Sunday, August 11, 2013

Row80: Back-aches and Poetry

    I’ll be honest.  I want nothing more than to not write a blog post right now.  I managed to tweak my back in the midst of my latest clean-the-house attempt and am writing to you from my cocoon of self-pity and cushions.  Of course, I managed to do this after having de-shelved all my books and well before the re-shelving was complete.  That’s what I get for above-and-beyond thinking.  After all, when better to re-organize than while cleaning?

    Still, it is Sunday and a check-in is due.  My first half-a-week back on the Row80 band-wagon was a hit and miss endeavor.  I missed yesterday’s 300+ count due to laziness and fatigue.  But otherwise have held steady.  Of note, WOK starts a new daily writing challenge today.  700 words a day for 3 weeks.  I’m going to give it my best go but am leery of taking too much on, suspecting that ambition may have played a part in my prior slippage (see prior blog post).  Still, better ambitious than lazy.

    In other news, I attended my poetry critique group yesterday with two pieces.  They were both well-received.  In fact, only one garnered any suggestion toward change.  I am, of course, not certain this is a good thing.  I have often heralded lack of criticism with suspicion, if not disdain.  I look at my work, every sentence I have ever strung together…and I see room for improvement.  If I can see it, staring out at the world from within its framework, shouldn’t others find those same flaws, find more?

    I know, I know, I should shut my mouth and say “thank you.”

    So I do.  I smile and nod and say the words.  The words come easily enough, manners providing cover to a disappointment I cannot as easily express.

    No, I don’t understand it either.


  1. Anna,

    I am so sorry about your back, and hope your cocoon is close, at least, to a stack of books...sending lots of healing thoughts in your direction.

    I,too, sometimes take on goals that feel a little insane, but come with great benefits, even if I don't quite get there. Something is always learned, and that can make the whole effort worthwhile. Also, any challenge that gets you adding words and thinking of stories seems worth a try.

    Maybe don't think of it as slippage, but instead just a part of life. You can go forward from here. =D

  2. passing by, had to say hi.