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So, I have been busy. Submitting! Reclaiming old hard drives & finding out if I had any diamonds in the rough. I had a couple. Here’s one:

imageIt’s 10 years old, or so. Corel Draw–remember that program? It was powerful for its day.

Here’s another easy peasy envelope idea–just use decorative tape (Washi, Duct, etc…this example is duct tape–there is a bonus kitty in there, too! That’s Poco, our crazy old man kitty. He’s super imagesweet, though.)

Working on a new poetry project. Hoping to get it mostly first draft ready before NaNoWriMo begins, because I have a really cool adventure-fantasy novel in mind to write for November. I’m still not as far along with idea generating as I am in a normal year, but I have main characters fleshed out, some secondary characters and I know the general theme of the story. I still don’t have an ending in mind, which is somewhat troublesome, but…I think the story will be a TON of fun to write, and maybe I don’t have to have everything laid out beforehand. Maybe the ending will write itself once I get involved in the story. I am trying not to be too worried. I call myself a “pantser” because I don’t use a formal outline. I think though that I AM actually an outliner, only I keep it up in my head until it’s time to write. My brain has taken so many hits this year, I’m a little (lot) worried about relying on my memory these days. I really need to start writing all of my ideas down, so I can reference (and not forget) them.

I have let go of a couple of worries (mostly) so my head has not been as bad as it was earlier in the summer. We visited my Bebecita & her fiance this past weekend in Indianapolis. Had a great time! I miss my baby girl, though. 😦 We saw Oklahoma! at Beef & Boards which is one of our favorite Indy hangouts. Unfortunately, it was the weakest performance we’ve ever seen at Beef & Boards and also the weakest performance of Oklahoma! 😦 We were so disappointed, we left at intermission. We did get a birthday cake for the Bebecita, though! She’ll be 24 this Friday. So hard to believe!

Hubs and I also celebrated our anniversary this past Friday. #16 married and #21 since we met & started dating. His friend was in town from Texas, so we hung out with him for a while. Had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. No disappointment there–the food was AMAZING! Hubs even danced with me, which was fun. We’ve been so busy lately, though, that we came home and CRASHED. So much work, it’s crazy.

Speaking of work…I have some to do tonight, so I need to jet–but I’m overdue on an update!

Namaste~

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Scribbles

 

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Sidewalk Poetry Event

Here are some of my offerings for the Sidewalk Poetry event at I Know You Like a Book from 6-7pm tonight in Peoria Heights. The flip side of the palm card is information about PeoWrimos, my writers’ group! Come read your poetry, or enjoy the words of others.

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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Scribbles

 

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Mail Art: Just Do It! (A Non-Artist’s Perspective)

Mail Art: Just Do It! (A Non-Artist’s Perspective)

If you’ve ever received a very colorful, hand-embellished envelope from me, know that I am trying my hand at mail art. Mail art has been around since the advent of the postal service but it was made popular in the 1950s (known art exchanges have been documented with Exquisite Corpse, earlier in the century as well). It is making a revival, especially given the popularity of email, the decline of the economy which is affecting the postal service in every community world-wide and the love of nostalgia.

I’m a huge fan of mail art! Not only decorating envelopes, but participating in exchanges that are devoted to sending handmade goodies via snailmail.

I recently became involved in a mail art swap, and I had the best time! I lurked in the group for several months before I finally signed up for one of their every-other-month swaps (I don’t have permission to advertise the group, but if you search on mail art in Facebook, you will be able to find it & request membership of the closed group!) in June and mailed my creations out this month.

Mind you, I am not an artist. I can doodle and make some crafty things without feeling horribly embarrassed, but the reason I waited so long to join an exchange was because nearly everyone there is a true artist! The reason I joined a swap recently was because the theme was “Dinosaurs, Unicorns & Octopi” and I wanted to make an octopus. Like this:

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It was purely nostalgia & selfishness that drove me. I didn’t have any other plan than a dorky yarn octopus-one like the pink one that sat on the pink bedspread of “my” room at my grandparents’ house when I was growing up. There was one guy in the exchange…I waited with baited breath, just hoping I wouldn’t end up with the guy as my partner because I didn’t think he’d appreciate a cutesy yarn doll. Finally, I got a girl!! Alas, a non-frilly goth girl. Thus, the crazy, red button eyes and charcoal gray color of my doll! haha

This also afforded me the opportunity to start something I’ve been wanting to do for a few months now. I was the recipient of a 100 Post Card project last year, was honored to be involved & thought it would be really cool to pay it forward with 100 Haikus. That project has since evolved, and now I am planning to send 100 Poetry Broadsides (handmade) instead with my original poetry. Here is the broadside I sent for the exchange:

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I drug my feet on this, actually. I had to freehand the mermaid tail and it terrified me! The deadline was looming though, and I just had to do it. I don’t think it turned out nearly as bad as I was thinking it could!

Finally, feeling a bit sub-par with my art skills (or lack thereof), I decided to make a mixed tape for my exchange buddy. I stalked her tumblr account to see what sort of music she liked & got a CD made with all sorts of dino-uni-octi-themed music & a handmade CD insert. You get to enjoy a song off of the CD too! I figure, she will at least enjoy the music even if she thinks the octopus is stupid & the artwork and/or poetry is lame.

