Back on June 2nd, which happens to be my husband’s birthday, I posted Time to Write the Poems. Yes, I finally realized I had to commit more of my time and energy to writing poetry. My good friend Grace Lin had decided that helping me to get published would be one of her New Year’s resolutions for 2008. Grace thought she and I could work on a poetry project together. At first, we didn’t have an idea for a book. Then, in April, I thought of a subject--which is to remain top secret for now--for a collection of poems that Grace could illustrate. I began work on the book immediately. Then Grace and I went on a research field trip together in late May. We were inspired. We returned to my house and talked about all our ideas. Grace gave me some great suggestions. I’m happy to tell you that I finished writing that collection a couple of weeks ago. Grace’s agent is now looking for a publisher who’d be interested in our project.
Since I finished that collection, I have gotten back to work on another book of poems that I began writing last fall--at the suggestion of Grace and another friend, Janet Wong. I’ve done lots of research for the book and have now completed thirteen poems.
That’s the update…and one reason why I haven’t been writing many book reviews or posting as often here at Wild Rose Reader.
I have to admit it’s fun writing poetry when I’m inspired and focused and excited about a subject. I just hope I can continue writing at this same pace for a long time.