Monday Morning Muse: National Poetry Month Twitter Wrap-Up from @JadeBlackwater

May 3, 2010

In celebration of National Poetry Month this April I included an assortment of micropoetry @JadeBlackwater on Twitter. Throughout the month I also added the #STpoem hashtag in order to share my poetry with the Seattle Times Twitter Poetry Contest.

Below is a complete reprint of the micropoetry from @JadeBlackwater for April 2010. Line breaks have been restored where ‘ / ‘ was used in the feed.

What I enjoyed most about tweeting micropoetry for NaPoMo was the excuse to share a poetic response to my day. Unlike my usual tweets—which are mostly prepared and scheduled in advance—the poems I tweeted in April were sent as soon as composed. Like all journal entries, these poems each keep a story.

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———-7:29 AM Apr 2nd

salamander season

surprise morning snow

safe in the ash white world

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———-11:35 PM Apr 6th

cold wheelbarrow

rests in slivered light

beneath watchful moon

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———-10:14 AM Apr 8th

Ariolimax columbianus poetess

sentences congeal in sticky opalescence

while she explores the shady sweetness

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———-10:25 AM Apr 9th

twitter and flutter at sunrise

pluck juicy jewels from willing boughs

connect puddle to balsam breath

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———-10:04 AM Apr 12th

New Moon rain licks the waiting Earth

awakens old dust and fresh oil

whispers sweet darkness in waiting

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———-2:55 PM Apr 13th

Crack open the wriggling mass

scoop your brains with a seafood fork

then fling the meat into the fire!

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———-9:26 AM Apr 15th

palms open skyward

broadcast gratitude

“cheer-up, cheerily!”

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———-2:01 AM Apr 20th

this fine rain

my silver lining

bring me the wet word

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———-6:45 PM Apr 20th

visceral papillon inspiration

wing across green seas from distant gold shores

when desperation sings “Hurry, flurry!”

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———-1:32 PM Apr 21st

sacred grey showers

answer the hedge call

to-wheeeee! meewww?

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———-3:35 PM Apr 22nd

twist your wrists with the Balsam cottonwood

dance in rhythm with Douglas squirrel chatter

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———-11:51 AM Apr 23rd

cool garden beckons

branches all whisper

sweet huckleberry perfume

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———-9:05 AM Apr 24th

two-stroke engine growls

breathfuls of dust bite the air

cut grass flickers past

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———-7:03 AM Apr 26th

full moon approaches

earth groans and ripples

tickled and provoked

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———-10:50 AM Apr 27th

Thunderheads hasten

wrap rainy arms ’round the world

squeeze the sparking sky

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———-8:03 PM Apr 28th

reassuring shick-shick

of your rake

reminder

of presence

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Pre-Spring Updates from the Desk of Jade Blackwater

March 10, 2010

Contrary to what logic might suggest, my low-attendance at the Brainripples blog is in fact a sign of how busy I’ve been.

Here’s a little update from my desk:

Copywriting and Poetry

Concise language is important for both copywriting and poetry.  Since December I’ve enjoyed the dual tasks of copywriting for Kathi “george” Wheeler of Noise w/o Sound Graphic Design, and revising poetry from my 2009 journals to prepare for a round of submissions this spring.  Of all the writing I do, poetry revision is probably the most difficult.  It’s delicate work to revise small handfuls of words without losing the voice.

Festival of the Trees

Last November Dave Bonta and Pablo invited me to join their team in support of the Festival of the Trees blog carnival.  You all know how much I love this project, so you can imagine how stoked I am to lend a hand.  We’re looking for volunteers to host! Read an interview by The Nature Blog Network with the Festival of the Trees crew.  The Festival of the Trees is @treebloggers on Twitter and Identica.

Pennwriters 2010

All lovers of literature can find me this spring May 14-16, 2010 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for the Pennwriters Annual Conference: The Writer’s Craft.  To learn more, read this Feature Artist Interview with Conference Coordinator Ayleen Stellhorn.  You can count on seeing me in PA next year too – I’m running for VP this term to support Carol Silvis; she and I are working hard in preparation for 2010-2012.

@JadeBlackwater on Twitter

You can now follow me @JadeBlackwater on Twitter where I tweet about writing and art, ecology and conservation, sustainability and gardening, and everything else that makes me think.  I never thought I’d be a tweep, but I’m already a nerd, so I shouldn’t be that surprised.  To help preserve my time, I typically schedule tweets in advance via HootSuite, and to help preserve my readership I shorten links via bit.ly.  (I also like to poke around #poettues hosted by @robertleebrewer.)

