Saturday Writing Update – 15/07/17

Coming close to 22:00 and here is the final post of the week. Hope you enjoyed my Haikus as much as I did writing them.

Good news! I have a competed draft of Chapter One for The Elephant & The Nun and I will be sharing the first ~250 words or so with you all next week, so please give copious amounts of critical feedback! And you’re always welcome to a copy of the whole drafted chapter to read.

Short stories are progressing, two in the works and they should both be drafted by the end of July, along with a third being worked on at the start of August. 

Poems are good and have a few finished for posting, but Fables, Depths, and Heights has stalled somewhat I’m afraid. Chasing time to scrap into it. Probably print out a copy on to paper and scribble all over it as previously done. Also considering redoing poems from A Travelling Man, or simply grouping my favourites into one set. We’ll see where the whim blows me.

This Week’s Flight – Poem

Before the poetry here, let me tell you that my collection Fables, Depths, and Heights is now available on Kindle. I’ll drop the link ASAP. Now, normal service.

Again, a Sydney Keyes influenced poem (quite the war poet – died young, but he had already written well). Step up from those Monday Blues, here we have a week ahead of us prime and full of time for living; let us use it wisely.

This Week’s Flight

Just to laugh and see some smiling face
Laugh with me and not wonder why, but
Instead why not! The mirth opens up
To swallow the bleak and greying glum.
Hawks have handles in the wind and so
We have a way to rise in currents,
Breezing by blues and the freezing clouds
That scratch at a heart so rigid proud.

Wide flights, high flights, international
Oceanic wings, distant runways,
All things drearily waking before
The weekdays eyes just barely open.
Come, come! Let’s be up and facing time
We can use well and wisely before
The weekends eyes wink in slow slyness,
And in our shyness we dip our flight.

Saturday Writing Update – 28/01/2017

Fables, Depths, and Heights – a poetry collection by Andrew Davies is coming to e-book this next Monday! Final polishings and then it’s all go go go, so that’s exciting.

Apologies for the lack of posting recently, I have plans to increase that output and am putting more time and thought into each piece before it goes up. If things go as they should I will be posting three poems each week, and a short story every month. But please bear with me as I’m still juggling the normal life of time constraints, energy levels, and work that we all lead. I’m also looking to put more and more hours into a debut novel entitled The Elephant and The Nun (which is getting me quite excited I have to say, but more news will be read of that over the next year).

Hope you are all healthy and happy. Write well friends.

Andrew

Saturday Writing Update – 26/11/16

Most importantly it’s under a month till Christmas! My wife and I helped a friend put up their Christmas tree yesterday evening and that really brought it home how close it is now. And what does a writer wish for most as Christmas comes around? A completed manuscript! I’m so close to having that now. The other day I put the final touches to a verse that could close the final poem to go into this upcoming collection. Fables, Depths, and Heights is almost available for you all to read! 

My plan now is to tidy up through December and the beginning of January, have a front cover designed, and set it up for pre-order. Then I can consider doing my first poetry readings. It’s an exciting adventure up ahead whatever happens! 

Returning A Married Man

I married on the 14th of May. It’s been a wonderful time, and am sure it will continue to be so. With the rest from the honeymoon, the understanding of exactly how much work I need to fit in to a week, and the organising of a schedule for my days, I now feel comfortable writing something for this blog at least once a week.

RETURNING A MARRIED MAN

Open arms I’m hoping for,
Returning a married man.
Hold no pressure I ask,
I’ll do the best that I can.

As for my other poetry, its coming along rather swell and I’m looking at 32 drafted poems for my next collection; with yet another set forming behind them.

Would any of you be interested in reading 1 or 2 poems in the subject’s of Fables, Depths, and Heights? I would be very grateful for an opinion on some.

Spending Natural Time

Past times have, naturally, been spent
In natural ways according to
A fallen nature that has been rent.

Is this the way that I’m meant to be?
Would a holy God allow these slips
And falls upon my way to the lee?

By the book that we have been given,
We can read of a law old as age.
Says: to keep it we should be driven.

Driven by love and not by terror,
It is now a joy to serve our Lord.
He has forgiven all my errors.

Thanks for reading,
Andrew

Saturday Update: 19/12/2015

Wow. Wow wow wow.

The last two weeks have been full to the brim of work and happenings. I’ve been taking on more hours at work (married life looms and the wallet must be full!), walking the dog when I can, and writing when I am able. On top of that there’s bad sleep, general stress, and spiritual struggles. This is why I haven’t managed to keep up my routine so well (yet again!). I am thankful for the faithfulness of the Lord as these matters assail me.

Writing Updates!

Now, to the main reason for this post: the writing updates. How is Andrew getting along with his writing? 

Well, if we were to read the true opening paragraph and consider for a moment, we might come to the conclusion that he has not done very well at all, but ah! That is not the case; I am happy to report. 

We’ll deal with the most progressed first (incidentally, this list also denotes the order I wish to publish them in!): Short Story Collection  as yet untitled.

I was working on a story based upon a writing competition prompt. The competition has long since ended, but I found the prompt engaging enough to write for the sake of writing. I had no fear of the outcome. No hopes or aspirations. There was no underlying message to aim towards. I was writing for the joy of creation and that alone!

It is called Moonlit River’s Rest. A stand-in title that I feel okay with. The first draft is complete and I’m now looking to share it with a couple of people to receive feedback etc. If anyone reading this is interested, please do comment or go to the contact page of my site and drop me an email.

Next! Fables, Depths, and Heights. My next poetry collection is lining up quite nicely for publication in a years time. With this I’d really like to get some illustrations and organise a neat contents page. I haven’t yet decided whether to do this all myself or to outsource some work to another. If you know of anyone who could do either of these jobs, let me know in the comments or via email again.

Thirdly. Finally. Lastly! The Elephant and The Nun. My first full length story is set in a fantasy world with faeries, goblins, magicians, and opposing two mountains. As with all fantasy stories I am overshadowed by the likes of Tolkien even before I set a plot in motion, but I am aiming to underlay the entire story with things applicable to today’s world (one delicate matter in particular that is dominating the news at this time). In this way I want to stand out amidst a crowd of fantasy creations past, present, and future. 

At the moment I am waiting to receive feedback from a couple of people, though I am unsure how long this will take so will be cracking on when I get the time. 

Again, I would love beta-readers for this wok. Anyone who is interested can comment or email me. 

One more thing. How was your week?

Thanks for reading guys, 

Andrew