I missed my alliterative chance on Thursday, but I’m brimming with thanks today. So Thankful Thursday does a mash-up with Friday Five.
1. I’m thrilled that Borrowed Names is being considered for the Cybils Poetry Award. And how kind of them to post a review from Laura Purdie Salas.
2. Sara Lewis Holmes http://saralewisholmes.blogspot.com/2010/11/poetry-friday-and-what-im-reading-now.html blogs today about how reading poetry, specifically Borrowed Names, helps her while revising. I agree it’s a great genre to go to when you don’t want to get all lost and off track in a big novel, but need a bit more than say newspapers for your word fix.
3. Generous Elaine Magliaro http://wildrosereader.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-11-03T15%3A01%3A00-05%3A00 interviewed legendary poet and anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins, and also offered a chance for anyone to pose questions. Not only did we get answers, but one lucky participant, which turned out to be me, won one of Lee’s books. I blogged about Sharing the Seasons, and will be happy to have an inscribed copy of this anthology. Here’s a picture of Elaine and Lee from the NCTE convention last year.
4. The students in my writing class at the Art Studio http://www.art-studio.org/ make me smile. Josh with his enthusiasm for haiku in its myriad forms. Emily with her sweetness and slanting rhymes. Simone’s homage to the wreck of a Barbie doll. Rachel’s passion for self expression, even by way of zombies. Jean-Marc’s sense of direction: my guess is he plays chess. Ian’s determination to get things right. Here are a few of the questions they thought good to ask of their characters: Do you have more of a nice side? How does your mind work? If you had only 24 hours left to live, what would you do? Would you kill someone for one million? Did you get me a present? Have you forgiven yourself for what you’ve done?
5. I’m thankful for plain old moving forward with the writing. Not to say there aren’t twists and turns and moving backwards. But words are stacking up in their slow un-showy way, and I don’t take the muse, who I know can be fickle or finicky, for granted.
I’m sorry not to be participating in Poetry Friday today, but there are some great poems and thoughts to be found at the roundup here: http://childrens-literacy.com/2010/11/11/poetry-friday-lots-of-dots-and-a-roundup-too/
Have a great weekend, and if you’re a writer, I hope your characters bring you presents!