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 I have been a member of Poetry soup since 2011. 


Though my forte is fiction, verse has always appealed to me. There is nothing like a play of words to rattle the ordinary, to tickle away the dust of stagnation. My favourite form is the contemporary sonnet, but I also enjoy free verse. Also, I love the zen experience of haiku, its seizure of a moment, how it can hold a universe in so few syllables. And I admit to a fondness for the Rondeau.




My life is simple, but busy. I’m a writer and stay at home mother. Days are full. 


Currently, I am working on a novel or ... ha ha... should I really say that the novel is working on me? Characters! They have a way of turning a world upside down.


There are some amazing poets on the soup. I am blessed to call many my friends ~~ Cyndi




VOICE, A PERSPECTIVE -- READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?


Blog Posted:1/3/2014 8:28:00 PM

I recently read the novel, ROOM by Emma Donoghue.


 

This book kept me reading. I haven't done much fiction reading over the past few years; instead I've concentrated on reading books and magazines with parenting themes. I've also enjoyed reading poetry and books/articles on poetic devices. But due to lack of time, lack of sleep, lack of energy'  I just delayed my favourite pastime: reading fiction

ROOM hit me on a very emotional level and I made the mistake of reading the final chapter in a caf?...  It had been a gift to myself, time and a comfortable seat by a window, pumpkin spice coffee satisfying my yen for something different.


I should have known better. The author HAD me. I mean she turned me inside out and upside down. I was openly weeping as I read her final paragraphs. A stranger gave me a kind look, perhaps a fellow reader who understood the power of the written word. And words ARE very powerful... some can change minds, even change attitudes, a few have changed lives


The book is written in the point of view of a five year old boy, held prisoner, who has never seen the outside world. The author managed to maintain THIS VOICE throughout the entire novel... brilliantly.


As both a fiction writer and poet, I have written from children's, men's and women's points of view and I know what it is to maintain voice.


Some may have read/remember my Segments of Orange (still to be finished. Ruben, I promise. And I don't make promises lightly) in which I used a man's point of view. Readers seemed to enjoy this perspective and male readers let me know I'd kept the male perspective, that my protagonist sounded authentic.

 

Fiction writers do this all the time. Stephen King can easily slip between men's and women's points of view and what makes him such a popular author is that his characterizations are so realistic and riveting.Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone is another example of a great novel that is centered on character development.


Many of my poems are first-hand accounts, but I also like to step into shoes and can write in third person. Some of my poetry is a fictionalized version of real life scenarios or an adapted view of historical fact.


So... lol... if you have read this far...


  1. Have you read any good books lately? What moved you about the story?


  2. When you write poetry is it ever fictional and do you write from a variety of points of view?

         3.  Feel free to share... whatever... but keep it courteous. Merci!

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  1. Date: 1/5/2014 2:49:00 AM
    i have this old book which i never touched so i went back to it.. ubeliveable. it's FIRMIN )from a rat's perspective)by sam savage...worth it!.. huggs

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/5/2014 8:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    FIRMIN or VERMIN, soul-sis? I will have to look it up! I once read a story written that followed the path of a box of chocolates. Though not written in the POV of the chocolates, the story was about them. Because it was a murder mystery. The chocolates were poisoned... the box was given, re-gifted, stolen, mistakenly taken... and on and on
  1. Date: 1/4/2014 4:57:00 PM
    this looks like a really good blog. I will have to come back later to it, cyndi.

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  1. Date: 1/4/2014 1:17:00 PM
    I'm re-reading Borges' "Fictions" ... Have you read it? You can find it in any library. One of the best books ever written.

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  1. Date: 1/4/2014 12:00:00 PM
    If anyone likes erotic literature they are better of reading Anne Rice's series under the name A. N. Roquelaure The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, also The Laurel Hamilton book have some wonderful lovemaking scenes. Both are much better writers.

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  1. Date: 1/4/2014 9:06:00 AM
    I read action adventure like Nelson demille? I like a lot of men's reads thick with historic fiction. I LOVE sci-fi & fantasy [have read a good new sci-fi author in decades like Blish, Bishop, Asimov] I like Anita Blake books [Laurel Hamilton]for popcorn reads female kick arse heroine [5'2] with a glock & many knifes! vamp killer, necromancer. Last good sci-fi by Gibson

