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:
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):
Here’s to having the fairy tale without the lame-isms!
Good journey, my friends,Rose
Happy National Poetry Month!
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:S=(60M)/59
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:M=(60H)/11
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:S=60((60H)+M)/719
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.