8:06 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Gordon Lightfoot sing Steel Rail Blues and life is good
Hello, all. It has been a while and I have missed you despite seeing even more of you than usual during April. I missed you and our regular blog. When I go dark, that’s one thing. I’m expecting the break and I miss you somewhat. This time, I had no plans to not post regular blogs. Silly me.
April is certainly something. I’m already torn about next April. The thing of which I am proudest [closely followed by writing a random-ish poem for NaPoWriMo, every day ] is the Pulitzer Remix, of which you have heard me speak often. Some of you followed me on the journey and I much appreciated the company.
The experience of the Remix was enough of a game-changer in my life that I may come back to it every now and then and beg your indulgence. Should any of you be curious, I now have a tab at the top of the blog: My Pulitzer Remix Poems. There are thirty links which, hopefully, open in separate tabs. You might enjoy a dip.
We have had a slew (Isn’t this a great word? I don’t often get to use it in its meaning of ‘many’. Other meanings, to turn, swing, twist, a swampy place or, killed, just add to the fun) of new people join us this month. Welcome all. Briefly:
On Tuesdays I post a prompt, or exercise, for you to write to. The result never has to be a ‘finished’ draft and can be posted anytime. If you have a blog, that’s where you post, leaving a link in comments. If not, comments is an alternative. I try to remind people to go back after a few days to read. I will always read.
On Thursdays, I post links to places of interest to us as poets or, more generally, as writers. I will sometimes use the space to discuss an aspect of poetry. Having been through most of what this blog might cover, in the last couple of years, I haven’t done that as often, recently. You, as readers, may always send me a suggestion, question, knotty problem and ask me to take it up on a Thursday post.
On Fridays, I have a selection of sites that give out weekly prompts, and I post them with a general comment on the prompt, so that people can come to one place to check and to see if they wish to go further and visit the prompt site.
Big Poetry Giveaway winners: Renee Emerson (?) you have won a copy of Cati Porter’s new chapbook, The Way Things Move the Dark. Andrew Albert J. Ty, you have won Jee Leong Koh’s Seven Studies for a Self Portrait. Finally, our Barbara, you have won Dave Bonta’s Ode to Tools. Congratulations, everyone! Send me your mailing address and I shall ship them off. margoroby[at]gmail.com
Now for a link to ease us back in:
The article is titled, ‘Slow Down Your Hectic Writing Life With a ‘Pause’ Button’ from the site Write to Done. I thought that sounded perfect for this moment. I don’t think I even need to add commentary, except to say nothing is new, but we still need reminding.
Happy writing, all.