Gwendolyn Alley’s Middle of the Night Poems

I know I’m not the only one who has been urging Gwendolyn Alley to publish a collection of her poems. And now she has done it, created a moving story, over years of participating in the 3:15 Experiment, with this collection of poems from the middle of the night for her mother and young son. I met Gwendolyn at the Taos Poetry Circus in 2000. At that time, The 3:15 Experiment had been running for 7 years and had been growing each year. The Taos Poetry Circus became and annual trek for both of us, and she became part of the cycle of experimenters. Gwendolyn’s unflagging enthusiasm and dedication drew us closer together and she became one of our core “cognizanti” – co-editing the between sleeps 3:15 anthology and hosting a 3:15 Fiesta in...

Practical Procrastination Techniques #3 – Research Random Things on the Internet

Because, hey, you never know when a clever turn of phrase, an insignificant fact, or a fleeting moment of genius could help you out of a tight situation. Like an awkward silence at an industry networking party, for instance! As poet Bernadette Mayer says, if it’s not writing, it’s research. ~  ~  ~ A friend of mine’s facebook status stated that she might be Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobic. Since I absolutely have to know what every word I run across means, I dutifully looked it up (see Practical Procrastination Techniques #2). It means fear of the number 666 (fear that it is related to satan and the anti-christ). Well, me being the cheeky monkey that I am (and not even stopping to consider that this may be a serious phobia of hers), I attempted to...

Office Cleaning Randomness

I’m a compulsive list-maker, so I’m always finding lists everywhere (I just created a list-management system, which may in fact change my life). I was cleaning my In-Box and found a list of short stories I was working on. In the middle of the list was written: Monday: bury dog. Tuesday: bury cat. Wednesday: buy camel. Thursday: sell camel. Friday: buy car. Saturday: drive to zoo. Sunday: set all the animals free. ~  ~  ~ I realized this must have been meant for my To-Do list, so I moved it there. I can’t really afford a car right now, so I’ll have to bike to the zoo. And actually, Vancouver doesn’t have a zoo, so I’ll have to bike to the Aquarium. Setting free marine life would be a bit of a mess, so I think I’ll just set...

It’s here . . . almost!

my fabulous publisher, Tod, sent these pics to me. They’re the proofs from the printer. Goodie-goodie! I thought it was interesting that they didn’t bind it, just sent loose pages. Does anyone know if this is standard? If I think back almost 25 years ago (egad!) I remember getting blue-line proofs for the college magazine I edited at California Lutheran University, Morning Glory. I can’t remember if they were loose. Something I do remember, though. One year, the magazine’s faculty adviser made up a philosopher and it became tradition for the editorial team to make up a quote and attribute it to this philosopher inside each issue. You can now purchase copies of Brigitta of the White Forest from en theos...

It’s not a giggle, a chuckle, or a titter

Okay, this has come up on numerous occasions while working on my novel series. Say you have a mature/respected character, like a high priestess, and she gives a small laugh. I’ve been wracking my brains as to what to call it. It’s not laughy enough to be called a full laugh. It’s a restrained laugh. (and don’t tell me to write Ondelle gave a restrained laugh. That’s lame; I want a verb. Ondelle _______ed.) It’s not a giggle, she’s not a little girl. It’s not a chuckle, she’s not a fat creepy uncle. It’s not a titter, that’s too demeaning. It’s not a snicker or a snigger. And yes, I’ve gone through a thesaurus. (My publisher Tod said, “How about a guffaw!” and I nearly lost...

Meme Tag!

I got tagged on a meme over on fellowette Amy Allgeyer Cook’s blog The Invisible Sister. I haven’t done one of these in such a long while. It makes me feel all high-school for some reason. But, like, whatEVER. The rule is to answer the following 5 questions 5 times and then tag 5 more people to do the same. Question #1 – Where were you 5 years ago (Sadly, I had to go look up my own resume to figure this out): 1) I was an artist-in-the-schools for Learning Through the Arts developing such curriculum as The Digestive System of Reptiles Through Poetry and Early Man Through Soundscape. 2) My husband, our two cats, and I moved above ground. 3) Crying while trying to figure out the Canadian tax system. 4) For the first time, watching something I had...