Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting
April showers bring May flowers

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

⌗IWSG-May 2021- Thoughts for the day.

 Thank you to all my followers on Blogger and Wordpress for their support and praise for my poem Trapped by the Undertow, published 1st May 2021 on Bandit Fiction.com  Read More section Poetry.

See previous post.


Another writing day for the Insecure Writers Support Group

Congratulations for all the A to Z participants and those who managed to finish; also to the WEP participants for April 2021, quite a feat. Hopefully, I will be able to write a piece for June.



Every month, The IWSG announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!

The awesome co-hosts for the May 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone, and Cathrina Constantine!

May 5 question - Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn't expect? If so, did it surprise you?

Thoughts for the day,


Every day, a writer thinks, be it night or day, come shine or rain.

As soon as the thought, becoming an idea pops through our minds, we quickly jot it down on paper in a notebook at hand/diary/smartphone..... before it slips from our mind. 

Because, let's face it: we usually have more pressing things to do: get ready for our day job; get the children ready for school; take care of someone else, do the housework, shop, eat, sleep....

So these thoughts or ideas forming themselves in our heads, grow, change, are deformed, pile up if they are not written down.... even to be thrown away afterwards, discarded, torn up .... But then again, the most important ones have sunk back down into the unconscious, most often than not... to be sorted later .....or not.

What we finally manage to show to the world is sometimes very far from the original inspiration which was triggered by an event, something we saw, tasted, heard, touched, read... To please the world we go through all these stages of rewriting, editing, sending-off, being rejected, accepted, re-editing... or marketing.

Our readers are first readers foremost: family and friends, who aren't necessarily interested in what you would like to show the world. So in a community of bloggers the kind support and exclamations or praise are always welcome... even if they come as a surprise sometimes. Because it is a pleasant surprise, like someone knocking at the door, a delivery man with a package from someone special.


Those were my thoughts for the day.

Wishing you a pleasant month of writing.

Susan B. Rouchard

My poem Trapped by the Undertow was published on BanditFiction.com under the section Read More Project, Poetry on first of May.

(see my previous post).


photos from the garden:











Thank you for visiting and please feel free to respond and I will do the upmost to reply within a reasonable delay.

Monday, 3 May 2021

#BanditFictionmagazine-Published-Trapped by the Undertow.

 Dear readers,

On first of May , my poem Trapped by the Undertow was published on Bandit Fiction, online magazine, Read More, Poetry.

Check it out.

Some beautiful and compelling Poetry and Short Fiction to read every day , on this site.

Enjoy


https://banditfiction.com/2021/05/01/trapped-by-the-undertow-by-susan-rouchard/


http://lifeinpoetry.home.blog/2021/05/03/bandit-fiction-published-trapped-by-the-undertow-by-author-life-in-poetry/


photos of my garden April/May


Frost, mid-April



Today, sun at last, after a week of rain.


Wild blossom


Tuesday, 6 April 2021

⌗IWSG- Wednesday 7th April 2021-Freedom and Risk.

Dear writing buddies, 

Welcome to another post for the Insecure Writers Support Group.

If you would like to know more about the IWSG visit here



Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!

April 7 question - Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?

The awesome co-hosts for the April 7 posting of the IWSG are PK Hrezo, Pat Garcia, SE White, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diane Burton!

 


Freedom and Risk


When writing, I write first and foremost , by experience: write what you know as fact. That is my foundation, my stepping stones on which I build a bridge to the other side: creativity.

Some facts comes from knowledge in history, geography, science, nature (checked in specialised books, maps). Others come from what I have lived, seen with my own eyes, felt by touch or emotions, smelt. When I walk around in my neighbourhood, towns where I have lived, towns where I am visiting; I observe, take pictures, breath in the air, talk with people for whom this place is home.

My poetry reflects mostly these aspects of my writing; but can lead to reflections, opinions and even narratives which keeps the lines together through patterns and imagery.

In prose, my short stories and my novel in progress, rest confidently on the foundation stated above and take their roots in direct and personal experience. Although what flowers above ground blossoms out of pure imagination. When telling a story, the elaboration of plot lines and the sculpting of characters are loosely based on experience, then flow into fictional films in my mind's eye. Then, I just write down what my brain shows me through moving images and voiced exchanges. Settings stem from photographs, taken myself or dated photographs from the past with precise captions; or from paintings (usually after 14th century in Europe; much earlier if from Asia, the Middle East or African continent).

Notwithstanding, when the genres involve fantasy or science-fiction (including anticipatory), my narratives can take surprising turns based on legends or my personal deep beliefs, insights and what I have learnt along the way: my hopeful imaginings for a better world.

The heart dictates foremost, then whatever I am writing unfolds according to my ideals. The freedom to leave sad memories behind.

Dark plot lines can surface at times, stemming from sentiments of injustice or anger when I look around me at the world we live in. For the rest, my actions speak.

