Hi all. I just had to pop in quickly and BE amongst the PoetryFriday tribe. Which means, I have to share something poetic!
Something that’s making me smile is a new verse novel I started working on last Friday. Mid-June, at my first post-lockdown catch-up with a friend, (also a writing buddy) we somehow ended up talking about one of the best units of work I’d taught (with a wonderful teaching partner) and my friend looked at me and said, ‘There’s your next book!’ … I’d never even considered it… but the more I did, the more I thought she could be right. After six months of picture books, I have been itching to get into a verse novel.
When I started working on it last Friday, I didn’t know I’d be gifted with this week alone to write. 3,650 words say thank-you very much to husband and son for important work elsewhere. What has been especially lovely is that the main character in this verse novel is a minor character from a previous verse novel, so I feel like I’ve been meeting old friends again!
It’s still a long way from finished – but I’m excited.
Speaking of verse novels, I have just started reading our friend Sally Murphy’s latest, ‘Worse Things’. I say, ‘just started’ because I started this afternoon, and thought to just peep inside… but it seems I read for a little longer than I had planned, because my marker says I’m not quite half-way through.
Poetry helps us rest in small moments – like this definition poem Sally wrote. I love it for itself(!) – but it also resonates beautifully with the main character in my new WIP.
To stand apart
but not a part.
© Sally Murphy 2020
I am also loving Sarah Davis’ artwork throughout, that adds so much to the text. And the variety of styles employed! Needless to say, my bookmark (errr… old docket) will not hold this place for long!
Hoping that you too have been dipping into wonderful word-works, and spreading your own creative wings. Thanks Heidi for hosting us. Back to School; Poetry Friday is Here! (And so is the Poetry Friday round-up!) I’m thinking of all my American friends as you head back to school – however your district is balancing that act!