Monthly Archives: February 2009
A while back, I had one of those out-of-mind creative moments where I created a mostly complete poem in a matter of seconds, as if the Great Literati in the Sky had placed the words inside my mediocre cerebellum. Smart as I am, I quickly jotted it down and then let it fester for, oh, two or three years.
Then I saw that the online literary journal put out by BellaOnline was taking submissions for its publication Mused. Most of my fiction is not Pollyanna enough for the general public, but some of my poems are, so I sent in the aformentioned Manna-from-Heaven and what do you know? It was accepted. I guess the lesson her is to never look a Gift Poem in the mouth
This book, Pen on Fire: a Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within, is one of the most refreshing books that I’ve read about the craft of writing in a good long while. Like many women who have small beings underfoot, I seem to lack enough hours in the day, and when I do find that illusive moment to write, my (creative) mind just doesn’t feel up to it. I don’t know, maybe it’s the long hours filled with accounting tasks, the eons spent trying to help my kindergartener with his homework, or the house-drudgery that invades my every line of sight, but at the end of the day, my creativity is at a almost-non-existent low. But, ye gods, this book practically lept off of the shelf and into my arms (Praise be to B&N)…
Other than helping me refocus my desires and understand my procrastination, Pen on Fire is a bottom-less cup of joe– giving me infinite ways to trick my inner muse and dive headlong back into what I am– a writer. See, it’s already helping me blog.
I knew there was a reason that I’m keeping it on the nightstand by my bed!
I just put up a post over at my other blog One Quirky Gurl regarding my newest way to read, which is great for the environment, saves me tons of cash and gives me time to read instead of wasting my time driving to the bookstore or digging through the library for something, anything that I haven’t read yet. It’s the Kindle, and electronic reading device from Amazon.
Here’s a teaser from my blog:
I’m a self-proclaimed bibliophile. Of course, I don’t have to proclaim it, one just need to see my house– baskets, bookshelves and cardboard boxes full of box nestled in various corners of my humble abode speak volumes on my Literal addiction all on their own. And like any addiction, loving to read does have it’s down falls…Needless to say, I wasn’t surprised in the least when Oprah recently was quoted as saying how much she loved the Kindle device. But I had to smile, because I loved it first
Read more on my other blog