Elizabeth Jane Corbett

writing her way home

Acrostic thoughts

I haven’t blogged for ages – primarily due to a hiccup in my publishing aspirations which caused a temporary downward spiral in my mood.

But today, I’m home sick — headachy and suppurating in bed, my mind is running along acrostic lines. I don’t know why. I hated acrostic poems at school. But here you are: two little kernels that convey my feelings.

Retched, yes, I know it starts with a W, but that’s how I feel.
Effluent, a polite term for words that start with a SH
Jagged, yes jagged, the knife in my chest
Effluent, again and again, that’s right shite!
Calm, everyone, stay calm – hide the kitchen knives.
Torture, doubt and self pity, again and again.
Idiot, yes, idiot, for expecting too much.
Onions, yes, onions, my eyes are red.
No! I won’t cheer up – life’s a bitch cricket pitch!

Fortunately, time has passed. I have gained perspective. It wasn’t a rejection anyway, it was a send-it-back-later, not-quite-ready, sort of letter. So here’s my second attempt at acrostic.

Rubbish, yes, rot, my novel is great.
Everyone has set backs – yes, everyone, I say.
J.K. Rowling heard the word ‘no’ word stacks of times (okay, I know, delusions of grandeur).
Everyone, like I say everyone, there’s no need to pine.
Calm, stay calm, and believe in yourself.
Tough, as old boots – with a confident step.
Inner-resolve shoving doubt out the door.
Only grieve for a while and then trouble more.
Now it is time to get back to my work.
Someone, please someone, tell me how to begin?

Previous

More Wedding Photos

Next

Books, covers, and the bodies we live in.

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    Hi Liz
    Read mss over once for flow with your hands clamped under your backside and no red pen in sight. Read again – red pen in hand. Get feedback from trusted readers. (I’m happy to read for cookies – the ones we had the other night.) And approach mss confident; show no fear. You know the basis is good – it’s only strengthening required. The best advice I ever had – “Just write it.” And my best advice – START – it may be painful but soon, sooner than you think, it will come/flow/happen. Wishing you power and positives, Chris B.

Comments are closed.

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén

%d bloggers like this: