The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Guest: Sommer Nectaratoff
Sommer Nectarhoff is a writer from Chicago. He’s always loved to read and write both fiction and poetry. His shorter pieces have been published in a variety of literary journals, and he is the author of numerous books to date, including the fantasy series The Book of Lokk.
Available on Amazon
This is a story of Gods and mortals, of life and death, of a world where fate has no master.
This is the Book of Lokk.
More on Amazon on his Lokk series:
By PoetLord6t9 on December 19, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a really sweet epic fantasy story. The fact that it is written in old english seems a little daunting at first but before long becomes a really fun part of the book that adds to the mythic feel of the tale. I loved reading about the various quests and adventures the knights undertake over the course of the book – it’s a great way to explore the world and really gives the story a “surprise around every turn” kind of flavor.
Verse, The Art of Words
When most people hear someone mention poetry they scoff and look away—and it’s hard to blame them, but it’s not their fault. When we’re in school, and particularly high school English classes, we’re forced to read dense, inaccessible, difficult-to-comprehend verse by—to be frank—dead old British dudes. Not only does their language seem antiquated to the contemporary reader, but it’s also difficult to relate to, as it almost always seems unbearably floral. Because this is what we’re given to study, it’s only natural that we come to assume all poetry must be the same way.
But if we’re exposed to the “right” poetry—and not necessarily “better” poetry—it can enrich our lives in much the same way that music does. For the reader it provides insight into a pure, condensed form of emotion or storytelling, a tap into the rich past that has guided human thought for millennia. For the writer, it teaches a sensitivity to language, a concision of diction and punctuation, and an economy of thought otherwise difficult to learn. And for everyone, if only they could get over the cultural stigma surrounding it, poetry could provide a very meaningful and accessible form of honest self-expression.
This text will expose readers to the “right” poetry, pieces that explore what to most will be a new—and yet immeasurably old—form of music. By the end of this book you will have caught a glimpse of the art of verse, as well as obtained the knowledge necessary to enjoy it on your own.
In a world where everything is disposable, technology and styles are moving at an accelerated pace, being able to craft something with meaning and a purpose pushes us to continue to design and create.
Word of the Week:
1. (In plural, megrims) Low spirits.
From misreading of in as m in the word migraine. From French migraine, from Latin hemicrania (pain in one side of the head), from Greek hemi- (half) + kranion (skull). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ker- (horn or head), which also gave us unicorn, horn, hornet, rhinoceros, reindeer, carrot, carat, and cerebrate. Earliest documented use: 1440.
What if you wrote what you really wanted to write? Not what you should, not what would sell. Write down all those crazy thoughts that have no merit or commercial value. That’s it, you just took the first step.