FrostFire Worlds

Remember how great it felt to curl up as a kid with a collection of short stories? You could drop in and out between chores or during lunch at school. I remember reading them on long car trips, too. FrostFire Worlds is a market for younger readers who like speculative fiction. It's one of the … Continue reading FrostFire Worlds

Secret Ingredients – 5

I'm starting a new series on here about the books that influenced me growing up. These are the books that shaped my brain. Gave me my fears, values, and passions. The Julie Secret Ingredients!   Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein I can hear you exhaling with love. Yep, me too. The spine is … Continue reading Secret Ingredients – 5

February’s Quick Look

I didn't read as many books this month, and the books I read were a bit disappointing. I did stumble over a lot of great articles, magnificent poetry, and if you need an audio alternative, I've got you covered. A glimpse of my February mental space: Books You Play The Girl by Carina Chocano - … Continue reading February’s Quick Look

Tamara Woods, author & poet

Ah, readers! Today we have one of Twitter's most wonderful chat hosts to tell us how she manages to get All The Things done, but first an introduction -- Tamara Woods was raised (fairly happily) in West Virginia, where she began writing poetry at the age of 12. She published her first poetry collection, The … Continue reading Tamara Woods, author & poet

What I Read in Poetry, 2017

Each year I start off with a grand vision about what I'll read. I might actually have achieved it this time. Let's see what I read in poetry this year -- 20th Century American Poetry, edited by Conrad Aiken I learned A LOT from this little, dense book. My only complaint was that it was … Continue reading What I Read in Poetry, 2017

Wednesday’s A Moment

The water is there Kinetic Edges held static By concrete and sand The dam is loud But I cannot hear it From where I kneel On pebbled land There's a city under there Drowned Doorjambs empty Of daily homecomings I could walk The entire circumference And still feel a stranger To its clouded feelings And … Continue reading Wednesday’s A Moment

Poetry Postcard Festival goes on…

Many of you know I participated in the 2017 Poetry Postcard Festival. I already do monthly poetry postcards for my patrons, and this seemed a natural extension of this ongoing growth project of mine. We were given a list of 31 participants and their addresses. We started three days before August 1st, and mailed a … Continue reading Poetry Postcard Festival goes on…