Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Dancing Waves

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Celebratory
The warming rays of the sun
Making the waves dance

Image from Pixabay

#haiku

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Dare

By Scott Bailey © 2016

I don’t dare to dream
Reality is too harsh
To just brush aside

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto on Pexels.com
Posted in Daily Prompt, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

On the Edge

By Scott Bailey © 2015

Stand tall on the board
A breeze teases the skin; dive
Slapped by water cold

Photo by Oliver Sju00f6stru00f6m on Pexels.com
Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Iris

By Scott Bailey

The dark wide iris
Sparkling bright now, mists over
As it watches time

Image from Pexels
Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Hole

By Scott Bailey © 2015

A hole in the ground
Still black water reflecting
Meteors above

Image from Pixabay
Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

The Universe

By Scott Bailey © 2015

Special, general
Einstein’s relativity
Beauty and balance

Image from Pixabay

www.scottandrewbailey.uk

Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Tales

By Scott Bailey © 2015

Tales woven over the air
Tales woven in print
Tell you where and how to belong
And to stay there

This is your tribe
This is your way
Here’s your beliefs
The way to behave

But digital lines
Weave different tales
Social arising
Communities felt

So ancient tellers
Beware of the light
Too fast to contain
With old fashioned lies

Image from Pixabay

www.scottandrewbailey.uk

Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Swooping

By Scott Bailey © 2015

Height, falling, swooping
Skylarks catching air, rainfall
Drowns the fleeing mouse

Skylark
Image from Pixabay
Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Forest Fire

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Wood cracks with a flash
Sparks dance in the air, falling
Down to cooling ash

Wild Fire
Image from Pixabay
Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Over the Plains

By Scott Bailey © 2016

A warm summer breeze
Teases scent across the plains
Tight the wolf pack runs

Wolf Pack
Image from Pixabay
Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Milk

By Scott Bailey © 2016

Renowned Harvey Milk
His life anything but smooth
His legacy shines

Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Power Race

By Scott Bailey © 2016

The race to power
Is won with fear and fury
While inert we watch

Posted in Creative Writing, General, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Writing

Energy

By Scott Bailey © 2013

Starlight is silent
Waves crash and roar on the shore
Then there is matter

www.scottandrewbailey.uk

Posted in Creative Writing, Poetry, Writing

Change

By Scott Bailey © 2016

If I stay my path
The world will not mind a bit
So change is a must

Image from Pixabay
Posted in Creative Writing, General, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Writing

Summer Clouds

By Scott Bailey

A quavering wave
of light in the summer clouds
as the sun goes down.

www.scottandrewbailey.uk

Posted in Creative Writing, Poem a Day Challenge, Poetry, Self Publishing, Writing

Sparks

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By Scott Bailey © 2013

A sad shadow falls
Casting gloom over our dreams:
Sparks dispel the dark!

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Posted in Creative Writing, Etheree, Poetry, Writing

Engage

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Life is engaging
Creatures decipher the truth
They peruse it all

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 110, “PLEASANT & READ,” #SYNONYMSONLY

Check the link for the guidelines and rules

A haiku this week. Keeping it simple.

#haiku

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, photography, Poetry, Writing

Snake

By Scott Bailey © 2014

Monster
Caught in lead and steel
Frozen
In time

Human
Caught in the machine
Enslaved
Forever

Somewhere
An artist smirks
And settles
To eternal sleep

Photo by Scott Bailey

 

In response to this weeks Photo Challenge Twisted

This was a sculpture spotted during a day trip to Hastings many years ago.

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Triumph

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The white wolf’s triumph
Hunt over, hunger sated
No howling tonight

In response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 81, DIGNITY & SUCCESS, #SynonymsOnly

A haiku again this week. My brain is too fried for anything more.

#haiku

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Snake

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Basking in the sun
The snake saw lunch in his mind
Movement brought him back

By Thomas Brown [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In response to Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 82 – BELONG & DREAM #SynonymsOnly

A haiku this week. I have inferred the given words rather than use synonyms so breaking the rules a bit. This post was also prompted by the fact that on a country walk yesterday my eldest nearly stood on one of these – an adder – the only venomous snake on these isles. I think it was a juvenile as it was small but definitely a viper rather than a grass snake.

#haiku

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Shoots

In exultation
Shoots arise, reaching skyward
Until sharp blades sweep

Image from Pixabay

In response to COLLEEN’S 2018 #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 78, GROW & HONOR, #SNYNONYMSONLY

Tenuous synonyms for my haiku – again

#haiku

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Blush

By Scott Bailey © 2018

See the sky blush with
Golden fire heaven sent
And then the darkness

Image from Pixabay

In response to the daily prompt Blush

#DailyPrompt, #amwriting, #postaday

www.scottandrewbailey.uk

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Nature

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Nature
Claws back its realm
Over many ages
Verdant fingers prying apart
Even
The strongest of our creations
With persistence of growth
Old and fertile
Mother

Car Reclaimed by Nature
Image by Scott Bailey

In response to the daily prompt Patience

#DailyPrompt, #amwriting, #postaday

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Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Chasing Sunbeams

By Scott Bailey © 2016

See the argent moon
Chasing the brightest sunbeams
Moments slip away

Image from Pixabay

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Temptation

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Tempting like a tart
Sweet nectar awaits inside
So the dance begins

Image from Pixabay

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #190 Tart&Sweet

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Forward

Forward

Maybe
From the chaos
From all the death and anger
We can find a better answer
We Need

I used the American form rather than the didactic.

