Possibilities: A Quickwrite Slice of Life #sol19

Back to school means back to more intentional work in my writer’s notebook. I’ve been sharing two or three different poems a day and writing alongside them with my students. Wislawa Szymborska’s “Possibilities” has been one particularly rich text to write beside. I’ve gotten the seeds for several possible pieces from this poem. But this…

Just Because Slices: Slice of Life #sol19

This morning, I’m inspired by Terje’s celebration of her 1000th blog post and her suggestion to try “just because” slices: How about instead of deep thoughts and wise words, without looking for hidden meanings, we simply celebrate the slices of life as they are, the small and the big, the ordinary and the special, the…

What Are You Reading Now?: Slice of Life #sol19

I look forward to Tuesday mornings all week. Not only is Tuesday slicing day, so I know I have some wonderful blog posts to read and comment on, it’s also the day the new episode of my favorite podcast, What Should I Read Next, releases. In today’s episode, Anne Bogel talks to Will Schwalbe, author…

Metaphor Dice Poetry: Playing with Poetry #playingwithpoetryNPM 9/30 #sol19

This month, I’m tagging along with Christie, Margaret, Jone, Mary Lee, and other writers to play with poetry for National Poetry Writing Month. I’ll be creating poems using haikubes, metaphor dice, magnet poetry, paint chips and anything else that catches my fancy. Today, I’m playing with metaphor dice. your mother is a last-minute thunderstormclouds gather low on the horizonbuild before…

How I Write: Slice of Life #sol19 31/31

Slowly . . . long pauses between each word Curiously . . . I wonder, why, how come, what if Tentatively . . . not sure if an idea will work out Badly . . . knowing it can be revised Eagerly . . . words spill faster than I can capture them Determinedly .…

Words That Make Me Click: Slice of Life #sol19 30/31

Today’s slice is inspired by Ramona at Pleasures from the Page, who generated a poem-list of “those words that hook me every time.” Here’s my own list of the words that always make me click to read a slice. catskittensfur babiesfurry friendsferalfelinedogs too bookslibrariesreadingrereadingteaching readingspine poetry writer’s notebookwriting routinewriting processwriter’s blockwriting reflectionteaching writingwrite cakecoffeecookiesdessertpastrysweets mapsroad…