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~All compositions (including artwork) are the original work of Jenari Skye. If you wish to reference a work, please reference said name and this site.~

Poetry

Poetry has been an outlet of mine since I was ten (at least). I have kept a number of my poems, and you may peruse some of them below. I have yet to add some of my most recent (some of which are in my books) and plan to add them over the next few months. Please enjoy the alphabetical list of my poetry below! I hope one day to compile them into a book of poetry.

A Soldier's Victory ~ January 2008
A Writer ~ June 2009
Darkness versus the Light ~ December 2007
God's Gift ~ October 2007
His Final Say ~ April 2013 (blog post)
In Dreamer's Dawn ~ September 2006
Lost and Found ~ June 2008
Love is Nigh ~ July 2007
Peace ~ November 2006
Poetry ~ October 2012 (blog post)
Request of the Called ~ August 2012 (blog post)
Shelter Not the Shadows ~ March 2010

 

Stories

I have always loved to read - a passion I imagine you share. My favorite genre (though many are enjoyable) is Fantasy, or Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I began my very first story at the age of five. It was quite the endeavor, as I had intended it to be a novel (my downfall is bringing a story to a close). I never did finish that story about Seca, a young foal in a wild herd of horses trying to avoid capture, since my interests took a different turn as I grew older. (Though I have kept it - just in case.)

My next endeavor at a novel started my freshman year of high school, with the submission of a short story (A Ray of Hope) for a writing contest. I was proud of the story, but was also both surprised and pleased to receive first place! Most of my stories grow with time, since I continue to imagine background and explanation, and this was no exception. One day, I plan to finish this story as a full novel.

However, its progress was hindered, when, at the end of my junior year, I wrote a yearbook entry for a friend inspired by her own imaginative style of writing. I wrote a few sentences in the present tense that depicted an elven warrior stalking... something. My friend had the idea to leave the reader hanging so that the next year, she would write a little more, creating a mini story over a few signings. (Rather clever, I thought.) It turns out that I liked my elven warrior... so I transferred the sentences to my own piece of paper and wrote more... and more... and finally finished the first full draft of the novel a few years ago. It has a considerable way to go, yet, but a first draft is a first draft.

That novel is called Queen of Thought, and you may read the first three chapters (they're long) at the link below. It took a number of years before I was willing to change the first paragraph from the present tense to the past tense in which the rest of the story is related; I was rather sentimentally attached to it, since it had been the genesis of the entire story. Yet, after years of serious consideration, I felt it better for the novel to have a uniform tense, and remain content to tell the story behind it.

Please enjoy my assorted short stories, as well as the excerpt of Queen of Thought below!

A Ray of Hope ~ February 2000 (Updated May 2007)
Circle of Darkness ~ March 2002
Queen of Thought ~ Started May 2002 (Continuously updated)
Tempest of Doom ~ November 2001

 

Art

If you want a sketch, portrait, or drawing, I'm not the person to ask. My "art style" is a little bit different. My art teacher (our class had maybe two sessions a year with her from second to fifth grade) showed us something that I would call "line art." When I experimented with it, I added my own twists to it, and the pieces below are the results.

I call it the Waive Collection. I drew them with ball-point pens on computer paper (the mermaid was on the back of a homework assignment). They may be a little hard to see on a computer screen, but you can at least get an idea. They are in order of creation, and you can see how my style progressed. The best is, of course, last.

Hidden Dragon - Waive Art by Jenari Skye

Hidden Dragon - 1999

Hidden Dragon was my first piece in the "Waive Collection." It was created with normal and fine tipped ball point pens (whatever I could get a hold of in middle school). My art teacher in the second grade had shown the class a different type of art than we were used to. I don't think she gave it a name, but it was essentially this style. The piece in the center is done a little differently than the typical style. With each new piece I have created, I have been able to improve a little on it - until "At Fantasy's Heart." I am currently working on another piece, but have no idea when I'll be able to finish it.

It wasn't until I was nearly finished this piece that I realized that there was a dragon head hidden in the design. Can you find him?

   
Big Blue - Waive Art by Jenari Skye

Big Blue - 1999

Once I realized that I could put a profile in this type of art, I began with what I had always drawn as a kid - my horse, Big Blue. I even drew him the way that I had as a kid - which I must admit, makes me miss my old friend. This piece was drawn during my freshman year of high school - 1999 - and was drawn with the same green and red ball point pens as Hidden Dragon. After discovering that this type of intensive art could be a bit painful, I had originally (and at the behest of my disabled mother) decided not to continue in it. However, I really enjoyed this type of art, and wanted to do it again. With this piece, I decided to create my own style that I dubbed "Waive." Thus began my "Waive Collection."

 

Mermaid's Watch - Waive Art by Jenari Skye

Mermaid's Watch - 2000

She stands poised, watching, waiting. She had left her sword back at the Temple. What was that dot in the distance? She wished her sight was as good as her brother's. Was it one of her father's soldiers? The enemy? Her lover?

Mermaid's Watch was my third piece in the Waive Collection, and created with the same materials: a piece of computer paper and colored ball point pens. Unfortunately, the original piece has a little damage, which you can see in the scan to the left if you know what to look for, and the computer paper was, in fact, a piece of paper detailing a homework assignment on the other side. I created it as a depiction of the mermaid I wrote about in A Ray of Hope.

   

Rose in the Crossroads - 2001

This is my fourth piece in the Waive Collection. It is, for me, a statement of the peace given me by Jesus Christ. With Christ as my center (my rose), I can have peace in every decision.

Rose in the Crossroads - Waive Art by Jenari Skye

 

At Fantasy's Heart - 2002

At Fantasy's Heart - Waive Art by Jenari Skye

Rhinla is a proud unicorn whose adventures this portrait records. From the depths of the sea where the merpeople rule, to the blackness of space where the stars shine bright, Rhinla has known tales of woe and tales of might. But though his tales entertain and his eyes have seen much, Rhinla yearns for a companion.

At Fantasy's Heart is my fifth drawing in the Waive collection. The original work was completed on a piece of computer paper with normal ball-point ink pens. The unicorn, the columns, and the images on the columns were completed with gel pens. This is my favorite of the Waive Collection thus far, as I was able to incorporate the most detail into it.

 
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