These days I don’t lay my pen down while I think – it’s a computer mouse, which has reminded me of Robert Burns, his wee timorous Mousie and best laid plans. I have the messiest desk and study, with piles of correspondence, letters, poems to submit and paper to recycle, as well as my boxes of resources for the volunteer work I do at schools and libraries. There’s a small space for anything I need for exam marking and moderating… and then there’s the view of the garden, my constant inspiration.
The first thing I need to do is clear the desk and write a list of upcoming submission deadlines that I plan to meet before Christmas. Daily writing is easier as I have the prompts from dVerse and various other websites. The big plan this year is to get my children’s novel published. Despite being long-listed in the Mslexia Children’s Fiction Competition, I haven’t had much joy with agents and publishers, so I have made a New Year’s resolution in advance – I’m going to try self-publishing.
on the horizon
a new year sails into view
blank sails unfurling
Kim M. Russell, 2017
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Haibun Monday: What are your plans?
I am sad to say that Toni is our haibun host for the last time today as she is stepping down from the dVerse team but not leaving dVerse – we will still see her sparkling poetry.
She tells us that she has plans for writing, going back to school and taking her old Ducati out of storage and getting it road ready, which all sounds good to me – I hope she has a whale of a time.
Toni wants us to write about our plans for our own writing in a haibun.