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Thank You, Vagabondage Press!!!!!   Leave a comment

look on the bright side of life

Image by Leonard John Matthews via Flickr

For writing about moi today:

http://vagabondagepress.blogspot.com/2010/11/author-insides-helen-r-peterson.html

Seriously, it was a nice boost, especially on a day like today when my youngest woke up wheezing like an old woman whose been smoking 6 packs a day since 1932.  Needless to say, not much writing got done. I didn’t even go online to see the interview until this evening, when she conked out, vaporizer buzzing, Vick’s rubbed on her chest.

Another bit of craziness, my little pink flash drive is missing somewhere in the house. The most recent ms for Cain is on that flash drive. Ergo, can’t work on it. Taking it as a sign that I should go with my gut and cut out this new character, either that or at least go back to where he was introduced, before it got all campy like a bad 80s movie with nuns. (Think Eric Idle, not Whoopi). With that in mind, I’m going to devote at least a slice of time tomorrow to digging up the old draft and writing for at least ten minutes. More if it gets good and the house doesn’t burn down.

Poems about chicanery and skulduggery also didn’t get writ, I’ll do that tomorrow too. Maybe. See above.

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Poetic Diversity   Leave a comment

http://www.poeticdiversity.org/main/poems-fea.php?nameCode=helenpeterson&date=2010-08-01

Poetic Diversity is an online poetry journal from Los Angeles California that published two short poems of mine this month. Both poems, “This Car Climbed Mount Washington” and “Window-Framed” were written during flash sessions with fellow writers on an online workshop. Flash occurs twice a week on this specific site, when a member posts words and images, and other members write for a set amount of time inspired by those words and images. The flash could be an hour-long, or 24 hours long, depending upon the person who posts the prompts. It’s a fun way to get your creativity going. There are days when I look at the screen, or my journal, and nothing comes. When you’ve been given the gift of three or four little words, you can mold them any way you want to. I encourage everyone to have a Flash session with friends, or randomly open the dictionary, close your eyes, point to a few words, and fly Flash solo. I would even encourage you, if you feel like sharing, to post your own Flash experiences here in the comments section.

In fact, allow me to share the prompts that inspired these two poems, and see what you can do with them on your own. The word prompts for Window Framed were velvet, hammock, and indecision. The prompts for This Car Climbed Mt. Washington were cotton, speedometer, and mountain. Enjoy a little brain exercise on me. I look forward to seeing your results.