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A Muse’s Stolen Moment

A Muse’s Stolen Moment
By Te’Kia Miller 

Submerged in rivers of smooth jazz
Overflowing, filling canals into
Time and space unaccounted
The world has washed away
In the tides of a muse’s making
Only the poet is listening
Quietly in a world of storms
It is the third eye of a sixth sense
To see and hear this beauty
Called muse 

Original.2017. 4/22/2017.

The Breakdown Poem

Poetry was something that didn’t come naturally. I wasn’t interested in writing it, much less reading it. Somehow or another I’ve come to love poetry as well as writing it. I have and continue to write on a range of subjects. With each piece I try to make it different, especially when writing on the same subject. However, I realize that I do favor certain words, phrases and images in my poetry within each subject.

Because of these favoritisms I sometimes like to breakdown the elements of a particular poem I have in mind to write. Breaking down a poem helps me to: see each part individually, focus on the message and/or image I want to convey, decide which parts to elevate and how to elevate them, and critically think about the poem as a whole.

Doing this also forces me to think about my word choice and decide if I should use a synonym versus the actual word or create my own using imagery instead. I try to show rather than tell in my poetry. Showing instead of telling is something I read a lot about on writing novels and short stories. I try to make the same balance in my poetry.

Dissecting the poem before writing it helps me to find the words and phrases that will help me to show instead of tell. I find that certain words spark an image. If those imagery words can be joined with words that trigger the senses, I think it strikes the right tone for the poet. I’m not a student of poetry in the formal sense so this is pretty much my observation from my own experience in self-study, writing, and opinion.

Why am I writing about this you ask?

Because I have a Valentine’s Day poem waiting to be posted. I used this method for the piece that will appear on the 14th. I’ve also used this breakdown method in the past to help others write their own poem.

This breakdown method is a great way for the poet to focus their thoughts and map a way from beginning to end of a poem. Again, my opinion and it works for me. There’s no structured way to break the poem down. It’s basically just jotting down notes and connecting similar ideas to one another. It’s in the associations and connections of this information where I find my poem.

What works for you?

 

 

 

New Short Story Series Here

So the timing of this is rushed. Whenever I have a new short story or series I usually try to promote it before hand. I didn’t do that with this new short story series. It was more of a ‘okay, a good chunk of it is done, let’s just get it to the blog now’.

The new short story can be found under the short stories tab. It’s titled Harding Middle School Confidential. It takes place in a futuristic setting and centers around the main character named Julius Meadow. He’s a transfer student with his dad being in the military and he’s come to yet another school for what he hopes will be the last move.

Already having reservations about being the new kid, Julius just wants to settle down, stay out of the way and not draw attention to himself until he can find friends he can trust. However, it isn’t long before Julius finds himself breaking up altercations with some of the kids who’ve made it clear they pick on the helpless. This draws unwanted attention not only from the bullies but also from a student named Marcus Andrews.

Marcus has been asked by Principal Coldwater to lead a group of students for an experimental program that she hopes would help combat the many growing factions feuding in the school. Julius accepts and it isn’t long before things get underway.

As the group, known as the Harding Enforcement Squad (or HES) solves case after case of student infractions things begin to take a nose dive. Soon the group finds themselves unraveling and getting mixed up in the chaos of Harding Middle School. Adding insult to injury, accusations emerge that even Principal Coldwater has a hand in the madness for her own selfish cause. Whether true or false, the HES will get to the center of the anarchy.

That’s basically it and the opening page gives an even smaller nutshell of the story. But this project came about a while ago. I thought it would be cool to do something along these lines. As a kid I remember watching shows like Kim Possible, Sailor Moon, Kids Next Door, Scooby Doo (which is my favorite of all even as an adult) and others. I loved the idea of kids solving crimes/mysteries but also juggling school.

In middle school I was inspired to try my hand at striking this balance and wrote a novella (it was only 19 chapters). I had a lead character with five other minor leads (the friends of the main character who also were part of the group solving school mysteries) and they were working for the principal in that project as well. Unfortunately, because I thought I knew what I was doing and really didn’t, I erased it by accident trying to save it from the computer onto a floppy disc. I was crushed. At the same time that sparked me to write more novels and that’s how I basically came to writing novels.

As an adult I grew to enjoy shows like Criminal Minds, Law and Order: SVU and CSI to name a few. So when I was developing Harding Middle School Confidential I wanted it to be for kids, on a kid level but have a little bit of realism to it. I also like the detective noir (think The Maltese Falcon) and I wanted to add that into the mix as well. Even though it was for kids I didn’t want the characters to be too immature, because I was mature for my age in middle school (at least that’s what I was told a lot) and so I wanted these characters to have a bit more maturity. As I continued to develop the story/plot and setting I tried to keep these things in mind so there are a lot of balances I try to strike in this series. But I also wanted a grand villain, not just the smaller villains (delinquent children) and I found it 🙂

A lot of changes took place in the development of this story and a lot of balances I tried to (and hopefully with success) strike. What it came down to was keeping it with fantasy/sci-fi elements (because ya’ll know that’s my writing home) mixed with realism. If I had to compare Harding Middle School Confidential I’d say it strikes a match between Kids Next Door (as far as the fantasy/sci-fi is concerned) with Law and Order: SVU (not with heavy subjects though), and a pinch of detective noir. I didn’t want to go heavy on the noir because I wanted to keep it light and fun. There is even a little funny in their with how the characters act and react with each other.

There is also another element I want to add as part of this story’s reader experience. It will be titled Harding Confidential Times. It’s the school’s magazine with art, editorial, opinion column, comics, poetry, school related news, school district news, sporting events, announcements, student and teacher highlight, interviews and student court proceedings. Obviously, the student court proceedings would be the part I focus on and it would be something readers can read in between each series for each case the HES has solved. It would only touch on the highlights of the case, evidence presented and which witness testimonies were key and of course the sentencing. Now the charges will be mentioned in the actual stories. I think I’ll also post my notes on what constitute as infractions and what charges they can warrant, I haven’t decided on this yet.

I thought it would be something fun to have that as part of this project. The prelude series goes live today at 5pm. The story starts off with a prelude series and then it’ll get into the ‘meat and potatoes’ if you will. Be sure to catch it and follow the Harding Middle School stories.

I hope you enjoy 🙂

My Delights of Inspiration

I recently went to Barnes and Noble to purchase just one magazine. I ended up buying two and the third novel to a trilogy I’d started reading earlier this year. It was really unexpected but it happens. Besides, the magazines were Writer’s Digest and Poets and Writers (my first ever of either one). It wasn’t until I started reading them I wondered, why hadn’t I bought these long before now? They were packed with some really nice articles. I am very choosey about what I think I should believe from what I read. Got to be careful in this day and age where everybody thinks they have something important to say when all it is, is nothing at all. Anyway, as I was checking out the clerk was interested in my purchases, seeing that I have bought these particular magazines, and asked if I was a writer. I said ‘yes’ and then they proceeded to ask me if I had anything published. This second question I had trouble answering because I still haven’t defined it for me. I know the world thinks that unless it’s come through a publisher or self-published e-book, then it’s not considered published. But by definition, a blog, vlog or any other form of writing content and distributing it to the masses is considered published. So I told the clerk ‘not professionally but I do have a blog’ and I told them where they could find it. The last question the clerk asked was what did I like to write. While I gave them an answer I could live with (being that I mainly write thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy type stuff), this answer goes beyond that. It is always for the sake of time that I try to keep this particular answer short. However, beyond the three that I mentioned, my delights are rooted in a variety of things, so my inspiration is just about everything. This is in part because I am fascinated by a lot of things. As a kid, I loved researching and learning about different things. I still do and so I am interested in different genres. It is also due in part because I just don’t stick to writing novels. In fact, my writing roots begin with the short story. My earliest memories of writing are of me in the basement as a kid writing short stories from one page long to about fifteen or so pages. Then I moved on to novel writing, as a test because I knew it was longer. It certainly takes greater endurance. Poetry came lastly, which came to be something I love equally as the first two (especially since I initially didn’t care for poetry). But at a young age, it came to me almost as easily as the short story and novel. Almost. Poetry took more practice I think because instead of endurance, now the focus was on the word choice, which I find to be a grueling task and yet fun.

So my inspiration stems from any and everything around me as well as the fact that I don’t like to be confined to any one genre or writing discipline. Writing in each of these three veins helps me to understand them well enough to use their strengths in whatever I am writing, whether it is for word choice, endurance, or details or whatever. They each require their own specific set of skill. That same set of skill I find, however, can be used to achieve writing in another form.

However, if for some reason the above doesn’t satisfy what I specifically like writing, here is an idea (keep in mind this is not all inclusive): FOR POETRY- Faith (I am a Christian for the inquiring mind), love, nature (even the destruction of it), time, life, death, seasons, thoughts/ponderings, muse/poet relationship, lack of inspiration, reaching one’s dreams, relationships (familial, friends, intimate), abuse (domestic, child, and other), and sometimes socially conscience pieces.

FOR NOVEL: thriller, sci-fi for the most part although my work is probably more sci-fi thriller (in my opinion). I like fantasy and I have a working idea for a fantasy but I haven’t really had experience with this particular genre. The only thing I think would qualify is my posted short story A Turn In Perception and an epic ballad I did in high school. I like having themes in any novel work I do. I try to incorporate some kind of theme on purpose and then of course you have themes that just pop up organically. I am interested in writing other genres inspiration and mixing genres as well.

FOR Short Story: This runs the gamut. From inspirational to fantasy. I like short stories because they are a good writing workout in my opinion. It will certainly test the ability of word choice, that’s for sure.

But these are my delights of inspiration for the most part. More pop up as I become fascinated with more things.

The Muse’s Return

The Muse’s Return
By Te’Kia Miller

In an unfamiliar place as this
Still I feel you coming
inhabiting my being as you have before.
At first is cold and awkward
clumsy over words and emotion,
a sign too long a time has passed.
Inside me is a warming sensation
filling me, lifting me
as you take comfort
and so do I.
When the flow comes with ease
we speak not and yet speak clearly
in a peculiar silence shared between us.
The moment is become familiar,
the distortion now a clear vision
by the words spoken in your
silky voice. They are laid bare
before the printer’s point
etching on tender souls
collected in this book.

Original.