October 28, 2011
How did it get to be Halloween already? We don’t have our front-yard cemetery up yet—no bony hands reaching out to those who come along the walkway. No skulls resting in peace next to headstones. The candy has been selected (and taste-tested), and there are a couple of small pumpkins out on the front porch, plus a door decoration. But we traditionally step it up a bit more.
R and L are planning their annual carving of the big pumpkins this weekend. They deliberately hold off on that til right before the big day. Not sure what designs they have planned this year, but they always do a spectacularly spooky job.
And besides dipping into the candy, I had a little Halloween-inspired fun this week—playing around with a poem. It’s dedicated to pumpkins everywhere. Little do they know what’s in store for them when they’re plunked in the wagon and loaded up for home.
Tricked me with your patchy promises,
“This is the one I’m pie-eyed for!”
Me, a country bumpkin,
Putting my full weight into the show.
Never sensed your seedy intentions.
Now faced with the devil,
Forced to wear a mask, not of my making.
Still, I’m no hollow shell, Jack,
Oh, to think that, you’d be roundly mistaken.
I am lit from within.
Happy Halloween, everyone! This week’s Poetry Friday roundup is over at Random Noodling, where you’ll find lots of good treats!
October 18, 2011
I won’t call myself a blog slacker; I deliberately went back into my soundproof booth this summer in order to push forward on a new project. How’s that going? Well, it’s a new world for me, trying something longer form, working by way of plot outlining techniques–using an outline, period. Add to that freelance commitments, a busy family life … you other writers know what I’m talking about. It’s easy to beat ourselves up for not making enough progress, but actually, staying disciplined, writing through those wobbly scenes, remembering that we don’t completely stink at writing–or working anyway even if we’re feeling that way–is all a kind of progress. And I like this piece I’ m working on. So, it’s going. Just some things, like blogging, taking a backseat lately.
But speaking of blogs …
Stopping in today to mention that there is a now a blog directory of New England kidlit writers and illustrator over at the NESCBWI website. You can find it here. Thank you, Melissa Stewart over at Celebrate Science for organizing this great resource; Anindita Basu Sempere for your help on this, too; and Greg Fishbone for all of your work on the site. We are lucky to have many awesomely talented members of the creative community in this region. This new web resource points the way to all sorts of great conversations happening!
Hope all is well with you this fall!