Since, I don’t exactly remember when, I have been writing my poems straight unto my site. I don’t write it down on a TextEdit file anymore and go directly unto the website. In the past few years, I’ve been writing in my head and letting things/thoughts ruminate in my head and when I feel like I’m ready to spew it out, I do. Straight into the webpage and do my quick editing right before uploading.
Some days, when I’m not in my computer, I write on the Notes app on my phone or in my notebook. When I upload the piece, I will do some work on it and then load it up into my site and erase the Note or throw away the paper it was written on.
They were just drafts, anyway, and something I plan to work on more efficiently when I decide to try and get them published. All the poems you see here are drafts, really. Very few of them are the final pieces.
Now that I am compiling them and putting them into a Word file so that I can print them and start working on them fully to bring them to their most complete form, I find myself giving up twenty to thirty minutes everyday to transferring all my poems into a Word file. I’ve already transferred twenty five poems, or around that much, and discovered that I still have a long way to go.
I found out I have over a hundred poems already on my WordPress site. What?!?! I know I posted poems that I found as far back as 2001. I think even before that. But I know the majority of the work are pieces I’ve written beginning 2008 or 2009 when I started getting back to my personal writing; and I got my resurge after reading Just Kids by Patti Smith in 2010. That means the majority of the writing came in the last three years.
Again, when did I have the time to write all of these poems?
I must have a lot of emotions. In fact, I have so much, I told myself I wasn’t going to write any more poems until I’ve finished compiling this book. A sort of incentive for me to finish this collection/compilation already. Instead, all the things I am reading regarding Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda and how much it has destroyed the Visayas is getting me to write more and more. It’s the only way that’s helping me deal with things right now.
Of course, it is making my work harder; but who cares? As long as my writer’s muscles are flexing and getting much needed exercise, it is all worth it.
Hopefully, though, I’ll be able to finish the manuscript before 2014. Then it would be worth it.