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  • Writing update because I haven't babbled about it in a while.

    1-I am no longer embarrassed that I'm writing fanfic. In fact, I am now convinced that all writing is fanfic to some extent and originality is a myth. It's turtles fanfic all the way down. Also, I learned while discussing this "too old for fanfic" notion with my therapist that she writes CSI fanfic, so that's fun.

    2-I ended up in a group of GO fic writers, which has pushed me to write more than ever. Unfortunately, it is mostly very non-YWS-friendly. Never saw myself writing that sort of thing, but it's fun so here I am.

    3-I'm still working on "The Interlude", I swear! I'm trying to get some longer-term betas to help me fix it and get it to a proper ending, because I'm a perfectionist and my original ambiguous-but-hopeful ending no longer feels good enough. But I'm also terrified of criticism because it's my baby, so don't ask me how that's supposed to work.

    Carlito 👀turtles all the way down fanfic👀
    Jun 10, 2024

    niteowl I’m sure it exists, but I’ve never actually read the book lol
    Jun 11, 2024

  • chrysanthemumcentury
    May 31, 2024

    habby birfday

    niteowl Thank you! 😊
    Jun 1, 2024

  • happy birthday!

    niteowl Thank you!
    May 31, 2024

  • Hey Happy Birthday nite!

    niteowl Thank you!
    May 31, 2024

  • Thank you for the follow!

  • If I had a nickel for every time I name dropped Taylor Swift in the title of a poem that is only tangentially related to Taylor Swift, I'd have two nickels. Which isn't a lot, but it's weird that it happened twice.

    phantasm this is so valid & perfectly timed though for her album release!! there should always be taylor swift poetry!! >:]
    Apr 19, 2024

  • chrysanthemumcentury
    Apr 16, 2024

    hey can i borrow some of your poetry napo lines

    niteowl Like writing your own piece based off them? Knock yourself out, just give credit and tag me when you post it. I’d love to see what you come up with! :D
    Apr 16, 2024

    chrysanthemumcentury yay!! i'm writing a poem about the saying "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"
    Apr 16, 2024

  • Me: man I have been struggling this NaPo. Poetic Line generator?
    Poetic Line Generator: the insects above you hurt beneath the surface
    Me: okay, let's write about an angsty mosquito. Every NaPo needs at least one insane poem.

    ink spilled on atrophied wings

    Edit: speaking of insane poems, how about a piece inspired by van Gogh and my very odd former psychiatrist? ink spilled on atrophied wings

    Spearmint bahaha emo mosquito XDD amazing
    Apr 13, 2024

  • Is that a fellow lover of birds I see?

  • In today's NaPo deep dive, we're revisiting everyone's favorite year, 2020. I did get to 30 poems, but the last 9 were written on 4/29-4/30. Six of the poems are pandemic-related, and a couple more reference it it in passing.

    Spoiler! :
    Age/Life situation: 29, and...do I really have to say? :P Okay, but seriously, I'm fully aware that I was very lucky when the pandemic hit. I'd just accepted a new job (that paid a livable wage, what a concept!) and started on March 23rd. The chaos of everyone moving to WFH in what had previously been a full-time in-office job probably bought me a lot of time to adjust to the job itself and also greatly lowered my risk of COVID exposure. Described at the time as "The last NaPo of my 20's, just in time for a new job, old fears, a world in chaos, and my ever-present rumination."

    Interesting observations: Surprise, surprise, this thread is highly topical, with six pandemic-related poems. In retrospect, I was way too optimistic.

    But it wasn't all pandemic-related. We have some classic subjects: weather, the nature of time, my muse's terrible timing (aka inspiration always striking at the worst possible moment), friendship, my capacity to love (or lack thereof). We also have a few attempts at structured pieces, including a ballad.

    Another end-of-NaPo marathon, with 9 poems in the last two days. Hopefully I don't end up in such a bind this year.

    Best lines:

    when i left, i took some things I should have left behind,
    like toothpaste, hopelessness, and words i never wanted to see again.

    and in the storm i wonder
    if i will ever find the kind of love
    that laughs at the idea
    that a little lightning could break it.

    this is why i can't tell anyone in real life that i write poetry, because that would be calling myself a poet, and i'm too honest to lie like that.

    still, i guess it's comforting
    to know that taxes are delayed
    but winter still stands up to death. (okay but this hits so different in 2024 after the mildest winter I've seen since moving back to Michigan)

    (winds only go forward
    and they don't take kindly to persuasion).

    Overall ranking: Pretty strong overall. 9/10.

  • My first poem pays tribute to our new vegetable overlords. Though I don't know if they'll actually like it very much. ink spilled on atrophied wings

  • OMG I'm going to cry, I had a whole long #napodeepdive for 2019 saturn is home, and all is well written and then I accidentally clicked something and it disappeared and now I'm sad. Kids, don't type up long posts in the YWS status box. I really should know better.

    Anyway, this was a fantastic year for NaPo, but idk if I want to type it all up again. There is pettiness, Taylor Swift parodies, and a lot of angsting about my parents selling my childhood home. Not only did I complete this year, but I managed to do one poem a day.

