So, some of you may remember that last year I took on a project where I wrote a poem a day, no matter, whether I felt inspired, uninspired, or whatever - the results are in....
I wrote about 400 "so called" poems up to early October (before energy of all kinds deserted me while I began my current creative project). Of these I kept a record up to early September of how many I felt were any good and how many got published v's the dates they were written...
The best month for good poems was July, though I judged what poems were "good" fairly soon after writing, I haven't looked at alot of them since, so I don't know whether they actually were any good or not.
Reasonably good poems were frustratingly well spread throughout the week - I was hoping to see all good poems being written on a Thursday for some reason. The only slight pattern showed more good poems clustering on Monday, Tuesday, slightly less on Wednesday, Thursday - with weekends slackening off in number. Having said that - actual published poems showed more of a trend - being written mainly on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Perhaps suggesting that spending more time on the things (ie on a Saturday) sometimes led to better results. No published poems were written on a Sunday. So I'll be taking that day off writing in future. - or not - maybe my Sunday Luck has been out, but it's just waiting to come back...
So would I recommend it to a friend?
Why yes, it did definitely keep me in a more creative frame of mind, made me feel like I was writing something, gave me a home for alot of ideas and I have a heap of poems that I wouldn't have otherwise got, and there's 203 pages of junk to entertain me in my old age, perhaps I can read it at dinner parties (or more likely at dinner in the home), "did I ever read you my collection?... in its entirety?... I was quite the hot shot you know, Doris...."
As proof of that I can show Doris a live, in technicolour (though of course I wore grey) recording, made this monday night gone at the Glór sessions.
I'm at minute 17, second 52 of the latest recording, if ye want a laugh, though I'm cringeing too much to watch it back myself, hope you enjoy. There are lots of great acts spread throughout the night, so it's well worth a look through, and you can tune in live to that link of a Monday at 9ish - which is what I'll have to do for future look ins, since I'll be in Cork for the next few months worth of Glórs.