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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




MY NEW FOCUS, MY NEW TOY: SCRIVENER. I AM HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE!


Blog Posted:2/24/2014 12:54:00 PM




Illustration from The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico



My novel, the Trim of Wicks, is inspired very loosely on this tale. It is not a love story but, instead, a story of love.



My book is about family, surviving what would break most and the gift of finding a kindred spirit. 


Lately, there have been some days when I felt like I was being pulled in five different writing directions at the same time.

 

I am, foremost, a fiction writer, but I have been writing poetry since I was a child.  Over the last three years, I have focused on my poetry and enjoyed myself immensely -- lol-- and I have made many friends here on soup, found soul-sisters and brothers, been taught by some true wordsmiths

 

Now, I’m switching gears and returning to my fiction. A new novel is underway.

 

Poetry has helped strengthen my writing, I believe. This time out of the gate, I’m more aware of each word, sentence structure, VOICE. I have to (HAVE TO) stick clear of overly-purpled prose, yet I find myself freer with allegory, a sprinkle of simile.

 

One of my favourite Canadian authors, Jane Urquhart, is both a poet and fiction author. Her work is sumptuous. I figure that if she can weave her worlds her way, unapologetically, then so can I.

 

So, after a hellish year of trying to get a word processing program on a laptop that reminds me of the car in Christine, (long story, dull and filled with cursing) I finally settled on a ... drum roll here.... SCRIVENER.


 

I played with it over the weekend. (the photos are from the web. I will not be posting my novel on-line.)

 

I am in LOVE. For those of you who also write short stories, non-fiction, plays... I can’t recommend this program enough. The GOOEY is fun and made for the storyteller.


A novel I'm working on with Scrivener

 

It has this awesome corkboard ability to outline your scenes, create your characters and (HORRORS!) track your progress.

 

It cost me just over $40. And I’m already kicking myself for not buying it sooner


My other favourite resource:


Cover of: Random House Word Menu by Stephen Glazier



THE WORD MENU. It is not a thesaurus. It is a reference book which allows you to look up words/terms using subject as a method of searching. Say, one of my characters is science teacher. The fact that he is an science teacher is not a huge factor in either plot or theme, yet I do want to ensure that the story rings true. The character would not say, “Today, class we are learning about whatcha-ma-callits.”

 

In this book, I turn to physics, then to the section on Electricity and Magnetism ... now the character can say, “Today, class, we are learning about electromagnetic waves. Open your textbooks to chapter 7...”

 

I will continue to be a souper. But I will not be writing as much poetry. Hopefully, I will spend MORE TIME READING YOUR WORDS. A bonus to my change in direction. After writing a thousand words a day, reading your gems will be my reward for sweating out a chapter a week.

 

Love ya guys

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WRITING TOOL?

 

A BELOVED PEN?

 

A LEATHER BOUND JOURNAL?

 

A MAC? LOL?

 

PLEASE, SHARE...

 

Smiles and an excited hug from Cyndi (who is not leaving soup, but spending her days in 1954 with a girl named Bryn and a quiet, caring man named Greely)


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  1. Date: 2/25/2014 11:21:00 PM
    I just don't think I can get into all these new gadgets. I don't text and have no smart phone. I prefer my rhyming dictionary because I like to write by hand on my bed but it's fun to just google rhyming words when online. Pen and paper. That's what i like!

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  1. Date: 2/25/2014 9:54:00 AM
    what a thrill of a journey, cyn.. fire away and give nicholas sparks a run for his money.. he's too sappy.. you may wan to get the urban dictionary as well.. huggs

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  1. Date: 2/24/2014 3:19:00 PM
    Couldn't be more excited for you Cyndi!!

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  1. Date: 2/24/2014 1:55:00 PM
    That's cool. Hmmm..me...my poems are written on paper, and my short stories are typed on some ancient thing like Microsoft Office Word 2007...ha. I should look into these things.

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    Thomas Avatar F. J. Thomas Date: 2/24/2014 2:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    LOL! Hey, if it ain't broke..."!!!
  1. Date: 2/24/2014 1:39:00 PM
    I'm so happy for you Cyndi!! I'm afraid mine would be whatever pencil is closest, I prefer pencil, and hopefully a page in a notebook that I already have writings in... but that is no promise. lol I have to say my writings are sporadic and usually impulsive so they are literally all over the place!