Idiosyncratic or experimental writing does not always play in my favour. However, I believe my true audience is out there, even though few and far between. Some I have met, others have reviewed me favourably in magazines. Those to come, I just hope to touch their hearts; bring them laughs, joy, comfort and solace.

Freedom over compromise, any day, so no best-sellers in sight ... Edits always welcome to enable me to be read more widely.

Susan Rouchard.





Thank you for your attention and Happy April IWSG posting.

All comments welcome and I will be sure to reply and enjoy a conversation.

Congratulations to all the A to Z and WEP administrators & participants this month.

Take care and keep writing.

in confinement again in Toulouse.


My photos for the month taken in and around my garden.






















Wednesday, 3 March 2021

⌗IWSG Wednesday 3rd March, Reading Habits

 Dear writing buddies, 

Welcome to another post for the Insecure Writers Support Group.

If you would like to know more about the IWSG visit here



Sorry, if I prefer this picture to the other one: a beacon in the storm.


It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.


Alex's awesome co-hosts for the March 3 posting of the IWSG are Sarah - The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose! Visit if you can!

And ... be sure to visit the
Insecure Writer’s Support Group Website!!!

March 3 question - Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?




Aaah, the written word ! Such a gift.

Although I write mostly poetry and short stories, and am attempting a full grown novel, I read very widely:

newspapers, magazines (science, cinema, travel), history books, travel guides, fiction and non-fiction (philosophy, what we call in French, " essais " which are short pieces of reflections on life and the world), and graphic novels,

which leads on to my next list:

books on visual artists: painters, sculptures, photography of wildlife and geography NOT fashion or people photography. In Africa, you must ask permission to take a photography, because they believe you are stealing or prying into their soul. When you take a photo of someone, you send them a copy with a letter.

That's all for this month folks.
Happy IWSG day.

Susan.







Spring Flowers in my semi-wild garden.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

⌗WEP-IWSG Challenge, 18th February 2021, Kiss at an exhibition.

Time for a new year of creative writing on a word prompt and an image. In 2021, we will be exploring Visual Art, paintings or drawings.



Welcome to a new exciting endeavour.

If you would like to know more about the WEP Challenge and how to participate

 visit here



This month The Kiss by Gustav Klimt.



Be sure to visit everyone who participates and leave a constructive comment,

including our Hosts




here is my short piece of prose


Hearts of Gold


    Vera gazed out of the window, at the trimmed flowerbeds sparkling rainbows in the setting sun; the spotless shawn lawns of the Opatja riviera Park. Then, she looked back at the golden mozaics of the painting. 'What a fine setting for this exhibition', she thought; with Sissi's costumes exposed in the rooms above, under the beams of the attic alcoves. Vera reflected on both Sissi's and Klimt's idiosyncratic lives; their loves but also their pains: prisoners of their golden cage.

Roger was intently reading every inch of the biographical section and peering, nose on the board, at the photographs posted there.

    'Roger, come over here. Leave your intellectual browsing behind for a moment,' whispered Vera.

Roger, after an instant's hesitation and a furrow on his brow, shuffled over, reluctantly, glancing back at a group photograph he had been studying.

    ' Look at this one,' said Vera, 'you can already feel the glamour of his later paintings, budding: the tenderness without the glitter.'

    ' You know, he had a very interesting life. You should read that section,' pointing to the exhibits he had just left. 'It sheds light on his work,' Roger said, oblivious.

    'Always wanting to excavate, dissect to understand, ha ha. Oh, Roger can't you just take a step back and soak up the emotions ? he has spread out with his brush all there is to know, the rest is not far from prying.' She paused, aware she would go to far, but said it anyway,' something historians and critics have a detestable habit of overdoing.'

    ' I don't quite agree: emotions aren't everything in art.'

    ' You're wrong there. Beauty is everything and does not need to be picked apart to find its mark. I hate all those theorists of aesthetics, Barthes, Ruskin and the like. I recognise that technique comes into it, in as much as it helps to convey and enhance emotions and beauty when faced with a piece of art; but the beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, his sensitivity creates the resonance with the artist's own emotions, even if they don't stem from the exact same experiences.'

    ' I suppose you have a point. I love you however you look, whether in satin and silks or dressed in muddy boots below an old man's rambling coat. You will always be beautiful to me: not only your features and legs but your charm, your mind, your soul.'

Vera offered up a warm smile, half closing her sharp eyes in mock submission; and Roger enveloped her in his arms, planting a full-mouth kiss on her moist lips.

©susanbauryrouchard

FCA 450 words


La Belle Epoque

how peaceful, watch here

Beethoven and Klimt

watch and listen







Opatja on the Adriatic, Croatia.






Film by Raul Ruiz

watch here

 Gustav Klimt Documentary 2013

here



Thursday, 4 February 2021

⌗IWSGFebruary 2021, real blogging friends.

 Dear writing buddies, 

Welcome to another post for the Insecure Writers Support Group.


