Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

41CoSsxg1qL._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_How’s the first official work week of 2016 treating you, my fellow practicing writers?

So far, so good for me.

For Starters

Yes, I know we’re only five days in, but so far, I’ve stuck to my new year’s intention (a word I prefer to “resolution”) to draft one new poem every day. (Haiku counts.) I’m getting up a tad earlier to try to get these poems done before I dig into the rest of the day.

I admit that last year commenced with a similar intention—which petered out around April/May. But while it lasted, it was great—I wrote A LOT of poems, a few of which, after revision, have been published or accepted for publication in 2016. (Example: “Beautiful Enough.”)

Any success here I credit to prompts. Seriously: I could not even contemplate writing a poem a day if I didn’t have all kinds of prompts bookmarked or otherwise filed away. This week, I’ve also been consulting The Daily Poet: Day-by-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano. I bought a copy for my Kindle some weeks (months?) ago, when there was a Kindle special. But I saved the book for use in 2016. (more…)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Quiet Americans Q3 Donation to The Blue Card

the-blue-card-logoA few days ago I caught this news online: “The Obama administration has awarded $12 million for assistance to Holocaust survivors.” Per the article: “The allocation from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Jewish Federations of North America, to be disbursed over five years, is part of an initiative launched in late 2013 by Vice President Joe Biden to address the needs of survivors in the United States, a quarter of whom live below the poverty line.”

Well, it isn’t exactly $12 million, but I did, just this past weekend, send in my Q3 donation to The Blue Card. As many of you know, since the release of Quiet Americans in January 2011, I’ve been sending quarterly payments to this organization, which also works to support U.S.-based survivors who are in need. (Basically, one dollar from each sale–whether it’s a print copy or an e-book–goes to The Blue Card.) Thanks to all of you who have purchased the book over these years–you are all contributing. (more…)