Friday, February 16, 2007

trying to stay in the saddle

I'm just typing stream of consciousness today. Trying to get into daily discipline of words written.

I'm reading Maxine Hong Kingston's "The Fifth Book of Peace". It is not written in a traditional format. It mixes memoir and fiction. It seeks to understand war and create peace. It makes me think.

I've been kinda slack with my Artist's Way work this week. I seem to go in cycles, good week, lazy week sort of thing. There have been winter weather school closings too, which make lethargy easy. Besides lethargy is good for growing a person. I mean how much physical and/or mental activity can you expend and still be knitting a little human being?

I am trying to schedule the majority of the poetry readings for 2007 now, so I don't have to worry about it so much in the spring. I'll just have to remember to do press. Shortly, I'll have to devise the schedule for the 2007 anthology and when to make a call for submissions. I also need to finish recruiting my editorial committee.

FINALLY, I'm getting the work done on the PIB website that I've been working towards. I can stop feeling thwarted and start moving forward with additions to the site. Things I've envisioned all along but just haven't gotten to materialize.

I'm getting distracted with my mental to do list. I'm going to go accomplish a few practical tasks. But at least I've posted something for this week.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

ch ch ch changes

I'm baaack.
I hadn't intended to be away for so long. It just happened. I'd sign on and not think of anything good to say. But I've decided to blog at least once a week because I need the discipline.

So yeah, changes is my title. Thats because there is one gigantic change growing right now. I am unexpectedly pregnant. Yup. Universe likes to throw curve balls doesn't it. So we'll have a third little person in our midst sometime at the end of May. ANOTHER Gemini in my life. Its all good. While definitely a shock we are welcoming this person with open arms.

Don't expect a really concise post here today. I'm just putting words one after the other to get myself back in the groove.

I'm realizing a blog, or possibly future multiple blogs, can be really useful. My daydreams and goals are slo o o w l y refining themselves and I've been taking little steps towards them.

Poetry stuff has been going well. The reading series are consistent and satisfying. Check for the current calendar. Also use it to buy a copy of "Octopus Dreams-Anthology One", before they're all gone.

Still plugging away at the purge and organization of the house. There is SO much to do but we have been making incremental progress. Things are starting to find places to live, systems are coming together. I'm bringing Sophie kicking and screaming into the clean up after yourself process. I'm trying to embrace the concept before anything comes into the house there needs to be place for it. I'm meditating on the concept of simplicity. I'm such a collector that I don't know if I'll ever be able to embrace it but I can strive towards it. Especially from a sustainable living point of view.

I've undertaken "Artist's Way" again. Its been a punchy, sporadic undertaking but I feel it works for me. I have dragged a languishing, unfinished novel from its folder and have been tinkering with it. So that is welcome.

So, here's to weekly posts and embracing change.