A is for Author, who struggles to write.
It's a vicious, mad circle
of distractions we fight.
B is for baby or boyfriend or beau-
All the people who needs us
and interrupt flow.
C is for coffee, the author's best friend
or tea, soda or chocolate,
all caffeine in the end.
D is for deadline, that vilest of words.
Can I have an extension?
Till the second or third?
E for editor, long-suffering saints,
who tell us, once more,
not to tell but to paint.
F is for format, which is simple as pie.
Unless you self-publish.
Then there's reason to cry.
G is for Goodreads, a readers' resource,
but with landmines for authors
of the sensitive sort.
H is for hero, his story we tell,
who revenges his torture
with plot twists from hell.
ISBN - we're numbered these days
to sell to the Danes,
Portuguese and Malays.
J is for jargon, which we're told not to use
unless it's in character
for time/setting clues.
K is for Kuttnering, quick, clever bits,
info dump minis,
or lost readers have fits.
L is for library, public or online,
to research such things
as platypi and landmines.
M is for manuscript, our hearts and souls
that we bleed for and live for,
then send to black holes.
N is for novel, that Rolls Royce of fiction.
Some reach completion
or a drawer in the kitchen.
O is for outline which we sometimes remember,
though what's started in June
is much changed by November.
P is for plot. No, you don't strictly need it.
But unless you're Jack Kerouac,
readers may pitch a fit.
Q is for Query, a quaint, aging thing,
born of an age
of polite inquiring.
R for rejection, the author's great fear
we're grownups, we're stoic
(yes, fine, there are tears.)
S for submission, that first rush of eek!
Then endless nail-biting,
checking emails for weeks.
T for Thesaurus - admit it, you've used one.
Brains will get stuck
and need swift calcitration.
Unsolicited manuscript-a rebel, a maverick!
But read the sub guidelines
or your ms gets drop kicked.
V is for verbs, and those beasts conjugations.
Please learn them, don't guess.
It's your job, not an option.
W - work in progress, be it one, four or ten
stirring dreams into shambles,
our brains into Bedlam.
X for Xenology, SF types only,
ET's we create
both gorgeous and homely.
Y is for Yaoi, Young Adult and, yes, Yuri,
and all of those genres
just west of contemporary.
Z is for zeitgeist, the feel of a time
our historical authors
will fathom my rhyme.
And so lovely writers, I've wasted a day
with cataloging each letter
in a relevant way
It may not seem prudent or even quite sane
but a labor of love
for a brain wont to play. ;)
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.