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I am pretty fearless with my attempts at art. Maybe because I know I’m not an artist (technically writing is an art, but the art that I have any talent in only involves WORDS!), so you might think I’m just a glutton for punishment, but…

I signed up for the next exchange too, which is an Alphabet exchange (think Dr. Seuss’s Alphabet Book). Plus, I invited my daughter, who truly is an artist to join the exchange too, because she LOVES typography. It was her favorite class in her college art studies. She is going to make me look really silly, but I am super proud of her, and I have writerly ideas in mind too. I can’t wait to find out which letter I will be responsible for (we will be assigned our letter in early August). I can’t wait to start on the newest chapter of my artsy endeavors! Carpe diem!

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Japanese Poetry Forms

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I think this post is all my daughter’s fault. She has been fascinated with the Japanese culture since she was about seven years old–art, culture, society, etc. What once was an infatuation, has become a life thread for her, because she is engaged to a wonderful Japanese man and has been studying the language for years.

We homeschooled for several years, and because of her love of Japanese art styles (and because of my love of poetry) we did a haiku & tanka segment for English lessons. I loved haiku and tanka because at that time of my life, I was trying to break away from strictly rhymed and metered poetry, but was having a hard time finding my free verse voice. It was a win-win segment of study for us!

I actually found a website that says everything I want to say on the topic of Japanese Poetry Forms, but I noticed that there is a little word (Challenge) near the top of this particular page. Did someone just challenge me? Did they? Huh. DID THEY!?

Perhaps I will have to do another 100 [Poetry Form] challenge of some sort after the 100 Haiku(s). I have haiku in the queue (not intended to rhyme, but I’m a poet & I don’t know it–but my feet show it; they’re longfellows (a ditty my grandpa used to always recite to me since I was the family poet from a very early age! I sure miss that wonderful man (Grandpa)), but just started working on the actual cards themselves. I have homes for about a dozen cards so far…after that is anyone’s guess as to where I will send them!

 

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Ice Cream/I Scream

Even my ice cream is celebrating National Poetry Month. Please bear with me, so I can share the story, which will eventually come back to the ice cream.

Here’s another ‘I’ word: Icky, which is how I’m feeling– thus another day-late post and the screaming, but in my quietest inner-whisper voice. I’ve been battling a bevy of illnesses – shingles, autoimmune disease and migraines for a solid six weeks now. As a result, my appetite is nearly non-existent (which is good for losing weight, but not so good for regaining strength & energy). The migraine part has become another ‘I’ word, intense. Pain, brain fog, auras, fever & nausea and after a couple weeks of this, I was put on a medication to hopefully kill the migraine today, but I had to eat with it. I also needed gasoline, or my car would not have made it home or back to work today. What does one eat, when nausea makes everything sound horrid?

The thought of ice cream didn’t completely gross me out, so I bought some of the chocolate-cherry variety at the gas station. Limerick Cherry Chocolate, to be exact. It’s made by a company I’ve never heard of (2nd Street Creamery) and it didn’t taste half bad! The cutesy limerick, on the other hand, was on the cheesy side and could use a little work…

 

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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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One Hundred Haiku(s)!

[Note: I had this typed up & ready to go yesterday, but crashed & burned before I posted. Also! Received my broadsides from Guerilla Poetics Project in the mail yesterday, and the first two have already been smuggled!!]

I just learned that the plural of haiku is not haikus…it’s simply still haiku, though it is becoming accepted (at least in America) to use “haikus” to mean more than one poem. Ya learn something new every day!

I bet you’re wondering where the hundred part fits in. Well, let me tell you! Twitter is a fascinating tool. I met a lady from Australia there who challenged herself to sending 100 Pantone postcards all over the world. Thought it was a great idea, so I adapted it to fit a haiku theme. I received a buttercup yellow Pantone card from her that matched the walls in my living room to a tee!

Where will I find 100 people to send haiku cards to? You might be able to help me out there! If you are interested in receiving an original haiku penned by moi, leave me a direct message (& feel free to follow me) on Twitter – @velvetjademuse . Please let me know why you’re DMing me, so I know it’s not spam & leave me a way to contact you for your address. Although I live in the USA, I will send anywhere in the world. If Spanish is your native language, I will even write haiku en espanol! (I could use the practice!!)

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Frost, Found Poetry, Flailing & Fun

What is it about The Road Not Taken (also sometimes referred to as The Road Less ImageTraveled) that still has people relating to it a hundred years later? Here’s Robert Frost‘s poem, so you can test it out for timelessness yourself:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I have lost my poetry! I won’t have time to look for it today, but I will hopefully find it tomorrow! I already talked about Found Poetry in my Collage Poetry entry, but that is really what I plan to do on Sunday…I’m itching to try some found poetry collages! I have all sorts of words and images cut out of magazines and I’m ready to go as soon as I can find the time.
Flailing, oh the flailing. I am just barely treading water with the A to Z Challenge! I’m relatively new to blogging and I didn’t learn about the challenge until last weekend, but I was hoping to stay a day ahead of the curve throughout the month. I started out strong, and now I’m starting to flail! Oh, wail! Writing is supposed to be all about the fun, in my humble opinion. It’s the one part of my life that is normally not stressful. So, look for some more lighthearted posts in the coming days. I’m determined to put the FUN back into this project!

 

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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