So. For a while now, I’ve been struggling with this. I’ve been posting nearly twice a week, and in order to maintain that pace, I’ve been slowly but surely looting my collection of pre-written poems and stories. It’s reached a point now where, while I still have a bit of a reservoir of older, unposted poems, I can tell that I’m not blogging in a way that’s going to work. Sooner or later, I’ll completely run out of old material, and then I’ll get frustrated, and when I’m frustrated with my writing, I don’t write.
So the first thing I’m going to do is cancel my overdue pieces. According to my calculations, I owe… 3? I think? pieces of creative writing to this blog. And working behind schedule was stressful and unproductive. So I now don’t have a backlog to worry about.
And now, while I’m considering reducing my output to once a week, I won’t make that change just yet. For now, I have to continue on two posts a week. However, as I have occasionally done before, it doesn’t always have to be new pieces of writing by me. I think I still have a LOT to learn about how to write, so some of these posts are going to be about things I’ve learnt on technique and different writing styles.
So let’s kick off with these two beauties:
Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.
Ooooh. Dark and mysterious, no? If you don’t know where these are from, these are two of my favourite riddles from Tolkien’s The Hobbit, when Gollum and Bilbo challenge one another to a battle of wits which, ultimately, Bilbo wins by being more than a bit cheaty, thus setting Gollum up to permanently want his money* back. If you don’t know or can’t remember the answers, please have a good think about them first, before you check the answers in the comments. If you still don’t know, I recommend you don’t solve them now, and come back later, rather than cheat.
I know, I love cheating too, but the sensation of solving a riddle is so much fun. And that, in reality, is what I’ve been trying to capture with my riddles. To be able to create something that makes someone think is great in itself. To create something that makes you think and, if you solve, it, make you briefly very happy and pleased with yourself is extra special. Which is why I won’t give up on my crazy Riddle Poetry plan.
I think this is plenty for today, especially as I already have superb ideas for a few more posts to come. I hope that my absences and my lack of new work don’t stop you reading.
See you Mid-Week.