Been quite a while since I've been here, and while I have done a little writing in that time, it hasn't been the type I'd usually share here (it's mostly song lyrics, which generally don't ever end up finished/polished enough for me to publish anywhere). However, I recently realized that next year it will be 2015. Why is that significant? I'll explain.
Two of the best things I did for my writing were 100 Theme Challenges. I did my first one in 2007, focusing primarily on poetry. My second HTC was in 2011, and I focused on stretching my styles and abilities, straying away from anything at all that I was used to in favor of new methods/topics/styles. When I noticed those two HTC's were 4 years apart, I told myself that maybe I should make that a consistent time gap. Doing HTC's too often would burn me out on them, I feel, and four years is a long enough time to allow for substantial personal change.
With 2015 fast-approaching, I'm looking forward to taking on a new HTC. This time, the focus is on just writing. I've been gone from writing for a while, so I imagine I'll be quite rusty, so I'll allow myself what I considered the easy way out in 2011--free form poetry. From 2007, I know that I could put out that kind of work ridiculously quickly (I did 90% of my HTC in Nov/Dec), which is what led me away from it in 2011. Now, since I haven't been writing much, I'm willing to engage in that to get my old gears spinning again, but I'll be trying to mix things up along the way as well. I'll be jumping between various styles, media, and topics throughout the year, attempting to both revisit old mainstays as well as tread entirely new ground for me.
I have no idea how it will turn out; I haven't touched poetry in ages, but I'm excited to get back to it.
To quote a "recent" piece of mine, "Authorship is written in red from a silver pen--a pen that is first driven into the author's chest to draw ink from their still-beating heart."
Ink has been confined in these veins too long; the coming year will finally see it bled to canvas again.
Listening to: Birthday Massacre
Reading: Scarlet - Stephen Lawhead
Drinking: Hot tea and hard cider