So, lets talk about writing. A few days ago I attended a meeting of the Kansas Authors Club that focused on the difference between a memoir and an autobiography. Because I have recently dipped my toe into the writing pool, I was excited to learn all this and came home inspired and ready to write more. A memoir is now on my list of writing projects, and I am looking forward to seeing where this journey takes me.
But first, I want to share with you the news of my first published book of poetry! It is now available in both paperback and Kindle editions, and I am very pleased with the final product, with thanks to my editor and my printer.
Love and Lovers – Poetry by Ginger Zyskowski is a collection of poems about just that – Love and Lovers. Some of these poems were written when I was a young teenager, but this collection also includes poems that I wrote throughout my life, up through and including the present.
Love and Lovers is available for purchase on this web page; at Bluebird Books in Hutchinson, Kansas; and as a Kindle edition on Amazon.com. It lists for $10.00 in both print and Kindle formats, and I will be signing copies at a release event!
As you can see, this writing thing is fun! I enjoy composing blog posts in which I am able to share memories of some of the unique situations in which I have found myself over the years. My poetry is a bit more elusive. Fragments and phrases come to me at odd times and in odd places, perhaps when I am in the shower or washing dishes in the kitchen sink. And I have learned to stop whatever I am doing to write down that fragment or phrase right then and there. It’s interesting, though, that it might be days, weeks, months, or even years before that little fragment finds its way to the rest of the work where it belongs.
The same thing happens with my music compositions. A little melody bit will come to me, but several months could pass before the rest of the notes, melodies, and harmonies make themselves known. I’ve learned that I need to keep an open mind, to be patient, and, eventually, more of the music will show up. There is no way that I can force this creative process to happen, whether it is writing poetry, writing prose, or writing music. It actually feels like I am the instrument being played by the artistic muse. Sometimes I just have to sit back and watch the words or the notes flow from my hands on to the paper. It is fascinating to realize that it in one sense I am doing the writing while in another sense I am removed from the process.
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Aside from continuing my blog, my next writing project is a second poetry book that is almost ready for the editing process. I’ll keep you posted on its ETA. And if you are interested, my musical compositions are also listed and available on my website here. Check them out!
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Jim Potter says
Nice, informative blog! I’m sorry I’ll miss your book signing at Bluebird on Saturday. At the same time I’ll be in Wichita at a Kansas Authors Club state board meeting. Best Wishes!
Learn lots of cool stuff at your meeting so you can come back and report it to us!