Happy Poetry Friday, everyone.
I wanted to do NaNoWriMo this year, but knew I wasn’t ready to work on a new a novel. So I set myself a different task: RoPoWriMo.
That’s RObot POem WRIting MOnth. My goal was to write a robot poem every day in November, with the ultimate aim of drafting 40 new poems.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that the root of this poetry project is my doodles. I started doodling and sharing a daily robot doodle in the spring of 2018, with zero expectations other than having fun and being open about the creative process.
Whether my robot doodle is awkward, awesome, scary, or somehow turns into a human being (that did happen) — it gets posted. MG author Jarrett Lerner and I talked about doodling at the MG Book Village blog a few months ago. You can read the post here.
Some of my favorite bot doodles are peeking out from the corners of this website. Have you spotted them?
Here is one of my favorite doodles, originally drawn for a thank you note to middle grade author Melanie Conklin. (Mel’s new book, Every Missing Piece, comes out in 2020. Can’t wait!)
And here is the nonet the doodle inspired. This was the 40th poem of the project, so I got to wrap it up with a dance party!
Robot wore moon boots in rainbow hues
(three inch platform galactic shoes)
to the Nebulonic dance
on Planet Happenstance.
His suit — space plastic —
And those grooves!