Listen to Your Mother

May 6, 2015

This post was written by CBramkamp

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Listen to Your MotherI tried out for, and was accepted to perform in Listen To Your Mother, (from their web site):

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in celebration of Mother’s Day.

Born of the creative work of mothers who publish on-line, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities.

BUT I couldn’t participate in the rehearsals, and so couldn’t be in the show, which was a bummer, but one of the reasons I couldn’t attend the rehearsal was I was busy being a mother and delivering  my son’s books, video games and stuffed animals to his new house.  Because it was his turn to store them.

I thought I’d share what I read for the audition.  The lovely ladies whoRead More

National Poetry Month – An Angry Fix

April 29, 2015

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Did you participate in National Poetry Month?  Did you write a lot of bad poems this April  and now have two pretty good ones?  Send them to us and we’ll read them on the show!

Can you identify the original poem that inspired the summary?

Click on the answer for more information, or you can nod you head and say, oh yes, I remember that poem from the sixth grade.

Happy Poetry Month!

Sugar Statue, Poetry Month, Howl, GinsbergHere is the final set of Summaries:

  • Polar Bear – Frigidaire – Pizza Night
  • Everybody Sings about America
  • Running Naked thru SF – Bad Idea
  • “Can you describe this?” – “I can”

And the poems are:

Shel Silverstein
“There’s a Polar Bear
In our Frigidaire–

He likes it ’cause it’s cold in there.
With his seat in the meat
And his face in the fish

For More . . .

I, Too
LANGSTON HUGHES

I, too, singRead More

Episode 170 – “Constructing With Luke Matthews”

April 28, 2015

This post was written by Damien

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Luke Matthews


An unabashed geek, Luke is a fervent reader, cinephile, gamer, and comic book fan, and he has been an avid poker player since his early twenties. A life filled with so many hobbies doesn’t lend itself to easy devotion to a craft, but when the beginnings of CONSTRUCT found the page, those words pulled him inexorably toward writing, now the primary passion in his life.

Luke lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, three cats, and a rambunctious German wirehaired pointer. You can find more of his words on his blog at geekelite.geekerific.com, or listen to him babble on about comic books on the Trade Secrets Podcast at Geekerific.com.

CONSTRUCT is his debut novel.
  The essence of every construct resides in their core. ARead More

National Poetry Month – Just Saying

April 22, 2015

This post was written by CBramkamp

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I am still  celebrating National Poetry Month in April. I am working on writing a (bad) poem a day and have a notebook dedicated to the task.   In service of poetry and of having more fun with poems, I crafted somewhat snarky one line descriptions of famous poems.

Can you identify the original poem that inspired the summary?

Click on the answer for more information, or you can nod you head and say, oh yes, I remember that poem from the sixth grade.

Happy Poetry Month and look for one more opportunity to identify more poems!

Annabel Lee and Creepy Me, GothicThe Summaries

  • Wastelands are Everywhere – Especially Post WWII
  • Trust Your Sister – Skip the Goblin Market
  • Roses Fade Baby – Let’s Do It Tonight
  • Cold Plums are Good
  • Annabel Lee & Creepy Me

And the poems are:

The Wasteland
TS Eliot

April is the cruellest month,Read More

Episode 169 – “Let’s All Go To France!”

April 19, 2015

This post was written by Damien

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 The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Beth Barany

Frenchest thing I could find on Google

This week we have Beth Barany on to talk about her writers retreat… in FRANCE! The talk quickly divulged into talk of chocolate so no complaints here!

How to set one up, what to do once you are there.

http://paris.bethbarany.com/

What we have in store for you

Four Half-Day Workshops, all the curriculum included
— Plenty of writing time
— Guided Trips to the City of Lights
— Fun & Time for Creative Writing
— Work on Your Novel
— Be True to Yourself, Your Process and Be in the World!

Workshop: Module 1 on Preparing Your Novel: Story Premise & Synopsis
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Lunch at local restaurant three-course meal, including coffee or tea and water. Guide meets group at lunch and providesRead More