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Archive for May, 2016

Published Poetry Pricing

I don’t like doing the self promoting thing (Hey! Look at me!); but since I am not connected to a big-time (or small-time) publisher with a marketing budget, someone has to do this. And it is part of the process.

Anyway…

I just lowered prices for my previously published chapbooks–as far as I could without having to pay amazon personally for the printing. I really need to convert them for Kindle to make them more accessible, but my first attempt to do so was disastrous. The formatting was skewed, the pages not right, and I haven’t gone back to try again. Bit of laziness on my part. I’ll make that my next project.

You can find a list of my chapbooks on the Home page.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Daniel Massey

To God the Increase

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. I Corinthians 3:6 (KJV)

My grandchildren, AJ and Serenity, love to plant things. Green beans, tomatoes and potatoes, apple seeds, avocado pits, and flowers have been planted in pots and makeshift gardens in our backyard. They have enjoyed the harvest of some of these and anticipate possible fruits from others. I taught them to look after their plants, to weed and to water. And I taught them to lay hands on the plantings and ask God to help them to grow and bear fruit.

But I have not followed my own instruction concerning my writings–poetry chapbooks, blogs, and other projects. I write, I edit, I publish; but it is God who gives the increase. Ultimately, I can’t make this stuff I do grow, but my God can.

So now I ask Him to do with these words I scribble together, peck out on a keyboard, and send out into the world in their various forms what He will and all the glory to His name–Jesus.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Daniel Massey

NaPoWriMo Chapbook in the Making

I haven’t written much since NaPoWriMo. That month long exercise kept me focused, gave me a quantifiable goal in short spurts. Apparently I need that.

My manager recently changed my schedule, so I now have Mondays off. Thinking this would be an excellent time to accomplish some writing–no one else in the house, wife and daughter at work, granddaughter in school–I entered my office for the first time in awhile. But right now, I have so many unfinished projects, I didn’t know what to work on first.

If I learned anything from NaPoWriMo, it was that all I needed to do was show up and do something. Now even though I didn’t actually get any new writing done that day, I did start to put together a manuscript of the NaPoWriMo poems. I’m including the prompts with web address and some short commentary, currently titled NaPoWriMo 2016: Random Promptings & Outside Influences. I’ll keep you informed of the progress.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Daniel Massey

Sitting in a dark place

Must we live in the dark to see the light?

The Measure of a Failure

How will I measure my success–
with a micrometer?
in milligrams?
by percentages of pennies?

Can it be weighed
by the lint in my pockets,
the mold on my walls,
the air in my gas tank?

Will it be a list
of the jobs that I’ve lost,
of the plans that have failed,
of the dreams that went bust?

Are there measurements
for missed opportunities,
lack of ambition and passion,
for melancholic regrets?

Or is it simply seen in the lackluster
look in the eyes of my wife
staring at spaces between
the cans on the shelf?

Copyright © 2016 Scott Daniel Massey

Thank You, NaPoWriMo 2016

Wrapped up NaPoWriMo 2016. My first attempt at this challenge went well. I don’t have tons of time to write and a lot of my time for this challenge was used looking for prompts that inspired me. In the end, I believe I produced some excellent work. Some need a bit of revision, though I did try to publish polished pieces (I don’t like to post junk).

I think I will compile the lot into a chapbook, prompts and all; perhaps with some commentary. I will keep you posted.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to read, like, and follow. A special thanks to F.G.M. at Poems & Poèmes for reading from start to finish. His poems, English and French, are beautiful.

Copyright © 2016 Scott Daniel Massey

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