Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Update to my pubs.

May 25, 2014. Acceptance. Forthcoming May 29 in Melancholy Hyperbole . "Getting Religion at the A&W" and "Love is."

June 12, 2014. Acceptance. Red Fez . Modified version of "Vegetable Dreams"

September, 2014. Publication - (listed above): Skin Hunger, Invite me In and After the Tornado. http://neo.edu/Academics/CommunicationFineArts/English/Portmanteau

September 7 2014, Acceptance & Publication of Washed: in Intima .

October 19, 2014, 10th place, (1 of 10 poems submitted): In which I Crash the Graduate Student Poetry Reading (content warning - 18+ for language) "In Which I Crash the Graduate Student Poetry Reading" Winners announcement on blogtalk radio.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Juicing and Poetry

Recently, my sister and her sweetie, Merle Stiner, started "juicing" and posting pictures of their healthy breakfast options to their personal pages on facebook.

The pre-juice pictures looked delicious, and I was inspired to try my own variations.

I did a little research, and finally started with a modified version of the Dr. Oz drink and started drinking it every day as breakfast.

I leave mine thick like a shake, and add different items every day to keep up the diversity.

One of the things that amazed me about this was not the drink itself, but how much I loved the process.

There was something about the deliberateness of washing fresh vegetables and fruits, then cutting them up and putting them in the blender. I enjoyed the rhythm, and the simpleness. I liked how the different things combined into one taste, and yet still retained their individual flavors.

And I liked how preparing it took a while. It deliberately slowed things down in the morning. It gave me time to think.

I'm a rush rush in the morning person, and this changed everything for me. I long for more deliberateness in my life. More time, more simplicity.

Later, this was directly related to the satisfaction I felt when I was drinking the veggie smoothie.

It was kind of like drinking poetry.

Here are two new poems up at Melancholy Hyperbole. They specialize in publishing poetry about longing. If you enjoy them, please comment on Melancholoy's website. And if you are poet - please submit here! They are great to work with.

Getting Religion at A&W

Love Is

Here's to a little deliberateness in your day.

Best wishes,


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Update to my Publications

I spent most of the day reading a back issue of Rattle and chasing down more of what I liked online.

Then I re-read some of my stuff and wanted to cry. There are days I really hope nobody read my work. This is one of them.

Sometimes I go back and look at old work and go - EGADS.

But - then I read something I wrote and see that it's the beginning of something. I believe that someday, my writing will mature.

In the mean time, here's a list of people who like my growing pains:

October 15th - "Reclaimed: Original" Reclaimed (3rd place Journey Through The Genres Contest 2011) won the Ocean Magazine Fall 2013 Contest.

October 2013 - Tied for 7th place in the Poetry Superhighway Washed (one of 12 poems I submitted, so I had 11 losers there too hehe).

December 2013 - Acceptance - Strong Verse. Navigating the Hasty Waters & She Said.

February 6, 2014 - Acceptance. Skin Hunger "Skin Hunger" and Invite me In, A poem in Three parts "Poems In Progress" ((ask me for the pass code) Neo's Portmanteau (Upcoming Issue).

Keep writing!