The list of things to do until I leave for 27 months of Peace Corps duty is dwindling. I already accomplished four things this morning. This afternoon is full of shopping to finish off my packing list. I’m getting so close to being fully ready to leave for Morocco. Wish me luck. It still feels like I have so much more to do. At least that is helping me not focus on the stress of leaving so many people behind.
Today comes the final batch of poems from 2004. These are some of the best poems I wrote during my teenage years. I hope you enjoy. Make sure to read Darkened Eyes. My poetry finally stopped being sappy and became angry. It’s worth it.
My To-Do list is slowly dwindling. With less than 18 days to go, I have 30 things left to do. This is completely doable. It’ll be a busy 18 days, but they will fly by so quickly. Some of the things are going to be easy to do. Such as: 20. Get a Haircut & 28. Put all files into a three-ring folder. Others will be much more difficult. Such as: 3. Find Cheap Cloud Space to allow for Computer backup & 14. Figure out Tax Information needed while abroad. As long as I mark off three a day, I will feel comfortable I’ve already marked off one so far today: Talked to the Bank. I’m hoping to mark off a couple more today.
I am going to change up a few things here. First of all, I am going to start with a daily Haiku. I hope you enjoy these quick reads. I will also experiment this afternoon with a Vlog. It’ll be a great way for me to let my readers get to know me and understand me on a different level. I went back and forth on this, because I prefer writing. But I can’t help but look up to the legendary John Green. He is an incredible writer and I love his vlog. An artist shouldn’t limit himself to one art form.
We are almost done with the romantic poems of my teenage years. The ones I am uploading today are by far my favorite. At least read “One Day Down.” You will not regret it.
As a Christmas gift to all my readers, I have lowered the prices on the novel I spent a majority of 2012 working on: The Stagner Chronicle. I will not be receiving any money from the sale of the book–that’s the only way to get the price so low. If you do download it for free or buy a cheap version of the printed book, I hope you will be kind enough to provide me with any feedback or reactions (I can never get enough feedback).
Merry Christmas to you all! Enjoy!
31 years after the conclusion of America’s Second Revolution, those involved in the events release “The Stagner Chronicle.” This oral history documents a drastically different history from the one set in the history books. While living in a dystopian America, three young men and women accidently spark a revolution. When they are declared enemies of the state, the trio must avoid capture or risk being thrown in an underground prison-known as a Black Site. Meanwhile, The Revolution gains some real traction.
With 30 days until I leave for Morocco, two things are on my mind. First and foremost is the girl I am set to leave behind. I know I’m going to leave my family and friends behind…but I don’t entirely regard that a bad thing. Although I will miss my friends and family, I know they will be here for me when I get back. When it comes to romance, life works a little differently. We know full well that we can’t ask each other to wait. It really isn’t sane to expect a 27 month long-distance relationship to last off of a one-month romance. A part of me desperately doesn’t want to risk losing her. That part want to stay behind. The other part of me reminds me that everything I’ve ever wanted (except romance and a family) is offered by the Peace Corps. Ambitious friend. Helping people. Travel. Help towards a great job. I can not expect either of us to wait…but I can hope. Still, I cannot help but imagine my life if I decide not to leave her.
One other thing is on my mind. Arabic. I am not great at languages. In 30 days, I will be thrown into an intensive 8-week course where Arabic and the culture of Morocco will be taught. I need to get a good head start. In order to get going, I am going to force myself to work on it every day until I leave. Today is focused on skowering the internet for ideas on how to start learning the language. Tomorrow will focus on buying a couple language books (and a tourist book of Morocco) so that I can get a real start on my studies. I will let you know how it goes. I may even try to write some Arabic poems or Haikus.
Here is today’s update from my teenage past. Some of these poems are a bit embarrassing (this one included). It almost looks like I wanted it to be a song rather than a set poem. It sounds like a crappy pop song.
