A short and sweet Sunday post today. Summer is that time of year where schedules get highjacked for either fun vacation-y reasons, or even lazy lounging ones. I am leaving on vacation in a few short days, but I also have some exciting news to share. Therefore, this post will be a little different than usual. Don’t worry, there is still some quick writing advice at the bottom. So, take a peek!
Finally, it’s happening! I have selected poetry from my award-winning series, Colors, on Channillo to create a chapbook, available for purchase the end of this summer. Included in my debut book, Colors Collected, is thirty-one poems from my series, plus several new pieces written especially for the book. I will release my official launch date soon!
As I await this colorful surprise, I will leave you with some color-inspired haiku. Each one stirred by the beauty that surrounds me, nature—always my favorite muse. There are no haiku in Colors Collected, but I couldn’t resist. Awaiting the publisher’s call is all I can do…unless it’s packing for my trip. 😊
Color Guard Haiku
Careful watchman waits
Stands ready and relishes
Tales yet to be told
They gather with the wise one
Hold back giddy glee
Patience flees in long waiting
Joy erupts within
She folds for no one
Weathering each storm to come
Open arms await
Paper petals drawn
His eye awaits the artist
Springing from broad limbs
Leaves and needles shimmering
Hold tight for good news
Like butterflies seizing flight
Rustle with the wind
Petals limp in wait
Head hangs in longing
Of upcoming poetry
Let word travel fast
Drunk with a purpose
Sentinel stands over time
From beyond the grave
Empty veins exposed to sun
Bendy branch blossoms lean in
Listening for truth
Begs for the day to arrive
As you can see, my surroundings are as eager as I am in wait of this new book! It should be ready by the end of summer, a perfect way to tuck a little color in your pocket for the change of season. I hope you will find it as lovely as I do. Happy Summer vacation or lazy resting…in July, it’s all good.
Quick Writing Advice: Change Your Location
I’ve posted before about the importance of having a place to write. Decide wherever that is and sit yourself down in that spot every day. Do this until your body goes into autopilot. Even when you’re not feeling motivated or inspired, your body will remember what it’s doing there and usually, you can get something on the page. This is a routine I practice regularly, and it’s saved me many a slow night.
However, sometimes, especially on lovely summer days, it’s not a bad idea for a change of scenery. It can do wonders for inspiration. Today I spent some time at a shady picnic table. I left refreshed and with a new sense of purpose. Give it a try, in any weather or season.
Need a little inspiration? Change your location.
~Happy Writing (because at least you’re writing),
Celaine Charles, July 28, 2019
Image and Content Links:
All haiku photos from my iPhone 🙂
https://channillo.com/series/colors/ (Colors Poetry Series on Channillo.com)
https://channillo.com/ (Channillo site)
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