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Thursday, March 31, 2011

OK, this is it!

Okay, this is it.  The new plan, that is, to meet a 30 day challenge by national
poetry writing month (, to write a poem a day during April,
which is, fyi, national poetry month.  We can do this!  You can too!  You can
read my poem a day right here in my blog, but there are ever so many poets
signing up to meet the challenge at the website mentioned in brackets above.
Welcome spring, welcome poets, welcome poetry!

And please note that the Rice Creek Writers and Northwords Writers' Groups
of the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley, MN, will host a public
reading of member work on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.  The center is about
a mile north of 694 on East River Road, in Fridley.  Yours truly will be
the emcee that night, as well as read a couple of poems (already written and
vetted by peers).  It'll be fun. Be our guest!!

Hmm, now what shall I write tomorrow's poem about....

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How's Lent?

So, how's Lent going for you?  This year I seem to have defaulted into not giving up
anything. I have embarked on a six lesson Interpersonal Communication unit at my
Toastmasters' club--nothing I've not heard before, but the process forces me to
'own' such skills even more intentionally by giving a speech and role playing in a
spontaneously assigned scenario, on each of six topics.  I suppose you could call
that my lenten discipline, although the way things are scheduled it'll last well into
the Easter season... May my learning continue beyond that!!  The way my
communication slips into 'Cherry Pitfalls' (sorry, Candyland) from time to time,
the discipline can use constant upgrading.  So, help me, God!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Of course, plans are ideal....

But reality and too much inertia often have their own way(s). I compose in my head ad infinitum, but getting it on paper is 'hit and miss.' My goal is to write everyday. Well, if you count grocery and to-do lists, notes scribbled on previous writings, sticky notes, calling cards, page margins, and printed program, I might come close. (Of course, e-correspondence puts it over the top. But will I ever go back and actually record highlights of my extensive correspondence???)
The last six weeks have brought fresh motivation, in the form of adequate rest, familiar surroundings, an extended period of silence, daily meditation, writing discipline somewhat renewed, enquiries from accountability peers (You know who you are, and I love you!), the freeing-up that accrues from physical exercise, and faithfully organizing/discarding SOMEthing, most every day...even a little bit frees up space in the mind (not to mention the desk!)
'THE play' has enjoyed a read-through. Unfiled notes are being processed. Poetry writings are now organized (whew)  in a single file. (I notice the pun in that...the second seems to be a reminder to get those MSs moving out!...) Old unused files are being deleted and single-side copies relegated to a 'paper drawer' in order to be used for printing draft copies. My (realtime) voice is finally finding itself again. It's nearly spring.
This blog calls out for renewed effort...and recently told me the direction it wants to take. Lordwilling, I'm ready to roll with it.  Stay tuned, and I'll tell you what the direction is. Promise.