Eagle Update 7/25

POETRY

Here is last week's poem as it went into this dropbox:

Everyone is turning left on Woodland Park
to address concerns
or to think, Thursday yields

left to dreams: today marks the sixth day of the summer
Sarah said the air was suffocating

and I turned left, to listen with my good ear
she said the clouds sink into your lungs

to drown, to suffocate as people
turn left on Woodland Park

avoid summer death,  yellow lights
guiding us

to where we turned left last time
do you remember?

Here is this week's version:

Everyone is turning left on Woodland Park
to address concerns
Thursday yields

left to dreams: the sixth day of the summer
Sarah said the air suffocated

and the clouds
sink into your lungs

to drown as people
turn left on Woodland Park

yellow lights guiding us
to summer death

where we turned left last time
do you remember?

Interesting what a week does to a poem. I like it much more now. Here, what I did was tighten up the language, played with line some more, "cut the fat" as my professor and NAME DROPPING NAME DROPPING NAME DROPPING award-winning poet Sasha Pimentel would say. 

Actually, I don't care if I name drop. Check out her work. Check out this interview. She is such a great poet AND a teacher of poetry I am lucky to have taken her for multiple classes. 


In other poetry news, I finished my the putting together of my poetry manuscript, tentatively titled The Reclaimed Land. 77 or so poems made the cut. Might pare that down to an even 75. I'm excited to edit it. I haven't looked at the poems since their original selection in April . 

In other poetry news, I may have a paid speaking engagement at an event TBD next month. It'll be my second paid speaking gig and my first paid gig as a poet.


FICTION

Still trying to figure out how best to incorporate fantasy ideas. Lately I've been listening to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History series, specifically the King of Kings series, and it's AMAZING. So much juicy stuff (The Persian Achaemenid dynasty) that was only glossed over for a week or two in tenth grade world history that I could potentially draw from. And shit, I'm kind of disappointed there's nothing else after that series because the wars of Alexander's successors are very interesting. Then there's of course the Moorish Spain and my own ancestors of Latin America that I plan on drawing from. 

It doesn't always have to be about a palette swap of Medieval England. Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings is modeled in Chinese history, for instance. I've heard it's good, but I haven't read it yet and WILL GLADLY DO SO once I finish setting up my book nook thing.


OTHER STUFF

So, I love Excel. Or rather, I love working with graphs and excel. Even the most basic graphs have some kind of neatness to me. 

(Also, I used to work at a job where I'd spend on average 10 hours a day on Excel)

This is how it's looking like this year.

Click to zoom. 

With the moving and then some minor health issues, I've taken a hit in my submissions. That's why the yellow is a sliver right now. Luckily, I'm down to one pending so I can start building it back up again. 

Home office setup is...it's going. Turns out the desk we got was a total piece of crap. The first red flag was that the instructions came torn. Then, they were illegible. Part of it is I've been spoiled by buying cheap-yet-functional IKEA stuff for five years now, the other part of it is HOW HARD CAN IT BE TO PUT "INSERT SCREW A IN PART B"

Luckily, we got a full refund and we'll be junking the pieces of the desk or making them into some sort of garbage performance art. Probably junking it. 

And I just finished Witcher 3. SUCH A GOOD GAME.

I regret not playing Witcher 1 or Witcher 2, but I'm probably going to get the expansions sometime next week as a reward for re-editing my manuscript. 50 extra hours of new gameplay! I also gotta catch up and finish my second playthrough of Mass Effect.