Moving Time: Brainripples Now Lives at www.brainripples.com

June 1, 2010

The Brainripples blog has moved! Please update your links:

http://www.brainripples.com/blog/

RSS:

http://www.brainripples.com/feed/

I am excited to announce that the Brainripples blog now has a new, permanent home at www.brainripples.com.

My blogs Brainripples, Arboreality, and AppleJade will all live together under one domain. For those who prefer the original channels, my blog will be simply categorized by Studio, Forest, and Garden respectively. You can read more details here.

All Brainripples content published at brainripples.wordpress.com will remain as-is for the time being, so that no active links will be broken. In coming months I hope to republish the best content at my own website including interviews, articles, features, and other goodies.

I wish to extend my thanks to the great folks at WordPress.com, without whose free hosted blogging services, friendly support community, and awesome technology, the Brainripples blog could not be possible.

Onward!


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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Show and Tell Friday: Interview with Jade Blackwater by Perry Norton

March 19, 2010

In January this year I was interviewed by my friend Perry Norton, owner and voice talent at PanRight Productions.  If you’ll indulge me here today, I’d like to share five minutes from our interview during which I read my poem Forest Song and chat with Perry about my love for poetry.

Click here to download an interview with Jade Blackwater by Perry Norton – MP3 (5.4 MB)

You can read the full text of Forest Song here on Arboreality.

[Note: our interview experiment was conducted via phone conference.  You’ll want to turn the volume up for best results.]

Follow @PanRight on Twitter if you’re interested or engaged in voiceover work, music production, and other audio media.

Next in line at Brainripples: a review of GUD Magazine.


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!


Morrison’s Pillow – A Short Story – Part 3 of 3

October 21, 2009

And now for Part 3, the third and final audio recording of Morrison’s Pillow.

Part 3 of Morrison’s Pillow lasts about 40 minutes, and the (.mp3) recording is about 38 MB in size.

Remember that this is a Halloween story, and as such there is an appropriate allowance of gruesome and disturbing imagery.  If you (or your kids) scare easily, please use your discretion before listening to this story.

If you haven’t already, be sure to download and listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of Morrison’s Pillow.

(Notes: This story is cross-posted at the Soul Food Café “Once Upon A Midnight” Halloween blog.  If you are among the deaf readers in the audience and would like to read the story, please email Jade Leone Blackwater to request a (.pdf) copy of the text of Morrison’s Pillow.)

Thanks for listening, enjoy, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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sassafras

Morrison’s Pillow

~  Part 3  ~

CLICK HERE to Download an Audio Recording (.mp3) of PART 3 of MORRISONS PILLOW by Jade Leone Blackwater

“Morrison’s Pillow” Copyright © 2009 J. L. Blackwater


Morrison’s Pillow – A Short Story – Part 2 of 3

October 20, 2009

Here is the audio recording of Part 2 of Morrison’s Pillow.

Part 2 of Morrison’s Pillow lasts about 40 minutes, and the (.mp3) recording is about 37 MB in size.

Remember that this is a Halloween story, and as such there is an appropriate allowance of gruesome and disturbing imagery.  If you (or your kids) scare easily, please use your discretion before listening to this story.

If you haven’t already, be sure to download and listen to Part 1 of Morrison’s Pillow.

(Notes: This story is cross-posted at the Soul Food Café “Once Upon A Midnight” Halloween blog.  If you are among the deaf readers in the audience and would like to read the story, please email Jade Leone Blackwater to request a (.pdf) copy of the text of Morrison’s Pillow.)

Thanks for listening, and enjoy!

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stairs

Morrison’s Pillow

~  Part 2  ~

CLICK HERE to Download an Audio Recording (.mp3) of PART 2 of MORRISONS PILLOW by Jade Leone Blackwater

“Morrison’s Pillow” Copyright © 2009 J. L. Blackwater