Remember when this was a thing? I’d like to bring it back. Because jokes about coffee make the day a little more bearable, don’t you agree?
This is absolutely too exciting not to share. Exoplanets in a habitable range from their sun???!!!
I bet you thought I forgot about Sci & Fi Saturday, didn’t you? Rest assured, my love for science and science fiction will never be extinguished. ❤
And in case you had any doubt of the connections between writers/writing and science, now you can read this article, where scientists track writer brains!
By the by, did you hear that BILL NYE IS COMING BACK!?!?!
I’ve been pretty excited by all the reading challenges lately but I haven’t forgotten about writing, I promise. I have a local group that exchanges work every other week and meets every other week to critique each other’s work, which I’ve dubbed Second Set, because it’s always good to have a second set of eyes on your work.
I have also had the good fortune lately to be spending time with Karen Hayes, who is the indomitable spearhead of the Laman Scribble — a monthly gathering at Laman Library for practice writing on the spot! — and Dogtown Poetry on Demand. She is a force to be reckoned with, a presence in the community, and a kindred spirit. We have lately been asked to co-teach some CALS poetry programs for teens in preparation for the upcoming teen poetry contests! (You may have seen my over-eager pre-post a few days ago.) So I’ve been percolating on that, too.
If you have kids or younger siblings that fit the bill, please tell them to check it out. Here’s the link for the one at Main, and below are all the dates and times at various branches:
Thursday, March 9
“If You’re a Poet…”
Karen & Jobe
Thursday, March 23
“Poetry Out Loud”
Thursday, March 30
Main Library, Level 4
“Poetry for All”
Karen & Jobe
Friday, March 31
“Words with Teens”
Thinking about teens and poetry reminded me that sometimes you’ve got to go all the way back to the beginning, and Analytical Grammar had this fun post the class might enjoy:
I could give them my own beginner’s rhyme invention, my frustration, in limeric:
The problem in writing a poem
Is not knowing how to begin
With how to continue
And finally writing the end.
But more than anything, I think young people will respond to the genuineness and fervor of slam poetry, so I sort of just want to inundate them with favorites!
I have chosen the word HABITUAL because it sounds like the combination of HABIT and RITUAL. I would like to focus on establishing regular routines that help me be my best self.
If you want help deciding on your Word of the Year for 2017, check out:
If you want to declare your Word of the Year for 2017, check out:
You’ve probably heard of the concept of selecting a word for the year, a way to focus your energy on some ultimate goal or feeling or idea. I haven’t made up my mind yet, but I’m digging into the idea of it. Christine Kane wrote a cool blog post about it here, and breezing through the comments is a great way to get ideas of what other people have chosen. I’m going to be attending a Vision Board Class on 12/29 where selecting a word is part of the night (you should totally check it out!) so I wanted to start thinking about it early. Here are some cool quotes and pix to get you going!