 

 

In response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 72: Breakthrough & Movement, #SnyonymsOnly

#Haiku

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Breathing

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Only hear the stream
Babbling toward to ocean
The breath of the air

Image from Pixabay

In response to https://ronovanwrites.com/2018/02/19/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-189-zennoise/

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

The Cock

The resplendent cock
Struts and crows, feathers rich red
While the hens scatter

Cockerel
Image from Pixabay

In response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 71: Character & Affection, #SnyonymsOnly

#Haiku

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

River

By Scott Bailey © 2018

River slips quickly
Rolling by under the bridge
Until the freeze falls

Image from Pixabay

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #188 Quick&Slip

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Colleen’s Weekly 2018 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 70 “DESTINY & CHALLENGE”

The earth will arise
Topple all fences and walls
A spark in the night

In response to Colleen’s Weekly 2018 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 70 “DESTINY & CHALLENGE”

#Haiku

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Peace

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Peace is the echo
Of the voice of the songbird
Across the still lake

 

Image from Pixabay

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #185 Sing&Peace

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Press

By Scott Bailey © 2018

The Press will touch all
The raw places to ensure
Peace will not prevail

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #184 Press&Touch

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Testament

By Scott Bailey © 2018

Deep in the singed earth
Lies the burners testament
And the seeds of life

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #182 Singe&Deep

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Blogging101, Creative Writing, Daily Prompt, General, Haiku, Poetry, Self Publishing, Short Stories, Writing

Next Year

I am in a quandary – what to do with this blog next year.

This year I set up prescheduled posts – three a day for a whole year! Then I posted each day as and when I could.

This has resulted in two things.

  1. A lot of repetition, the same posts being seen over and over again.
  2. The highest number of views ever – more than doubling any previous year

This got me thinking – how do I match it? How do I keep the momentum going?

Then I thought again. Do I want to?

I realised as I was trying to plan out a new schedule of posting I thought about what it meant. What was the reason for it?

Last year I wanted to increase my views – but the reason for that was to increase exposure of my books – and try and boost their sales. Sure I enjoy the writing and enjoy the challenges I have become a part of. It has helped build up a and strengthen a little network of fellow bloggers that I now value.

But it has had detrimental effects too. As mentioned it has filled my blog with reams of duplicate content. But worse – it has taken up all the precious writing time I had. All of it. This means I have done nothing else.

On top of that – it has not boosted my book sales at all. So it failed at its main aim.

So, I have decided that this year I will take a new approach. I will probably try and write every day – do Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge on Monday’s as well as something for the Daily Prompt.  But, I am not going to get hung up on stats and trying to reach targets. I am going to step back and try and produce some more books. Another poetry collection, and maybe another collection of short stories.

But I won’t be disappearing.

www.scottandrewbailey.uk

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Giant

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The giant sun burns slow
Swells red and bloated, gassing
It’s life into space

Red Giant
Tablizer at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
 

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #180 Slow&Burn

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Days of Steam

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Steam Engine

Brass gleams, drips with steam
Flaring in a beam of light
Driving on the wheel

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #179 Flare&Steam

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Eagle High

By Scott Bailey © 2017

Daring the currents
Of the rare higher airways
Bold the eagle flies

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #178 Bold&Daring

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

The Oak

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The heart of the oak
Old and strong, steadfast: yields to
The will of the wind

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #177 Strong&Heart

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Bridge

By Scott Bailey © 2017

White swan flies over
Broken, crumbling, old stone bridge
River rolls on by

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #176 Broken&Over

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Short

Two this time – makes up for a drought of anything new 🙂

By Scott Bailey © 2017

His first attempt at
Sexy was short lived, painful
Full of lasting woe

 


Short , sweet and sexy
She came swishing to my world
And I longed for her

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #175 Short&Sexy

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Snow

By Scott Bailey © 2017

The hand of winter
Smooths the land with a cold, white
Blanket of deep snow

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #174 Smooth&Hand

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Madness

By Scott Bailey © 2017

A touch of madness
In the powerful is wrong
But in the writer

 

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #172 Wrong&Touch

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

Posted in Creative Writing, Haiku, Poetry, Writing

Bats

By Scott Bailey © 2017

In the spooky night
Bats flitter with deadly skill
And the moths shiver

In response to RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #173 Spooky&Night

#Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge

 

And to get into the spooky mood some more – try my collection of short stories.