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December 04, 2013

‘Twas the Night before the Deadline

I have news!!! In my last IWSG post, My Teeth Fall Out, I mentioned my eBook, Hurricane Crimes will be coming out in 2014. Well, I found out that same night it would be available a lot sooner. As a matter of fact it is available NOW! 

I spent days stressing out about promoting my new release, which resulted in another dream about my teeth falling out. Today is a new day though and I am surprisingly relaxed and secure, so I am going to share a poem inspired by ‘Twas the Night before Christmas. I wrote it a while ago after I sent one of my stories to a contest. I hope it’ll inspire all insecure writers working on a deadline, and hopefully make you smile. :)

‘Twas the night before the deadline


Chrys Fey

‘Twas the night before the deadline when all through my writing room,
not a pencil was scribbling, not even a pen.
The books were all put away with regret,
while I hoped my writer’s block would soon end.

The notebooks were all stacked neatly on my desk,
with my next creation invisible on their pages.
My cat Rosie and I behind my computer,
had just clonked out after a long writing attempt.         

When out on the road there arose such a commotion,
I rocketed off my swivel chair to see what was occurring.
Away to the front door I ran like a jock,
yanked off the chain and jerked the lock.

The moon on the leaves of the tall palm trees;
gave witness to the blowing wind from sea.
When what to my drowsy green eyes should hover,
but a giant bookcase and eight cherished novels.                

With a beautiful fairy as lively as a lit fuse.
I knew in an instant she must be my muse.
More quick than agents her directions they flew,
And she hummed and sang their titles on cue.

Now MacBeth, now Moby Dick, now Jane Eyre, and Huckleberry Finn.
On David Copperfield, on Frankenstein, on Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:
To the top of the shelf, to the top of the bestsellers list.
Now inspire, inspire, inspire all writers!

As dry pine needles before the happy parade swayed,
When they met with the writer’s block in my brain,
So up to the rooftop the path they hurried,
with a bookcase full of books and the writing fairy too.

And then in a second I heard in my thoughts,
The whispering and musing of a new story plot.
I was pondering my idea and thinking with all my might,
when the writing fairy materialized before my very eyes.

She was dressed in lace and silk from her ears to her toes,
And her dress glittered with diamonds and pearls.
A pile of books she held in her hands
and she looked like a goddess with a deep love of literature.

Her eyes how they glowed, her skin was like gold.
Her cheeks were like roses, her nose was elegant.
Her lips were shaped into a kiss,
And the hair on her head was as soft as mist.

The scent of peppermint lingered on her skin,
it circled me and awakened all my senses.
She had a lovely face and two sparkling wings,
that fluttered when she walked so gracefully.

She was tall and slim, a fabulous imagine,
and I smiled when I saw her in spite of my writing trouble.
A skip of her feet and a twirl of her dress,
soon put my worries to rest.

She hummed as she danced to my writing room,
and laid the books where my cat snoozed.
Then twirling around she shook glitter off her wings
and vanished from her place in front of me.

She popped into her bookcase, to the novels gave a deserved, “Well done!”
And away they flew to spread more writing love.
But I heard her sing as she returned to her realm of creativity:
“Happy imagination to all, may you never stop writing!” ©

If you’re feeling extra insecure today, here is my post from a couple of days ago to give you hope: Don’t Say Getting Published is Hopeless.

Happy Holidays!


Laura Clipson said...

That's a great poem, I love that it combines Christmas and writing.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Laura! :D

Unknown said...

Congrats on your release! I'll be picking the book up soon. And I love the poem. :) Will tweet via @authorrbaustin.

Michael Di Gesu said...

What a fun poem!

CONGRATS on you new release, Chrys…. All the best!!!!!!!!!!

Elsie Amata said...

Such a cute poem. I could use a writing fairy every now and again =)

Best of luck on your release!!

co-host IWSG

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Wonderful poem, Chrys! Best of luck with your new release. Sounds like you're having fun. Oh, I'm off to see my dentist. LOL

Kelly Hashway said...

Nice poem! I've got to get writing, but life and client edits keep intervening. lol Oh, and of course querying. Grr.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much, RB! I so appreciate your support and your tweet! :D

Chrys Fey said...

I had fun creating it. :)


Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Elsie! I could too. ;)

Thank you!!! And I hope you have fun co-hosting. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, thank you! I am having fun. :D lol I hope the dentist doesn't pull out any of your teeth. :P

Unknown said...

