As I review my archives – and one of the nice features of blogs is how we grow archives – I note posts where I am developing ideas for books. There is more content here now than I can remember. My mother said to me when I was young, “If you’re a writer, you’ll write.” She meant this in a big picture way. When I have not been able to be creative in one way, then there is something else. So far, the poetry always returns in one way or another. I may not write many poems, when I am working on the sequence for a book.
For the next large print book, I found the theme and focus in my post this past Saturday. I have an ISBN account and assigned a number to this title: Encouragement, Gratitude, and Hope: Poems by Ellen Grace Olinger. I set the publication date for December 2019. Plenty of room to breathe. Revisions are part of the process, and this is my work – not obligated to a contract.
In another book, Lord willing, I hope to return to an earlier theme of “Wisconsin Seasons and Encouragement.” I took many photos for a few years; and Karl’s photos from this summer and past years are beautiful. It was important for my health to make a more dedicated effort to walk this past summer. The visits to our small towns, Sheboygan, and parks were a blessing. All is well. I am sure there are many layers with all our art.
A small haiku chapbook is another idea, as I’ve shared. I remember, in the 1990s, when I first began with haiku, how much I loved receiving a card in the mail with a small book.
The work itself is a good teacher. Over the years, I’ve often been told I have “the gift of encouragement.” Caregivers also have to take good care. My overall goal with the blogs and books is to offer hope, one small poem, photo, post at a time. I love this way of being able to grow and create.
Thank you. And I like the new Gutenberg editor. I learn a lot about colors, font sizes, and other ideas here.
A deeper sense of confidence – trying new ideas – has grown through the consistent work and feedback.
Ellen Grace Olinger