February Flurries

Greetings!

February continues to bless me with WINTER. I'm pretty much done with this season, I just wish it knew that. We've had BIG snow storms, leaving many confined to their homes. Is it spring yet?

 Photo compliments of Craig Weeks, photographer and operator.

Photo compliments of Craig Weeks, photographer and operator.

My manuscript is officially in the hands of my editor. Exciting! The cover design process is next. I value your feedback and suggestions. Considering the content is traditional Japanese poetry, what would catch your eye for the cover? Are you a designer? Have thoughts? Any, or all of the above, I'd love to hear from you. Use the contact tab at the top of my website to send suggestions. It would be so great to have you involved. 

And speaking of getting involved. Be brave! Submit one of your own poems to me via the contact tab, and I would love to showcase it for you.

Are you an unpublished poet? The Poetry Foundation is accepting submissions for the Emily Dickinson First Book Award. Contestants must be 40 years of age or older by February 27, 2017. There is no fee to enter. Click on this link to see submission guidelines. Again, be brave!

This month many are thinking of their loved one with romantic thoughts. Poetry is such a enchanting way to say I love you. You still have time to order and receive one of my books to give as a gift. Please use the Find My Books tab at the top of my website. 

Another valuable place to find poems is on the Poetry Foundation website.

E.E. Cummings is one of my favorite poets. Here is a love poem by him -

"love is more thicker than forget" 

love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail

it is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea

love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive

it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky

As you know my grand babies are a very big part of my life, so I always like to share a little about them when I can. 

Two of my granddaughters are down under in New Zealand for a few weeks visiting family. Here they are enjoying the heat and sunshine I wish I had.

 Maizy Pepper and Tiera Genesis

Maizy Pepper and Tiera Genesis

There is nothing better than seeing the love of books instilled in your grandchildren. Here are my other two granddaughters having quiet reading time.

 Adriannah Alyse and Harlow Rain

Adriannah Alyse and Harlow Rain

Harlow is getting so big! She's center of attraction wherever she goes.

I will leave you with a love poem from my collection.

Until next time, stay happy, healthy and true to yourself. 

Posted on February 7, 2017 .

And....... It's January!!!

Phew! How did that happen?  The best to you and yours this year!

How's everyone doing? Are you surviving the bitter cold winter? Some of you of course, are basking in the sun's heat, and I am oh so jealous! We have had sub zero temps pretty much the entire winter. The sun is blessing me today however, with a whopping 10 degree, and winds are  upwards of 30 mph.  Brrrrr

My next collection of poetry is coming along nicely. As I have mentioned before, editing is a long and time consuming process. Cover design is still forming, but we're getting there. I'm very excited to share everything with you as soon as I can! 

Here are samples of poems from the collection: 

Heavy - Senryu

Pressure to conform
I will never be enough
My spirit is crushed

Eternal - Senryu

How deep can he go
Within the process of her
To the bitter end.

As previously mentioned, this collection will be focused on various forms of Japanese poetry. 

According to Robert Penn Warren, American poet, novelist and literary critic, "The poem ... is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see - it is, rather, a light by which we may be - and what we see is life."

I hope you have signed up for a poem a day via email through poetry.org. You'll love it. Many of these are from up and coming unpubished writers. 

Numerous organizations across the United States have come together to form a coalition to promote the value of poetry, bringing it to our communities for people of all ages and backgrounds.  The coalition will be launched in March 2017. Many feel the love of poetry is waning, but contrary to that believe these organizations have seen an increase of students participating in poetry recitations, readings, visiting poetry websites, in addition to using social media to share their own work. You can read more about the Historic Coalition here.

I would love to hear from you, if a certain poem has touched your heart. Feel free to use the comment section below, or the contact link at the top of my website.

Until next time, stay warm, light, beautiful and just be. 

Posted on January 11, 2017 .

Narrowing November

November blog update, made it in with a narrow margin! It's almost December, and the skies are looking like snow. 

