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Category: Miscellaneous

Silence Happens is reborn

Hello to you all. My website “Silence Happens” has been through some changes over the years. It started off as a site for my little quotes and since then I have self-published some of those quotes, along with some new ones,Β  in two books called Silence Happens and Being Human. The site then went through a period of quiet till it became a spiritual poetry and prose site but this went quiet too.

I am about to publish my first book of poetry called After the Rain, which includes poetry from this site. I have revamped Silence Happens to become my main writing hub with links to my poetry site here and to my story site and also with links to my Facebook page, Twitter, Goodreads etc. It is still a work in progress but the main bulk of the site is complete.

The link in menu above called “My Writing Blog” will take to the new site. I hope you will come and say hello and perhaps visit and like my Facebook page too πŸ™‚

Thank you to everyone here, on Silence Happens and my story site too, who has followed my progress from when I first joined WordPress in August 2011 till now.

I hope we will continue our friendships.

Thank you πŸ™‚

PS. Sorry I’ve been so quiet here, lots going on with getting “After the Rain” ready for publication and figuring out how to use Facebook and creating a new website.

I’ll be back soon πŸ™‚

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Facebook

I’ve gone and done it, I’ve joined Facebook again.

https://www.facebook.com/Martin-Shone-Writer-343677749345429/

Not quite sure what I’m doing on there, and it all seems rather confusing but I’m there so come say “Hello” πŸ™‚

I’m also on Twitter if you want to pop along there too πŸ™‚

https://twitter.com/SilenceHappens

First night nerves

Well!

I finally did it, I went to an evening of live poetry readings to read some of my poems.

It was in a cafΓ© I sometimes visit in Wolverhampton called WildBytesCafΓ© and they have a monthly event called Viva Voce. I was rather nervous, or maybe a bit more than rather πŸ™‚ as I’ve only read my writings in the writing group I go to, or here on my blog and on YouTube. I was assured it was a cosy group which made me feel better.

We started at about 7.30 and read round the little group. I think I read about 6 poems and the piece I’ve written here called Love! and they were well received so that made me more comfortable with the sharing.

When I read my poetry here with just me and the microphone I get involved with the words and my emotions and feelings take over, so I was worried I would get too emotional and not be able to finish anything! While reading a couple I could feel myself falling into the self-conscious “doubt? agony? frustration?” of myself and so I had to control my breathing with a little extra breath here and there and maybe a little cough to disguise my emotions (I could feel them trying to break through).

As is normal with a group we chatted about this and that, which also helped to ease me onto the next poem.

They serve lovely food there too πŸ™‚

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Well!

I was out last night at my local pub and noticed it was more busy than usual for a Wednesday so while chatting to the barmaid, while ordering another round, I found out they now have an Open Mike Night every fortnight, and she had to say it didn’t she πŸ™‚ she said anyone can come up and sing or perform or even read poetry, well with a couple of pints of Guinness inside me I happened to mention that I’m a poet and only last night I did my first live reading, so, she pointed someone out who I should speak to and we chatted and then a few minutes later I was visited at the table and we discussed me coming to read at the next event (he wanted me to get up and read there and then, ha ha not a chance!) so it turns out I’ve talked myself into reading in a pub in two weeks time, but this will be even more scary as I’ll be standing up in front of lots of people, GULP!! Aaaaaaargh RUN AWAY!!

London, Book, Fair

I never win when I enter writing competitions and so here we are again πŸ™‚

This week I entered a competition to write a Sonnet, a Haiku and a Nonnet. Now I’ve not written a sonnet or a nonnet before, or at least I don’t think I have but that’s beside the point. So first up was the sonnet and it was to be a Shakespearean sonnet.

(Click here to read what it should be like) and I now know why it didn’t win ha ha! πŸ™‚

The theme was London and so here is my failed attempt!

Upon thine banks I hear siren songs sung
in whispered imaginings to enhance
Upon thine waters I feel as if stung
by beauty rushing hither, thither – thence
Upon thine streets I tread within history
to find myself at home in England’s soul
Upon thine bricks I feel the dust of me
foot printing, hand printing, heart printing whole
Upon thine meadows I sleep beneath time
resting in smiles till sundown you wake me
Upon thine night I wander your sublime
your magnificence of wonders to see
++++ Oh how the depths of thine eternal love
++++ is being battered by the ruthless .gov!

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Next up was the haiku, which is a very short form of Japanese poetry of 17 syllables of 5-7-5. The essence of haiku is “cutting” (kiru). This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji (“cutting word”) between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colors the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related. (Wikipedia)

The theme for the haiku was a book or books and here’s mine

Trees do breathe to live
for hands to hold, eyes to read
Deathly white leaves, talk

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Now for the Nonnet which should have nine lines with the first line having 9 syllables, the second 8 syllables, the third 7 syllables until the ninth line which has one syllable and is to have an iambic meter (stress every other syllable). (Wikipedia)

The theme for the nonnet was a fair and so here’s mine.

Milling, spilling, chatting and chilling
crowds colour the arena’s mile
as children tug at held hands
Coffee is served so nice
goods are sold with glee
as children tug
Hours pass by
fun ends
Tug!

And there you have it πŸ™‚

 

Gratitude

Hello and thank you to all my subscribers, old and new.

I apologise for not following in return to most of you, it’s just that I don’t have the time to read all your work. Either my email gets bloated to hundreds and I start with good intentions to spend time reading each one but inevitably end up quick flicking through them or deleting (which is not good because you’ve all put something into creating them) or they fly by on the Reader, and then it comes to the fact that I have to unfollow (although I haven’t unfollowed anyone in a long time) because I simply don’t have the time and sometimes the energy to invest. I would love to be able to sit and read everything and occasionally I do but I have projects to work on, and real work of course, and my novel (12 chapters) is coming along slowly but it’s moving all the same (I might have a bit of news on this soon).

So a big “Thank You” for reading and visiting me here πŸ™‚

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