Poetics Serendipity

18 Jun

9:23 a.m. — San Antonio

listening to mourning doves

Hello, all. Texas people are beginning to grow webs between their toes. Our gardens look like jungles and the ground simmers with water. More rain coming. Meanwhile, there are links to follow!

1] On the web site She Writes, Jill Jepson has a short but interesting article, The One Piece of Advice You’re Probably Not Following: Relax! I was amused by her opening, which lists some very familiar ‘advice’ before she puts forth her own premise.

Um. Right. Bookmarks from another computer do not travel with one. Punt!

2] I know. I had something similar, recently, but when ideas are phrased differently, or there is a fresh perspective, I enjoy reading articles that tell us how to make our writing lives just that little bit easier, and the articles which tell us how we might get off our backsides, when we are slothing around. The site WritetoDone has an article, 6 Simple Tricks for Building a Strong Writing Habit, by Ali Luke. I like her tricks and she provides some useful links herself. Those alone are worth a trip over.

3] I found the essay, Balancing Music and Meaning: An Interview with Kim Barnes on Short Nonfiction, by contributor Gretchen Clark, to be of interest. There are many parallels with the craft of poetry.

5:10 p.m. Left for an appointment, visited my mother, had lunch (Japanese), visited his mother, picked up a registered letter, emptied the car, picked up my computer… ye-es, I had not had time to finish and post, but here we are. I will see you tomorrow, but not for the usual thing.

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 18/06/2015 in links, poetry, writing


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3 responses to “Poetics Serendipity


    19/06/2015 at 2:04 am

    Thanks Margo – you are good to continue posting while travelling.
    I was puzzled reading Jill Jepson: what is an author’s platform?

    • margo roby

      19/06/2015 at 9:47 am

      ViV, with this summer so hectic, I realised the only stable routine is my blog. Talking with all of you is my refuge from crazy.

      An author’s platform — and I skimmed that part, as I do in most articles — is an author’s visibility quotient. Having possibly continued to confuse, I looked for something that is concise. Try

      You only need to look at a couple of ‘pages’ but this tells you what a platform is and isn’t. It’s rather interesting.


        19/06/2015 at 9:51 am

        Thanks very much, Margo


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