More poetry from my next book, Little Bites of Truth. I quickly make these images with free clipart, and I am liking how the background image does still the mind as the poem is read.
So, if my next book does well, I might take a selection of some of the poetry and put them out in a full-color image book.
Susan Hampson’s wonderful book blog, Books From Dusk Till Dawn, has given a nice review of The Oarsman. You can read it here:
Author Becca Chopra runs a great book blog about inspirational books. I like it even more now that she’s read and enjoyed The Oarsman
She also posted a small author interview she did with me last week. Check it out here.
Now that The Ant That Found God is up on Amazon for pre-order (it will be available in a few days), I’ve been thinking about the next book I wanted to write.
A month ago an idea came to me, based on my own life. My parents had a cottage in the Laurentian mountains north of Montreal that we’d go to every weekend. I think we had it from when I was six to when I was eighteen.
I remember hating that cottage at first, because I’d rather stay in Montreal and play with friends or on the computer. When I was around twelve, however, something shifted. I began appreciating it because of the nature surrounding it.
I would walk into the woods, after I had done my homework and chores my father had given me, and I’d stare at trees. These ones seemed so different than the ones in Montreal, so carefree. I’d take the canoe out on the lake whenever I could, drifting along and feeling stillness was keeping me afloat.
The book I was thinking of was to be called I Became A Tree. It was about a man who, in the afterlife, gets sentenced to be reincarnated as a tree. He befriends a young boy who visits the woods every weekend. The idea was that the tree only spoke in a poetic language, the language of nature, that the boy did not fully hear.
After coming to terms with my mild fear of writing non-fiction, I decided to scrap the prose part of the book, turn it into non-fiction, and focus on the poetry from the tree.
Poetry doesn’t sell well, so the book is more about little nuggets of truth that can be used by people to contemplate or use in meditations. I do away with flowery language, an overabundance of metaphors and similes, and keep it simple. It will tentatively be called Contemplations to Savor.
It is one of those books that you are meant to open at random, read a section, and then savor it, letting it sit in the back of your mind throughout the day.
I’ve been writing about 10-15 of these little ‘non-poems’ per day , and will publish the book when I get to a few hundred.
Why Not Now Can you laugh for me, God asks You try, but you can’t force it Can you dance for me, God asks You could, but you are too shy Can you love for me, God asks This one is obvious You’ll love later when you’re brave Can you then chase me, God asks And that you find so easy The Beauty of Trees A shimmer of thanked sun Deepens the color of a leaf vein And peeling bark wants attention too A tree will even gift shade To those ignoring its beauty When no one is around When you have one all to yourself Touch it, smell it See the gift of stillness Draped across branches Like love-spun cloth In silence, when your center Is stolen by a flitting bird Piercing its shadow into your heart Can you tell me where you end And the tree begins A Partner Dissolves God asks you to dance And you happily do Will you ever tire of The long line waiting For the stars and moon Want to dance too Is it just imagination Or is life really This beautiful? You’d ask for an opinion But you just became The askee and answer
Foreword Reviews, the biggest magazine and review site for independent authors, recently reviewed The Oarsman, giving it five stars and summing it up as follows:
“The Oarsman is thoughtfully written and will be enjoyed by those who enjoy fantastic narratives that inspire self-reflection. A plot-driven story line and distinct narrative voice make this tale truly breathtaking.”
You can read the full review here.
I was interviewed recently by the excellent blog My Life My Books My Escape, and you can read the full interview here.