And another little something sweet to round out this Valentine's weekend. As faithful readers know, I am not a poet. But I dabble, and my fellow Washington author Audra Middleton convinced me to join her Love Poem Challenge. My short piece joins several others - read them all, vote for your favorite, and enjoy!
Here's a short poem I wrote two years ago; I'm sharing it again to celebrate this year's winter solstice. Winter solstice: return of the Light Today is the shortest day of the year; starting tomorrow Each day lengthens. Light returns.
There are lots of ways to measure success, I guess. You could look at number of books sold, royalties paid, hits on a website, comments on a blog. I love and welcome all those things. My favorite, the one that brings true delight, is connecting with readers and writers. In other words, humans. By that … Continue reading One book, one day: Index Arts Festival
You, Jane releases next week, a story about the power of storytelling. Not just to reflect reality, but to create it, in all its glorious havoc and wicked humor. Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is one of the first books I can remember reading that had the same effect. I think I … Continue reading The power of story: In thanks to Maya Angelou
A random haiku inspired by our increasingly strange weather (typhoon-like storms, record-breaking heat, and the regular summer Kittitas Valley wind). Fellow humans, I think Mother Nature is trying to get our attention. We seek to control Weather for comfort, yet claim We do not change it.
I thought about writing a poem inspired by the nightly painting in the sky over our valley, but then I realized: it's already a poem.
When I teach graduate students about writing master's theses and doctoral dissertations, I ask them to write a haiku that describes their topics. I tell them: if you can't put your topic into a haiku, you don't know it well enough yet. So, as I'm working on the structure of The Law of Immediate Forgiveness, … Continue reading Forgiveness Haiku
Another old poem I found - I think this one was written with my sweet writing group back in Seattle. I miss those folks! And yes, while I work on the last round of proofing for the novel, I am resorting to posting bits and pieces of old writing. New stuff soon, I promise! *** … Continue reading A bit of confetti, a piece of chocolate, and a Swiss Army knife
A short poem to celebrate this turning point, and this week's Project Create. Winter solstice: return of the Light Today is the shortest day of the year; starting tomorrow Each day lengthens. Light returns.
I don't know about you, but this time of year my thoughts turn to baking - all those apples and pears just waiting to be baked into pies, with lots of cinnamon, and ginger. Yum.... Oops, okay, I'm back. But inspired by a training I attended last week, here's a different kind of recipe that … Continue reading An autumn recipe