Your Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts

03 May

7:36 a.m. –Atlanta

Hello, everyone. How are you? I am trying to restrain myself from breaking into raptures. I have missed you all. Still, I heartily recommend going dark on your blog every now and then. Without its pull and the amount of time and energy spent, I was able to organise my poetry, so that I have all the poems I want to redraft in one spot and I know what needs to be done with each. I did not feel frazzled and frantic during the two weeks and, yet, kept a tenuous thread spun out with The Sunday Whirl, and a couple of other things that kept me more or less in touch. Now, I am reenergised and looking at Tuesday’s Tryout with a benevolent eye.

An assortment today, starting with [1] the winners of the Poetry Giveaway. I shall be sending chapbooks from James Penha, Joseph Harker, and James Brush, to de, Barb, Sasha, Joseph [I know], and Molly Spencer.

[2] So, how many of you will be in driving distance of Wickford, Rhode Island on the 24th of June? The Origami Poetry Project is celebrating its third anniversary. One of the two poets it is honouring is James [Jack] Penha, the other, Rhode Island’s poet laureate, Tom Chandler. This was too good an opportunity for me to pass up. I haven’t seen my friend and mentor in two years [for those who don’t know, Jack opened the door to poetry for me] and I have wanted to meet the women who founded and run the OPP.

On Sunday, June 24th 2012
we ( the OPP)
will be celebrating
Three Years of Free poetry
@ the Wickford Art Galley
an afternoon of poetry honoring
two of our BIGGEST OPP supporters:

James Penha (editor: New Verse News)
& Tom Chandler (Poetic License/Providence Journal).

We have selected six poets to read that evening in appreciation of the kind contribution of these Guest Poets to the OPP.

I will be one of the six and have, consequently, been thrown into a fervour. I used to cut class if I thought I might have to stand up in front of it. I shall spend the intervening time trying to distract myself, but I am honoured. I would love to meet any of you, if you can drive out Wickford way for a couple of hours.

3] I was asked by Bob DiPasquale to mention his site, HumorQ. While it’s not our usual path, it occurred to me that maybe some of you enjoy thinking up captions for cartoons. It’s a different path for the creative brain and anything different helps the usual creative path.

4] This last may seem an odd one, but I am sold on it. How many of you find it difficult to stop for two minutes and relax, take yourself away mentally? I have this site on my top bar so when my eye spots it, I click. Would you believe:

The first time I visited, I was presented with a calming rural scene, calming music, and a calm voice doing a version of guided imagery. I followed all directions and felt amazingly refreshed. After the first time, I was allowed to choose . Mousing toward the bottom of the screen presents six choices of scene. All have water in some form, and all have movement. Whichever scene I pick, is accompanied by ambient sound. I can choose whether I want music, or the voice, or just ambient sounds. Time limits offered are two minutes and ten minutes. Right now, I am in the rushes, hearing the voice of a bird and the occasional insect. I love it. Go look.

An odd little bundle! I shall see you again tomorrow for the Friday roundup of prompts; Tuesday for a form [I am back]; and next Thursday for announcements, or thoughts.

Happy writing, all.


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19 responses to “Your Serendipity @ Thursday Thoughts

  1. The Happy Amateur

    03/05/2012 at 8:56 am

    Margo, once again thank you! I’m so excited about the book and about winning, too 🙂 Except for two dollars I once won in Mega Millions I never win anything, so it was a great surprise!
    Looking forward to Tuesday,

    • margo roby

      03/05/2012 at 9:04 am

      Sasha, I know what you mean! I never win and then, last year in the poetry giveaway, I ended up with five wins! Such fun.


  2. julespaige

    03/05/2012 at 9:00 am

    Not sure if your link to calm is working…I went and it remained blank. I did a google search and found and did a two minute do-dad. Nice. And not that I needed something else to pop up in my e-mail – I did follow through for updates – then it went blank again. Put it on my top bar… we’ll see… surprising how quickly two minutes goes by… Thanks.
    Have safe travels and enjoy Rhode Island. While I haven’t done the ‘dark’ thing…I’ve sort of traded what I meander in. Meeting new folks and still enjoying the time I write.
    Spring cleaning though is something I’ve decided to attempt – in fifteen minute increments.

  3. margo roby

    03/05/2012 at 9:08 am

    Jules, my link to calm worked for me, in the preview. If people are having problems, then they can do what you did, which you say works fine. It’s such a simple URL.
    Fifteen minute increments is good. Things are amazingly doable if broken down into manageable units. Good luck with that!

  4. whimsygizmo

    03/05/2012 at 9:12 am

    Go, Margo! You will rock it! Your work speaks for itself!
    And THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for (completely randomly) choosing me to win Joseph’s book! Excited!
    I might need me some today. Will check it out. If there’s time. Whyyyyyyyy is there never any time?

    • margo roby

      03/05/2012 at 9:17 am

      My 83 year old mother tells me it doesn’t get better, de. Can you imagine?

  5. Mr. Walker

    03/05/2012 at 9:13 am

    Thank you for the link to I loved it. My blog is dark at the moment. I’m exhausted from poem-a-day – which I loved – and from writing a 100-page screenplay for Script Frenzy. I need some time to process before I post something new.


  6. margo roby

    03/05/2012 at 9:21 am

    Exactly, Richard. That’s what happens. Our brains are given time to process. Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could choose other exhausting areas in our lives to have dark, if only for a short time.

    I’m listening to my Scottish music, at the moment, as that is what my brain likes best [don’t ask, I have no idea], but when it’s over I shall return to calm’s bulrushes.


  7. Julie Catherine

    03/05/2012 at 1:42 pm

    Awesome, Margo, that is such exciting news – and I’m sure your readings will be wonderful!

    Thanks also for the calm link – that is something I’m really needing, and I love it. 🙂

    • margo roby

      03/05/2012 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you, Julie C. I shall channel that!

  8. Misky

    03/05/2012 at 4:15 pm

    I am so pleased for you; what a great experience. I wish I could be there but obviously I can’t. I’ll be thinking of you though.

    ~ Misky

    • margo roby

      03/05/2012 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks, Misky. I wish you could be there too.

  9. Joseph Harker

    03/05/2012 at 4:53 pm

    Glad to see you’re back, and thanks again for the book! I’d really like to do Rhode Island, but I have a wedding to attend that weekend… let me know if you end up going through New York on the way or something. 🙂

    • margo roby

      03/05/2012 at 5:21 pm

      Hello, Joseph! I’ll be heading for San Antonio… or California… but if I ever head in your direction you are my list of who to get hold of 🙂

  10. Mary

    03/05/2012 at 11:27 pm

    Margo, glad to see you back. I do understand about having one’s blog go dark for a bit. Mine has been darker than usual. I didn’t realize how much NaPoWriMo took out of me. My mind feels pretty vacant at the moment.

    • margo roby

      04/05/2012 at 7:31 am

      Good to be back, Mary. As much as I love the blog, I am surprised at the stress levels it engenders. Taking small vacations from it is good.

  11. Hannah Gosselin

    04/05/2012 at 12:01 am

    Thank you, Margo!! 🙂 Calm=good


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