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When I become
quiet and listen
when I wake
too early to think
when I wander
without a direction
on the voices
of trees who talk
about what the
river is thinking.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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?)
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.
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!
Running Wild Writers, LLC offers its first fiction writers’ workshop for 2010 beginning Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 7 PM. Workshops will run for ten weeks, and will be held in the heart of an artists’ community at 1241 Carpenter St. Philadelphia, PA 19147.
What You Get:
Participants will have the chance to workshop two pieces of a maximum 5,000 words each. The pieces will be given thorough written feedback by the instructor as well as feedback from fellow attendees.
The ten week course will cost $410 for non-Pennwriters and $375 for Pennwriters members.
Registration is available at www.runningwildwriters.org
Need More Info?
For more information, contact Lisa Diane Kastner at lisa [at] runningwildwriters [dot] org
A former correspondent for the Philadelphia Theatre Review and Features Editor for the Picolata Review, Lisa Kastner currently writes freelance and by invitation in literature and the arts. Her literary interviews include Charles Baxter (Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature 1997) and Lee Martin (Pulitzer Prize Nominee 2006).
She is the Founder of Running Wild Writers Community, LLC and the President of Pennwriters (www.pennwriters.com), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting the novice to the award winning and multipublished writers to learn and succeed in the craft. She is the founder of the Pennwriters King of Prussia Critique Group, Philadelphia Critique Group and has led workshops on business communications. Her short stories have been published in 63 Channels Journal and The StraightJackets Magazine.
Lisa promises that her facetious redheaded tendencies will not get in the way of the workshop but instead provide a bit of flavor, like cinnamon. Learn more about Lisa at her blog The Wonderful World of a Facetious Redhead.
Running Wild Writers Community
Running Wild Writers, LLC is a not-for-profit created to assist up and coming writers to learn and excel in the craft of writing. Running Wild welcomes writers from all forms and all genres. Located at 1241 Carpenter St, Philadelphia, PA, Running Wild Writers is in the heart of an artists’ community.
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Enjoy a bit from The Bard for Burns Night!