Well, after many months, The Dark Side of My Mind – Volume 10 is finally complete. I was just taking a shower and wrote 3 new poems on the walls. That will at least fill volume 10, and maybe leave one or two left over to start volume 11. I’m not really sure how many I have though, since I haven’t transcribed them into my huge “all poems” file yet. The hard drive needs to be reformatted, so I’m trying not to mess with any files which would mean I’d have to back them up again.
I tell ya, it’s always a good feeling when I finally finish another volume in the series. I think there are some that were done in a few months, but some of them literally took years to complete. There was a span of a couple years where I didn’t write a single poem because I was so emotionally shut down. I wish I’d written more, but it’s just one of those things you can’t control.
Unlike some people, I never *try* to write poetry. I let it come to me whenever it wants to. Okay, to be honest there was one time when I tried to write some stuff, but I only got bits, and I didn’t finish them until years later. Some of them never have been finished, they’re just sitting in a file on the hard drive. It’s annoying to me when I have long dry spells, but I’ve decided it’s just one of those “shit happens” kind of things, and I’m learning to just deal with it.
One cool thing is that I don’t seem to need to be suicidally depressed to write anymore. That’s always a good thing. I’m learning to open up and write whatever comes. Sometimes when I write more than one in a day there’s a theme, sometimes there’s not. I just let it flow now. I don’t force it, and I don’t worry if there’s no common thread. What comes, comes. At least I’ve been writing again, and I’m glad for that. Even if it does usually happen in the shower and I have to scrub the grease pencil of the wall the next day. :laugh:
So, there’s another volume in the series down. I don’t think I ever would have guessed that I’d have so many, and I wonder how many more volumes I’ll write in the future. I guess only time will tell. As for when it’ll be published… I’m not going to make any promises. I need to have my computer reformatted, reinstall everything, my birthday is this month, I’m working on another book… You get the idea. I’d like to get it out this month, but I’m going to just hope to get it done before the end of the year.
While we’re on the topic of my poetry, How many of my books have you read? Are you a poetry fan? Have you given poetry a shot? I’d love to know. And for a final though to all the poetry haters out there: If you hate poetry, you’d have to hate all songs with vocals. A song is just a poem set to music. All songwriters are poets in their own way. So next time you want to trash-talk poetry, think about that little tidbit.