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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
6/14/2015 Blinded by the sight Free versewisdom,
6/9/2015 Only a fews days more Rhymetime,
6/8/2015 Bye Bye to double digits Haikubaby,time,
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,
2/19/2015 Tidings Rhymeconfusion,
2/11/2015 Pandora's Box Light Poetryinspiration,writing,
2/10/2015 Times are changing Rhymeword play,
9/9/2014 for Irfana Ali Bhat amidst of Kashmir floods Haikufriendship,
8/26/2014 Comments Light Poetrypoetess,poetry,poets,word
7/19/2014 193 Dutch and so many more angels in heaven Dodoitsudeath,heaven,violence,
7/10/2014 Message to be bottled Senryuhilarious,introspection,
7/5/2014 Magical non mystical tour Senryumagic,
7/3/2014 John or Jane Do with a long toe Free versefun,humor,humorous,metaph
6/29/2014 The day that song died Free verseloss,
6/18/2014 Past present and future Rhymeencouraging,epic,future,
6/15/2014 Lightshow Dodoitsumetaphor,
6/12/2014 Traveling by feet for the last time Rhymedream,fear,journey,voyage
6/12/2014 Contemporary kisses and hugs Rhymeblessing,feelings,identit
6/10/2014 The Midnight Hour Rhymedark,light,
6/9/2014 Cloudchaser in C MAJOR Free versemetaphor,
6/8/2014 The little mermaid in my pond Free versedream,
5/27/2014 Blocked Rhymeabsence,
5/24/2014 Blooming burst Kimometaphor,nature,
5/17/2014 The face of indifference Senryuintrospection,metaphor,
5/11/2014 Wordsmiths at work Light Poetryfun,
5/11/2014 Listened to the roses again Dodoitsumetaphor,
5/7/2014 Declaration of non existence Rhymehurt,
5/3/2014 Ocarina of times Sijometaphor,
4/29/2014 To a guy called ROBERT or Rhymeidentity,
4/29/2014 Any poem Rhymefun,
4/27/2014 Irritating encore Trioletmusic,success,
4/17/2014 Cowboys Rhymecowboy,
4/17/2014 Good day Dodoitsusun,
4/15/2014 Red Moon breaking news live report from the Netherlands Rhymemoon,nature,
4/14/2014 Holiday on ice Rhymeinspiration,inspirational
4/6/2014 The 21st century hunting for Count Dracula Rhymefantasy,
4/4/2014 The voice of the Soup Captcha guy Rhymefun,metaphor,
4/2/2014 Flying fish Ethereenature,
3/26/2014 The story behind the legendary Hans Brinker Epicwater,
3/21/2014 Clouds from both sides now Dodoitsuloss,missing,money,
3/20/2014 Spring stampede too slash two Dodoitsufun,seasons,spring,
3/20/2014 Spring stampede Free versespring,
3/19/2014 Sun dancers Dodoitsumetaphor,
3/12/2014 The holly leaf Dodoitsumetaphor,nature,seasons,
3/12/2014 Signed by spring Haikumetaphor,nature,
3/12/2014 Moorland or more land Dodoitsumetaphor,
3/4/2014 Lonesome island goer Free versehome,journey,joy,
2/24/2014 Phrases about a brief phase of real move managment Rhymehome,metaphor,moving on,
2/20/2014 Furies of heat and water Dodoitsuearth,environment,faith,m
2/20/2014 A flowery scene Free verselove,
2/13/2014 Dogdance Dog in the mirror Light Poetryanimal,dog,
2/13/2014 Garden secrets Free versemetaphor,
2/12/2014 Gem finders Rhymeencouraging,poems,poetess
2/8/2014 Whispers of light Rhymelight,
2/8/2014 A rhyme for Linda Marie Rhymepoetess,
2/5/2014 Last round and goodnight Rhymenight,sleep,
1/29/2014 What's wrong here on the Soup - dear James Light Poetryfun,
1/28/2014 Visible invisibility Free versefamily,friendship,metapho
1/28/2014 Always at home Rhymehome,
1/28/2014 Diamonds for ever Dodoitsuwinter,
1/26/2014 Icy Buddha Haikumetaphor,winter,
1/23/2014 Silhouettes on a greyish day Haikumetaphor,weather,
1/22/2014 For a poet asleep Dodoitsufriendship,
1/19/2014 Is it off Haikuinspiration,satire,
1/6/2014 Another Christmas carol Rhymecaregiving,faith,
1/6/2014 Changing bouquet Haikuchange,friendship,
1/2/2014 Metamorphoses Rhymeabsence,break up,conflict
12/22/2013 Indian Summer Haikufaith,
12/11/2013 Walking my dog differently PART TWO Rhymefirst love,fun,trust,
11/5/2013 Summery winter day Dodoitsuthank you,
11/1/2013 Bald forest Dodoitsumetaphor,storm,
10/31/2013 Dike dance in trance Dodoitsumetaphor,storm,
9/30/2013 A Season's Dance Rhymeseasons,
9/30/2013 The place NOT to be Rhymemoving on,
9/29/2013 Touched Haikusummer,
9/28/2013 White light Rhymeabuse,childhood,fear,lone
9/28/2013 The third envelop Sonnetmetaphor,
9/25/2013 Aging Nonetage,
9/23/2013 A different track Rhymeinspiration,introspection
9/23/2013 Pearls for free Haikurain,sun,
9/22/2013 Bridging water Rhymemetaphor,
9/18/2013 Sounds of silence edited Rhymemetaphor,
9/18/2013 Painting by numbers Free versemetaphor,
9/18/2013 Clouds in C major Free verseart,nature,
9/15/2013 Tomorrow Free versefaith,fear,future,introsp
9/9/2013 Dimensions of distances Versehome,
8/25/2013 Ode to Denmark Free versehome,love,magic,
7/30/2013 Greeting-card - to fellow SOUPERS Light Poetryabsence,
7/28/2013 Stepping out Sonnetabuse,dream,hope,leaving,
7/28/2013 The sky is the limit Versehome,lost,
7/14/2013 Walking on sunshine Rhymelight,
7/14/2013 MY treasury Rhymecare,
7/14/2013 The worst morning after Rhymeloss,
7/11/2013 Millions of Miles Away Rhymeloss,
7/7/2013 MY red-light zone Rhymeintrospection,
7/5/2013 Purple summer dream Haikusummer,
7/4/2013 Little lad and big dog Rhymechildren,courage,dog,
7/4/2013 Red sun Dodoitsusun,

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,
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 Haikubeauty,butterfly,
destiny Haikubusiness,career,culture,d
SIJO meets COUNTRY and WESTERN Sijolonely,longing,lost love,
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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