Posted in Creative Writing, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Ripples

A word is a ripple

Spreading through the world

With slow, subtle effects.

Imagine then what a few more, well placed, can do.

Find out.

A Spring of Dreams

Bu Scott Andrew Bailey

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Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Broken Teeth

By Scott Bailey © 2014

Like broken teeth
Unmaintained
No longer useful
Yet
Somehow
Pleasing to the eye
Leading us
To who knows where

Photo By Scott Bailey
Photo By Scott Bailey

Originally published in A Spring of Dreams

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Posted in Creative Writing, Self Publishing, Work, Writing

Winding Down to Take a Break

As the year starts to come to an end I am thinking forward to the new year. How will I approach blogging this time?

Last year I started off with the intention of dialling back. It didn’t work out that way. As I watched my stats dwindling in the first month I couldn’t take it. I started doing the daily prompt and when that suddenly stopped I started my own. I ended up beating last years figures by September and I have had by far the best year since I started.

But at what cost?

I mean why? It took a lot of effort to get there – and in the end, it was my obsession with the stats that drove it.  When I first started blogging it was a personal thing, it then developed into a way of keeping my writing habit. This then got me back into producing a book, a collection of poetry and another of short stories.

Then my blog became – at least partly – a way to promote these and try and get some sales.

That has not worked. Probably because I was not really concentrating fully on that and was obsessed with increasing my stats day in day.

The problem is with a full-time job and a family – including some special needs demands – I get very little spare time, seemingly less and less as time goes on. The result has been that ALL of it has gone on blogging. The writing, the networking, the scheduling. Which means I have done nothing else. No other writing.

So, as reluctant as I am I think its time to take a break – maybe for a whole year. And use my spare (sparse) time to do some more meaningful writing. Produce some more actual books. Enter some competitions. Move towards becoming a real writer. Blogging has become a distraction from that instead of an enabler.

You all might hear from me now and then. I will maybe post once a week to keep the blog alive. And, if I do publish anything near I will need somewhere to announce it.

I have met some wonderful people in the blogosphere – and its the only real source of support and encouragement I get in my writing world. But maybe that’s also what has kept me here.

So it’s not goodbye but I will be quieter come the new year.

I wish every the best in their own blogging 🙂

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Posted in Creative Writing, Fiction, Mankind Limited News, Science Fiction, Self Publishing, Writing

Big Brother is Dead

George Orwell’s

1984

Showed us the nightmare vision of socialism gone to extremes

It didn’t come to pass.

Instead – we welcomed in something far more insidious.

Capitalism unmarked.

Welcome to

Mankind Limited

 

Welcome to the rebellion

Welcome to The Secret

Posted in Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, Poetry, Writing

Sonnet for our Times

By Scott Bailey © 2013

So it seems to me that beyond the news
Beyond the web of the media spin
There are places still where the only views
Are battlegrounds full of unearthly din

I see the most pious places burning
Where the holy words still hold high accord
Where simple souls for peace are still yearning
The peace that those holy words won’t afford

Yet here where reason and science abound
We live comfy lives secure in our ways
No bombs rain down on our manicured ground
There is no revolt, no passion ablaze

There’s something wrong with this picture I see
Is it really this way, can you tell me?

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In response to my daily prompt Afford

#DailyPrompt, #amwriting, #postaday

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