Hello my friends! Today really feels like a new year for me, or at least I am treating it that way since my 37th year was a bit of a bear. Come on 38 (yep, today is my birthday for those who didn’t know already) you have to be awesome.
I was thinking the other day that if I took those two numbers in my age 3 and 8 and added them together you’d get 11 which had me thinking: what was I like at 11? The poem I’m sharing today has nothing to do with that, but I think that is an interesting writing prompt. Feel free to try the same thing with your age.
Instead the poem below is an example of an idea melding with some research. What do you think I was researching versus what I might have already known? What am I guessing at and/or questioning? Just some questions I ask myself as I continue trying to revise these poems that seem to have a mind of their own. You can of course discuss my poem and/or share your own work in progress (any genre) which will be taken down a week from today.
–And the poem is all covered up
Speaking of research, as I write this I am continuing to work on my AWP presentation, but in between that work I have critiques to work on and other lovely things to share. How about Christin Rice inviting me to write about change for her blog? She wants to share more stories so if you think you have a good one about change you may want to stop by her blog and inquire.
Also on the research and writing end I finished a critical exploration of science fiction and fantasy as edited by my former colleague and friend Dr. Sherry Ginn and Michael G Cornelius. It has a great title: The Sex is Out of This World I wasn’t familiar with all of the books, movies, and shows they were discussing, but it was still an engaging read (OK I skimmed a few that I didn’t know as much about) especially (and here is another possible writing prompt) the idea of being the alien invisible. This falls often under queer theory, but I think of that TV show “V” that they recently remade – when the aliens look just like you . . .
PS – Just received a rejection slip so that’ll keep you humble! I’m still writing away and I submitted some poems this week so onward!