“Fame is a Fickle Food.” Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

The above quote is attributed to Emily Dickinson. I used her thought as my poem’s theme. The following poem probably falls in the category of Ars Poetica. Some sources say writers should never write about writing. Who wrote that rule?

The South Dakota State Poetry Society (SDSPS) challenged me to write a poem about Writing. The poem won first place in their 39th Annual Contest! Thirty-nine years is a long time to be a respected poetry society. Perhaps they know a thing or two.

Like to write poetry? Go to sdstatepoetrysociety.wordpress.com They are also affiliated with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS). Go to www.nfsps.com to see many opportunities.

Fickle Food

“Fame is a fickle food.” – Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Yes, dear Emily,

fame is fickle.

So are our readers’ tastes.

Advertisers and

publishers tempt

us with whatever

fattens their bank accounts.

I’m a fickle writer.

My plate is always filled

with banquet offerings.

I aspire to be:

an understood poet

(a feat in itself),

a staged playwright,

a creative novelist,

a thoughtful essayist,

who also tells engaging stories.

One day I’ll realize

I cannot eat it all.

These nibbles may not fatten my income,

but I enjoy tasting.

My dessert may wait

posthumously or not at all.

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Marketing is not optional

I haven’t been able to write – really write – lately, because of my marketing efforts.

Since this chore falls on the authors nowadays, I think it’s perhaps to slow us down on publishing.

It seems without marketing and posting a blog, and keeping up with social networking, and direct contact at festivals and workshops, etc, the world tends to forget about little ol’ me and my books.

I’m learning how to maintain my own website. I’m trying to be more consistent writing on this blog. I’m also learning I must communicate on Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, and directly through writer networks.

Whew! When can I get back to writing again?

I know marketing is not mandatory, but if I want to connect with the public (and sell a few books) it is not optional.

If you have any pointers or comments to help me, please, please, please let me know.

Don’t Wait!

For years, I said I’d focus more on my writing once I retire. That day came in the form of an “early out” in February 2005. At last I was able to pursue my true chosen career full time and not be a starving artist.
It felt great! I started desktop publishing. I attended workshops and writers group meetings.
I had a ton of things I’d stored up in notes and deep in my brain cells. Finally, I could focus on them.
I still have a ton of writing I’ve planned over the years. And the ideas and opportunities keep coming. They seem to multiply.
In 2009, I lost the last of my birth family – my brother and mother. Dad died in 2001. Then in September, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Boy, did that put me on notice. I doubled up my efforts. I wanted so much to leave something lasting. I feel proud of my published poetry books. But I also want to leave my prose writing in a lasting book form.
It’s now 2013, I’ve accomplished a lot, particularly poetry writing, publishing, contest entering, and finally compiling into my own books.
My health is great. I believe prevention is the only cure. I’m working hard on keeping toxins at bay, and daily I watch my nutrition. So far, so good.
If you also say, I’ll write once I retire, please heed my advice. Don’t Wait! Do what you can in your spare time. Write a few words each day. Don’t let it get piled up until you just don’t know which project to work on next.
Enjoy your writing time now. Fit it in however that works for you. But if your ambition is to write, don’t wait.