a throng of poets

I am taking a free online course that currently has over 3000 people from all over the world participating. It’s called How Writers Write Poetry (put on by the University of Iowa) and it has me thinking deeply and putting more practice in my poetry writing practice. Then there is the “throng”. – an energetic, […]

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look, see

I accomplished a lot in April – my writer’s group anthology, some poem revisions, jotted down some new ideas to do with publishing, art making and writing. And even some paid work  🙂 There is a lot I didn’t do. I found other lists – full of inspiration and “try this”. Didn’t. But I will. […]

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processing & progressing

There’s been a lot happening lately and I haven’t written about it here. There are a lot of things I haven’t written about here. Partly it is because I am a private person and an introvert – but I have realized (more than once) that if I want to share my work, if I want […]

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Almost Ready

In my hand – the Sooke  Writers’  Collective Anthology.  I’m holding the proof.  The interior “passed” and we altered the back cover and it is now at the printers. Tentatively it will be ready for the end of next week with plenty of time to plan our launch at the Sooke Rotary Fair on May […]

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Beginner’s mind (again)

The other day I had a great feedback session with a writing friend.  We met in a local coffee shop to review her story and my poetry.  It was an exchange of experience, of knowledge and of energy as we responded to one another. What also came out of it is that whenever you “put […]

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Day One

For most of my life I have been a chronic writer. I write about problems and my search for solutions. I write my reaction to a news story that hits me emotionally, knocks me off my feet. I write about what I see out the window, what moves me or what I think I want.  […]

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This is where I am right now

Sometimes when I’m out walking with my dogs I get thoughts beyond how will I control them if we meet a bear/other dog/deer/cougar etc . I’ve learned that sometimes my thoughts lead to ideas-  so now I take my “pocket computer” (smart phone) that has a super simple voice recording app and I will talk […]

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unavoidably detained by the world

“Have been unavoidably detained by the world. Expect us when you see us.” ― Neil Gaiman, Stardust Blogging gives me that feeling sometimes – like I’m supposed to and have to and then I make excuses because I didn’t. So who is this blog for? Why bother, why show up? Short answer: this blog is […]

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thinking cap on

I picked up a few words and even some sentences at the Victoria Writers Festival this past weekend. I gathered poet names and witnessed poems read and reacted to. I made contact with ideas I thought I had lost. My day started with a workshop with Matt Rader called “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective […]

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Poetry Month

“Poetry is a life-cherishing force. . . For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.” Mary Oliver from A Poetry Handbook April is National Poetry Month and I have been wondering how much poetry […]

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