Forum Friday: How are you celebrating National Poetry Month?
Happy Friday! We’re almost a week into April, and for poetry that means great things. Although National Poetry Month is an American observance, you certainly need not be American to observe it. In fact, one of the things that inspired me to make this the topic of today’s Forum Friday is the sheer band of…
30 Stories in 30 Days: Complete!
This post follows my successfully-completed endeavor to read one short story every day for 30 days, write about it, then post what I wrote on my blog. I challenged myself to do this in order to observe good writing, apply what I learned to my own writing, and—at least, where blogging is concerned—work on that…
Time drips through a crack in the roof, collecting in metal pails called days.
Writing Challenge, Day 8: Ghosts, Superhorses, and Sock Monsters
30 Day Know Thyself Writing Challenge Day 8: How old were you when you started writing? What did you write? I started writing in grade school. To be honest, memories of my earliest work are vague, but here is what I recall: 1st or 2nd grade I wrote a short story having to do with…
Writing Challenge, Day 5: “The Honey of Peace”
30 Day Know Thyself Writing Challenge Day 5: What do you hope a reader will take away from your writing? Short Answer: “What? No! When does the next book come out???” Real Answer: Just kidding. I wouldn’t want my readers to come away unsatisfied! (Though hungry for more is perfectly acceptable… ;)) Robinson Jeffers has…
7 Day Poetry Project
This year, to celebrate National Poetry Month, I made a commitment to transcribe one poem every day for a week, then at the end of the week to send the poems out into the world. Now April is nearly over and I can happily report, PROJECT COMPLETE. Choosing a mere seven poems (I ended up…
The Word ‘Plum’
If I were to teach poetry I would start with the most rudimentary element: sound. Many people shy away from poetry because they’re intimidated by it– by not understanding its language, its metaphors, its meaning (and yes, being afraid to give a poem more than a single read). Well, I have news for the general…
April is National Poetry Month
What a beautiful time of year. Just as color paints the fields, the birds wing home and cherry trees make pink snow on the sidewalk, so April rolls around and brings with it lines of poetry as stirring as the scent of lavender in spring. That’s right: April is National Poetry Month! So how do we…