February 20th, 2008


My random thoughts of the day

00:18 Finally worked out what I was doing wrong in LoudTwitter. Hooray! My blog will now be filled daily updates of my insane ramblings! #

00:24 Can't wait to start poetry classes. It'll be nice to be in a class full of students who don't groan at the notion of writing poetry. #

10:08 My sleeping patterns seem to be improving again. Now if I could only stop waking up with horrible pins and needles in my arms. #

12:03 Are there bloke peas to go with chick peas, or is the masculine nature of ordinary peas implied by our patriarchal society? #

12:20 It's a little weird listening to a song about Christmas, but I can't bring myself to skip such a lovely song. Yay for Sufjan Stevens! #

12:59 @insomnius Yes, we're all on our way to clear. #

16:57 @lukeii And updates via mobile if you're really keen #

17:01 @lukeii I thought you meant about how you can post TO Twitter from mobile. My point was that it goes both ways. #

17:07 Twitter is starting to seem less like talking to myself #

17:09 Anybody want to buy a house? tinyurl.com/365yko #

17:58 Blergh. I'm going to go jump in the shower. #

20:48 @insomnius They have bearcats at Melbourne Zoo en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binturong #

21:27 I'm trying to decide which Coen brothers film I want to watch #

23:23 Damn! We're in a tight spot! #

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30 Day Challenge

It's day one of the 30 day challenge, in which I and some friends attempt to write 30 poems each in 30 days.
Day one, and I have just written the most emotionally draining poem I have written in a good long while.
Already the challenge is proving useful for my writing.

If you wish to join us, the info is here. The poetry tips and such seem to be pretty well written, although there are things here and there that I disagree with (you're capable of working out what advice you wish to follow, I'm sure) - but the important part is that at the end of each of the 30 relevant articles is a poetry assignment for that day.

Sorry, to those that think insomnius was being entirely sensible by not directly linking to this in her journal, but I'm not nearly so sensitive to other people's inability to not get involved in things they shouldn't. I'm pretty sure everyone who reads my journal is a mature legal adult, so you can figure this shit out for yourselves.

Publication rights and friends-locking

In case anyone is concerned about such things, I'm not posting my poems as comments on that site, as is suggested in the challenge.

The guy talks about not being afraid of copyright infringement, whilst saying that you can re-publish your poems elsewhere if you like. This misses a vital point, which is the reason I post all my poetry under a friends-lock (and you thought it was because I was self-conscious about it): most publishers want right of first publication, and you remove a huge amount of the commercial desirability of your writing as soon as it hits the unfettered realms of the internet.

So, if you have even the slightest ambition of ever having your work published, it's a good idea you protect it in some small way from appearing in places where the ever-reaching tentacles of Google can get to it.