Poetry Friday

6 Mar

Hi, everyone! Welcome to my blog. It’s Poet’s Choice on Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Poetry Challenge.

I’ve been super busy working on the 5th and final draft of my WIP (The Rise of Gadreel). As my own worst critic it took me a while to get my book as close to perfection as possible before sending it off to my editor. I have an amazing editor who misses nothing (that’s why I secretly dubbed her Eagle Eyes), but I’m a firm believer that a writer should work harder than the editor on his or her own book. Since one of my mantras is to make each book I write better than the previous one, I had my work cut out for me.

Beta readers are also an important part of the writing process. I had several fantastic betas critique my first draft. Although the first draft of anything is crap I’m grateful to have received lots of great feedback from these brilliant people. I’m excited with how the 5th draft is going, and I can’t wait to continue to refine my book with my editor.

Within my pen what words are pent, What mystery, what merriment!

It hath a door, my pen, somewhere, And what a throng is waiting there!

Bright thoughts are standing all about, And quivering to be let out.

O could I find the golden key, Open the door and set them free!

The poem above was written anonymously. I love it, and thought I should share it. I hope you enjoy it.

48 Responses to “Poetry Friday”

  1. John W. Howell March 6, 2020 at 1:33 pm #

    Best wishes on The Rise of Gadreel, Vashti.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Annette Rochelle Aben March 6, 2020 at 1:49 pm #

    A new book… awesome. Thank you for all the entertainment and inspiration

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    • Vashti Q March 6, 2020 at 5:54 pm #

      Aww. Thank you for all the encouragement and positivity, my friend.🥰

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Olga March 6, 2020 at 2:00 pm #

    Certainly the goal of all writers and poets is to tempt the golden key to reveal itself. Love the anonymous poem you’ve shared, Vashti. Cheers to your final draft being all you hoped it to be. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q March 6, 2020 at 5:57 pm #

      I appreciate that, Olga❣️As always, it’s wonderful to hear from you. You’re so right, it’s such a lovely poem. Have a great weekend!

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  4. balroop2013 March 6, 2020 at 2:02 pm #

    Congratulations Vashti for new book. Looking forward to its release.

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    • Vashti Q March 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm #

      Thank you, Balroop! That’s awesome news. Thank you! I think you’ll enjoy this one because you liked Gadreel in the last book.😊💕

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  5. coldhandboyack March 6, 2020 at 2:44 pm #

    Sounds like you’ve been putting in overtime.

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    • Vashti Q March 6, 2020 at 6:08 pm #

      Oh, yes! This was a challenging book in many ways. I feel like I’m an expert in the Medieval Period.😂 I’ve done a lot of research, re-arranging paragraphs, adding, deleting . . . I have a cemetery full of dead darlings.😘 I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, though. Have a fantastic weekend, my friend!

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  6. Colleen M. Chesebro March 6, 2020 at 4:58 pm #

    That poem was so fitting for your new book, sis. I can’t wait to read it. You know, I’m a fan! Hugs and love to you. ❤

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  7. Jill Weatherholt March 6, 2020 at 8:19 pm #

    Congratulations on your new book, Vashti! I can relate to being my own worst critic. Happy weekend! ❤

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    • Vashti Q March 8, 2020 at 12:06 am #

      Happy weekend, Jill❣️Positive affirmations are great. They’ve helped me challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts.😁


  8. yvettemcalleiro March 6, 2020 at 9:05 pm #

    I love it! And I need to catch up on your series! I loved Gadreel and can’t wait to read her book. 🙂

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  9. D.L. Finn, Author March 7, 2020 at 12:55 pm #

    Always looking for that golden key:) Editing is the hardest part. I find myself in an editing haze as I emerce myself in it. You are right the writer should put the work in before the editor, I agree. I’m looking forward to the next installment, Vashti! Hope you have a great weekend and happy editing.

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    • Vashti Q March 8, 2020 at 12:19 am #

      Hi, Denise! Editing is definitely challenging. I knew you would agree. Thank you, my friend❣️Enjoy the rest of the weekend.🥰

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  10. Jacquie Biggar March 7, 2020 at 1:27 pm #

    This poem perfectly portrays a writer’s passion for the written word. Congrats on your upcoming release, Vashti!

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    • Vashti Q March 8, 2020 at 12:22 am #

      Hi, Jacquie! I thought so too. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. Thank you❣️

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  11. Jan Sikes March 7, 2020 at 2:16 pm #

    Congratulations, Vashti! That is such an exciting phase in the writing process! Love the poem!

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    • Vashti Q March 8, 2020 at 12:30 am #

      Thank you, Jan!🥰 I am excited that I’m so close to the finish line. I’m happy you loved the poem. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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  12. Gwen M. Plano March 7, 2020 at 2:30 pm #

    Congratulations on your new book! Your poem is exquisite! ♥

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    • Vashti Q March 8, 2020 at 12:36 am #

      Hello, Gwen! Thank you❣️I hope you’re recovering well. I love that poem. I’m glad you liked it. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!😊


  13. tracikenworth March 7, 2020 at 6:50 pm #

    Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author & Book Blogger for all Genres as well as craft books and commented:
    Another nice one!

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  14. Looking forward to showcasing the new book when ready Vashti.. love that poem too..xx♥

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    • Vashti Q March 8, 2020 at 5:45 pm #

      Hi, Sally! That’s very kind of you. You’re such a great supporter. Thank you! I’m happy you loved the poem! ❤

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  15. D. Wallace Peach March 8, 2020 at 7:19 pm #

    It sounds like you’re making great progress, Vashti. And the poem is delightful. It mirrors your the energy I can feel as you write about your book. Happy Writing!

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    • Vashti Q March 9, 2020 at 10:01 am #

      It’s great that you could pick up on that, Diana. I am passionate about my work. I can’t help it, and I do try to make each book better than the previous one. I’m ecstatic that you enjoyed the poem. Happy writing to you too, my friend! ❤

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  16. judeitakali March 9, 2020 at 4:21 am #

    its so beautiful

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  17. Natalie Ducey March 9, 2020 at 12:07 pm #

    High five, Vashti! That’s fantastic and exciting news. Cheers to you!
    Best wishes for a fabulous week ahead. 🙂

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  18. Ayesha Siddiqua March 10, 2020 at 2:48 pm #


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  19. Miriam Hurdle March 11, 2020 at 11:52 pm #

    Yay, this is such an exciting news, Vashti. You’ve been working so hard and finally coming to the finish line – the 5th edition of The Rise of Gadreel. So glad to hear you have an editor with laser bean eyes. Best wishes for the remaining work ahead! I can’t hardly wait to see the publication of it.

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    • Vashti Q March 12, 2020 at 12:28 pm #

      Hi, Miriam! It’s my 5th draft of The Rise of Gadreel––not edition. 🙂 Yes, I’m ecstatic to be working with this editor. Yay! Thank you so much for your support, my friend. I appreciate you. ❤ xo


      • Miriam Hurdle March 12, 2020 at 12:34 pm #

        Oh, Vashti, I think I meant editing. It would be nice when you publish the 5th edition. 😀💖

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    • Vashti Q March 12, 2020 at 12:36 pm #

      Yes, I think you probably did. No biggie, though. Hugs & Kisses ❤


  20. markbierman March 18, 2020 at 5:43 am #

    Congratulations, Vashti!

    Liked by 1 person

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