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I’ve Been Busy

10 Nov

Well- I’ve kind of been busy at any rate. Knitting has taken an abrupt halt as I rest my poor, aching fingers and wrists. The shawl I was working on is very slowly coming along, maybe thirty stitches at a time. But that’s because November has been a busy month full of writing for me. Writing and socializing.

I’m a part of two writing groups- The Hickory Writers Society and Tri-County Writers Group. With November also comes National Novel Writing Month. I’m very behind on word count- but I am hoping a write in tonight at Barnes & Noble will help to get me back on track. If I actually write for a solid four hours, I’ll definitely be caught up. I can easily crank out a few thousand words per hour. My word count is sitting at a measly 6224 at the moment. But I have faith that I can manage to get back on track before the month is out, if not before the night is out. I think my word count should be somewhere around 15k? Maybe 20k? Oh well.

Tuesday was Poetry Hickory. I was glad to go, and glad to have been able to go back at least semi-regularly. One of my favorite local poets read the open mic- Tony Ricciardelli. His poems always make me smile and I think he’s very talented. I was very glad to get to hear some of his work that I’d never heard before. It’s always exciting to hear any of the Open Mic readers, because I almost always see a new face. All in all it was a great night and, as always, jump started my creativity.

I’m actually going to be reading the open mic in December. I’ve been working on some new poems for it, too. I’m hoping to have a few things that are new to read. New and different from my usual style of writing. Some of the people from the Tri-County group helped me tweak a few today. I also e-mailed a couple of them to Scott to get some more “professional” feedback. I’m hoping that it goes well. They’re definitely outside of my comfort zone and a new type of subject matter and approach than what I’ve been writing.

The Poets for Change issue of Wild Goose Poetry Review is also out. It features one of Tony Ricciardelli’s poems, as well as works by Helen Losse, Scott Owens, and two of my favorite girls Shane Manier and Morgan Depue.

So that’s the update. And hopefully I’ll post sooner next time.

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100,000 Poets for Change

12 Oct

My Writing ProcessOn September 24th of this year we had a local even for 100,000 Poets for Change. It was a great and exciting and very moving event. So many great local poets gathered and read their works, and I was so very impressed! Scott Owens- my creative writing teacher from college- organized it. He is also the man who runs the Wild Goose Poetry Review– an online poetry journal. He’s probably the primary reason I began to take my poetry seriously, and has aided me in getting published a few times online and twice in print now!

Anyway- this is a celebratory post to let my friends & readers know that he is going to publish one of my poems into his journal from the event that I read at. I read a few poems at the event, and the one he has chosen to publish is called “Smear the Queer” and is about the injustices against homosexuals and was written as a response to the number of teen suicides due to sexuality. I also read “Fat & Happy” which is a poem about embracing oneself- because I genuinely believe that if you can’t love and accept yourself, then you cannot begin to love and accept others. The final poem I read is one that is a part of a collection I’m currently working on.

The collection I’m working on are poems inspired by my family. (Another project given to my creative writing class by Mr. Owens.) I’ve written a few already, the latest being my favorite- one that is about my great grandparents, and one of the very few poems I’ve ever written that is not cynical and truly about love and happiness.

This publication will make my fifth or sixth total- which is pretty awesome! Go me!