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About Elly D. A. Wouterse
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I'm often - not always - busy and fascinated observing the world surrounding me. Earlier, quite a long time ago, as a little girl, I went with my parents every year on vacation to Austria.. In the train - 'the hill express "I was glued to the window while 'the big beautiful world" tied the score. I needed to see absolutely everything ..
In a different way.. I'm still glued to the window today! While watching, noticing, listening, thinking, dreaming and - or fantasizing I might find the inspiration resulting in Poetical Visuals.

For me, the moment when someone reads my poetry is a beautiful moment, because my words 'land' on the eye and the hinterland of the reader. While reading the reader adopts "a poem", and is having his or her own personal experience. My background or inspiration is playing a subordinate role.
When I write about a blue sky, you'll see your blue - not mine. However, you're watching your blue sky while reading about mine... that's a gift... a writer's gift and a reader's gift. I believe this is something poetry should be about, also! (*)

A little bit about my background: I also r e a l l y enjoy spending quality-time as a wife( since almost 40 years, together with my husband who is urban development draftsman) , mother ( of two sons - both (very soon to be) bachelors @ multi media design), housewife, friend, dog owner & lover, pond&garden-lover, nature-lover, and photographer. Before, I worked a saleswoman, in the music department of a warehouse, selling the, now antique but still beautiful, black vinyl disks. Subsequently, I started as a cashier, @ a gas station, becoming later on manager of three gas stations (and often helping out the car mechanics).

Until last year, I was available as a computer- and software 'helpdesk'-person, for friends and acquaintances (of friends) On request, I also, built (desktop)computers. However, technology is evolving so quickly, staying up to date, absolutely a necessity, simply takes too much time. Furthermore, the writing cannot be a secondary activity also.

Making a choice became a need.
I have chosen to write. I want to improve my writing skills further! It is something I really enjoy.(When I was (much) younger my dream was a little garden house, with a desk and a type-writer, and me inside writing.........) Nowadays - I display on this website what 'flows' out of my fountain pens when I am in my flow............
Well - I guess I've found my home with a (kind of) garden house and garden............. It's here - on the web. You're my highly appreciated visitor and very welcome for a stroll while browsing through the pages. Earlier on I was the writing half of Poetic Pictures duo Ellie Daphne (van Stralen). I published my poems, until, December 2013, using that 'nom de plume'.

I am also putting my poetry on display on my own website - as well as my Poetical Visuals.

About selling books...

Blog Posted:2/16/2014 1:06:00 AM
I would like to share some fact with you:

Statistics... maybe boring but with a message:

Owners of e-readers download a lot of books............
Writers should be happy.. it means that chances are  pretty high a lot of people are reading there work.................
Logical thought?

In the Netherlands 90 % of all book- downloads have been proven illegal.
Imagine: only 10 % of those books have been paid for...

Is it because the Dutch aren't honest people.
No! Governmental decisions and laws have made it, over here,  least not easy(which is an understatement) to get access to those sites..........

Successfull Dutch author Saskia Noort was not pleased finding out her latest (!)book had reached illegal downloadnumbers .............. almost 16.000

A second large book-retailer with also a huge network of shops for selling cheaper -lesser recent published books - has gone broke. 

The possibilities on the internet are huge... but  - quoting a guy working as a 'internet-consultant'  - "what's  for sale on the internet you'll be probable able to find for free too.

We all probably are familiar with the way it goes in the music-industry. An industry adapting and adjusting to the new 'standards' and realities. 

What can we writers do? 

Any ideas?


@ Debbi Guzzi

stop giving it away... an option..
what's the answer to the build-in question "what's next?"

there are a lot of "self-publishing facilities" on the web( only a few of them advertise here on the Soup)It is something one can initiate apart from addressing the regular publishers...) the books you can publish your self - and costumers order there are - depending on which one a writer chooses - value for money (for the costumer and for the author) but shipping costs make those hard-cover books expensive and in a market where book-sales are decreasing hugely it is difficult.. but it works.
That is my experience and it covers the costs a writer makes but does not equalize all the hours, spent behind a desk, in money...

The other option - e-books: creating them isn't that difficult - finding a platform to facilitate downloading isn't that hard.

And there we are. We land in the same surrounding the music industry, the writing industry. And basically we all land there.. that digital world that offers so many opportunities but also so many challenges 'inviting' to find an answer.
That's why I posted this blog...
Have a blessed day


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  1. Date: 3/5/2014 7:48:00 AM
    Thanks for sharing this blog Elly. It is a really informative message to all established and would-be book authors. I have a book, "Painting of Life in Poetry", which is a hard cover book published in I hope that the shipping costs won't hurt me as much as the e-book piracy cost!!! lol.

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  1. Date: 2/16/2014 4:07:00 PM
    Stop giving it away, which is what we are doing here, realize our own worth.

