Happy Birthday Margaret!

My sister and I have birthdays within one day of each other, mine was yesterday, Margaret’s is today, which meant we shared a party and a cake every year! Happy Birthday Margaret!

The thoughts of the moment

Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable. Francis Bacon My thoughts today I am knee deep in words, my science paper, my packet work for school and editing. I got an unexpected bonus the snow storm means we are closing the restaurant early so I… Continue reading The thoughts of the moment

Submitting your work to a literary journal

How to Submit your creative writing to a Literary Journal A quick reminder list before you send in your creative writing to a literary journal.For many creative writers submitting to a literary journal and getting published is a writing goal. These reminders will help you reach that goal.

Going Home to the Mountains

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”John Muir outdoor adventure gear, tent poles, replacement tent poles, char cloth, fire piston, trekking poles, camping tarp, camping, backpacking, hiking

Statements about writing poetry

Found this great list from Marvin Bell on writing poetry on the Copper Canyon Press website. Some more pictures from my trip back east as I work on my packet work due Monday, November 2nd. Lovingly,The Writing Nag

The Poet’s Trade

“No one expects a man to make a chair without first learning how, but there is a popular impression that the poet is born, not made, and that his verses burst from his overflowing heart of themselves. As a matter of fact, the poet must learn his trade in the same manner, and with the… Continue reading The Poet’s Trade

Explore Haibun

“Few travelers pass that way at any time. Now that the snow has come, Whom can she hope to see On Yoshino’s steep mountain path?” As I Crossed A Bridge of Dreams Recollections of a Woman in Eleventh-Century Japan It is snowing outside, very slow, soft feathery flakes and I am reading haibun, specifically this… Continue reading Explore Haibun

Reaching your goal

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” –Benjamin Mays


Zuihitsu-occasional writings,random jottings, brush strokes, stray notes, journal entries “made famous in The Pillow Book” Wikipedia’s definition of zuihitsu. This week I read The Narrow Road to the Interior Poems by Kimiko Hahn Here is an example of Kimoko Hahn’s Zuihitsu I found online. Is blogging zuihitsu? I’m unsure because I think most bloggers write… Continue reading Zuihitsu