The archetypal Indie?

Image by Zu

Image by Zu

I don’t have a feather to fly with…
Impecunious as a church mouse;
And to keep a roof over the keyboard,
I’ve sold half the stuff in the house.

The cupboards hold coffee and biscuits,
The fridge just an elderly egg,
But that’s quite enough for survival,
I don’t have to go out and beg.

See, I chose this career as a writer
And with painting a bit, as you do,
While still earning a crust at the day job,
I just about see the month through.

The house doesn’t really need heating,
I really don’t see it these days,
I just sit at the desk in the corner
While the words dance about in a haze.

On the other hand life’s never boring!
As I roam through a new world each day,
When I wander through imagination
On a quest to find something to say.

And there’s never the slightest dull moment,
No daydreaming, no time to yearn…
‘Cause this Indie self-publishing model
Means always a new skill to learn.

I’ve learned how to edit and format,
I’ve gingerly learned how to prune,
And make cover pictures and promos
And dance to the Amazon tune…

As the night falls I’m burning the candles
When I should be tucked up in my bed,
I am still tapping words on the keyboard
And writing ‘one more page’ instead.

Is it worth it? You ask, so I’ll tell you…
Over there on the shelf… take a look,
Sitting in pride of place in the corner
With my name on the spine of each book…

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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30 Responses to The archetypal Indie?

  1. tidalscribe says:

    Brilliant, but I need heating and chocolate as well!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. bwcarey says:

    serious rhythm sue, you must make great cocoa at three in the morning, keep it up, blessings

    Liked by 1 person

  3. No one ever said that it would be easy to be a writer.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have to confess, I still would like a traditional publisher to pick up my books one of these days. It was a bit of a nightmare getting that first one out and it’s still not formatted for Kindle…I admire your tenacity. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Most amazing and subtle piece I read today. Love it, Sue!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. jenanita01 says:

    You never spoke truer words, Sue…


  7. And, that’s how I wound up working as a tech writer. I had a passion for heat and food and sometimes … tada … clothing. But I really admire those who can do it. I am wildly impressed by people who write books. Even if they aren’t GREAT books, that they sit and write them and put them out into the world is something very special.

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  8. Lyn Horner says:

    You said perfectly, Sue. I’ll probably never get rich writing my books but I couldn’t stop if I tried. Writing is like the breath of life for me. But I do need my chocolate!


  9. Adele Marie says:

    So agree with this. wonderful. xxx


  10. dgkaye says:

    Ahh yes, an author’s pride. ❤


  11. Hi Sue, I love the typewriter image above your poem. And the poem too, cool stuff Scarlett


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