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Death in Family
Date Posted: 7/23/2014 8:30:00 AM
A CHANGE REQUEST FOR MEMBER CONTEST WINNERS PAGE... Me... upsetting another applecart... or a good idea? Thoughts?
Date Posted: 7/22/2014 3:57:00 PM
GARDEN PARTY CONTEST WINNERS... YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 9:57:00 PM
CONTEST JUDGES: A WAY TO FIND AN ABUSER
Date Posted: 7/15/2014 10:32:00 AM
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
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 6:17:00 PM
THANK YOU FOR THE SONNET ENTRIES...short short blog
Date Posted: 6/9/2014 3:27:00 PM
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
Date Posted: 5/8/2014 10:21:00 PM
PROMPS FOR WORD PAIRINGS 2 - COME AND PLAY
Date Posted: 5/7/2014 8:50:00 PM
********PLAY WITH ORIGINAL WORD PAIRING***POEMS BUILT BY SOUPERS #1, 3 and 4
Date Posted: 5/6/2014 9:04:00 AM
THE BEST HOW TO WRITE POETRY ADVICE I'VE EVER HEARD. WORTH 20 of YOUR MINUTES. FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Date Posted: 5/5/2014 9:13:00 AM
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
Date Posted: 5/3/2014 8:14:00 AM
A LOOK AT A LITERARY JOURNAL CONTEST, RULES and the WINNERS POEMS
Date Posted: 4/29/2014 8:37:00 PM
POP QUIZ HOT SHOTS... C'MON... LOVE 'EM, DISS 'EM, JUDGE 'EM, PLACE 'EM!!!
Date Posted: 4/28/2014 3:47:00 PM
SOMETHING FOR EILEEN... and OTHERS WHO TAKE RISKS
Date Posted: 4/26/2014 5:54:00 AM
HELPLESS, A KYRIELLE. NEW CONTEST WITH TIM RYERSON AS CO PILOT! WAHOO!
Date Posted: 4/14/2014 9:24:00 PM

My Poems

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Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
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,
2/11/2014ORION: A PERSPECTIVE for third to tenthSonnetmythology,star,
2/10/2014TARTANS, A SONNET FOR FRANCINESonnetfriend,patriotic,places,p
2/9/2014TESTIMONIALS, A SONNET FOR BRIANSonnetfaith,friend,nature,
2/7/2014Double Oh-- A JAMES BOND CROWN, BUILDING IT UP SECOND SONNET POSTED--Crown of Sonnetsgames,passion,
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Fav Poems

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Poem TitleFormCategories
The Sowing Free versedevotion,
Ten Little ToesRhymedaughter,lifeold,old,,gra
Woodland RhapsodyQuatraininspirational
Contradicting KeatsSonnetintrospection,life
Surrender to LoveRhymeloveme,
A Totum Pole OdeConcretenative american,people,
MORE DREAMS TO ROWRhyme royalinspirational,life,
When the Tab Comes DueFree verseinspirational,introspecti
Lighting My Candle From WithinQuintain (English)caregiving,introspection,
The Kirk by the SeaCoupletnostalgia,religion,love,
Moonlight On The WardChokahealth,life,
Nocturnal PoetryRhymeimagination,life,poetry,
SlumberEpicdedication,epic,slam,
FROSTY NIGHT STROLLCoupletinspirational,seasons,
Our ThanksgivingLight Poetryholiday,
Tomorrow's GraceEthereepeace,
A New Star Shines Above HawaiiRhymededication,music,
Jesus, Our SaviorShapereligion,life,
Monarch of SummerHaibunanimals,devotion,inspirat
UntouchedRhymeforgiveness,me,me,
Midnight PearlsThan-Baukintrospection,love,
Beaucoup BloomsTerza Rimanature,spring,spring,
On Heaven's DoorwayNarrativeinspirational,life,care,c
WALKING ON FAITHVersefaith,for children,
BeachworldFree verseplaces,sea,sun,
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Drake Eszes United States Flag United States Read
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mourning mist France Flag France Read
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