Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday Check-In

Here's my henna tattoo for the curious.  It will be here a couple more weeks then slowly fade away.  I look a little sleepy in my photo.  I was.


January O'Neil & I have an interview (and a poem or two) in the current issue of Ouroboros Review.  You can check that here if you're interested.


I'm going to write a poem a day starting September 15th with several other poet friends.  We will keep track of what we do by email.  I'm looking forward to it.


Speaking of writing poems, I just learned Joannie Stangeland will be teaching a class on writing poems in a series at Seattle's Richard Hugo House.  I'd love to take this with her.  Here are the details for the locals--

Writing Poems in a Series

How do you follow that great idea—that fabulous first poem—for an entire book? Do you ever get an intriguing idea and then wonder how you''ll keep it going? In this class, we''ll discuss different ways to explore a theme and its variations through images, narrative and voice. We’ll read examples of how other poets—including Louise Gluck, Carolyn Forche and Oliver de la Paz—extend themes and weave multiple themes, and we''ll write through some exercises to help unearth those extensions, to explore and expand our basic idea while maintaining a connecting thread through each of the poems.

Meets: Saturday, November 13, 2010 - Saturday, November 13, 2010
Saturday, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

* * * By the way, Joannie just had her manuscript accepted for publication!  Congrats, J!


On Wednesday, Susan Rich came to visit me for a writing date and we had some incredible writing time.  We also had a good lunch and talk as well.

Susan, whose writing studio is House of Sky, helped me name my writing shed/studio -- House of Sea, which is perfect because of where I live and you can see a corner of sea from my writing desk.   I like that our studios are connected by name.  If you have a writing studio, may I suggest--

House of Sun
House of Fog
House of Stars
House of Wind

I came really close to calling my writing shed: Sea Wings Studio - but something never felt right about that.  I like House of Sea because it can also be House of See - yes, being out here writing makes me see things a little clearer.  


It's been 102 days since I've submitted my work anywhere.  Yikes.  Thank you Google Homepage "Days Since" Calendar for letting me know.



  1. love the henna & the name of your writing shed/studio! enjoyed the post (I hope you will be posting some of your poetry)

  2. I love the name of your writing shed.

    Thanks for the shout-out, and have fun with your poem-a-day sprint.

  3. Thanks, Dawn! I might be posting some of my poetry (new poems) in the next 30 days...

    Joannie- Thanks and of course to the shout-out, you are welcome!


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