This summer is passing by too quickly. I remember thinking about all the things I wanted to do. I made a bunch of lists. And now, here I am a month later and I haven’t done many of the things on that list. But that’s okay because I feel happy. Also that isn’t to say that I’ve done nothing at all because I’ve been writing a book for Camp NaNo. I’ve also been reading obsessively in an attempt to catch up on my Goodreads challenge goal of 100 books. And I’ve been working to feel more at peace with myself – mainly through yoga and meditation (I recommend headspace!). So to sum up this summer, I’ve been waking up and feeling grateful that I have this time to relax and unwind without worrying about what will come next (hint: leaving for college!).
Today, I finally want to share a poem that I wrote in January with you. I spent a few months chipping away at it – editing lines or phrases here and there…until I realized that the version of the poem I wrote late at night, while feeling sad and stressed, was the version I wanted to keep. I submitted this poem last minute to Lancaster University’s Writing Awards and months later, discovered that I placed third in the poetry category. (Sidenote: You can read my work and that of the other amazing finalists on the website here.) And if you would like to receive emails containing poems like the one below, please subscribe to my newsletter.
School ends in a few weeks and I am very much looking forward to it. Senior year of high school was difficult for multiple reasons but that is why I poured all of my heart & soul into my writing. There are days when poetry is all I can think about, days when I am sad (and stressed!) and it is all I have to hold onto. Poetry has become a source of comfort, hope, and inspiration. I draw strength from it. In short, poetry has become something like magic to me.
A few months ago, I promised to share my writing more often and to revive my newsletter, fleet-footed thoughts. With the arrival of summer, I can finally keep both of those promises. For the last six months, I have been working on drafting the first fifteen poems of my chapbook, Visible Things. Today, I’ll be sharing lines from some of those poems.
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tried did this year:
- I made a writing blog! So far I’ve only posted poetry but once I’ve finished editing a few short-stories, I’ll probably be sharing those too. (Oh and I share poetry on ello as well!)
- Some of my poetry was published by literary magazines (ie. Scrittura).
- I tried to do NaNoWriMo..and only managed to write 18K words..
I feel like I haven’t accomplished that much this year but that kind of makes sense because 10th grade has been busy and stressful and I have no idea what I’m doing most of the time.
I know I’m going to be getting busier next year…but I may as well set a few goals for myself, the most important one being to finish everything I start. I know that sounds pretty easy.. but the truth is that I haven’t finished any of my novels yet.
- Finish the first draft of Vivid.
- Start writing & posting (more) chapters of Deadline on wattpad.
- Maybe draft another novel for NaNoWriMo
If I do try writing another novel, here are the retellings I will be choosing from:
- Retelling based on the Ramayana (a Hindu epic I was absolutely obsessed with as a child). It would be from the perspective of Sita and I’m probably going to
messexperiment with the storyline.
- Lesbian sleeping beauty retelling. I doubt nobody has written this before but I think I could find ways to make it more interesting/original (maybe make it more modern?)
- Gender-bender retelling of Little Mermaid or Cinderella. I’ve actually never read one of these but I think it would be fun to write.