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Re: Also meant to Congratulate you, Ash on your poems, which are

Thank you Katray..I want you to know that you've been one of my inspirers here, both poetically and personally, and have the capacity / ability to offer the same to the world thru your writings!

PS - My books are now available on Amazon.com

Happy reading :)! - Ash

posted by ash_pradhan on March 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM | link to this | reply

Also meant to Congratulate you, Ash on your poems, which are

so deep and insightful, every one that I've had the privilege of reading and also on your books! You very talented, my friend. Where can the books be purchased?

posted by Katray2 on March 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM | link to this | reply

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Oh, pull 'em out and get busy - bet they are great, my friend! Thank you so much for your comment.

posted by Katray2 on March 22, 2012 at 8:11 PM | link to this | reply

Re: Dear friend Katray, For what it's worth...

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and for the support, Ash!

posted by Katray2 on March 22, 2012 at 8:10 PM | link to this | reply

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Much appreciated insights, Dear Sam..

posted by Katray2 on March 22, 2012 at 7:04 PM | link to this | reply

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You are fair minded and balanced, Dear Sam and I consider you a friend too. Yes, I have a passion for truth and desire to help the cause for equality and peace for all peoples in whatever minute way possible. The first is the gateway to the second. But I am a human with flaws too.
Thank you!

posted by Katray2 on March 22, 2012 at 7:03 PM | link to this | reply

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I believe you have a great passion and embrace what you believe and I can only say bravo! I try not to project my beliefs on any one for I would not want it to happen to me! Sorry if my comment made you feel bad for it was not directed toward you! I have an issue with two males on this site! I, like you, could care less what people say or think of me for I am living my life for me and no one else! 

posted by sam444 on March 22, 2012 at 5:06 PM | link to this | reply

 Flower Basket I truly believe you have the mindset and ability to surpass your own expectations!

In my closet there are 2 childrens books that Fear stops me from submitting, a stack of poems and I once began to write my life story and decided that I would die before it was finished and leave everyone confused . You'll do a fantastic job .. get started!  





posted by BrightIrish on March 22, 2012 at 5:01 PM | link to this | reply

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Great to hear, Sam! Thank you and please know I respect your beliefs and admire your talent.

posted by Katray2 on March 22, 2012 at 4:55 PM | link to this | reply

I consider you a friend and do not include you in anything but I chose not to name names and that is why I did not name you in reference in my comment! I respect your opinion and enjoy your blogs! So, all is well with us! I came here because I do not like commenting on issues of this nature at other's blogs!

posted by sam444 on March 22, 2012 at 4:53 PM | link to this | reply

Dear friend Katray, For what it's worth...

I posted my first poem "Spaceship" on blogit over 4 yrs ago. Sam, Ted and a few others encouraged me to keep writing & posting. Today, myself, an engineer has written over 1,000 poems, published 2 books, and have 3 more coming.

In between, Blogit writers / readers have been of immense help, along with my own friends & associates outside. You, my dear, have all of that..so, DO NOT BE AFRAID!

As far as organizing the written material into 5 books instead of 1 huge one, early on I realized that my writing was falling into sometimes overlapping, but yet sufficiently distinct, 5 themes. Depending on my mood of the day, my writing could be jumping all over those themes..but what the heck, I wasn't writing to publish, but for the sheer pleasure of writing, expressing, sharing, which most of us here do, yourself of course included.

So I don't worry about organizing my writing any more (can you believe a published engineer saying that:)..my engineer buddies will say I'm nuts, and may be I am, but that's me, right?). Every couple of months, I take a look back at what I've written and simply drop it into one of the 5 shoe boxes / folders I've created, with titles somewhat resembling the theme within, eg, my first two books "Cosmic Reflections", "Rhythms of Hearts".

I could have struggled with the overly ambitious / awkward goal of organizing into one huge, perhaps disjointed, volume, but I feel happy about the outcome, and so will you, no matter what organization evolves..so just relax and enjoy the process of sharing your beautiful work with others in some kind of published form, and don't worry about criticism, that'll always be there no matter how / what you write.

My heartfelt best wishes,

Ash 

 

posted by ash_pradhan on March 22, 2012 at 1:02 PM | link to this | reply

It's difficult to truly know what to do at times! You have a lot going on here and I would think it's is best judged on how to put it together when all the facets are completed as you deem them. It may come about as one work in totality or it could be a series that ties itself together! Nonetheless it seems a worthy endeavor for me and I wish you all the best no matter the final format! sam 

posted by sam444 on March 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM | link to this | reply

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I am working on that too (a poetry collection separate of course from the ones I may use in the larger work) Thank you for your perspective, CCT.  Yes, so many writers and common dreams..:)

posted by Katray2 on March 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM | link to this | reply

Re: Katray2 - I am probably the worst person to give advice on this

You're a good, thoughtful and intelligent writer and I appreciate your input, Gomedome. The one project at a time makes perfect sense. The outline in my post is based on past works, just sitting around, collecting dust. I think I see the possibility of connecting the writings mentioned into a whole that is (hopefully) coherent and meaningful. Or not, lol. All that needs to be done is editing, weaving and no doubt more editing. Which could be more time consuming than just finishing a story strand. So many decisions..:)
I remember Untoldone; he was having some success before he left Blogit. Your tips are very helpful; I will use the formatting idea - Thank you again. 

posted by Katray2 on March 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM | link to this | reply

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Yes, it is, FSI. Thank you for reading.

posted by Katray2 on March 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM | link to this | reply

Ray when one looks at the enormous variety of books on Amazon, it seems that everyone is a writer and it makes one wonder how much of life they give up to achieve that goal. 

The reward I suspect is not great,  celebrities' books are usually ghostwritten the name selling the book. .You have written some good poems, which you could make into a nice collection. Of course that is only my opinion, if you feel up to writing a book I am sure it will be a good intelligent read. You also have had life experience which is rather

unique.  Take care.

posted by C_C_T on March 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM | link to this | reply

Katray2 - I am probably the worst person to give advice on this

But here goes anyways (and despite my nearly complete lack of success as a writer). The projects you describe all seem extremely ambitious in that it appears they would take an enormous amount of man hours to complete (woman hours if you prefer). A few things I found extremely helpful in producing a finished work was to pick one project, dedicate all available writing time to it and build in efficiencies to producing that work from the very first word written.

A former Blogit member: Untoldone was extremely helpful with this as he provided me with publisher guidelines, suggestions and offered some expertise in formatting the work as it was being created to save a great deal of time in the inevitable formatting process. I was using Word 2002 at the time with the eventual conversion to PDF format once complete.

Another important consideration for me (this is completely dependent on the individual's goals) was to consider which of my projects was the most likely to be successful, success of course being self defined.

The last piece of advice I would impart is be prepared to be crushed once your works leave the friendly confines of Blogit, that unfortunately is the cold, cruel reality of attempting to be become a published author. I feel like a bit of an imposter giving advice on these things but do hope that relating my experiences is somehow helpful.

posted by gomedome on March 22, 2012 at 9:24 AM | link to this | reply

It's interesting how our writings fit together.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on March 22, 2012 at 9:18 AM | link to this | reply

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