Saturday, March 9, 2013

ADD and Procrastination

Well, it's been nine month since I was here last. That's a long time to not be doing what I said I was going to do. But now the time has come. I've been away--writing a novel and starting another novel for middle grade readers but the other day something happened that snapped me back to this blog. The poster for the 2013 National Poetry Month arrived in the mail.

With only a few weeks to go before April, it's time for me to decide what kind of challenge I'm going to give myself. Writing a poem a day for the month of April is the basic challenge. But I have to decide what form of poetry I will write in and whether or not I'm going to include art with each poem.

Today is a sunny day here on Long Island and snow covers the ground even though the temps feel like spring. And tonight the clocks get moved ahead and daylight will linger a while longer each night. Now is a good time to put on some music, sit at my desk and play with words and color and see what I come up with.

Looking forward to April and poetry and art.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

IT'S COMING BACK TO ME

I know. I've been away from my blog and my art for far too long. But in the humid summer breeze I can feel my muse floating like a saviour and coming closer to me. Her breath is hot and moist and it stirs the muscles of my imagination. It creeps up my arm nudging me back to poetry and art. My fingers tremble at the edge of my watercolor pans and the feel of the slender paintbrush. I have an urge to go back to creating art journal pages, to combining words and images, paint and paper and glue, until my emotions and thoughts unfurl on the page in swirls of color.

I've been taking some online poetry classes and they have exposed me to new poets and new writing styles. I've been trying out new topics, language, and lines for my poems. The challenge these classes offer are fun and help me grow as a writer. And now I want to add color and texture to the words that dance out of my pens. I need to focus on poetry and leave prose behind for a while.

I think an art journal challenge is in the making! I have to decide on materials and frequency of postings so I challenge myself to create and yet not fail to complete the challenge. Perhaps 3 a week would work for a month. I have to ponder the possibilities and see what is challenging yet doable.

I'll get back to you on that!