JLB Blogs on the Move

I’ve been tweeting away since January while my blogs Brainripples, AppleJade, and Arboreality appear to languish in neglect.  In fact, I’m preparing to relocate my blogging adventures under one roof at Brainripples.com (including a much-needed new web design).  Since I’ve been blogging for five years, it seems like the right time to try on the big girl pants.  Prepare yourself for the next incarnation of my blogs as I shake off the old and don the new.  (Sheesh, how many more metaphors do you think I could have packed into this paragraph?)

Coming Up Next

Show and Tell Friday is beyond over due, and I’ve found so much cool stuff on my Twitter adventures.  I’ll put one together for you soon!  I was also invited for a fun phone interview with Perry Norton of PanRight Productions.  I’d like to share that with you all soon.  Finally, I’ll be selecting at least one poem from my drafts to share here, probably something I love but know I won’t submit.


Draw a Dinosaur Day: Stegosaurus in Melody Lake

January 30, 2010

Stegosaurus in Melody Lake by Jade Blackwater

I just learned about the fourth annual “Draw a Dinosaur Day”, thanks to the timely blog mention on behalf of the fine creators Heather and Jeremy at The Voltage Gate. According to Todd of the Draw a Dinosaur Day website:

Draw A Dinosaur Day is a holiday celebrated on January 30th. The goal is as simple as it’s title: Draw A Dinosaur! You don’t have to be a brilliant illustrator, just take a couple of minutes with a blank piece of paper, a post-it note or your computer and enjoy yourself.

I’m grateful for discovering this most excellent of holidays – I needed to have a little fun this weekend! As you can see, I did have fun. This is an illustration of Stegosaurus from The Perfect Present, a short story I wrote in August 2009 and never found time to illustrate. Shown here is Stegosaurus splashing and playing in her musical Melody Lake.

The truth is, I’m having such a blast that as soon as I publish this post, I’m heading back to my sketchbook to draw up my other idea.  If I finish it, I’ll be sure to share.

Now go: grab your crayons and paper, and sketch up some ‘saurus!


New Year, New Short Fiction Writing Contest at The Clarity of Night

January 5, 2010

Happy 2010!  I’m pleased to announce that poet, photographer, and friend-of-writers-everywhere Jason Evans is launching us all into the 2010 with the “Silhouette” Short Fiction Contest, his 12th short fiction contest hosted at The Clarity of Night blog.

Why should you participate?  Today is the fifth day of 2010, so I’ll give you…

Five Great Reasons to Participate in the “Silhouette” Short Fiction Contest:

1) Fun – Writers are supposed to have fun with their writing, and for those of us still in holiday mode, here’s a great excuse to play!  What’s more fun than a creative prompt and a time limit?

2) Community – Writers from all across the blogosphere are drawn to Evans’ contests.  This is a great opportunity to add a new writer to your professional network.

3) Challenge – Writers can’t improve unless they challenge themselves!  It’s much harder than you might think to create something amazing in under 250 words.

4) Prizes – Writers aren’t the wealthiest bunch, and there are plenty of places trying to get something for nothing from writers.  Jason Evans honors us all by rewarding the winners with cash prizes.

5) Audience – Writers might often work independently, but their work can only do so much from the file cabinet.  Here is a chance to share your work and receive realtime feedback from hundreds of writers.

The “Silhouette” Short Fiction Contest is open to everyone.  The contest opens tomorrow, Wednesday, January 6, 2010.  The deadline for submissions is 11:00 PM EST on Wednesday, January 13th.  Any genre or form is welcome provided it is inspired by the “Silhouette” photo and demonstrates a narrative movement.  Complete rules are available at The Clarity of Night blog.

Read you there!


Halloween Fun for Everyone

October 1, 2009

Glorious Pumpkins, Copyright © 2009 Jade Leone Blackwater

Joyous October Greetings, one and all!

Looking for some great Halloween stories?  Join me (Jade), Anita Marie Moscoso, and the writers of the Soul Food Café for a month-long celebration of the strange, spooky, and sordid at Once Upon a Midnight.

We’re sharing stories, artwork, poetry, video, and every other creation we can scrape together from mis-matched parts and charge with a few volts of inspiration.  And if you’re looking for inspiration, this is the place to be: we’ll be sharing Halloween-y writing prompts to help light a creative fire under your ghosty ass!

