Writing Prompt Wednesdays! Rhino Castle

Today’s writing prompt is a cool painting by Ray Caesar:

Plodding step by plodding step

He trudges along packed earth

Weighed down by the city

Strapped ‘cross his great girth

His skin thick like chain mail

His horn strong as stone

Feet sturdy like oak trees

And iron in his bones

But why does he wander?

Does he search for his home?

Or is he an aimless nomad

Content simply to roam?

Thus, I present my humble poem for your afternoon amusement. Enjoy at your leisure.

Since I missed my Monday Musings post, we’ll do a quick life update now instead. If you recall, I recently interviewed for a job. I didn’t hear back from them, but I did interview for a different job, and I got it! It’ll be a seasonal position (so, until Jan 8th), which works just great for me. As for the job itself, I’m not going to reveal the company I’m working for, but I will tell you it involves large amounts of delicious tea. Make of that what you will!

On the writing front, I’ve been working on my “teenagers killing each other in space” story (not its actual name). I’m about 30k words in, and I’m pretty happy with it thus far. My only problem is the writing is extremely slow-going. My current writing process is as follows:

  1. Write a chapter.
  2. Re-read and re-write the chapter.
  3. Go on a long walk and realize the chapter is wrong.
  4. Re-write the chapter.
  5. Take a shower and realize I should change something huge.
  6. Re-write the chapter. Perhaps even re-write several chapters, if need be.
  7. Remind myself that you’re not supposed to edit until you’ve finished the first draft.
  8. Edit anyway.
  9. Drown my sorrows in pizza buns.

It’s fairly time-consuming, and results in me eating a lot of pizza buns. But … I mean, the process does seem to be working, albeit slowly, so I think I’ll stick with it. Better that I find and fix issues now, rather than pull a Chasing Nonconformity and literally rewrite the entire book from the ground up.

Oh! And if you have a chance, support fellow indie author Beth Madden by heading over to her Inkitt project page for her story “Stuffed” and vote for it! Takes all of five seconds, and she would really appreciate your help.

That’s all from me! Have a fabulous week, and stay awesome.


Unrelated media of the day:

I am completely in love with this song right now. I love the throwback feel, not to mention the beautiful, dreamy chorus. Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Writing Prompt Wednesdays! Rhino Castle

  1. I loved your poem! It had a very haiku-like feel to it, despite the difference in style 🙂

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