Chyrs, I love your poem! I definitely found myself smiling all the way through=) I'm learning to set my own pace after being in this business for almost three years now because the word deadline makes my teeth want to fall out! lol
I had an author visit just now and this makes up for my lack of appreciation for a deadline by replacing everything with laughter, joy and surprises when I read to the kids instead=)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Kelly! I haven't written on my current WIP in a long time. I hope to get back to it soon. Hopefully today? I'll have to ask the Writing Fairy. lol Good luck with everything!!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. Making everyone smile was my goal. :)

Unknown said...

Hey Chrys! Congrats again on your release and thanks for sharing:)

Chrys Fey said...

lol Thank you, Quanie! I had to make the announcement again for all the IWSG members. :)

Unknown said...

That was a cute poem! And congrats on the release of the ebook! It's always nice when you get an unexpected treat like that. :)

M.L. Swift, Writer

Elizabeth Seckman said...

That is an early release! We could have book birthdays together, my baby was released on the 2nd. I think I need my head examined for releasing a book during the holidays!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, M.L.! It was a very nice treat. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Having a book released now is tricky business. lol Congratulations on your release. I will be checking it out for sure! :)

Unknown said...

Congrats on the latest, Chrys! Hope it's a smash hit.

Loved the poem, too. :D

River Fairchild said...

Congrats on the release, Chrys! I have my copy all snug in my Kindle. :)

That's a great, uplifting poem. I especially like the invisible creations. I have some of those on my computer, too. ;) And fairies! Who can resist fairies? Maybe I'll think about a MG story with fairies next.

See? Your evil...uh, wonderful, plan is working already.

Diane Burton said...

Congrats on your release. LOVE the poem. :) Best wishes

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Diane! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, and thanks again, E.J.! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! I can't wait to find out what you think of it. :)

Hehe. My plan was to inspire. ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

To the top of the shelf - I like that.
Congratulations, Chrys! Early Christmas present.

Yolanda Renée said...

Great poem! Such fun - I have your story too, Happy Christmas to you!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! I had fun writing it. I always love to recreate Twas the Night before Christmas. :) I can't wait to hear what you think of Hurricane Crimes. Thank you for getting a copy. Merry Christmas!!

Chrys Fey said...

:D That's one of my favorite lines too.
Thank you, Alex!

Tammy Theriault said...

you are too cute! time to wrap you up and tell santa to stop sending me cute gifts that write poems, too!!

Chrys Fey said...

LOL!! You're funny, Tammy! ;)

StratPlayerCJF said...

Congratulations on the release! That is awesome!

I'll be sure to pop over and check it out!

And a very fun poem! There are times I definitely need a writing fairy. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Chris!

That would be awesome. :)

Me too! ;)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

What a great take on The Night Before. It does remind my of my cozy writing office. Congrats on the early release.

N. R. Williams said...

That was worth two smiles and a hug. I loved your poem. Congratulations on your release. Always nice to get good news. Thanks so much for your kind words to me.

PK HREZO said...

Too cute!! And yay for your release! I got my copy. Best of luck with it!
Oy to the teeth falling out. Holy stress!

Chrys Fey said...

I love to recreate Twas the Night Before Christmas. I used to write a new one every year. Maybe I should start that up again. :)

Thank you!

Chrys Fey said...

Yay! Two smiles and a hug. I'll take it! :D Thank you so much!! And you're very welcome! I meant every word. :)

Chrys Fey said...

THANK YOU, PK!!!! You're awesome! I really hope you like it. :D

Oh yes, teeth falling out, even in dreams, is not fun!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Congrats on your book release. I like the cover.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Lynda! :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats, Chrys! And I just loved the poem.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you X2! :D

Adrienne Reiter said...

Hi Chrys,
Congrats on your release! Agreed. Cover is great.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Adrienne! Even though I didn't create it, I am quite proud of the cover. :D

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your book release! That's great news for you. What a wonderful early holiday gift. Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. I enjoyed exploring yours and look forward to hearing of your continued successes. Good luck!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you for such a nice comment, Renee! :)

Trisha said...

I loved the poem - congrats on your book release!!! I'm glad to hear you are not feeling stressed out now that the book has arrived. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! And thank you so much! I'm glad I'm not stressed too! lol ;)