I was recently asked where an educator could find information, and/or, learning lessons to teach poetry to children. The Academy of American Poets, for which I am a member, has played an integral part for over fifty years in helping teachers bring poetry into their classrooms.  They in fact developed the first Poets in the Schools program in the 1960's. Today, one may find free lesson plans and activities to help K-12 teachers bring the art of poetry into the classrooms.  Many teachers are taking advantage of incorporting poetry into their classes no matter the subject. "The poet is the conscience that makes us think critically of our past, present, and future" stated Eric Contreras Assistant Superintendent, of the NYC Department of Education, who discussed how poetry can be used in history class.  You can find information for teachers on poetry.org

I had a fun filled afternoon with many other talented writers at the Book Buzz signing at the Pybus Market in Wenatchee, WA. There was a great line up of various genre, and a successful day was had by all. Such a fun place to have a signing.

Of course I got in some grandchild time since you've last heard from me.

 Adriannah, winning it for her team in volleyball. 

Adriannah, winning it for her team in volleyball. 

 Fun creative weekend with Maizy and Tiera. Crafts, bowling, cards and games.

Fun creative weekend with Maizy and Tiera. Crafts, bowling, cards and games.

 And my youngest grandchild Harlow Rain, gets more beautiful and sweet with each passing day.

And my youngest grandchild Harlow Rain, gets more beautiful and sweet with each passing day.

My third collection of poetry is making progress! Poems have been selected,  it's currently being edited, and cover design will begin soon. I'm asked all the time what the title is.... wanna know? Well do ya? Wait for it, wait for it..... I can't tell you that because I don't know haha. Tossing around a few ideas and narrowing it down, but you'll know when I do. :)

Until next time may peace and happiness be with you. 

Posted on November 22, 2016 .

Pybus Market Local Author Buzz

It's that time of year again, for the Pybus Local Author Buzz  - Where many talented, local authors will gather together for a big blow-out buzz about books.  Please join myself, and other authors this Saturday October 22, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Wenatchee Wa. at the beautiful Pybus Market for a multi author book signing.

Location is :

Pybus Market

3 N Worthen St

Wenatchee, WA 98801

This event has been sponsored by A Book For All Seasons located in Leavenworth WA. 

I will have both copies of my books available, "Lest We Forget Life's Passion" and "Cut Both Ways"; in addition to an anthology of erotic poetry that I participated in, entitled "SkinOnSkin" I would love to sign a copy for you! I look forward to seeing you there.

In recent news, I was interviewed by Poetry Book Club  What an honor! Please click on the link above to read the interview. They will also be showcasing my books on their site.

See you Saturday!

 

 

Posted on October 19, 2016 .

Guest Post - Poetry by Rob Lam

Dedicated to those of you going through challenging times. May this help.
                   

The Hole
   

Black skies
   Pouring rain
   Expose my soul
   Shed my skin
   Reinventing
   Your illusion

Posted on October 5, 2016 .

Septembers Sunshine

Hello readers and writers;

Evenings are getting cooler but the warmth and love from the sun still caress our souls here in Eastern WA. Summer is coming to an end, but activities in life and work continue to keep me busy. 

A couple of weeks ago as previously mentioned, I participated in Wenatchee's First Friday, at The Wenatchee Book Company.  It delivered a fun filled evening with wonderful people, and new found friends. I shared the spotlight with another author, Julie Zielinnski, and artist, Donnie Johnson. If you've never attended the Wenatchee First Friday Art Walk, you're missing out. Check it out soon!

 

 P.S. Rowland and Julie Zielinski

P.S. Rowland and Julie Zielinski

I also managed to get in a motorcycle trip over the holiday weekend, to enjoy wine tasting in Canada, traveling from Osoyoos to Kelowna B.C. 

Of course my post would not be complete (haha) without a picture of my latest grandchild, and how quickly she is growing!

 Miss Harlow Rain - Love her CRAZY hair.

Miss Harlow Rain - Love her CRAZY hair.

 

Many of you have asked if I would be hosting a signing, for the Erotic Anthology I was recently published in, entitled SkinOnSkin. Unfortunately no; I won't be receiving stock to have on hand for this purpose since I was not the author who put the collection together. However, I'd be happy to sign your copy once you've purchased on Amazon. Contact me via this website and I'd be happy to sign your copy if possible. Thank you!

Recently I had a conversation, and was asked by another writer how important I felt "form" was when writing poetry. Answer: That's up to you, there are no rules, it's your art. In older times it was more prevalent, and now it is much less so. However, if you're learning, and want to improve your craft, writing in form can be very beneficial. There's an excellent article by Rebecca Hazleton entitled Why Write in Form  I think you'll find this very helpful.

