Been a while since I posted!!
I keep starting my blogs with this statement and I sound like the perennial ‘excuse monkey’
That sounds like an interesting thing to be and when this thought came into my head I decided to Google to see if such a thing existed?
It didn’t so I will now copyright that idea ©excuse monkey.
An excuse monkey will therefore be defined as a procrastinator who seems to have a monkey on their back and that is who they blame for not getting on with things.
However this isn’t why I started to write today.
I looked back on my last blog and have continued to write various pieces which I think I will put in my brand new, new book.
This isn’t a typo as I have new book which about to be published on Amazon (more about that later) but I will need to make a start on the next one.
Some more good news!!
- We have celebrated my daughter (and son in law’s) wedding.
- The local drama club have managed to perform their pantomime (late due to Covid 19)
- We have survived COVID 19 infections in various family members.
I am feeling less pessimistic which is helpful as it means that I feel able write a bit more.
The new writing group has continued to meet and we have had some more people join us. The tasks have challenged me (for the positive) so for one, I took a risk and wrote a rap based on marriage.
I am seen as a mid 50’s rock loving guy (well I admit to listening to other stuff too) but RAP music is not normally in my ‘wheelhouse’
My weird inspiration was, whilst listening to Spotify I heard Buddy Holly and then Eminem in succession. These are not the usual combinations I listen to but I then put some of the words on paper/ my phone.
I initially shared what was written a fortnight ago and then wrote more ideas based on the constructive thoughts/ feedback (not harsh criticism) received from my fellow writers.
I then performed this rap at the latest Spoken Word (The Innerverse) on Weds 29th and was given very positive feedback from the ‘experts.’ I plan to perform it again and this time I’ll do it much better!
Four weeks ago I took the plunge and delivered a workshop on Limerick Writing which stimulated others to write further limericks. Because of this I had to write a few new ones to share at The Innerverse. Again this was received very well. Nowadays I am being introduced as the “Limericks Expert” but I feel I have imposter syndrome about this but it is nice to know that I am able to share my knowledge/ skills to fellow writers.
I also spoke about contranyms which I illustrated by this old joke I DIDN’T share at the above wedding.
“When a man doesn’t have a partner he is incomplete, when he gets one, he is FINISHED”
A contranym is a word that can have opposite meanings dependant on the circumstances.
“To dust can either mean to add or to remove dust”
As I mentioned before, I have put the final (well almost) touches to my latest book.
Two years ago, my son in law wished me a happy birthday with the words “Joetry in Motion” and used the throwaway comment, that would make a good title for a book.
Well that is what I have used, so thanks Lee Hall (www.leehallwriter.com ) who is not the Lee Hall who wrote Billy Elliot.
I will publish the book over the next few weeks so keep a look out for notifications and hopefully you may want to purchase a copy.
Let’s see if I can keep up this effort and write something on this blog next week!!