I read through all the documents in my Peace Corps packet again. With 39 days until I leave, it seems necessary to figure out as much as I can. I sent an email to my director. I got a response this morning that my Peace Corps Passport has already been issued and will be waiting for me at the staging even on January 14th. I should get more information on the staging event before Christmas…but from what I’ve read, it looks like it may be in Philadelphia.
Over the next 39 days, my time will be divided up between learning Arabic, reading, writing, and hanging out with friends and family. Oh, and watching the Denver Broncos kick some ass. As a result, I will be updating new stuff sporadically based on what I am doing each day. I will, however, continue uploading old pieces for you daily. I really like the one for today. I hope you do too:
It’s been a good day off. I cleaned my condo, saw Wreck-It-Ralph, wrote some Haikus, and generally relaxed. I finally broke out my Peace Corps packet it today and started getting a better feel for what the next 27 months are going to look like. I even met someone who vacationed in Morocco (he made me much more excited about going). I wish the day would just come.
I think I am going to take a break from what I have been trying to write. It just isn’t working. I’d rather spend these 39 days free writing anyway. I also need to read a lot more than I have in the past week. That means I will have more to upload in the week to come. Until then, here is another poem from my freshmen year of high school:
Today was my last day of substitute teaching. After two longs years in this field, I hope to finally say goodbye to the job. In 40 days, I will leave for the Peace Corps. Then comes 27 months of service. When I return, I hope to make a career in the government. So, this is the end of a long, strange shift in my jobs. Substitute teaching allowed me to live the way I wanted to live. I made enough money to get by. I never took my job home with me. I could choose what days I wanted to work. It was the perfect life for a writer. Now, I am on Christmas vacation with 40 days left in the United States.
Since I worked on the blog instead of writing yesterday, today I need to focus again. A large part of me just wants to lay down, take a nap, watch a movie, and talk to Sofia. I can’t do that. Yet. That can be tomorrow’s plan. This evening has to be about writing. I will get started now. Here is another poem from 2004 for all of my readers:
I just spent two hours remodeling my website. It is now ready to explore. As I update with more writing over the next few weeks, the earlier years will begin to fill up with content Until then, the content from 2012 is full enough to keep you busy. Here is the link. Let me know what you think about the new website.
I miss your eyes—and
waking up to see them there
looking back at me
There is something beautiful in the way Haikus work. I’ve written poems, flash fiction, short stories, and novels. But now, thanks to a lovely lady in my life, I am finding the beauty in Haikus. They capture the same thing I hope to capture in all my writing–the emotion of the moment. With a Haiku, however, we are limited to 17 syllables (5,7,5). It is the perfect tool to force a writer to be concise. I think it will be a great tool for me. I have become much more precise in my writing over the past three years. This will force it even further.
Today, after a shortened day of work, I am getting back to work. I was able to write almost 1,300 words today. I need to break the 1,00 mark today. Unfortunately, as I develop this story, i know full well that I will not be able to share much or any of what I am writing for years to come. That is okay. I will continue to update my old poems and writing in the weeks to come. It’ll be enough to hold you over until the writing blog also becomes a travel blog. Here is today’s poem:
I spent a good deal of time last night wondering how I was going to write my current story. I worried that I didn’t know how to do it right. I worried about the order the story should go in. I worried about this and that. In the end, I pretty much gave up on figuring it out. Instead, I just wrote. It may not have come out perfectly, but it came out. I got 500 words on paper last night. So far this morning, I’ve already put another 500 words down. The story is starting to come together.
Today’s poem is a special one for me. I wrote it second semester of my 8th grade year. I had a huge crush on a girl in my class. I had no idea how to tell her. Instead of gathering up the courage to talk to her, I gathered up the courage to give her a poem. I printed it off and slipped it in her locker during the last week of classes. She never made any mention of the poem. But, after that, I had a small amount of courage that made it easier to talk with girls I like. This poem is my introduction to romantic life in High School.