Shawn L. Bird

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poem-loon laughter July 21, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 5:09 pm
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Ghostly calls across the lake

loons declaiming poetry

its harmonic tones drowned 

by strident laughter

in the cabin next door

from a less musical loon.




On the right of the photo, the two small white dots on the water are the loons.


words July 4, 2013

Filed under: Poetry,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:38 pm
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I commit to write

one thousand words a day

So I am 3 437 words behind today.

Day four.

I read the manuscript

the W.I.P.

and laugh out loud

at scenes so real

I believe them.

More scenes

Good scenes


how do they connect?

Where will I

find the patchwork

pieces to make

this fit together?

I think.

I clip a poodle.

I think.

I clean the kitchen.

I think.

I make the bed.

I think.

I go to the gym.

I think.

I tell my students,

“Don’t think. Just write,

your brain is in your pen.”

So now I need

to take

my own advice.


Camping out NaNo style April 3, 2013

Filed under: Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:05 pm
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April is Camp NaNoWriMo time.  You may know about NaNoWriMo–that frenzy of writing that is National Novel Writing Month.  If you sign up, you commit to write 50,000 words of a novel in November.  (Like you have nothing better to do, what with American Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and the like!)   I find it to be a punishing pace to write 1666 words every day for 30 days.  You can join with or make writing friends who you encourage.  You write.  Your receive encouragement or pressure from your writing friends.  You write. You get inspiring emails from the Office of Letters and Light.   You write.   I did it (as you can see by the icon on my page), but I confess that while working full time and juggling all my other responsibilities,  it was really painful.

Camp NaNo is  much less intense.  First of all, you can set your own goal.  I set mine for 25,000 words in 30 days.  That’s the pace I wrote Grace Awakening Dreams and Power: an average of 834 words a day.   At that pace I finished a 157,000 word (400+ pages) novel draft in six months.    It is a nice, relaxing pace, and joining Camp will provide the discipline of commitment and accountability to stick with it, since I’ve gotten a bit lax in my writing routine lately.

So here I am, plodding along at camp.  I still have to introduce myself to my cabin mates (having some trouble figuring out how to email them).   Another nice thing about Camp, is that it doesn’t have to be a novel, so long as you’re writing.  So while I do have a novel that I expect to be working on, I can count blog posts, poetry, and articles I write for magazines.  Gotta love that, right?

Look! This makes 290+ words towards today’s word count! 🙂

See you at Camp?


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