The Story so far…

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The editing of the final volume of Thoughts Discovered, Greater Things, is coming on very slowly, almost like a snail on safari, in the desert, at night, who is crawling backwards. I am currently feeling very drained and distracted, mainly due to work being extremely demanding and taxing at the moment, and Nanowrimo hasn’t even started yet!

As with the other volumes of Thoughts Discovered I want to publish the best work I can and not just do it for the sake of publishing it.

So what that means is if I don’t make my goal of publishing it by the end of 2014, then that would be ok.

What’s the rush anyway?

Well besides the burning desire I’ve had, for the last few years, to get Thoughts Discovered out into the world and to share my thoughts and words with others, there is no other reason to rush it.

I can wait, I must wait and be patient. To let beauty reveal itself in its right time, to let it find its true purpose and place.

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A day in the life of a poet

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The title of this post should actually read:

A day in the life of a poet publishing a collection of poetry

Today is Saturday, and one of my more productive days when it comes to the writing and editing of my books. This is mostly the case because for all the others days of the week, except Sunday, I am busy with my vocation, my work, and do not have much time for my personal projects. My week is thus a finely-tuned routine of: wake up, work, eat, work, gym, eat, shower, read, sleep. Add copious amounts of coffee in between and that’s the week for me. Of course there are other things that happen during the week but this is the general structure of my week. Sad, perhaps, but true, for many, oh yes.

Now that that is out of the way, today is Saturday and, I have more time to pursue my other passions.

Weekends and following your dreams

Currently, and for the last year, I spend most weekends editing my first series of poetic books, Thoughts Discovered, along with all the other things that come with being a writer and self-publishing a book. I am now in the final stretch of this fantastic journey, with the release of the final volume in the series, the fifth, Greater Things.

Only a week after publishing the fourth volume, The Wonder of It All, I had already printed the first draft of Greater Things, and now in the second week I am well into the first pass of the editing phase. Even during my tightly packed weeks I still try to edit each day, even if it is only a poem or two per day.

The adventure continues

With that said I am off to a favourite coffee shop of mine, where I will sip on that fine dark brew, and get some work done, and hopefully by next weekend I will have done the edits and have the second draft in my hands.

My plan is to have the series published by the end of 2014, and in two weeks time it is Nanowrimo, so I better get cracking.

S.Tarr

What’s this all About?

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See what I did there? Not? Ok fine, I guess you can’t read minds yet. That’s fine because I’ll tell you what this is all about, the About section on a blog is what I’m talking about.

Apparently the About page is high value real-estate for visitors to find out exactly who the author is and what they write about on their blog, but it is often neglected by the blogger or not used to its full potential. I tend to always go to the about section of a blog to see who is behind the words and if I can relate to them and their story.

With that in mind I gave my About section a reckoning and have updated it to be, hopefully, more epic and engaging to my would-be readers, leaving them with an idea of who I am, what I write about and what to expect from me in the future.

With that said, have a gander at my new and improved About page and let me know what you think.

Thankee sai! (I’ve clearly been reading too much Dark Tower)

S.Tar

Onward to The Dark Tower

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If this is how things are going to go then Nanowrimo month is going to be more like Nonowrimo. Work is incredibly demanding at this stage, has it ever not been, and is wearing me out quite a bit.

I am a web programmer by profession, with front-end development being my specialty, and have recently taken on a number of back-end development projects, which have proved to be challenging, to say the least. Programming is a mental game and therefore has the ability of straining and numbing the mind if faced with constant complex problems.

With that I also have a routine of going to the gym three times a week and I’ve been struggling these last few weeks. So currently my mind and body is taking a beating leaving my soul to carry the fire, and carry the fire I will.

I was planning on updating my About section today but I am too tired to do that right now. Besides I am busy reading Wolves of the Calla, the fourth volume in Stephen King‘s epic series The Dark Tower. I’ve become quite a fan of the series, ya ken?

p.s. I’ll edit the typos a bit later, there might be a few.

S.Tarr

Intentional Blogging Month

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I have taken up the challenge set by author and blogger Jeff Goins to be intentional about blogging, and to do this every day, for 21 days, during the month of October.

This is the first day of the challenge and it has been somewhat frustrating, with work-related matters, but we need not let life’s struggle get us so down that we miss the other great opportunities that life is offering us, admits the storms and woes we face.

Other than stress-inducing work challenges, I have set my sights on the final volume of the Thoughts Discovered series, Greater Things, and will start work on it this coming weekend.

Did I mention that I am doing Nanowrimo again this year? Yup, I am crazy to do it again but what a fulling and growing experience it is for a writer. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to write a book, or is currently writing a book, to join the challenge with countless other writers around the world, to really get a vast amount of your thoughts out on paper in a relatively short span of time, 50000 words to be extact, and to advance the dream of publishing a novel. Add me as a Writing Buddy on my Nanowrimo Profile and I’m sure to add you back.

So check back here everyday, for the next 21 days, to get a first hand account of my everyday adventures and my quest to inspire and encourage others through poetry and other works of the imagination.

S.Tarr

Thoughts Discovered: Volume Four, The Wonder of It All, published

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I am elated to announce the publication of The Wonder of It All, the fourth volume in my series of poetic books titled Thoughts Discovered. Both the ebook and paperback editions are available at these fine online stores:

Smashwords (free ebook edition)

Amazon (ebook edition)

Lulu (paperback edition)

It has been about two months since the publication of the third volume and these months were spent editing the text that I had already set out for this volume a year previously. I had initially planned on publishing Thoughts Discovered as one book but that proved a big task, and so decided on releasing each major section of the book as separate volumes instead. The complete Thoughts Discovered series thus comprises of five volumes of verse which I had written over the course of the last 10 years. Now with one more volume remaining, my goal is to publish the final volume by the end of 2014. But before that please enjoy The Wonder of It All.

S.Tarr