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    Wouterse Avatar Elly D. A. Wouterse Date: 2/17/2014 1:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    but on the issue of realizing our own worth: I DO realize the worth of your poems Debbie (and others) But with my or your appreciation we can't pay a bread @ the bakery unfortunately.. I know!
    Wouterse Avatar Elly D. A. Wouterse Date: 2/17/2014 1:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    answer added to the blog... 400 characters :-(

My Past Blog Posts

Encore - anonymous positive new sonnet
Date Posted: 9/3/2014 7:40:00 AM
A positive poem contest - after judging
Date Posted: 6/28/2014 3:30:00 AM
My Perfect Painting contest - the judging
Date Posted: 6/10/2014 9:51:00 AM
The ode to the Netherlands - after the judging
Date Posted: 5/15/2014 4:51:00 AM
Harpoetry/Harpstory - A whiter shade of blue Now also a piece for harp..
Date Posted: 4/24/2014 4:47:00 PM
About selling books...
Date Posted: 2/16/2014 1:06:00 AM
Becoming who I on the Soup.
Date Posted: 2/15/2014 3:59:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
6/15/2015 Causerie with a neighbor Free verseblessing,divorce,dream,fr
6/14/2015 Blinded by the sight Free versewisdom,
6/12/2015 Candy Life's candy Store Haikulife,
6/9/2015 Only a fews days more Rhymetime,
6/8/2015 Bye Bye to double digits Haikubaby,time,
5/28/2015 Internal flame Rhymeangst,faith,
5/28/2015 Trapped in the twilight zone Sonnetbest friend,friendship,li
5/12/2015 Lifeline's deadline Haikubaptism,cancer,health,lif
5/7/2015 Skyfall Rhymeloneliness,pain,silence,
5/7/2015 PTSD Peacekeeper's Tears Still Darkle Rhymecourage,peace,war,
3/18/2015 Beach party Free verseabsence,confusion,death,l
2/20/2015 Levels of life Rhymeabsence,body,death,death
2/19/2015 Tidings Rhymeconfusion,
2/14/2015 Treasury from the sea Dodoitsusea,
2/11/2015 Pandora's Box Light Poetryinspiration,writing,
2/10/2015 Times are changing Rhymeword play,
2/10/2015 The opaque house on the prairy Sonnetchildhood,courage,dream,h
2/5/2015 My sea of love Dodoitsubest friend,husband,love,
2/2/2015 Mindmapping Sonnetmemory,metaphor,youth,
2/1/2015 Rolling home Free versecharacter,dream,emotions,
1/31/2015 Flyby Rhymemetaphor,
1/21/2015 Dancing with a star Rhymecancer,farewell,
1/19/2015 Awareness Rhymedream,fantasy,
1/18/2015 The secrecy of Darkness and Enlightenment Sonnetemotions,future,history,
1/14/2015 In the shadows of my mind Rhymeimagination,magic,
1/14/2015 Magic Beans Quintain (English)dream,
1/14/2015 This Year Quintain (English)farewell,
1/11/2015 Chrissy's stage - stars are born Free versebeauty,blessing,cancer,gr
1/6/2015 A different New Year's wish on the Twelfth Day Rhymechristmas,fantasy,farewel
12/21/2014 Two faces of winter Light Poetrybest friend,nature,places
12/18/2014 The New Lamp Rhymecare,dedication,inspirati
12/18/2014 ETERNAL WHISPERS Free verseinspirational,science fic
12/15/2014 Walk through life Rhymedream,epic,inspiration,se
12/9/2014 The year that was and is mine after all Rhymedecember,time,today,tribu
12/9/2014 Winter s wonder land Haikumetaphor,
12/5/2014 Mister Fisher's Curiosity Woman Light Poetrywords,
12/3/2014 Three moving stones in the dark Rhymewinter,
12/3/2014 Christmas Concert Rhymechristmas,
11/29/2014 CRYSTAL CLEAR CHRISTMAS ANGELS Free versedecember,
11/29/2014 Flying on my jetplane Verseenvironment,
11/19/2014 Winds and changes Free versebeautiful,confusion,coura
11/16/2014 Dreaming of a beachstroll Free versedream,
11/16/2014 A blissful Sunday Rhymehappiness,
11/9/2014 The Berlin wall today Rhymeblack african american,hi
11/8/2014 No chance not even a second Rhymeheartbroken,
11/8/2014 Hotchpotch Epulaeryuthanksgiving,
10/12/2014 The art of human perspectives Rhymeart,
10/7/2014 The key holder Rhymeidentity,imagination,love
10/7/2014 Out of control Sonnetconfusion,
10/4/2014 Black knights Sonnetcrazy,
10/4/2014 Autumnal seduction Haikuautumn,
10/1/2014 Old and wise blue eyes Sonnetlove,
9/28/2014 Pleasure measure Rhymeanimal,dog,
9/27/2014 Walk of life Dodoitsumetaphor,
9/25/2014 Jobless blues Triolethurt,
9/23/2014 The death march of Anahit, Anoush and Aram and Arax Free versedeath,life,
9/23/2014 Solar power Chokamoon,sun,
9/22/2014 Blavand s white tower Versefear,
9/21/2014 Will you marry me again Rhymewedding,
9/21/2014 Impressive silence Haikumiracle,
9/21/2014 The weight of honesty Triolettruth,
9/17/2014 Hidden mountaineer Rhymehappiness,journey,
9/14/2014 Tangible volatilized illusion Trioletabsence,fashion,lost,
9/14/2014 Fata Morgana Rhymefantasy,
9/13/2014 Reflections on enlightenment Ethereelight,
9/13/2014 Limitless intimacy Rhymemiracle,
9/12/2014 Moonset Haikulight,
9/9/2014 for Irfana Ali Bhat amidst of Kashmir floods Haikufriendship,
9/4/2014 The ultimate love test Rhymelost love,love,love hurts
9/3/2014 The chestnut tree Dodoitsuautumn,
9/3/2014 Out in the country part three The reed Haikunature,
9/1/2014 Out in the country part two The Swan Haikunature,
9/1/2014 Out in the country part one The ducks Haikunature,
8/31/2014 His Medal of Honor dishonored Sonnetabuse,anger,betrayal,cour
8/31/2014 Russian Roulette Chastushkagames,war,
8/31/2014 A pond Alouette Rhymeparadise,
8/27/2014 Travelers in a waiting room Rhymemetaphor,travel,
8/26/2014 Comments Light Poetrypoetess,poetry,poets,word
8/24/2014 Through the mist Ottava rimajourney,loneliness,metaph
8/24/2014 Photogenic radiation Versemagic,
8/23/2014 Horse head Senryulove,nature,
8/22/2014 Seasons Haikuseasons,
8/20/2014 Back up for black weather Haikumetaphor,
8/20/2014 Where Frozen Embers Still Burn Rhymebreak up,dream,emotions,f
8/19/2014 Contemporary bewitched Gibson girl Quatrainmystery,
8/15/2014 Moonlight serenade Rhymemoon,
8/15/2014 Walk of life Sonnettravel,
8/10/2014 Is there a harbour Senryustress,
8/9/2014 Is it a small world after all Rhymepoetry,
8/9/2014 Incomputable shades of darkness Senryudark,
8/9/2014 The era of the time Senryumemory,
8/8/2014 Wishing and hoping and praying Senryumetaphor,
8/6/2014 A few shades of darkness Haikubetrayal,conflict,emotion
8/5/2014 Sleepless soul mates Senryusad,
7/31/2014 Night trail Rhymeadventure,beautiful,bird,
7/30/2014 Flightless bird Haikumetaphor,nature,
7/30/2014 Wilde fires everywhere Senryuconflict,earth,violence,w
7/29/2014 The grande Dame and the younger girl Sonnetabsence,age,change,courag
7/29/2014 Maybe another brand new day Rhymeblessing,faith,grief,grow
7/28/2014 Enchanting Sunday morning walk Rhymegiving,good morning,magic

