Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Interview with Poet, David Budbill — Part II

We're talking with accomplished poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist, David Budbill. Check out Part I of this interview for a discussion on David's poetic beginnings, as well as to hear about how his life experiences influenced his writing.  And now, Part II... ********** Amanda: Let's talk about your upcoming collection, HAPPY LIFE. The title, at least, sounds like this is a work of positive… Continue reading Interview with Poet, David Budbill — Part II

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Interview with Poet, David Budbill — Part I

My sister gave me a coffee mug for Christmas (which, incidentally, is only used for tea) inscribed with one of my favorite lines of poetry: What good is my humility, when I am stuck in this obscurity?   It comes from a short poem I discovered several years ago called "Dilemma," written by David Budbill. I've always… Continue reading Interview with Poet, David Budbill — Part I

Books

When Reading is Worse Than Scrubbing Toilets

  I had been standing in lucky check-out line #7 at the grocery store for about ten minutes. (Yes, I always choose wrong.)  They were having technical issues with the register, so three strapping, young male clerks battled in heated discussion over the possible fix. When talk turned from technology to techno music (ugh), a grandmotherly manager -- with a hair switch that could keep dozens warm at… Continue reading When Reading is Worse Than Scrubbing Toilets

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Building Castles With Threadbare Sheets

    Last week the kids were on Spring Break, so we celebrated by packing our non-existent bags, and setting off for a grand Staycation.   Save for the plague of stomach flu that kicked in for the final few days, we had a great time.  We went out for over-priced-but worth-it-for-the-ambience hamburgers and shakes. We decorated plates, and seahorses,… Continue reading Building Castles With Threadbare Sheets

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Where You Need to Be to Write a True Story — Guest Post by Keija Parssinen

Today's post comes to you from novelist and poet, Keija Parssinen. I think you'll find that her writing drips of intelligence and vivid, honest images, with prose that often reads like poetry.  ********** Where You Need to Be to Write a True Story It’s hard to get inspired in Missouri in the winter. Everything is the color of dirty dish water—the sky, the leafless trees,… Continue reading Where You Need to Be to Write a True Story — Guest Post by Keija Parssinen

Writing

About Doors on Books, and Readers Walking In

  Sarah had a magic pen.She'd write a story now and then. And when her words were softly spoken,on the page a door would open.  I'm not sure where the above lines come from, but they seem to have been dancing around in my head for some time. I may have gotten them from a book. I may have made them… Continue reading About Doors on Books, and Readers Walking In