Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

Seek only there.

Monday, February 13th, 2012


Lift your eyes
Where the roads dip and where the roads rise
Seek only there
Where the grey light meets the green air.

From T.S. Eliot’s “Landscapes”

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Questions I’m asking today.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

[Credit: Gian]

I’m stuck again, struggling for some time now to pin down this no man’s land.  Thankfully, this week has been much less gloomy (in mind and weather), and that alone has provided me with enough clarity that I can think through some of these ideas, even if I have not settled on a solution for any of them. Even a temporary one.

Must I love my work? Is this love I should only hope to see in glimpses?

How do I measure my time? By moment? By day? In terms of what’s coming next?

How much am I willing to invest?

In other words, do I dare?

Major life-planning sesh happening tonight with the best friend. Details to follow.


Gifts for Writers

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Christmas brought plenty of encouragement this year in every regard: I got to see every family member on my side of the family, hid away in a cabin in a ghost town, skied, water-parked, did NO work, and really just loved the break. So much so that for the first time in a while, I got misty-eyed leaving. It seemed normal life just wouldn’t compare to time spent with many of the people I love most.

Thankfully I had some tangible reminders of that love in my hands when I left — thoughtful gifts that will bring joy long after my floor is cleared of dried up pine needles and the garlands are tucked away.  Here are a few specifically writing-related gifts I’m enjoying in 2012:

2012 Writer's Market, Stephen King's On Writing, Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

Square Card Reader, LAMY fountain pen, Lights Acoustic album.

1.  2012 Writer’s Market
For learning about submitting articles, poetry, and other stuff in a wide range of print and other media publications.

2. Stephen King’s On Writing
Widely regarded as one of the very best books on writing you can read. And I’ve never read it!

3. Wildwood
For the Decemberists fan, adventurer, and Portland-dweller in all of us…  Colin Meloy and his wife Carson Ellis have written and illustrated a beautiful and imaginative story.  Eric and I saw them at Wordstock this year and heard them explain the book and read from it. Way cool.

4. Square reader
Now I take credit cards for my writing services. Just cool.

5. LAMY fountain pen
I trusted my research-loving husband to pick a good pen out for me that I would love, and he delivered. It does everything I want it to, but mostly it makes me want to write with it constantly.

6. Lights Acoustic
I had never heard of this band before my sister introduced me to them this Christmas. Girl-singing-over-acoustic-guitar always tugs my writing heart strings.

Writers: what writing-related items are your favorites this season?


Peeling Potatoes (a poem)

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011


I find it hard,
as slips of skin whisper off,
to find rough places
to grip.

A small one
needs the hook of a finger
around its belly

but soon rests
palm heavy
like a river rock,
white and hard and smooth.

Finding my name.

Monday, December 12th, 2011


I lean on five letters
and they slope
to carry my weight,

these pounds of
muscle, mind, and organ
pushed through pen stroke,
calligraphed into
language I can’t read.

My eyes stumble right to left,
trip over symbols,

this joy to begin
where words end.

B’rina: with rejoicing.  So begins my story.

[to be continued.]