7:53 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Tonight’s the Kind of Night sung by Noah and the Whale
Hello, all. Time is running. One of the things I love about my Thursday posts is the reading I have to do before deciding whether you’ll enjoy, or find useful, a particular item. The reading forces me to slow down and concentrate — speeding up one’s day is addictive and needs to be fought. So, here are a few things for you to call a time out with.
1] This first is more in the nature of an announcement. Many of you have known James Brush for as many years as I have — there is a group of us who met over writing small stones some four years ago. The name Gnarled Oak is familiar to us as his place for his own small stones. Now, James has turned his hand to publication, not of his work, but ours, should we submit and be accepted. In a nod to Gnarled Oak‘s past, the first issue will start small with a micro-poetry, prose, video, art, whatever issue. Welcome the newest online journal.
2] Next up Jeffrey Levine and a preview of points four through six which he will post next week. Levine tells us, we’ll skip this week in honor of the High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Happy New Year!), but he does give us the original versions of these three points and says: Next Wednesday it’s a manuscript-making throw down, in which we invoke Shelly’s Ozymandias, and explore those three points even more closely through the lens of Shiva, God of Destruction, the third god in the Hindu triumvirate, as we learn from the gods how to re-create our manuscripts by destroying. I can’t wait.
3] Hmm. I need to give you something to chew on. How about two recent articles on the latest findings about reading and writing (while the writing refers to prose, as in journaling, or narrative writing, all the points work for poetry). Since the advent of e-readers, there has been a fight between its advocates and those of reading paper books: now, science has weighed in, and the studies are on the side of paper books.
The article on writing sums up with: From long-term health improvements to short-term benefits like sleeping better, it’s official: Writers are doing something right. Even blogging might trigger dopamine release, similar to the effect from running or listening to music.
Both articles are short and easy to digest. Keep in mind these are early findings.
That’s it, a nice easy week. I shall see you tomorrow for the roundup of prompts; Tuesday for a word prompt; and next Thursday for links.
Happy writing, everyone.