I know my blog has been a little (ahem) inactive lately. I’ve relied heavily on reblogs and some other miscellaneous posts instead of offering my weekly advise and insights on writing and craft. I’m sure there will be times I feel moved to write about writing, but for now, I’ll leave craft to the experts.

Since starting a new job almost six weeks ago (holy cow, I can’t believe it’s been that long), I’ve haven’t had as much time to blog and write. I’ve been trying to rewrite and edit Better Than Perfect in preparation for publication this summer. After doing an initial re-read of the manuscript, I decided to change the whole thing (75,000 words) from past to present tense. Needless to say, this has been a huge undertaking.

Today I’ve got a bad case of Almost-Monday Blues. I truly dread the upcoming week for many reasons. Consequently, I haven’t edited a single page today. Nor have I done any laundry or taken care of the many errands on my list. I have, however, written a poem. I’ve recently fallen in love with the haiku format because I believe it is an excellent exercise for authors who tend to be a bit wordy. (I’m not naming names. Okay, fine. Me.) Haikus force the author to be economical with words, which is an essential skill.

I’ve chosen to write about insignificance. If you’ve ever felt insignificant in a relationship, or at your job, or as an author, or even as a person in this big, overwhelming world we live in, this poem might speak to you.


Out of sync and out of step

Never good enough


I claw at my throat

Choking, gasping on the fumes

Of your selfishness


My words repel you

Unwelcome chatter from my

Detestable mouth


At last I’m silent

It’s what you’ve always wanted

My voice in a tomb


When I’m gone will you

Mourn at the funeral of

My good intentions?


When I close the door

Will soft echoes of despair

Whisper in the night?


As I run away

With my bag of broken dreams

Your screams follow me


I cover my ears

Drowning out the cries of your



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