Join us… if you dare…


The Festival of the Trees 39: Hidden Among the Trees Online at Arboreality

September 2, 2009

Dinosaurs in the Redwoods, Copyright © 2009 Jade Leone Blackwater

The Festival of the Trees 39: Hidden Among the Trees is now online at Arboreality.  Visit this monthly blog carnival for stories, poetry, articles, essays, images, and more, all on the subject of secrets, trees, and forests.

To learn more about The Festival of the Trees, submit for the current Festival, or to volunteer to host future Festivals, visit The Festival of the Trees coordinating blog.


Secrets Among the Trees: The Festival of the Trees Returns to Arboreality

August 5, 2009
The Festival of the Trees 39 will be hosted here at Arboreality on the theme of Secrets.
But first, the current Festival of the Trees:
The Festival of the Trees 38 comes to us from Chennai, India compliments of Arati at Trees , Plants and more. Highlights for me include a peek at the Eastern Black Walnut (Juglans nigra), so beloved in my former Pennsylvania home, the evergreen Christmas tree farms of North Carolina, and the Jack Fruit tree (Artocarpus heterophyllus), a tree whose equal I have never seen. And then, there’s the mango tree reputed to be “3500 years old [and] bears fruit of a different taste in each branch.”
Thank you, Arati, for bringing us such arboreal diversity and splendor!
Coming up next:
The Festival of the Trees 39 brings this green blog carnival back to Arboreality.
This month’s theme: Secrets
Forests, farms, gardens, urban trees, and ancient-rock-clinging-wind-whipped Bristlecone pine stands can be an escape, a place to hide, a space to rest, a home for buried treasure. This month, I invite you to reveal a small glimpse of a secret among the trees. Consider the quiet spots you go to sit, the trees which have stood in silent observation of the events of your life, the aromatic memory of the garden from a place you have visited. With word, image, sound, or otherwise inspired creation, give us a peek at what you see, or what you can imagine.
Gather your tree-materials, post online, and send me the link:
trees[at]brainripples[dot]com
Deadline for submissions is August 28, 2009.
Questions, comments, suggestions? Drop me an email.

Nest in Young Hemlocks, Copyright © 2009 Jade Leone Blackwater

The Festival of the Trees 39 will be hosted in September 2009 at Arboreality  – Tree Blogging on the theme of Secrets.

But first, the current Festival of the Trees:

The Festival of the Trees 38 comes to us from Chennai, India compliments of Arati at Trees , Plants and more. Highlights for me include a peek at the Eastern Black Walnut (Juglans nigra), so beloved in my former Pennsylvania home, the evergreen Christmas tree farms of North Carolina, and the Jack Fruit tree (Artocarpus heterophyllus), a tree whose equal I have never seen. And then, there’s the mango tree reputed to be “3500 years old [and] bears fruit of a different taste in each branch.”

Thank you, Arati, for bringing us such arboreal diversity and splendor!

Coming up next:  The Festival of the Trees 39 brings this green blog carnival back to Arboreality – Tree Blogging created by yours truly, writer and naturalist Jade Leone Blackwater from the forests of the Pacific Northwest.

This month’s theme:  Secrets

“Forests, farms, gardens, urban trees, and ancient-rock-clinging-wind-whipped Bristlecone pine stands can be an escape, a place to hide, a space to rest, a home for buried treasure. This month, I invite you to reveal a small glimpse of a secret among the trees. Consider the quiet spots you go to sit, the trees which have stood in silent observation of the events of your life, the aromatic memory of the garden from a place you have visited. With word, image, sound, or otherwise inspired creation, give us a peek at what you see, or what you can imagine.”

Gather your tree-materials, post online, and send the link to Jade Blackwater:

trees[at]brainripples[dot]com

Deadline for submissions is August 28, 2009.

Questions, comments, suggestions?  Contact Jade.

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The Festival of the Trees is a monthly blog carnival for all things arboreal. Like other blog carnivals, The Festival of the Trees is a collection of links to blog posts and other spots on the web, hosted each month at a different blog. To learn how to take part in the festivities, please visit The Festival of the Trees coordinating blog.

We are seeking volunteers to host The Festival of the Trees #40 and beyond! This is a great way to broaden your audience, and of course – have fun in the trees.

To learn more, contact Dave (bontasaurus[at]yahoo[dot]com) and Pablo (editor[at]roundrockjournal[dot]com), and visit the Volunteer to Host page for details.