- You create your own HAPPINESS.
- Never stop IMPROVING on yourself!
- Bring JOY to everyone around you!
- KNOWLEDGE is power!
- RemainLOYAL to yourself!
- MASTER the art of happiness and positivity.
- Never allow your soul to be on life support, NURTURE it continuously.
- OPERATE out of love, never from fear or hate.
- PAMPER your soul as well as your heart.
- From birth we were all given the title of QUEENS & KINGS!
- RESPECT your mind, body, & soul.
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By Patricia Harris
In the teardrops
Falling from the broken heart
In the flower
Dancing in the soft distant wind
In that crippling moment
Of self doubt profound
In the darkness of the heart
Growing by leaps and bounds
In the joy
Of the innocence
In the faith
Of a being above
Poetry hides in all
If you but look
So many poems
For endless books