    Thread name ranking: 7/10, the Saturn return thing isn't exactly original. But I just had to check, and holy hell Saturn left Capricorn on March 22, 2020 (it would swing back into Capricorn from May-July, but that's besides the point). I started my current job and my state went into lockdown on March 23. My logic brain knows this is just a coincidence and Saturn's rotation around the sun has absolutely nothing to do with anything and my caveman brain is just looking for patterns but still.

    Overall ranking: One poem a day, lots of experimenting and silliness, very strong overall. 13/10.

  • Yikes. Less than 2 hours to NaPo and I am not ready at all. This year is going to be a disaster. Then again, I've said that before and now looking back, I'm like "no that was pretty awesome, actually".

    Anyway, moving on to the next #napodeepdive

    2018- all the thoughts you wish weren't real

    Spoiler! :

    Age/life situation: 27, just finished a temp job at a university admissions office and trying to figure out what was next. The main significance of this job in my life is that I had a crush on a girl working there. Nothing like figuring out you might not be 100 percent straight at 27.

    Not for the first time, you can feel the depression seeping through the screen. Like omg I just want to go hug 2018 me and tell her it gets better.

    Thread name ranking: Eh, it's just okay. 6/10.

    Interesting observations: The real standout of this NaPo is Museum of Unrequited Love, which I removed from the thread itself because I was considering submitting it to journals, but since that's not happening for the foreseeable future, I've re-published it for your viewing pleasure.

    At 14 poems, I believe this is the shortest NaPo yet.

    Best lines:

    "Gaps between teeth can be charming.
    Gaps in resumes are deadly."

    The palindrome poem is fun.

    "The only stars we know are cylindrical,
    masked by the illusion of a summer afternoon."

    "I wish the snow could freeze my heart
    Just like it does my bones."

    "I am stuck with a tongue
    tied to honesty"

    Overall ranking: Yeah, there's a few standouts, but it's fairly weak overall. 5/10.

  • Okay, I've fallen off the wagon on this I might have gotten sidetracked by writing a crackfic that I'm taking way too seriously, it's fine, but here's my next #napodeepdive . 2017, the 2nd year I completed. And probably the strongest yet. (I feel like I say that every entry. It's almost like maybe I got better over time *gasp*)

    ink spilled on atrophied wings

    Spoiler! :

    Age/ife situation: 26, and it was...not great. I was stuck in a town in northern Michigan working part time at a grocery store after being unceremoniously fired from the job I moved there for the previous October. I was looking for other jobs but coming up empty. Though tbh it was better than grad school so...

    Thread name ranking: I mean, I literally looked at my coffee table covered in stuff and was like "yeah that'll do for NaPo thread title". But I actually love it so 8/10.

    Interesting observations: Can we appreciate how my LMS project was about lesbians when I wasn't even out to myself yet? Like, it wasn't that great and also I never really got it off the ground, but that was too funny not to comment on.

    So like this is weird because I feel like the poems themselves are pretty solid, but there aren't many standout lines. Which seems like it shouldn't be possible but that's what I"m seeing. Like this one: buried under the coffee table. None of the lines stick out to me, but the whole thing is so good.

    LOL I wrote the last 9 poems in 2 days. Classic Niteowl.

    I've written several poems about beaches and sunburn, both in and out of these NaPos. Weird how you see patterns you didn't even know were there.

    Also there's been a lot of poems about a very turbulent friendship and it's def weird re-reading those. Should probably delete them.

    The grocery store I worked at had a fixed playlist and I'm not surprised at all that it worked its way into my NaPo. I'm listening to this song for the first time in 7 years and man it takes me back.

    Note to past self-links break. There's a song inspired poem and a couple image-inspired ones I don't know what the inspo was bc the links are dead.

    Best lines:

    "you're as rare as a snowstorm in Jackson,
    yet they won't give you a name"

    "a five page assessment
    of everything that is wrong with me
    determined that was a lie!"

    (not the most poetic, but I'm reading it in Maury's voice and it makes me lol)

    "but it is in autumn
    where you learn to forgive."

    "Beaches are lovely in theory,
    but at the end of the day
    you are sunburnt and sand-covered
    and you know the whole world
    was silently laughing at your
    un-swimsuit-worthy body."

    "In the winter, when we are nothing
    but aching bones and memories,
    will you remember my name?"

    Overall ranking: Not only did I complete it, I feel like the poems as a whole are stronger than 2016. Even the 9 I crammed into two days. 11/10.

  • I’m pleased to report that my highly researched workplace March Madness bracket is starting off strong. By “highly researched”, I mean I picked a “historical random” option that supposedly would pick upsets based on the average rate of upsets in the past. I only made one change-it predicted my Alma mater would lose today (a 9 seed), so I switched that. This was apparently a good call because they won.

    Ley March Madness is a staple in my household, I’m glad someone else on here participates xD
    Mar 21, 2024

    niteowl It’s been a while since I cared, but a coworker started a pool for the department so I decided to participate.
    Mar 22, 2024

Everything has a consequence and every consequence leads to death.
— kattee