For friends and blog readers who may care, I’ve been working on finally getting a compilation of my poetic efforts ready for publication. The book is entitled “Ophelia’s Wayward Muse”, and is a project that’s existed in one form or another for 10 years or so. It’s finally at a point where I have a “finished” and typed manuscript, and am ready to begin pursuing the publication process.

Since doing so is relatively expensive, especially for a girl whose life has started overflowing with bills over the past year (for anyone who doesn’t know, it’s cheaper to die than to recover, should you find yourself seriously ill. I think our medical system could use some serious revision.), I’ve decided to look into alternative methods of funding. Kickstarter is a great site to raise money for artistic projects. With the number of people I know, it seems to me that just having friends, acquaintances, and loyal readers of this blog donate a few extra dollars here and there is enough to help me accomplish this rather modest fundraising goal.

So, in order to fund my “crossing this off the bucket list” endeavour, I’ve set up a project to support the publication of Ophelia’s Wayward Muse. If you want to help me see this happen, please consider donating a few dollars to the project. In fact, if you’ve ever enjoyed my blogs, my e-mails, or my snarky, entertaining Facebook correspondence, it’s a great way to encourage me to keep on writing and being productive. Of course, if you have reason to believe there’s a poem about you in this anthology, you should definitely show some love. :P *laughs*

If you’d like to learn more about the project, you can see a description of the thought process and inspiration behind the work on the project’s Kickstarter page.

I’d also like to take the time to acknowledge everyone who has taken the time to donate to this project. Special thanks are due to:

* Ardyn Lee, Atlanta, GA
* Allen Salyer, Detroit, MI
* Frak Nuaimy, Atlanta, GA
* Abbe Nelson, Atlanta, GA
* Charles Feder, Atlanta, GA
* Doctor Razamataz, location unknown!
* Brian Smith, Atlanta, GA
* William Alonso, Alpharetta, GA
* Mary Elizabeth (Libby) Ellis, Atlanta, GA
* Andrew Greenberg, Atlanta, GA
* Charlotte Henley Babb, location unknown!
* An anonymous donor (well, I know who it is. You don’t. *laughs*), United States
* Jeffrey J. Smith, New York, NY
* Justin Slaughter, Atlanta, GA
* Gary & Phyllis Ruther, Atlanta, GA
* Another donor wishing to remain anonymous, United States
* Belle Terziev, Lawrenceville, GA
* Clene’ Elder, Atlanta, GA
* Lauri K-Atl, Atlanta, GA
* Stephanie Martin, location unknown
* The great people at Obvious Corp., San Francisco, CA
* Brian Hartsfield, Atlanta, GA
* Vincent Wilson, Atlanta, GA
* Avery Samet, New York, NY
* Amy Westrick, University of Washington

We’re currently $8 away from the $48 goal, with 3 days left of fundraising time! Kickstarter is an all or nothing funding platform, so if I don’t reach my goal, all of this is for naught…and it is back to square one I go! I’d absolutely hate to see that happen.

I’m intending on the publication of my first poetic collection to be a fabulous way to celebrate the end of 2012 (which also happens to include my birthday!), and of course, there will be a huge party to celebrate when all is said and done. I have 30 days to raise the necessary cash for this project, and it’s an all-or-nothing deal…if I don’t reach my goal, your payment is not processed and nothing is ever sent my way, and I’ll be looking into alternative methods of funding and publishing.

For those who are not just friends, but poetry fans, I’m sharing the book’s title poem.

“Ophelia’s Wayward Muse”

Ivory-sculpted woman,
Tainted muse of Circe’s jaded beauty
Hiding behind the concealed grace
Of that beautiful, cherished innocent,
One who supposedly only thought to ask
For love and honour, and faithfully practiced
Obedience, drifting toward tomorrow
Upon her impenetrable curtain of destiny.
Yet, one cannot fail to notice
The silently provocative curve of a back,
The practiced, submissive gaze
Burning within dark liquid
Eyes of fire.

Fallen angel,
Have you been so betrayed
That you are forever unable to feel?
And she, being the gilded, precious type
Who so often lost her own thoughts
Amidst the chaotic hue of her own sparkle,
Was not at all impressed by
That world’s twisted inspiration.
It is a heavy burden,
Being that a muse only ever exists
For the use of man;
And used she was,
For the beauty and longing her girlish passion inspired,
The secretly irresistible Madonna-whore
With a spirit moved only by
Her inevitable destruction.
Oh, to be fixed in history
As something that was;
Ageless and screaming with the power
Of her own indestructibility
Through seemingly acquiescent obliteration.

Descartes comme femme;
I am,
Because I am desired.

Please help me to build a home for wayward words! :) There are only 16 days left to help me reach my Kickstarter goal, and every small contribution helps. I’m also looking for illustrators, photographers, and other artistic folks that may want to contribute to making this project a more exciting one!

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