Forgotten one

Dark clouds above, he does not see the storm underway
Only the wind he feels, sharply slicing through skin and bone

Eyes cast down searching, looking for his treasure
A cigarette dropped, coins carelessly tossed aside
In a trashcan he finds his meal

His approach have them cross the street
Not to be bothered by the scum
Dirty hair and clothes that smell
The man inside that yearns for better days are hidden, forgotten

Only he remembers, late at night
When rain pours down and cardboard boxes give way
When the shelter is no more and sleep evade
Night time, the enemy

He remembers a time of warm meals and a loving embrace
Early morning coffee and work to be done
He remembers a time or family and parties
A time, a lifetime away, never forgotten

Tomorrow will find him searching for sun
A park bench or quiet corner
Sun baking down warming the bones that clatter at night, drying the fabric between holes

Tomorrow still will find him with eyes cast down
The forgotten one
One of thousands in a city of life
Where living is reserved for the ones with money

Goals

When you started your blog, did you set any goals? Have you achieved them? Have they changed at all?

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Louisa and Antie Koekie (who has since been transformed into Die Skribent) first introduced me to blogging.   Since I have trouble expressing myself verbally, the world of blogging was (and still is) a very alluring one, and my first post was on 27 January 2010.

Little did I know at the time that I was entering a period which included a lot of soul searching and some major changes!  Looking back, it would probably have been better to postpone starting the blog.  On the other hand, perhaps I should have used the blog in those difficult times to make more sense of the difficult situations.  Either which way, I am glad I am here.

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At the beginning of 2013 I decided that it was time to take myself seriously and pay more attention to writing.  The results have been fantastic!  On the one hand a novel proposal I submitted have been accepted and I have 17 months to the deadline.  On the other hand, my stats rock!

Confession time:  I have turned into a bit of a “Stats Addict”.  My total views on the blog for 2010 – 2012 was 1181.  Thus far for 2013 I am on 1275!  Five months of effort and paying attention to content and comments and I have exceeded the past three years!  Bearing in mind: 35 posted for 2010 – 2013 vs 75 for 2013 probably also has something to do with it!  Now these are probably laughable stats for you seasoned bloggers out there.  I still look at other posts in envy when I see how many likes and comments you have.  Nevertheless, I am extremely proud of what I have achieved in this year.

My goals initially, I don’t know really.  It just looked like a fun thing to do.

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My goals now, much more ambitious.  I want to build a steady readership.  I want to provide quality content.  I want to build a reputation.

So, for every one of you, thank you for helping me to reach those goals.  Your comments, likes and critique is always welcome and much appreciated.

These words are mine, but I bring them forth for you!

The Writer’s Diet

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In the constant search for tools and ideas to improve my skills, I came across the Writer’d Diet by Helen Sword this morning and must say I love it!

It rates your writing from lean (what we are all striving for) and heart attack territory (definitely to be avoided).  It is a very simple process and you have your results in seconds!

Firstly, paste your text into the block provided and press “Run the test”.  That simple!

Next, you will get feedback on verbs,  nouns, prepositions, adjectives / adverts and “waste words”.  You also get the option for a full diagnoses, which goes into more depth on your use of words, what to avoid, etc.

To give you an idea, I ran the test on my tribute to Vuyo Mbuli.  The result:  Fit and Trim!

Here is a sample of what to expect:

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Go on, try it with your next post.  It’s a rather fun way to see whether you are up to scratch with your writing.