Sunday, November 16, 2008

This week...

I am off from work this coming week...
Car is fixed and just in time for the road trip. Looks like I will be heading to Fredericksburg, VA on Thursday. Historic sites, ghost tours and a wine festival. Plus my sister and her family are just one hour south from there. I will blog during the trip, bringing the laptop.

The trip will also help me get a solid start on the next book. I have had this idea in mind for a few years but I think it finally came together the other day.

By chance this morning I found an agent who is running a quick contest for manuscript queries. The first 50 submissions with the appropriate quiz answer are guaranteed some actual feedback. I hope my submission was received in time. The way you pitch an agent or publisher may be even more important than the book itself.

I mean, no one is going to bother reading a book if they don't like the way you broach the topic...

So keep your fingers crossed.

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Flame and Bone

When I was made from fire
Poured into the tender vessel of caution
That keeps my smoke from rising
Quickly did I discover that apart from crisp drizzles or falling snow
The world chilled my touched
Walking the narrow cornered gap between girders and cut stone
One learns to tuck his shoulders in or risk
Jostling a neighbor passing by rapt with want
For a clear path without the distraction
Of another man's boiling eyes
The tip of a finger
That oldest of all weapons
Grown deadlier and pristine in its invention
Gathers a mote of a cinder on its bare flesh
And turns pondering how best to scratch the impious itch
Prying open the tender seam
Where the oil of thought dews
Offering a new wick to ignite
Squirming alive as a salamander of mischief
That yearns for a taste of air it is so ready to devour
The steam of breath betrays me
Before the glint of orange spreads
In popping bright waves
Eroding the fibers feeding it
Leaving naught but ash
As my shell of quietude falls away