Hello Readers of Tales and Verse! It has been too long. We shouldn’t have to limit our time together to National Poetry Month.

We should be doing this ish all year round!

In that spirit, I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is that I will not be focusing on this project any time soon. Though I will be working away at it piece-by-piece behind-the-scenes until its time comes again.

The good news is that I have begun implementing a new project schedule so that I can actually finish what I start on my ever-growing-and-evolving to-do list of books and stories and poems and plays that I spend way too much time shaking my fist at (And instead keep the writing progress going year-round).

Less fist-shaking, more writing.

My plan is to go back and forth between helpful writing and creative writing (all with ties to fairy tale principles, obviously) with each project being given 100 days as my number one priority (10 days in draft mode, 90 days in campaign mode). Here’s my current schedule:

  1. 100 days spent working on 31 Days of Narratemes, a guided journal for questing the crap out of your daily life;
  2. 100 days spent working on The ABCs of Hoarding Like a Dragon, a memoir written as an alphabet book rather than as single linear story (it’s a Polish literary genre, and I’m Polish, so I’m doing it);
  3. 100 days spent on Puttin’ the Puss in Boots, a guidebook to the MASTER CAT method for living happily ever out there; and,
  4. 100 days working on Sally Forth, a paranormal young adult book about a pair of sisters in the aftermath of one of them becoming a ghost who can only communicate by quoting Bill Murray (a very loose re-telling of SnowWhite).

Now a big part of how I plan to get this done is an accountability practice which I am making public so that we can all get things done together (plus some not-public writing practices):

  1. Every morning from 9:00am-11:30am I live stream my Morning Writing HERE so that anyone can join along and do what they’re going to do;
  2. I have created a 2-part Facebook event (because apparently you can’t created events with more than 52 individual dates) HERE and HERE where folks can keep up-to-date on book section releases and partake of my public accountability practice and get a few bonus goodies along the way;
  3. When I’m not publicly work on 31 Days of Narratemes, a guided journal for questing the crap out of your daily life, I have off-camera writing time scheduled for completing my memoir (then when the memoir writing goes public, my off-camera writing time will be spent on the guidebook, and so forth); and,
  4. At the start of each 100 days of Morning Writing, I’ll start informing readers of my incomplete projects (like you folks reading these poems) of my updated project schedule so that we don’t all forget that this is happening, people, some way, somehow.

Here’s to having the fairy tale without the lame-isms!

Good journey, my friends,

Happy National Poetry Month!

Who’s ready for some versified fairy tales? You are, clearly, because here we are talking about it.

Plus - have to say it - Happy International Children’s Literature Day! (because Happy Birthday to Hans Christian Andersen)

This is a very good month for me, except that one year, but we won’t get into it. I’ve delayed the fairy tale goodness from you for too long, so here’s the facts:

  • every day (because, National Poetry Month) I will write and post a new poem inspired by an extant fairy tale (currently working my way through Grimms’ Tales for Young and Old);
  • every Sunday (because this year April ends on a Sunday) you will receive a "digest" of those poems I wrote and posted that week; and,
  • every poem is "subtitled" by the inclusive range of seconds on the clock calculated to determine the lengths of the poems.
Which brings us to now, the first Sunday of April 2017, which, falling on the 2nd of the month, means you get two poems:

  1. Clever Hans
  2. The Three Languages
This brings the running tally of poems (begun last year) to 33 poems out of the planned 129, and 17 minutes plus one second into the 12-hour countdown to "midnight."

See you next week,

P.S. If you’re interested in getting even more poetry-fun from me this month, there are a number of things you can do:
  1. follow me on twitter and or follow me on periscope; as every day this month I’ll be going live with readings/recitations of individual sonnets from The Original Sonnets of The Penrose Trekkie project.
  2. follow me on instagram; while I’m usually all about holistic storytelling over there (and I still will be) some of the fairy tale poetry I write makes for a lively tune and I have every intention of singing some of them into my IGstories.

Ah, the last day of National Poetry Month, from here on out I’ll be going at my own pace. In the mean time, here are the last two poems of the month:

  1. The Louse and the Flea
  2. The Girl Without Hands
Also, the promised surprise, some of the poems posted this month are available to listen to on Soundcloud. Enjoy!

Week four of National Poetry Month, 15 minutes and 1 second into our 12-hour prompt, 240 more lines of verse inspired by 7 more fairy tales:

  1. The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
  2. Mother Holle
  3. The Seven Ravens
  4. Little Red Cap
  5. The Musicians of Bremen
  6. The Singing Bone
  7. The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs
With just two more days to National Poetry Month, expect two more poems on the 30th plus a little surprise.

Week Three of National Poetry Month, 11 minutes and 11 seconds into our 12-hour prompt, 191 more lines inspired by 7 more fairy tales:

  1. The Three Snake Leaves
  2. The White Snake
  3. The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean
  4. The Fisherman and His Wife
  5. The Brave Little Tailor
  6. Aschenputtel
  7. The Riddle

Two weeks into National Poetry Month, 8 minutes into our 12-hour prompt, and 236 more lines inspired by 7 fairy tales:

One week into National Poetry Month, 4 minutes 4 seconds into our 12-hour prompt, and 184 lines of  46,800 inspired by 7 fairy tales:

  1. The Cat and the Mouse Set Up Housekeeping
  2. Mary’s Child
  3. The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers
  4. The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids
  5. Faithful Johannes
  6. A Stroke of Good Business
  7. A Miraculous Fiddler

Hope you don’t mind my sending them out as weekly updates, I can totally switch over to sending out the poems individually so you can read a poem a day in your inbox. Just let me know!

Currently pulling double-duty as the "About" portion of the project page

I’m writing an epic collection of poetry 

I’m not entirely sure why except that I got the idea for this project and I cannot for the life of me let it go ... ever. 

There will be one line of verse for every second in a twelve-hour period. Why? That’s a long old story that started with a movie, got warped by a job hunt, and then cut in half by the grace of God.

Every poem will be based on a fairy tale (starting with the Brothers Grimm as translated by Ralph Mannheim), and every line will be five syllables long (to match the phrase "once upon a time").

Let’s talk a little about numbers

Did you know that the second-hand and the minute-hand meet 59 times every hour? The equation to find the meetings is:

Or that the minute-hand and the hour-hand meet 11 times in a twelve-hour trip around the ol’clock’s face? The equation for that is:

I know these things because the information is available all over the place online. Know what isn’t available? The number of times the second-hand meets the hour-hand every twelve hours.

The equation for that isn’t available either. Not unless you go to an old blog of mine to which I have not intention of linking so I’ll just tell you the hard-won answers I figured out back on a day I spent in bed and in my jim-jams even though it was way too warm for jim-jams and I needed a shower and the too-warm jim-jams were not helping.

The second-hand and the hour-hand meet 719 unique times every twelve hours and the equation for that is:

Why these numbers matter

At 46,800 lines of verse that’s at least 2,128 pages measuring 4x6 inches with one-inch margins. That’s a bit much for a single volume.

So, the eleven meetings of the minute-hand and hour-hand will be the final line of the final poem in each of the resulting eleven volumes of poetry, while all the other meetings (second-hand and minute-hand, second-hand and hour-hand) will mark the ends of every other poem in the collection.

This should break up the collection into eleven 200-sh-page volumes of about 130 poems each (with line counts ranging from 1 to 60).

But, why? Because I’d love to.