Friday, November 23, 2018

Chatting with Sherri

My interview Chatting With Sherri welcomes award winning author A.J. Ponder! is live now. We talk everything from science to books.

Here's a spider holding one of my books we didn't mention. Actually there was a lot of geeking out about shared heroes from scientists to famous authors. It was fun.

Sherri is a lovely lady and it was a real pleasure and an honor to be on her show.

Have a great week, everyone,
looking forward to dropping in at least one more time before Christmas! :)
Hopefully with a poem!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Subversive Act of Writing on The Cosy Dragon

I think poets are great at breaking rules, I can't think of a single rule of poetry that hasn't been warped out of shape at some point. And I think that is because early poetry had so many rules poets were just dying to burst free. So generally I like to put rules back into poetry - and that's almost as genre busting as breaking out in ordinary prose...

But anyway, I thought this might be a fun article for people following this blog who are interested in the art of writing, or as encouragement for those who want to break out and try something new.

It starts:
"Originally this article was going to include the idea best covered by a quote attributed to Pablo Picasso “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” The subversive act of taking ideas from other sources and making them your own. But great writers are not only thieves, they tend to be rule breakers...
The rest of the article can be found on The Cosy Dragon here, or on the html link below :)

I know this post is a bit late, so have a great weekend,
A.J. Ponder
P.S. The following is no longer upcoming - but we had the Riders of Fire book launch and it was a whole heap of fun. If you came along I hope you enjoyed it, too. :)

Riders of Fire Book Launch and Medieval Fun

Saturday, 17 November 2018 from 13:30-15:00
Vogeltown Bowling Club, 93 Mornington Road, Brooklyn

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Fantasy Extravaganza Newletter

Riders of Fire Book Launch & Medieval Fun

Saturday, 17 November 2018 from 13:30-15:00
Vogeltown Bowling Club, 93 Mornington Road, Brooklyn

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    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    Free short story "The Forgotten World"

    "The Forgotten World"
    I've been a little bit quiet lately in terms of poetry.  But if you love period action adventure with cryptozoological species, you may well love this little short story. Written in the time of Arthur Conan Doyle, there might be a little truth to the fact that the title is a riff on Athur's "The Lost World" :)

    The Forgotten World

    To find out what those creatures might be follow the link, and don't be caught on the cliffhanger! ...keep on scrolling to get the second half.

    And of course if you haven't read my latest book Quest - please check out the free preview here.

    Happy Reading!


    P.S. I'd love to know what you think of my stories. Reviews and feedback really make my day! :)

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    The Monsters are Real

    Okay - today's Tuesday Poem on a Wednesday is "The Monsters are Real"
    I'm hoping to post some motivational "poetry" soon - so look out for that. :)

    The Monsters are Real

    What do you do when the monsters are real
    and they're not hiding under the bed?

    What do you do when the monsters reveal
    that they like to play with your head.

    It's zeroes and ones
    until it becomes
    a dance with truth
    and deceit.
    Tell me, what will you do when faceless suits
    dance to their puppeteer's drum?

    So what do you do when the monsters are real
    and they're not hiding under you bed?

    And what do you do when with murderous glee
    the monsters complain of civility?

    "Oh oysters, pitiful wretches,
    come and walk with me
    the day is - oh, so hot
    and my tears are wet, as wet could be."

    Tell me, what will you do now the monsters are real
    and they're not hiding under your bed?

    Now the gaslight is on
    And the bedroom's not safe
    Can you see that the monsters are real?
    Their words are fair, and their acts are foul,
    with tongues are as divided
    as the rage they can't keep in their heads.

    Will you believe what they say?
    Will you believe what we say?
    Will you believe it today?
    Will the propaganda mess with your head?

    Come, will you become a faceless suit -
    and dance to their puppeteer's drum?
    What do you do when the monsters are real -
    and the monsters come for your head? 

    A.J. Ponder

     A.J. Ponder is the author of Quest - buy your copy today from our not-so benevolent corporate overlords - or contact me for a copy - on the bottom of this post - or through phantomfeather press (at) gmail (dot) c o m


    Thursday, October 4, 2018

    An Epic Quest

     While I've been out having an epic fantasy quest of my own (pictures below - including sword fighting!) , there's been a so much happening in the world of poetry, book releases and more.

    While I've been distracted, Tim Jones has released his latest book New Sea Land available from Makaro Press and so has Keith Westwater, releasing No One Home: A Boyhood Memoir in Letters and Poems .  And that's not even including Bonsai : Best Small Stories From Aotearoa New Zealand,which has some great little stories and prose poems by a range of literary authors. It was fun to see so many familiar and new faces at the launch, I was almost sad not to have subbed, but authors have to choose their projects, and I choose fun. Take a look at the pictures of my launch of Quest and say I chose wrong!

    It was lovely to see so many wonderful friends, fans and fellow writers at my book launch for Quest. It was epic, so thank you all, and here are some pictures from the launch. I'm looking forward to seeing even more authors next month when Eileen Mueller launches her book Ezaara, because it won't clash with the biggest NZSA event of the year (oops!)

    Have fun,
    A.J. Ponder

    And if you like fantasy and having fun check out the article It's a World of Fantasy on Scoop or buy a copy of my book Quest, it's at a low opening price that is unlikely to be repeated so get one now - before checking out the last two pictures of the Company of the Dragons sword fighting during the launch of Quest. :) 

     (Available to buy on AmazonRona Gallery, Children's Bookshop or Arty Bees, Wardini with personalised signed copies available from Rona Gallery if you ask.)

    Tuesday, September 11, 2018

    The Poetically Incorrect Sonnet

    Yes, I promised a poetically incorrect sonnet - but I ended up working hard to make it..mostly correct. WARNING, it does have swearing and is not appropriate for younger people...unless they desperately want to remember how to write a sonnet - but can only remember the instructions if they're actually in sonnet form. So, in the end, I went full out English sonnet. Enjoy! (Or possibly don't, I won't apologise, the things are a nightmare to write!)

    A Sonnet on How to Write an English Sonnet 

    Who'd want to write a gods-damn sonnet
    With ten iambic syllables a line?
    'Cos besides the fucking scansion I bet
    You'll more than hate the gods-damned fucking rhyme

    The English sonnet holds ABAB 
    CDCD it's torture pure and plain 
    So who'd want to write a bloody sonnet 
    Corsetting words like this is such a pain

    But there is a beauty in the torture
    As the ninth line cuts right across your thought
    EFEF - The capricious volta -
    Turns hate. Now you love the English Sonnet -

    The goddamned rhyme for thee's a,b,a,b,

    Okay - that was tortuous barbarism - and I bet you hated every second of it - but there you go - I had a ball. And that's (more or less) the form of a sonnet, with just a few liberties taken. And I only mostly hate it, because there's something about the volta cutting across everything like a crescendo in a library, that's such fun.

    Still, all I can say is thank goodness there are other forms of poetry. Writing a sonnet is like wearing a corset, it's all very well to show off with, but mostly they're much better to look at, than to wear. 

    Have a great week, everybody,

    P.S. If you want to see the poetically incorrect haiku, on how to write a haiku - it's right here
    If you like sonnets, I have written a few, including some that are slightly modified in terms of layout, or in one case, it's deliberately deconstructed for reasons that should become obvious. A Sonnet to the Muse, This Year of FireRunning away with a Christmas Sonnet And of course the award winning, Ahi Kā by A.J. Ponder and Eileen Mueller - which is a short story and sonnet intertwined.