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2015 in Review

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 1, 2016, 1:21 PM


Just a report on my poetic goings-on this year.

Overall, I completed 79 new poems this year. 41 of those were sonnet forms, or a little over 50% of my poetry. That brings the total number of poems I've written to 435, and the total number of sonnets I've written to 199. Strange to say, but I think this year might have been a lower year in terms of numbers due to lengthy gaps, especially in the summer.

2015 saw me wrap up two opuses and start 5 new ones. I closed The Last Book (Op. 107) in April and Inner Man (Op. 26) in June, the latter under rather abrupt circumstances. Beyond Words (Op. 50), the next volume of my Christian poetry, picked up where Compelled (Op. 14) left off in 2014. Evergreen (Op. 28) became the next segment in The Cycle, exploring themes of longing, waiting, and hope. I stopped this year at sonnet 77, which means that I am exactly halfway through Shakespeare's 154 sonnets! Cheesy Poetry (Op. 109) continued my series of Miscellany.

Besides those continuing volumes, there were a couple other special highlights. I wrote my first standalone opus in two years, fifty-two hurts (Op. 108), in response to DA's lonely whale article. I also wrote another sonnet petit cycle for the first time in two years, Nine Words (Op. 27). The latter had been about a month's work of planning prior to its writing in preparation for NaPoWriMo.

Speaking of which, I actually managed to complete NaPoWriMo for the first time ever. Marathon writing has never been my strength, and it certainly tested my limits, but I managed to get a pace going. I compiled those works here. I also completed February Form Fiesta with ProjectDFC, and those works can be seen here. I also participated in DFC 2015, but did not finish, dropping out 11 days in due to lack of inspiration and dissatisfaction with the forms selected this year. Those pieces can be seen here.

NaPoWriMo also led to my third daily deviation, These Melted Years, which was a cento villanelle composed in tribute to Blacksand459. I highly enjoyed putting that piece together, and I'm glad people seem to have enjoyed it and pondered its meaning. I do consider it to be one of my better works this year.

Well, that's about it for that wrap up. My hopes for the next year are to start writing more commentary on my own work (throwbacks and upcoming works), critiquing once a week, finishing A Frozen Ballad (which seems to be my next REALLY long term project, and of which I would describe my progress as less than halfway), and rebooting February Sonnet Challenge on Crowns-of-Sonnets.

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  • Mood: Satisfied
  • Listening to: Worship music
  • Reading: La Vita Nuova
  • Watching: Star Wars
  • Playing: Smash Up
  • Eating: Cheese crackers with Peanut Butter
  • Drinking: Sparkling cider

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Parsat
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I'm a disciple of Christ, a USC Trojan, a sonneteer, an administrator on Wikipedia, a Chinese-American, a pianist/violist, a biologist, a trivia buff, an ISTJ, and a scooter enthusiast.

"My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer." --Psalm 45:1

I mostly write fixed form/structural poetry, as well as translations of Chinese poetry. The villanelle is the king of poems, and the sonnet his queen.
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How many random unfinished projects do you have lying around? 

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5 deviants said More than a few, I tend to leave them hanging
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4 deviants said A lot, I have trouble finishing what I start
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3 deviants said A few, but I should be able to finish them
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2 deviants said Just one, the one I'm working on right now
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1 deviant said None, I always finish what I start

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Cherry-Oh-Sundae Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the watch! I hope that you notice a change for the better in my coming works. :heart:
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SeaPlume Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you so much watching me. I'm very glad you've chosen to follow my work! :+devwatch:
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Parsat Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015   Writer
I applaud you as a fellow biologist-poet.
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SeaPlume Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you so much!
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iMariposa Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Student Writer
Thanks very much for the fave :love:

Fellow Wikipedian! Well, I'm on Wikihow, really. Are you there as well?
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Parsat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015   Writer
I am a Wikipedian under a different name. I haven't very active as of late, but I did serve as an admin there for some time. Glad to meet a fellow Wikipedian!
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iMariposa Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Student Writer
Likewise! :D
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49-mOe Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconyaybunnyplz::iconthanksforthewatchplz: 
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LaBruyere Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist
HBD friend! :D
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Parsat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015   Writer
Thanks!
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