Friday, 1 July 2016

"I'M GOING TO START MY WRITING!" by Penny Dolan

During the last sad, prickly, horrid weeks I have found it hard concentrate on anything and so, in the hope of starting July in a more positive & productive mood, here's my own version of a familiar playgroup verse. Hope you enjoy this even if you recognise the situation all too well yourself.



I’M GOING TO START MY WRITING

I’m going to start my writing
I’m working on a Big One,
I’m not scared!
What a great EMPTY day!
Uh-oh!
Dirty dishes!
Can’t leave them festering
Can’t leave them oozing.
Oh no.
Have to get them sorted.
Wishy washy . . . wishy washy . . .  wishy washy . .  .


 








I’m going to start my writing.
Uh-oh!
Emails! Long lists of emails!
Can’t just ignore them
Can’t just delete them.
Oh no!
Have to go all through them.
Hmmmm.. . . hmmm . . . hmmm . . . 

I’m going to start my writing! 
Uh-oh! 
Coffee
Can’t start without it.
Can’t drink it boiling
Better with a biscuit.
Oh no!

Ought to check on Facebook.
Ought to read that blog-post . . . . . . .

Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock.










I’m Going To Start My Writing!!!
Uh-oh!
Maybe I’m really rubbish?

Need to get some help from
Stephen King On Writing.

Rob McKee on Story.

Writer’s Journey, Vogler.

Basic Plots, Chris Booker.

Forest For Trees, B. Lerner.
Uh-oh!
I’m feeling rather teary,
I’m feeling rather weary,
I’ll nap before beginning . . .
Zzzz . . . zzzz . . . .zzzz
Oh no!

Four o'clock!

I AM GOING TO START MY WRITING!
Get my act together.
Wash my face with water.
Breath air in the garden.
Find the file and load it.
Open up the pages.
Now I’m getting started . . .
Now I AM beginning!
Look, I’ve done one sentence.
Now the words are flowing . . ..
Maybe I CAN do this?

Maybe do this Big One?

Uh-oh!

"HIYAAAAA! HIYAAAAA! HIYAAAAA!"

Oh no!
Everyone’s come home early!
Try to look SO happy,
Happy with such kindness. 
Make that smile a big one.
(Make that drink a big one?)
Think about tomorrow . . .
Tomorrow’s good for writing!!!


Oh yes, tomorrow -
Another EMPTY day!


Penny Dolan.

With thanks to the magnificent Michael Rosen for his very own Bear Hunt, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, and also to all those who chanted Lion Hunt with cubs, brownies and playgroups way back in the past, when dinosaurs also abounded.


15 comments:

Sue Purkiss said...

Excellent!

Dianne Hofmeyr said...

Absolutely brilliant Penny! It had me laughing out loud. A great anecdote to a bleak week!

Joan Lennon said...

NOW I can start July with a smile! Thanks, Penny!

Lynne Benton said...

Brilliant, Penny! Great start to the month, after so much angst over the last week - thank you!

Sharon Tregenza said...

Haha, Penny. That's wonderful and SO true. :)

Susan Price said...

Telling it like it is, Penny!

Elspeth Scott said...

Fantastic! And applicable to so many situations (I really ought to be writing reviews for The School Librarian right now :-( )

madwippitt said...

hahahahaha .... spot on!

Penny Dolan said...

Glad you all enjoyed it!

Enid Richemont said...

Brilliant, and SOOO accurate.

mary hooper said...

Lovely, Penny! xxx

Cindy Jefferies said...

Brilliant fun Penny!

Julie Sykes said...

Brilliant Penny and very true.

Wendy Constance said...

Oh yes, I can relate to so many of these

Damian Harvey said...

A great little post Penny... hope you can lighten up your days with bright and wonderful words x