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Italian Ingenuity
« on: April 10, 2018, 08:27:49 AM »
Welcome back to the writer's weekly progress report, where we attempt to extricate ourselves from procrastination's stranglehold and the dazzling, shiny void of over-polished kitchens.

Post your updates and/or new words here, so we may all bask in the glory of each other's linguistic acrobatics - then join us back on the 30th for an 'English' spaghetti special :P


PS: I wonder if anyone would be interested in an outdoor writing adventure/picnic during the holidays?
"Our imagination spans that infinite moment, between the asterisk and the ampersand."

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Re: Italian Ingenuity
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2018, 04:33:03 PM »
I made fun of myself yesterday for saying I was going to post everyday, then not. So, I guess the best I can do by way of a challenge or pledge is to recommit to that. Of course the important thing is that I write every day, posting every day just solidifies that commitment.   

I won't be posting word counts, or anything like that. Defeats the purpose. For me, anyway. Poetry is about bite-sized chunks. You don't get demoralised if what you do is only small.   

Would anyone mind if I posted what I write?   

And outdoor writing sounds delightful. Weather permitting, of course.

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Re: Italian Ingenuity
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2018, 05:49:40 PM »
I certainly don't mind if people post their work - the more the merrier, right?

I'd post my own, except I don't have anything I'd consider worth it yet, right now. I did write a bit of stuff about the wind this morning, only 33 words, but it's better than I've done last week.
"Our imagination spans that infinite moment, between the asterisk and the ampersand."

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Re: Italian Ingenuity
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2018, 08:13:46 PM »
I like the new title, I think I'll need some ingenuity to keep writing everyday  :-\

Wrote maybe 100 words today, better than usual haha. Please do share your work here if you want to, I just don't normally feel like it.

I love the idea of an adventure over the holidays  :D 
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Re: Italian Ingenuity
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2018, 05:50:58 PM »
Last night was weird, huh. A lot of Auckland still without power, apparently. Work was cancelled today. I thought servers were usually overseas though - and therefore unaffected by local stuff like this. I had a website a few years ago get knocked out by Hurricane Sandy in the Eastern U.S..   

I am glad there is support for posting work. The way I envision it, it's not about quality. So if you have nothing "good enough" to post, post it anyway. I am in two minds about that, though - I mean, how can you ask people to critique your work if you're not putting your best foot forward?   

Let's post, and work that out later, I guess.

Last night I continued that Joyce-ian stream of consciousness thing. Writing hasn't flowed like that in so long.

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Re: Italian Ingenuity
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2018, 08:27:11 AM »
Writing everyday just isn't working for me at the moment and I'm going away for the weekend. I think I'll take a break from trying to write for a short while.

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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2018, 10:52:46 PM »
Sometimes you just need to take a step back from it, before it becomes a chore. Best of luck recharging. 

Reddit has a poetry critiquing forum. So there's that.

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Re: Italian Ingenuity
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2018, 06:44:25 PM »
Hello!
Sorry I haven't posted anything. My one goal for the next two weeks is to finish the writer's CV and send away my manuscript before my 30th birthday next week.
I love the idea of an outdoor writing picnic. I have a full schedule of uni and step-children-ing for the next two weeks so I won't be able to come along, but I'd love to hear about it!
Happy writing or incubating, all  :)

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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2018, 06:16:22 PM »
Sorry I haven't been posting too. I'm too fixated on attention, and as long as no one else was posting, I didn't want to be talking to myself. If not for my urge to showboat, I'd have been posting everyday, like I said I would.   

But happily I can say that I have kept up writing everyday. I finished this yesterday.   

I used to look at my reflection, and think “that’s a real good looking boy”
In the reflection in the bus window, as I rode home late at night.   
My face used to bring me a smile after a long day
Hollow cheeks and blonde hair and a sharp nose
The window’s imperfect reflection didn’t show my acne
I was 18

I am watching a man with dimples. He’s older than I am now
Much older. But he aged well
Did I?
My cheeks filled out, and my skin dried
It’s hard to feel young when you live in your body
and see that reflection every day
   

Good luck with your manuscript!

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Re: Italian Ingenuity
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2018, 09:50:27 PM »
I found this... http://shortandsweet.org.nz/auckland/submissions-auckland-2018   

It's always been a dream of mine to have a script produced. So, I'm going to give it a try. 

Does anyone else know of any publication opportunities?

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Re: Italian Ingenuity
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2018, 12:14:23 AM »
Hey everyone
Sorry I haven't said anything much either, but I have been reading this thread.

I was looking forward to a picnic but the weather doesn't seem obliging.
Maybe next week would be good.

I went to the Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, but was in such a rubbish mood I barely enjoyed it. The motorway noise directly adjacent did not help, and I think the Wintergardens might be nicer (and easier to get to!).

I also found this interesting article: https://creativesomething.net/post/55508909341/the-link-between-depression-and-creativity-and
"Our imagination spans that infinite moment, between the asterisk and the ampersand."

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Re: Italian Ingenuity
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2018, 04:43:17 PM »
Hi folks!

Thanks for sharing your poem TSA1984! Please don't feel shy about posting as much as you want to. It will inspire the rest of us.

And thanks for the article Agent 24. I will have a read.

I sent my manuscript away!!!  ;D ;D ;D Happy.






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Re: Italian Ingenuity
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2018, 04:15:41 PM »
I hate being sick. It's an excuse not to do so much. And I dont need any more excuses. I'm not sure if we had a meeting today - I never would've made it though. It's working its way out, whatever it  is, anyway.   


What happens when I get tired?
The frame rate drops
The usual 24fps
loses four frames for every hour I miss
The picture is jerky and slow.

I am in there watching
Alert, but unable
Bemused
A broken machine
Its controls unresponsive
and I am inside it

Like being drunk
But I don’t get drunk anymore
I used to drink
and go for 42 hours
I know a guy who works at Vector
He’ll get us into Chemical Bros for a molly

It never happened
We never made it
It never happened
We never made it
It never happened
We never made it
It never happened
We never made it

I used to be manic
I can’t get like that anymore
In a pub, a guy is talking to about Dr Who
He’s tiny and gay and won’t shut up
Will the waitress come and offer me another drink
I’ll never have one if she doesn’t
“go the Dragons”

Breathe in the smoke
Exhale through my nose
They’re connected, y’know
I know
Because I can breathe in the smoke,
and exhale it from my nose


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Re: Italian Ingenuity
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2018, 08:42:19 AM »
Great poem!! Thanks for sharing. I especially like the first stanza and the idea of the frame rate dropping when you're tired. I also like the link between "Go the dragons" and the smoke coming in and out of your nose.

Here is a competition for you all to enter:

https://mailchi.mp/a9966384e532/nzps-international-poetry-competition-closes-31-may

Please do!

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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2018, 04:35:02 PM »
What a fantastic opportunity!

Haiku:   

Grandpa fought in a war
For rights we are not allowed
To mention to him