8:08 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Sugar, Sugar sung by the Archies — now this is a song to start the day with. I haven’t even finished my coffee and I’m bopping in my chair.
Hello, all. Skip looked like Nanook of the North as he went out the door this morning, bundled tip to toe. Granted we can barely touch the hem of the Midwest and Northeast for cold, but for the South, this is cold and we are unused to it, and the dangers. Take care, everyone. I’ll try to give us ‘I’m stuck indoors’ places to visit.
1] The first link comes from my niece. This place I am sending you combines poems from Shelley, Keats, and Byron, with a video game designed for writers. I’m thinking it probably works best for prose writers, but poems come from strange places and it’s a game. With the Romantics. The game’s title is Elegy For a Dead World. If you click on the title when you visit the site, you’ll be taken to the developer’s site where you can learn more about the game and its origins.
You know you are going to go see what it’s about even if you never in your life have played, or will play, a video game! What’s that? Oh, yes. I play video games. I like the Romantics. I write. of course, I am buying the game.
2] The second place I am sending you is a worthy cause:
We are three Poets Laureate from Santa Clara County: David Perez, Erica Goss, and Jennifer Swanton Brown. We are poets and teachers, and have each worked with helping young people find their voices as writers.
We started Media Poetry Studio as a summer camp to provide artistic young women in Santa Clara County with opportunities to produce their own films inspired by their own, original poetry.
Even though we live in Silicon Valley, women are vastly underrepresented in technology fields. We wanted to do something significant to address that fact. You can be part of our effort to help young women develop confidence, empowering them to excel in the realms of art and technology.
No matter where we live, this seems like a worthy endeavour. Visit to read the rest of what they say. Maybe the project will spark more of this kind of thing.
3] The third offering comes via Misky, via Trish Hopkinson. The University of Iowa is offering: How Writers Write Poetry 2015, a seven-week course beginning on March 23, 2015, offers an interactive progression through the principles and practice of writing poetry. The course presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks on craft by two dozen acclaimed poets writing in English. Craft topics include persona, notebooking, the line, the turn, form, and the lyric. The talks are designed for beginning poets just starting to put words on a page as well as for advanced poets…
Some of you took it last year. For the rest of you: It’s free. You say you don’t have time? No-one is going to ask to see your homework. Drop in as you can. Even if all you do is watch and listen, you’ll have gained something. Visit their site to read about it.
4] Alright. Ready to play? I stumbled across 100 Websites You Should Know and Use (Updated!) on TED’s blog. Granted they updated it in 2013, but the previous update had been 2007. Rather than wait a couple of years for the next update, let’s get ourselves lost in this one. The sites go way beyond writing and literature, but who cares?! Regard the whole as a playground.
Have fun. Stay warm and inside, people of the cold. I will see you again, tomorrow, for the roundup of prompts; next Tuesday for my image prompt; and next Thursday for more links and things.
Happy writing, all.