If you would like to know more about the IWSG visit here




It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Many thanks to founder Alex J. Cavanaugh and all of our co-hosts this month:  Louise - Fundy Blue , Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, Patsy Collins at Womagwriter, and Nancy Gideon!

OPTIONAL QUESTION FOR THE MONTH: Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

Friendships and community are part of what makes the Insecure Writer's Support Group a special place. Have you found friendships or community through IWSG? 
If so, please share a little in the comment section!

Many thanks to those who make the IWSG a great community for writers! And, many thanks to those who notice! 










Lost my mother last week. My friends knew that she was in hospital since August, then slowly recovering from a neurological operation with physical therapy, return planned to her home in March. So it was sudden and unexpected. (covid-unrelated, she was vaccinated 3 weeks ago).

We buried her on Monday in Paris, my uncle who died in December on Tuesday in the UK , by visio. Organised her ceremony with readings from her favourite books, some of my own poems on my father, sister and childhood; music from her records and tapes, including Beethoven's 7th along with the King's Speech, war declaration which she heard on the radio when she was 7, living in Bournemouth.
Patricia Clarke(grand-mother), Arter(mother), born Dunckley  married BAURY
1932-2021

Currently drowning in paperwork, last of my birth family.

But still making time to post my monthly contribution to the IWSGroup.


My first blogging friends came from my first followers back in 2013 when I started on BLOGGER.

- Yvette Carol whom I had met on a discussion group on LinkedIn and who was my beta reader for my first poetry collection, still unpublished. And who never fails to offer praise and encouragement. She also introduced me to the IWSG, where I started posting in February 2019.
- Arlee Bird, one of my first followers on Blogger and who introduced me to the A to Z Challenge which I first completed in 2019.

Roland Clarke (distant cousin and whom I have promised to visit as soon as I can next get across the Pond) and Sonia Dogra (exchanges by visio and email)
 whom I both met on the 2019 A to Z Challenge. Faithful followers and offering encouragement and advice at every turn.

Denise Covey who introduced me to the WEP Challenge with whom I exchange by email. We share our love of France.

Pat Garcia on WEP and IWSG, who always has a kind word and offers very helpful feedback and encouragement.

Tammy Breitweiser with whom I correspond by email but also snail mail, a card lover too.

Chrys Fey who send me a lovely woven, woolly scrumptious bookmark.

and also Choghig Kazandjian since 2013; C Ann Golden Poetry Challenges, NF Mirza poet, Keith (Friday Fictionneers), Pat Hatt who alleviates my spirits every month, Scott Hastie fellow poet, Gerard Lartigue sculptor in Toulouse, Lisa Fender who fills me in on US Politics, Ann Jones with whom we share a love of a well stacked bookcase and teddies.

That's all folks.


joined by my mother


winter rose in my garden, joined by snowdrops and crocuses.


King's Speech, Beethoven's 7th


Haendel Messiah


Doctor Zhivago, Lara's Theme


Doctor Zhivago, Walz

Tchaïkovsky, Piano Concerto n. 1


BACH, Organ Toccata

Johnny Cash from Polsom Prison

New Year Viennese Concert 2021

The Queen's Christmas Speech 2020
The first televised speech 1957

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

⌗IWSG January 2021 What turns you off ?

 Dear writing buddies, HAPPY NEW YEAR

Welcome to another post for the Insecure Writers Support Group.

The start of a new year, and a new Anthology. Congratulations to all the selected.

I suppose the judges didn't like my characters or boring descriptions ....



If you would like to know more about the IWSG visit here





The awesome co-hosts for the January 6 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren , J Lenni Dorner, Gwen Gardner Sandra Cox, and Louise - Fundy Blue!


Want to know more about the IWSG? Operation Awesome recommends it and has a post up about it this week. Check it out!
We need co-hosts for the next few months! If you can help February, March, April, or May, leave a comment or send Alex an email.


January 6 question - Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?


To enjoy a book and read on, I need to get into it. If I can't finish a chapter each time I pick it up, that is a sure sign that I probably won't finish it.

What enables me to plunge into a book. The topic, first. Fiction or Non fiction, the theme has to relate to my world in some way. Even if my experiences don't encompass the plot or characters, I need to care about the universe, actions and emotions set in play.

Non Fiction :  History, Civilisations, Art, Cinema, "Bande Déssinée" which is very different to the US Comics universe. Poetry, Theatre, Novels analysis.

Fiction: Historical, but not Romance; Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic; Crime and Mystery; Life experiences.

All these are my favourites. I also enjoy novels with several ' Voices ' or points of view; or several different timelines or settings which overlap in some interesting way.

What really annoys me, is too much sex ..... get a life ......
or too many unrealistic worries or emotional outpours.
The impossible does not put me off, only the removed from Human probable.

That's all Folks.
Thanks for visiting.


Dawn to a more promising year.