This month we have a special treat from Rob Lam, a very talented writer/poet. Thank you for your submission. I'd love to hear from other writers who'd like to see their work showcased here.

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Heart, mind, body

Delicately balanced

No master, no slave

Each yearning for Truth

 

Joy, sorrow, love, pain

From birth to death

None are excused

From the Human condition

 

Our purpose to illuminate

The One Consciousness

The Heavenly Host

The One Human

 

Unselfish

Knowing, touching, feeling

An unseen world

In True Balance

 

Unconditional Love

 

As fall progresses may you enjoy the abundance of beauty all around you in living color.  

Until next time, be happy!

 

 

 

 

Posted on September 20, 2016 .

Wenatchee's First Friday Art Walk

Hello Everyone - 

I was asked to participate once again in Wenatchee's First Friday Art Walk. Pop in and see me. I would love to visit, and sign a book for you! Another author Julie Zielinski will be joining me. 

I will be at Wenatchee Book Co. 11 Palouse St. Wenatchee WA. on September 2, 2016 From 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. See you then!

Posted on August 31, 2016 .

Erotic Anthology

I was asked to submit a few of my poems for consideration for an anthology back in 2013. I'm excited to announce, several of my poems have been selected to be published in this soon to be released collection entitled "SkinOnSkin An Anthology of Erotic Poetry" It will be released on September 5, 2016! You may pre-order now!

SkinOnSkin An Anthology of Erotic Poetry

 

Posted on August 22, 2016 .

Jazzy July

Hello!

I hope this blog update finds you all happy, sassy, and well. 

Last month we talked about goals. I hope you set a few, and were a little more realistic and strict with yourself than I was. The editing process is long and tedious, and yet rewarding in the end. I've received so much positive feedback, and good direction from other editors. Moving forward!

The current news in my craft is that  poetry is trending in contemporary art. Love this! A piece of picture art can tell such a beautiful story. This falls in line with the form of Japanese poetry I have currently been crafting - Haiga.

Haiga is a style of visual art that incorporates the haiku form. Traditionally this form combines calligraphy with paintings. In more modern times, artists are often incorporating photography and graphic design. I see a book of Haiga in my future writings. 

Amongst my goal oriented writers life, I managed to fit in a little fun. My newest grandchild is growing by leaps and bounds.

 Harlow Rain

Harlow Rain

I had a little summer fun already with my other granddaughters, boating, biking and roasting marshmallows. 

 My mini me biker babe Adriannah

My mini me biker babe Adriannah

 Goof balls Maizy Pepper, and Tiera Genesis

Goof balls Maizy Pepper, and Tiera Genesis

I hope you too are enjoying your summer, life, and your loved ones. Cherish it all!  Until next time, read, write and be happy. 

 

 

 

Posted on August 3, 2016 .

Jumping June

Greetings!

I'm jumping right in, setting goals in terms of writing, and fitting it in around the rest of my life for the upcoming busy summer months.

I've scheduled the morning hours at my desk to edit until the editing is done! I will then start editing again, until I am satisfied. At that  point my manuscript will be sent to my editor for further editing.  Do you get the point? Writing involves a lot of editing! 
I will unplug from all electronic devices except my Mac, which of course I need to work. No social media, no phone calls, no messaging - just editing. 

What are your thoughts focused on this month? What do you hope to achieve?  What are your goals?
1) Define them/Write them down.
2) When are you going to achieve them?
3) How are you going to achieve them?

Let me know of all your accomplishments.

I apologize for not making an appearance at Art in the Park this past weekend as advertised! I was called out of town to watch my 5th grandchild enter the world. I'd like to thank you all for your support of my booth, and book sales even though I was missing!

June 14, 2016 on her mothers birthday, Harlow Rain blessed us. Weighing in at 8lbs, and 20" long. 

 She loves her grandma, and I love her!

She loves her grandma, and I love her!

 Big sister Adriannah, so in awe of Harlow

Big sister Adriannah, so in awe of Harlow

I hope each and every one of you are expanding your horizons, spreading your wings with poetry.  A daily dose is always good for the soul. If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Instagram, you can read poetry daily.  Links to my social media are located at the bottom on the main "Welcome" page of this website.  Follow me!

There's an app for that! The Poetry Foundation has an app for your daily dose as well. 

 Stay focused on your goals.

Stay focused on your goals.

Wishing you all, the very best! Keep those pages turning!

Posted on June 21, 2016 .