#ROW80 10/5 Check-in & The Music

For the current Round of Words in 80 Days, I set a goal of 1000 words a day, exclusive of blog posts or the newsletter I edit.

Tuesday, the first full day of the round, I wrote 921 words. That number doesn’t meet my self-imposed standard.

If, however, we round 921 to the nearest 1000, then I achieved my goal. Exactly. On the nose.

While I’m on the topic, I’ll admit Wednesday’s word count won’t meet yesterday’s. Because I began drafting those words at 10:00 p.m., after the Austin Mystery Writers meeting, and finished at 2:00 o’clock this morning.

Yes, you’ve read it here before, and yes, you’ll read it here again, because I’m at my  most creative in the middle of the night. And because when it comes to connecting the dots between staying awake all night and being a bear of little brain the following day, I can’t even find the dots.

Now I’m going to un-gracefully transition to another topic:

I’ve been reading Roger Rosenblatt’s Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing. I may have more to say about the book in later posts. But I came across something today that, even though it has nothing to do with the rest of this post, I have to share.

Discussing the nature and the importance of poetry, Rosenblatt says, “It may be that poetry is favored by my students, including those who do not write it or intend to, because it seems like history’s protectorate, kept safe for no other reason than its aim of beauty.”

He continues–and this I find startling and beautiful– 

In ancient Ireland, poets were called The Music. When one king would attack another, he instructed his soldiers to slaughter everyone in the enemy camp, including the opposing king. But not The Music. Everyone but The Music. Because he was The Music.


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6 thoughts on “#ROW80 10/5 Check-in & The Music

  1. That is very beautiful. As a mother my mind starts ticking over, thinking about all those mothers years ago who fought to make their sons The Music because they would be safe in battle. With modern eyes I look at journalism- a reserved profession – and think I’d like my son to be that, or a Doctor.

    But of course he will make up his own mind. And poetic as he his, he will probably not be The Music…


  2. I agree with Kate and it is very beautiful. Do you think that’s why they choose it? I don’t. I think they get sucked in due to funny images and absurd tales from the likes of Shel Silverstein or a mother who brutalizes them with an anthology at the dinner table.


    1. Thanks. It’s temporary, but it serves as a reminder that computer screens haven’t always served up what they do now. When I have a moment, I’m going back to the future for my Rusty Grunge template.


  3. Beautiful , i never heard about that quote “In ancient Ireland, poets were called The Music” .
    I always tell people that i experience language as music , when it comes to understand foreign ones , i try to tune into the frequency , like radio so to speak , and often it works just fine ! great!
    I will read more about that !


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