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  1. Date: 1/4/2014 3:39:00 AM
    Let's roll by Lisa Beamer tells the true life story of her husband Todd Beamer..dying on September the eleventh..as a hero..Its about one of the planes which went down on that day ..Im not saying more maybe others want to read it dear.I love reading biographies of famous actors,poets,artists,politicians and of ordinary people too. Re fiction..Even in the most complete fiction poem there is a shadow of who I am..What I believe in ,and what I wish for..Tnks for sharing this blig and hope you are feeling better.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/4/2014 8:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Charmaine! I had wanted to read Let's Roll!!! I will add it to my list -- I'll check if the two local libraries nearby carry it! Beginning to feel better. I hope the tincture I bought will finish this thing in four days. We'll see :D
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 1/4/2014 3:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I used to enjoy reading Stephen king's books in the past..Then by time I stopped.Still have some of his books though
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 1/4/2014 3:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Blog i meant.. And in the most complete fiction poem that I ve written..I meant..Christina keeps pushing the buttons ..Sorry for that
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 11:27:00 PM
    reading one called Adrenaline at the moment, quick paced and holds my attention, I always have at least one book on the go. Love Michael Connelly books, mystery thrillers are my preferred genre. I like Koontz and King too

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    Roberts Avatar Francine Roberts Date: 1/4/2014 10:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yes he wrote the Poet, long ago. he also wrote the Lincoln lawyer that was made into a movie with Mathew Connaughy
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/4/2014 8:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Something happened to me after having my girl... hard to explain, but... when I read violence, it became unpalatable. I could no longer watch police thrillers ... read murder mysteries. ROOM was hard for me to read. But the story IS beautiful, on a unique level.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/4/2014 8:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Michael Connelly, didn't he write a thriller called the Poet? Oh, I remember reading one of his and loving it! I like a good nail biter, too. I am only lately beginning to be able to enjoy suspense.
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 9:07:00 PM
    I'd say 80% of what I write is based on my life. I know it sounds like fiction a lot of the time but Oh well? What doesn't kill you?

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  1. Date: 1/3/2014 9:06:00 PM
    As far as the books go...I am re-reading Annalee Skarin's book, 'Ye Are Gods.' I usually lean to books on spiritual growth, but... I have finally gotten around to 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' LOL The whole world has read it, but I am only in chapter two. I did get the trilogy of it for Christmas, so...even though fiction is not my thing....maybe once a year isn't so bad. LOL :) I do enjoy writing from different perspectives and using different voices, although I do not use that as much as I used too, still I love the challenge of it. Hugs, catie :)

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    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 1/4/2014 11:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I want to read fifthy shades of grey..I know its a must ...Tnks for sharing Catie
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 1/4/2014 11:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    and that's exactly the point, Deb! Erotic literature? Me? Not likely. It will go back on the shelf. The only reason I have even read the first two chapters is to see if she could really write with quality. She's not bad, in her voice, but... the topic turns me off. LOL hugs, catie :)
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 1/4/2014 9:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I tossed it back [50 shades of ??], what to say? hmmmm, ok this is a constructive thing to say [see me think PS? ;)] I only enjoy [appreciate] erotic writing when the focus is on LOVE & not sex. I get the anything goes between 'consenting adults' thing. But, anything goes is not a read for me.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/3/2014 9:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You'll have to let me know what you thought of the 50 shades. :D
    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 1/3/2014 9:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hmmm... maybe you could incorporate that into a contest????? Sounds like fun to me... :)
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 9:06:00 PM
    Well, I was reading Game of Thorns, I picked the 1st one up at Goodwill & had no idea it was a HBO series. Excellent writing, I have finished book 3! I thought I ordered somemore from amazon but they haven't come? So a picked up a copy of Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice. I think Rice & Orson Scott Card are the best fiction writers of the 20th century.

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/3/2014 9:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I haven't heard of Blackwood Farm. I'll have to check it out on the web tomorrow. Yes, Rice is awesome. I also like Ann Tyler.
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 8:59:00 PM
    Almost finished reading "Start:Punch Fear in the Face", by Jon Acuff. It's about following your dreams and getting started. All of the writers and poets here could benefit from his philosophy. He is an excellent writer and mirrors his own failures and successes with down to earth steps and humor :)

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    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan Date: 1/3/2014 9:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This is cool. I'll be able to write down some books to look into reading in a day or two! Thanks, Karen

