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Deconstructed Poem, what it looks like

August 19, 2015

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Luggage by Catharine Bramkamp
Luggage by Catharine Bramkamp

everything in one bag, – St. Petersburg

We were pleased to host Terry Lucas  (Episode 174) and learn more about poetry.  As an experiment I took Terry up on his 5 for $5 and sent in five poems.

Here is the poem and his suggestions, just so you can see what it’s like to work with a poetry coach.

The Poem:

Don’t Leave Home Without You  (Great Title!)

you are my flat umbrella  (as in broken open too far or unopened?  So he didn’t understand flat umbrella as a travel umbrella, so I need to another descriptor)
against the gutter running storm  (gutter-running)
In Port Douglas (Nice music: “umbrella,” “gutter,” and “running”; “storm” and “Port”)

You are the extra euros
tucked into rolled socks
stuffed into the backup flats  ( I’d say “my …flats”Read More

Great Story – Weird Sentences

January 8, 2015

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Books and Wine

Photo by Kurt Rogers

Writing the first draft of your novel is absolutely the most fun a writer can have. The next is receiving an award for the finished product.

It’s the middle that is challenging.

It’s the moment when you look at your work and your brain flashes with – what was I thinking?

You weren’t thinking. Misplaced modifiers and badly placed participial phrases are often the result of quick writing and a propensity, while creating the first drafts, of place holding. The challenge is rooting these sentences out of the manuscript and email or business proposal before they (and you) become the butt of a joke.

Sloan Madison managed to escape from the borrowed truck before it sank and swam to the river bank. His water soaked clothes dragged at him, impeding his slippery climbRead More

Episode 111-“Your Genitals Can Talk?”

December 14, 2013

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Co-host: Dionne Lister

So Catharine’s busy enjoying the silly season, and whilst I should be too, I decided to hijack the show completely and have Author, editor and Tweeper Dionne Lister host a show with me. Bound to be fun, and quickly spiraled into talk of her latest creation: Close Call: A Doris & Jemma Vadgeventure

What is a Vadgeventure you ask? Let’s think about it for a moment.

Dionne is a trendsetter for Newbie Writers. First guest to drop an F-Bomb on our show and this time around, the first conversation about vagina’s. That’s right, we have the vagina talk for most of the show. Are you feeling uncomfortable or intrigued? I’d like your feedback below in the comments section. We discuss how using such terms has increased in awkwardness and howRead More

Episode 99 – “The Horror of Technical Difficulties!”

September 15, 2013

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Lori Michelle

Lila s perfect Saturday night means falling asleep on the couch with a glass of wine and a good book. But even the perfect night could go bad when Lila starts longing to know what secrets her brain keeps locked away. Left with only distorted nightmares of her life before the accident, she numbly goes through life, hoping to find out just who she is. Amber, double-crossed by a lover, would much rather be slipping something in the wine than sipping it. While she gives great pleasure, loving Amber comes with great pain. Her body is a weapon and she knows how to use it. Detective Balducci, now removed from the Harvester Killer case, begins an off-the-record investigation that will not only test his skill as aRead More

Episode 95 – “Uncooked Editing With North Atlantic Books”

August 17, 2013

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special guest: Erin Wiegand

Senior Editor for North Atlantic Books


On North Atlantic Books.

Founded in 1974, North Atlantic Books has been located in Berkeley, California since 1977. Over this period, North Atlantic has become a leading publisher of alternative health, martial arts, and spiritual titles.

Our mission is to affect planetary consciousness, nurture spiritual and ecological disciplines, disseminate ancient wisdom, and put forth ways to transmute cultural dissonance and violence into service. We have given voice to many new modalities of living and thinking about our world since the 1960s–ways to interrogate and rediscover diet, healing, mindfulness, psychotherapy, somatic and martial practice, and creativity. Our specific strengths are martialRead More