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Simply Divine

This originally appears in Featured for a Night:

Simply Divine

Wiping his ass with his left hand,
leaving the predetermined area
away from the community;
wandering among the throngs who had come
for God knows what;
inhaling the tangy salt of sweat,
his own and that of the multitude,
mingled with sea air;
exhaling three decades of breath coated with
wine and fish, milk and honey,
devoid of Listerine;
scratching an itch in an encrusted right nostril;
ignoring the gnawings of his own belly;
lifting dusty heels and dirty toenails up a hill
to offer thanks and break bread and fish
with both hands.

Copyright © 2015 Scott Daniel Massey

from “Moments of Serenity”

This is from my book of poems Moments of Serenity, all of which were inspired by my granddaughter and angel, Serenity. She was 2½ when this was written.

Touched by an Angel

the smell of flowers
     natural, plastic, painted
trees
tree bark
fallen twigs and branches
swings
mylar balloons
ramen noodles
Goldfish® and raisins
chocolate milk and fresh brewed coffee
the dishwasher and the kitchen sink
     (with help)
Grandma
tongs and wooden spoons
not the electric outlet
the wall,
     with a blue crayon
the sidewalk of Goose Creek
BiLo
Chick-a-let
blocks
twirly dresses
all the magnets on the refrigerator
the pictures held by the magnets on the refrigerator
Spongebob
Veggie Tales
“Finding Nemo”
“Finding Nemo”
“Finding Nemo”
boo-boos and buggy bites
blankalets
“Goodnight Moon”
“Sing, Sing a Song”
“Jesus Loves the Little Children”
airplanes
the moon
Jupiter
this notepad
my hand
my face
my heart

Copyright © 2015 Scott Daniel Massey

Seeing RED

No, I am not angry. In fact, I am extremely excited. RED is complete!

This has been a long process (too long), from conception to publication. Some of the poems for RED were written a couple of years ago with this book in mind. I had to get serious and set aside the time to devote to actually getting it accomplished. Thanks to The Christian Writers Network at Cathedral of Praise in North Charleston, SC for their support and encouragement; to my wife for putting up with a poet; and to the Lord Jesus Christ for not giving up on me, even when I do.

RED is available at CreateSpace.com and Amazon.com.

Thank you bloggers and readers for your comments and views. Now onward to ORANGE.

Preparing RED to be READ 5

This is the part where I just want to be done. To say that the work is complete, send it out there to do what it will, and move on to the next project. But no.

I was not completely satisfied with the graphics. I spent the afternoon getting the resolution right for printing. Re-uploaded the new manuscript with updated pictures. The report back from CreateSpace showed no problem with low resolution graphics. Hurray!

I now await my second proof copy to see how things look this time. I just want it to be done right; the best quality product with the tools I have at hand and my experience with those tools. Just because it’s self-published, just because it’s just poetry, and Christian poetry at that, doesn’t mean it has to be low quality. But because it’s self-published and because it’s Christian I need to give it the best polish possible.

Preparing RED to be READ 4

Received my proof copy yesterday! Living close to the CreateSpace offices is a plus for getting things shipped promptly. (And I pay standard shipping.)

Looking through page by page, most everything seems good. The images aren’t too bad with the low resolution; one or two could be better. I need to remember the 300 dpi lower limit if using pictures next time.

I did find two glaring errors in the table of contents. This is why multiple proofreaders are essential. But this is an easy fix I’ll do this morning and then immediately upload the new file. Within a day or two RED should be available at CreateSpace.com and Amazon.com.

Preparing RED to be READ 3

Doing edit checks on the RED manuscript in CreateSpace this morning. The automatic interior check in CreateSpace found issue with the size of my images (requires at least 300 dpi for quality printing). I thought I had fixed the problem with Paint Shop Pro, but alas it indicates they are still not right. I’m going to have a proof copy printed to see how low quality the images actually appear in print. I wasn’t going for HD, so they may turn out okay.

I was mostly looking at the visual impact in the manuscript: were the paragraphs aligned correctly, did the images track well with the text, any glaring setup issues. I had to make a couple of corrections to one or two pages where the paragraphs/subtitles were not on the right page, but those were quick fixes and the file uploaded again. Just took a few minutes.

Cover design and back cover text are complete, so I should have a printed proof by this time next week.

Copyright © 2015 Scott Daniel Massey

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