My Past Blog Posts

 
I HAVE TO SHARE THIS... BEST ARTICLE ON FIGURATIVE WRITING EVER!!! Worth the read!!!
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Death in Family
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A CHANGE REQUEST FOR MEMBER CONTEST WINNERS PAGE... Me... upsetting another applecart... or a good idea? Thoughts?
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GARDEN PARTY CONTEST WINNERS... YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!
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CONTEST JUDGES: A WAY TO FIND AN ABUSER
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NEW CONTEST: HARD SHELLS: TURTLE INSPIRED FREE VERSE
Date Posted: 7/13/2014 5:19:00 AM
LEATHERBACK BOY, FREE VERSE, CONTEST SOON TO FOLLOW
Date Posted: 7/11/2014 9:53:00 PM
SONNET TITLE FOUND..THANKS TO CHARMAINE... MINDING MANNERS
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THANK YOU FOR THE SONNET ENTRIES...short short blog
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TORRENT: A CONTEMPORARY SONNET, example for my contest
Date Posted: 6/7/2014 6:56:00 AM
NEW CONTEST- Garden Party: VERB-alized NOUN-sense with FLORAL accents. Hungry for summer!!!!
Date Posted: 6/4/2014 10:19:00 PM
UPDATE ON THE HELPLESS CONTEST-- My apologies to all. Exhaustion has hit the household- possible heat exhaustion
Date Posted: 5/29/2014 1:40:00 PM
GENITALS in PRINT, AN OPEN DIALOGUE
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:20:00 PM
CONTEMPORARY PUBLISHED HAI_KU TO SHARE
Date Posted: 5/21/2014 2:24:00 PM
UPDATE ON THE HELPLESS/KYRIELLE CONTEST - please check your entries
Date Posted: 5/16/2014 8:47:00 PM
A CARD FOR FRANCINE ROBERTS, who is recovering from a car accident!
Date Posted: 5/9/2014 8:10:00 PM
A WORD PAIRING POEM- THE CLEARING, PAIRINGS BY CARRIE, AE RIVENBANK, CALEB, RUBEN & ANDREA
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PROMPS FOR WORD PAIRINGS 2 - COME AND PLAY
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********PLAY WITH ORIGINAL WORD PAIRING***POEMS BUILT BY SOUPERS #1, 3 and 4
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THE BEST HOW TO WRITE POETRY ADVICE I'VE EVER HEARD. WORTH 20 of YOUR MINUTES. FANTASTIC!!!!!!
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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROSE AND POETRY. One piece of writing, three ways
Date Posted: 5/4/2014 12:50:00 PM
TRADITIONAL POETRY MARKETS FOR EILEEN AND OTHERS WHO LOVE RHYME
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A LOOK AT A LITERARY JOURNAL CONTEST, RULES and the WINNERS POEMS
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POP QUIZ HOT SHOTS... C'MON... LOVE 'EM, DISS 'EM, JUDGE 'EM, PLACE 'EM!!!
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My Poems

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8/25/2014LIFE WILL BE A HONEYMOONLyricparadise,passion,romantic
8/25/2014HOSTEL, QUEBEC CITY, 1978Free versehistory,places,
8/21/2014DEGREESSonnetbooks,sensual,words,
8/7/2014NEUTRALIZEDSonnetcolor,home,
7/17/2014CRADLEDTrioletbaby,love,
6/9/2014THE RETURNSonnetdepression,giving,life,lo
6/7/2014TORRENTSonnetcelebration,life,women,
4/21/2014LA MARQUISEFree versepsychological,
4/8/2014BUKOWSKI CONTESTFree versemoving on,power,teenage,
4/4/2014GINGHAM AND LACE, A BLITZ POEMVersedaughter,love,
4/4/2014NUDE, THIRTY DOLLARS, A BLITZVerseart,imagination,lost love
3/24/201450 GODSFree versegod,peace,philosophy,
3/15/2014WINTER IN PORTLANDFree versedepression,winter,
3/11/2014FREEDOM BLUESTail-rhymefreedom,
2/28/2014WELCOME TO THE BLUENOSEAcrosticfish,history,journey,sea,
2/25/2014PITY THE PIRANHAFree verseintrospection,people,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY, LINDA MARIE, EASTER WALK, 7th REPOSTRhymefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 6- DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIE, REPOSTRondeaufaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 5 - FAMILY TREE, REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVersefamily,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 4- A REPOST DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIERhymefaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 3- EASTER LILY, A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVerseeaster,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 2-- A REPOST AND TRIBUTE TO LINDA MARIESestinaheaven,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY-- A REPOST FOR LINDA MARIE- WE MISS YOUVersefaith,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A BOND CROWN, EXAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsfilm,sexy,
2/13/2014DOUBLE OH, A JAMES BOND CROWN OF SONNETS - 6 down 1 to go- SAMPLE FOR CONTESTCrown of Sonnetsadventure,film,sexy,
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