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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Stephen Hawking Drops Gravity

Stephen Hawking defied gravity. What an experience for him! I watched clips showing his unfettered enthusiasm and excitement aboard the 'vomit comet' for the brief liberation from a confinement I can only begin to imagine.

Mr. Hawking, sir, thank you for a sorely needed pleasure and for lifting the gray antagonism that permeates large sections of our too-short time on this earth. And thank you for not hiding your intelligence under a basket.

swells with
of the racing man
who trips to wherever he's not

digital photo taken from inside my car - rolling on tracks through the car wash

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Interviewing Joyce Anthony, Author

Today I have the opportunity to ask a few questions of Joyce A. Anthony, author of Storm.

I'm fascinated by her media blitz and her marketing skills. As many of you know, I wrote two novels during Nanowrimo sessions, edited and self-published on Lulu Publishing. Most of my marketing has been word-of-mouth and while that's been semi-successful, I admire an author who gets out there and 'gets it done'. I'll be watching this lady!!

Sue: Do you write and market full time?

Joyce: I write daily--unfortunately I have just started to try and market--it was something that scared me for a long time.

Sue: How long did it take to write Storm?

Joyce: From the first word to submission was two years--although there was a period of nearly a year when I did not write on Storm. Other projects took over and, while I worked on the book in my mind, I did not do any actual writing.

Sue: Do you write in Nanowrimo fashion or do you use an outline?

Joyce: I never outline. I knew how the book would end when I started--at least the basic idea. I wrote the first chapter and went back and added a Prologue. The story developed as I wrote. I have found outlining doesn't work for me because my characters tend to have a life of their own and are too stubborn to do what I plan on them doing :-)

Sue: Did you edit this book yourself?

Joyce: I did three edits on Storm before I was ready to submit, but the final edit was done by Janet Elaine Smith.

Sue: What can you tell us about your forthcoming book?

Joyce: My next book is Spirit of the Stallion--it will be the story of my son, who was born with bipolar disorder and several other "issues" but has grown and fought and overcome the hardships and pain associated with. It will be, I hope, an inspiration to all who have a bipolar child in their life.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Fibonacci, Regional Poets and Prairie Poetry

plays background
for preying kestrels ~
talons wrapped in washable guilt

Regional poets Dick Case, Juliene Munts, Zan Agzigian, Stuart Polzin and Tim Hunt will present a poetry program at 6:45 PM in the Post Falls Library on April 27. If you have an opportunity to attend, you'll be well rewarded. The Library will issue this as a Podcast as well.

Prairie Poetry is a fantastic source of readable poetry with the ability to stir one to the quick. Love it!

North of Summer, A Decade of Poetry and A Year of Tumblewords Blog are available at Lulu.com

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Headlines Parrot Night Tales

Ominous as storm clouds
coupling in the dark
shadows swoop
across the Wolf Moon face,

ravens fall from grace to ground
beat at window glass
rasp the wooden sill
rip shingled roof to shreds.

My Daddy always said
crowded creatures go mad
and humans likely will
as their numbers cross the bar.

Forests fill with people
clearing trees and game
life breeds Hitchcock scenes
mirrored in daily news.

North of Summer, A Decade of Poetry available at Lulu.com

Monday, April 16, 2007

Eggs and Oranges

albedo (al-BEE-doh) noun ~ as presented by AWAD (A word a day)
1. The fraction of light reflected from a body or surface.
2. The white, spongy inner lining of a citrus fruit rind.

I love this word and could have used it recently. My favorite 4-year-old asked me to peel an orange for him. I did. He then requested that I take 'the scrambled eggs' off the sections. Will I ever have another opportunity to use this word?

This link to the list of banished words for 2007 earns my approval - not difficult to do, after all. As a confirmed wordlover I find ... never mind, that word's overused and banished. I wish I'd use my increased vocabulary rather than grab the handiest and most boring one on the front of my tongue.

List of ingredients for spur-of-the-moment Easter eggs: one hard-boiled egg, three Memorex CD markers and a curious child.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Painting Cold

White as old bone,
frost wallpapers windowpanes
sunlight skitters wildly
across our wrinkled lake
and crackling fire spits flames
too cool to warm the air.

Today begets that space
between a hint of spring
and the final press of winter.

digital photo by sue

Another link to poetry. Poetry Magazine provides an everchanging lesson in poets past, poets present and potential poets future. Always worth a look and a thought.

The first year of Tumblewords Blog is available in e-book format at Lulu

Friday, April 06, 2007

Poets, Artists plus a Fibonacci Poem

Post Falls
flees downstream
to string a necklace
garlands Spokane with rapid beads
reflects star sparkles to bling the double dark of night

I find synergism between art and words. One stirs the other. Creative comes with many definitions but the one I find most useful is the sharing of ideas, colors and words.

One artists' newsletter to which I subscribe, The Painters Keys, often inspires me to write rather than paint.

A weekly poetry column posted by Ted Kooser, American Life in Poetry, often causes me to turn to color and brush.

Scissors and Knives, a poem of mine, was posted today on A Long Story Short.

Crystal Glass, digital photo

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Aerial Kabuki

Cedar saplings
precise as tinkers toys
stretch from root strings
toward denim-tinted sky.

Satellites skip cracks of time
track in and out ~
compound chaos of the stars ~
light the way for nacred moons.

The chamber of tomorrow
waits on a groove of air
where stairs like Escher's
carry all that disappears.

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

National Poetry Month, Knopf and More

April brings a spate of rain for flowers and a plethora of poems for word lovers. Even if you don't prefer poetry over other verbiage, you'll find your creativity stirred by the input of others' thoughts which are readily available during National Poetry Month.

Poetry Daily
and Verse are sites I read during the year. Random House Knopf Poem of the Day is available by E-mail during April.

Regional poets Dick Case, Juliene Munts, Zan Agzigian, Stuart Polzin and Tim Hunt will present a poetry program at 6:45 PM in the Post Falls Library on April 27. If you have an opportunity to attend, you'll be well rewarded. The Library will issue this as a Podcast as well.

It might be no accident that the Discovery Channel's Planet Earth appears in April as its photography and narrative are poetic and thought-provoking. There are few programs that so positively expose the comparison between nature and man. It's truly a valued break from the shouting of media and pseudo reality shows. IMHO.

Tumblewords Blog and North of Summer, A Decade of Poetry are available as e-books from Lulu.com