Monthly Archives: August 2017

Ready for New Books?

My next appearance will be at the Crestview Library on Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and (drumroll, please!), I will have some new books and surprises to share.

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Big Stuff in the Works!

I have been away from my blog for about a week now, but I have some good excuses. I’ve been working on some big projects. The first is my long promised Marketing Your Creativity class online! This is the same … Continue reading

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What Makes a Poem… a Poem?

What makes a poem a poem? This question was asked last fall in one of my writing classes. I enjoyed poetry, but it was given a minimal importance in my classes. I used it as a tool for exploration and … Continue reading

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MOOC 4: Breaking It Up

Last week’s assignment was to take the pantuom we wrote earlier, and now cut it up, break it apart and get experimental. I love this quote from the class: Pablo Picasso once stated, “Learn the rules like a pro, so … Continue reading

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Poetry Exploration 1 ONLINE Now Open

I’ve had quite a few requests to offer some of my classes online for those that aren’t in the local area. I’m happy to announce that I have signed on with CourseCraft and will be offering the Business of Creativity … Continue reading

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Haiku Shape Poems

Something I’ve been playing with today… using haiku for shape poems: Shape poems are a type of poetry that describes an object and is shaped the same as the object the poem is describing. You could write your shape poem on anything. The text of the above poem reads: … Continue reading

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Typewriter Tech

I bought a vintage Webster manual typewriter the other day. I’d had my eye out for one on a good deal ever since watching A Place of Truth about Abi Mott, a wandering poet that writes poems for tips. I … Continue reading

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Bitter Suites is Finished!

I just finished the last chapter of The Bitter Suites, my book about a hotel that specializes in recreational suicide experiences. A novella, at 23,833 words, the story follows some of the death experiences before following a few characters in … Continue reading

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MOOC 3: A Trio of Pantuoms

Last week’s assignment: Write a pantoum or a poem with strong meter. In this poem, address a cultural tradition. You can depict this tradition clearly, or you can try to give the reader a strong understanding of what it is without … Continue reading

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Meet, Greet & Eat with Arlene Karian

Arlene Karian is another one of the authors appearing at the upcoming Author Meet, Greet & Eat at Cafe Bienville on Aug. 19 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. If you are interested in meeting Arlene Karian, and 14 other local … Continue reading

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