My Photos

Fav Poems

A SIP TO SLIP Blank versedepression,sad,high schoo
Random Steps of Elephants Versechange,death,insect,wisdo
LIfe is What You Make It Haikulife,
Hanakotoba Haikubeauty,flower,love,
A Flame Once Burned Coupletlife,passion,
Blossom Haikubeauty,spring,
Mississippi Moments Narrativenostalgia,places,river,
Low Cost Airline Limerickfun,
Have My World Free verseabuse,angst,conflict,devo
Mt Fuji Haikubeautiful,faith,heaven,im
Window Friends in Rotterdam Free versecity,friend,nostalgia,
NO FATHER'S DAY Senryuanger,angst,child,death,e
Hard Drive Light Poetrycomputer,
Shadows Reversed Free versefeelings,love,romantic,se
From Another Land Blank versehope,immigration,
Glass Bells Free versebeauty,
Riding on the Wind Rhymeangel,death,heaven,
Beginnings and Ends Rhymedark,day,metaphor,time,
Music at Midnight Rhymeloneliness,music,
Midnight Walker Rhymeallusion,beauty,dark,
The Midnight Hour Quatrainemotions,writing,
Somnabulant Sijonature,
Destiny Haikunature,
destiny Haikubeauty,time,
destiny Haikubusiness,career,culture,d
SIJO meets COUNTRY and WESTERN Sijolonely,longing,lost love,
Destiny Haikubeauty,butterfly,
DESTINY Haikuart,beauty,butterfly,
HOT SUMMER LOVE Sijofeelings,imagery,inspirat
A Summer Remembered - Sijo String Sijofirst love,lost love,love
letting it be Quintain (English)dad,devotion,
No second glance Quintain (Sicilian)bullying,dad,death,father
Eye of the Beholder Sonnetbeautiful,beauty,child,de

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