9:29 a.m. — Atlanta
Hello, everyone. I am a trifle late getting started. There ought to be a rule about dental appointments at 7:30 in the morning. At least it’s behind me. Ahead, an announcement, a request, two questions for you to ponder and respond to, and a couple of interviews to check out.
1] Julie Catherine has this : I will be announcing a special writing contest for Friday February 24th — ending Friday March 2nd: “First Line, Best Line, Worst Line” There will be 2 prizes of a FREE copy of Stephen Francia’s eBook, “Free Dive-Beyond the Blue Curtain”.
Also, just a reminder of my special guest feature blog for March, which I’ll be posting on March 1st; and the Medal of Humor challenge Mar 12th to 16th.
Keep an eye out for the announcements.
2] The request comes from Barbara, aka Briarcat, whose husband has offered her any workshop she can get into. She says: So I’m looking for suggestions. I did a long weekend last year here in Nashville, (it was at Scarritt-Bennett, pretty place) and came out of it really energized, but I’d love to find a longer one, at least a week.
I’d like to see what comes in [especially as I have the same offer], so any of you out there who have been to a workshop and loved it, or have heard good things about a workshop, let us know. A link would be champion, but a name will do fine. It might be a good thing to keep a list and I am happy to curate one.
3] The first of two issues I want to throw out there for thoughts, and even lively discussion, speaks to the problem of comments that don’t seem to fit with what an individual is seeing when reading a poem. I heard from a writer, recently, and have received this question in the past:
When visiting other poets in the blogosphere, what if you read a person’s poem and you do not understand it at all? But you notice that other people before you are giving it high praise? Should you just ‘jump on the bandwagon’ and give it high praise as well or admit that you really do not understand it? Or, even if you are the only commenter, should you ever be honest and say you do not understand it? If not, what should you say?
I suspect all of us have been in this particular boat. I struggle with the issue on two levels: poems where I do not understand what the poem is about, or what it is conveying; and poems that are so-so in quality. The comments, however, rave. What now? I would love to hear from everyone on this as it affects all of us. How much truth do we as writers want, and how much truth should we as readers give? What do we do if we feel we should comment, don’t want to criticise, necessarily, but have a hard time obfuscating [beating around the bush].
4] The second issue is to do with Blogger and its new security verification, using CAPTCHA. I don’t know about you young ones, but I cannot read the scrawled word. I had to skip commenting on someone’s blog this week because she has the new word verification. I would hate to lose the ability to join all of you in the commenting rounds because I can’t read one word. Visit this site for a good tirade on the topic. What she says is my stand, unfortunately.I am curious as to reactions from Blogger bloggers and from the people who visit Blogger blogs.
5] Poetic Bloomings has an interview with writer Claudette Young. To quote Marie Elena quoting Claudette: “I took up writing at the age of 12. I gave up writing to be a “Real Person” during my early adulthood and middle years. Then I learned what “real” actually meant to me and began writing again. Using words set me free. Making sentences, that’s the hard part.”
The second interview is at Poets United, where Sherry interviews Rene Foran. I love how she answers the final question: A Perfect Day Off?
A little sleep
A little writing
and lunch at Great Harvest Bread Company.
I’m not too hard to please.
My kind of person.
I shall see you tomorrow for the roundup; next Tuesday for an image prompt; and next Thursday for whatever comes down the pike. This is the third time I have tried to publish this. I hope it’s sitting in your inbox.
Happy writing, all.