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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 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 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 PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
10/12/2014The art of human perspectivesRhymeart,
10/7/2014The key holderRhymeidentity,imagination,love
10/7/2014Out of controlIambic Pentameterconfusion,
10/4/2014Black knightsSonnetcrazy,
10/4/2014Autumnal seductionHaikuautumn,
10/1/2014Old and wise blue eyesSonnetlove,
9/28/2014Pleasure measureRhymeanimal,dog,
9/27/2014Walk of lifeDodoitsumetaphor,
9/25/2014Jobless bluesTriolethurt,
9/24/2014Cobbler s magicRhymemetaphor,
9/23/2014The death march of Anahit, Anoush and Aram and AraxFree versedeath,life,
9/23/2014Solar powerChokamoon,sun,
9/22/2014Blavand s white towerVersefear,
9/21/2014Will you marry me againRhymewedding,
9/21/2014Impressive silenceHaikumiracle,
9/21/2014The weight of honestyTriolettruth,
9/17/2014Everlasting fragranceRhymelove,mother daughter,
9/17/2014Hidden mountaineerRhymehappiness,journey,
9/14/2014Tangible volatilized illusionTrioletabsence,fashion,lost,
9/14/2014Fata MorganaRhymefantasy,
9/13/2014Reflections on enlightenmentEthereelight,
9/13/2014Limitless intimacyRhymemiracle,
9/9/2014for Irfana Ali Bhat amidst of Kashmir floodsHaikufriendship,
9/4/2014The ultimate love testRhymelost love,love,love hurts
9/3/2014The chestnut treeDodoitsuautumn,
9/3/2014Poetical VisualsAcrosticbio,poetry,writing,
9/3/2014Out in the country part three The reedHaikunature,
9/2/2014My first mothersdaySonnetfamily,home,mother,mother
9/1/2014Out in the country part two The SwanHaikunature,
9/1/2014Out in the country part one The ducksHaikunature,
8/31/2014His Medal of Honor dishonoredSonnetabuse,anger,betrayal,cour
8/31/2014Russian RouletteChastushkagames,war,
8/31/2014A pond AlouetteRhymeparadise,
8/31/2014A so called captain of a Costa Concordia Sonnetmemory,metaphor,ocean,
8/27/2014Travelers in a waiting roomRhymemetaphor,travel,
8/26/2014CommentsLight Poetrypoetess,poetry,poets,word
8/26/2014Mighty river landHaikunatural disasters,storm,w
8/24/2014Through the mistOttava rimajourney,loneliness,metaph
8/24/2014Photogenic radiationVersemagic,
8/23/2014Horse headSenryulove,nature,
8/20/2014Back up for black weatherHaikumetaphor,
8/20/2014Where Frozen Embers Still BurnRhymebreak up,dream,emotions,f
8/19/2014Contemporary bewitched Gibson girlQuatrainmystery,
8/15/2014Moonlight serenadeRhymemoon,
8/15/2014Walk of lifeSonnettravel,
8/10/2014Is there a harbourSenryustress,
8/9/2014Is it a small world after allRhymepoetry,
8/9/2014Incomputable shades of darknessSenryudark,
8/9/2014The era of the timeSenryumemory,
8/8/2014Wishing and hoping and prayingSenryumetaphor,
8/6/2014A few shades of darknessHaikubetrayal,conflict,emotion
8/5/2014Sleepless soul matesSenryusad,
7/31/2014Night trailRhymeadventure,beautiful,bird,
7/30/2014Flightless birdHaikumetaphor,nature,
7/30/2014Wilde fires everywhereSenryuconflict,earth,violence,w
7/29/2014The grande Dame and the younger girlSonnetabsence,age,change,courag
7/29/2014Maybe another brand new dayRhymeblessing,faith,grief,grow
7/28/2014Enchanting Sunday morning walkRhymegiving,good morning,magic
7/27/2014Three little treesHaikumetaphor,miracle,nature,
7/23/2014Three tragic convoys of unidentified peopleSonnetcare,death,dedication,gri
7/22/2014Change of plans and planesHaikuangel,death,
7/19/2014193 Dutch and so many more angels in heaven Dodoitsudeath,heaven,violence,
7/16/2014When the rain comes downSonnetblessing,metaphor,natural
7/15/2014News Wall behind the anchormanFree verseimage,
7/12/2014My midsummer nightRhymeappreciation,beauty,summe
7/12/2014My little strawberry field for ever nowFree verseappreciation,happiness,ma
7/11/2014Lady Grace with the beautiful rosesRhymecare,feelings,friend,
7/10/2014Message to be bottledSenryuhilarious,introspection,
7/10/2014On the pier at ScheveningenFree versehistory,
7/9/2014Sparrow s heavenDodoitsuheaven,metaphor,nature,
7/6/2014Looking from both sides nowSijointrospection,
7/6/2014Football AcrosticAcrosticsports,
7/5/2014Just about soccer or moreFree verseemotions,
7/5/2014The clash and the clanSijofamily,
7/5/2014Magical non mystical tourSenryumagic,
7/3/2014One little stepDodoitsufamily,forgiveness,freedo
7/3/2014John or Jane Do with a long toeFree versefun,humor,humorous,metaph
7/1/2014My main event of the yearFree versedream,
6/30/2014Flower powerDodoitsumetaphor,
6/29/2014The day that song diedFree verseloss,
6/27/2014All in oneQuatrainfamily,health,life,loss,
6/27/2014My starsVersemetaphor,
6/22/2014Fighting windmillsRhymevisionary,war,wind,
6/19/2014Seas of sorrowSenryumetaphor,
6/18/2014Past present and futureRhymeencouraging,epic,future,
6/18/2014The poetry girlRhymemetaphor,
6/16/2014Crowd in the cloudLyricsong,
6/14/2014Light my fireRhymelove,
6/12/2014Traveling by feet for the last timeRhymedream,fear,journey,voyage
6/12/2014Contemporary kisses and hugsRhymeblessing,feelings,identit
6/10/2014The Midnight HourRhymedark,light,
6/9/2014Cloudchaser in C MAJORFree versemetaphor,
6/8/2014The little mermaid in my pondFree versedream,

