7:35 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to — you’re not going to believe me — Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! sung by Lena Horne. This is what happens when I put my entire library on shuffle mode.
Hello, all. Are you reclaiming your lives after April? Let me give you a few roads to wander down, now that you have so much free time.
1] I post the first with the knowledge that we know these things. Yet, I like Mary Norris’ style. I like what she says and how she says it. The article is a short one and, while pointed at prose writers, everything in it applies to the writing of poetry, particularly if you are attempting a haibun, or a prose poem.
Not to be confusing, the article, introduces Norris’ first book, Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, is in the magazine The Writer and is written by Jeff Tamarkin. However, he quotes Norris, copy editor for The New Yorker, and the points are made by her. She pretty much had me, but when I read: Punctuation is sometimes for pacing but above all for clarity, I was sold.
2] Many of you, at this moment, may be casting around for help with a first chapbook. The article ‘What Is a Chapbook?‘, by poet and editor E. Kristin Anderson, can be found at her website Write All the Words! and is worth a read if you are a little foggy as to what a chapbook is. Anderson asks and answers a set of questions she often hears and keeps the answers short and to the point.
3] I am constantly on the look-out for sources of free images. The following article ‘15 Sources for Legal & Free Images‘ by Ann of Live Grow Write, gives us a list, complete with a review of each site. She says: You are getting the details; pros & cons, what you can expect to find, licensing detail, attribution requirements, quality of images, and goes on to suggest we read her other articles on the topic of using images.
I did and (aside from Ann’s love of bright pink for words she wants to make sure we see — it’s very bright) found, for the first time, clear definitions and explanations of all those wonderful terms we come across such as Royalty Free, Creative Commons, Public Domain…the explanations are blessedly short and Ann’s style laid back. I’m keeping these articles on speed dial.
We’ll stop there, as the three topics are fairly hefty, as far as giving thought to their subject matter. I will see you tomorrow for the roundup of this week’s prompts; Tuesday for my weekly prompt; and Thursday for more links — should you come across articles you think we would enjoy, or need to read, send the links along to me. They do not have to be current. Writing is timeless with some things.
Happy writing, everyone.