Wednesday, February 10, 2010

the rewrites have begun

So have started the rewriting portion of the project which will include filling out the additional chapters I have earmarked to complete the narrative.

I estimate the finished product will exceed 100,000 words. That is not awful but it is outside of the sweet spot I was aiming for.

I got a little bit done yesterday but feeling sick made it tough to put coherent words together. Shame to not make more of my snow day.

Any way, I will have a coherent novel ready in time for the writers conference in March. That will be an important step.

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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