My Photos

Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
A SIP TO SLIPBlank versedepression,sad,high schoo
Random Steps of ElephantsVersechange,death,insect,wisdo
LIfe is What You Make ItHaikulife,
Archaic HeraldryVerseallegory,inspiration,poet
A Flame Once BurnedCoupletlife,passion,
Mississippi MomentsNarrativenostalgia,places,river,
Low Cost AirlineLimerickfun,
Have My WorldFree verseabuse,angst,conflict,devo
Mt FujiHaikubeautiful,faith,heaven,im
Window Friends in RotterdamFree versecity,friend,nostalgia,
NO FATHER'S DAYSenryuanger,angst,child,death,e
Hard DriveLight Poetrycomputer,
Shadows ReversedFree verselove,romantic,seasons,
From Another LandBlank versehope,immigration,
Glass BellsFree versebeauty,
Riding on the WindRhymeangel,death,heaven,
Beginnings and EndsRhymedark,day,metaphor,time,
SIJO meets COUNTRY and WESTERNSijolonely,longing,lost love,
HOT SUMMER LOVESijofeelings,imagery,inspirat
A Summer Remembered - Sijo StringSijofirst love,lost love,love
Music at MidnightRhymeloneliness,music,
The Midnight HourQuatrainemotions,writing,
Midnight WalkerRhymeallusion,beauty,dark,
letting it beQuintain (English)dad,devotion,
Fight BackQuintain (English)courage,emotions,feelings
No second glanceQuintain (Sicilian)bullying,dad,death,father
Eye of the BeholderSonnetbeautiful,beauty,child,de

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