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A Pacific Northwest poet, writing confessional and haunting poetry.

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Dec 31 Prompt

Let’s end the year on a positive note – most everyone I know  Continue reading “Dec 31 Prompt”

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Dec 30 Prompt

Dec 30 has a mess of differnt historical happenings such as Dec 30, 1936 ;The United Auto Workers union staged its first sitdown strike.

So, as we traditionally look Continue reading “Dec 30 Prompt”

Dec 29 Prompt

Our prompt today is “tomato & winter squash”.

And  – dang – a soup of that sounds Continue reading “Dec 29 Prompt”

Dec 28 Prompt

Today – as one of the Twelve Days of Christmas – is Holy Innocents Day. And that is Continue reading “Dec 28 Prompt”

CC Willow here – December’s Art Walks

2017 Something Red Art Walk
2017 Something Red Art Walk

I do have two paintings on the Something Red Art Walk in Downtown Salem: RedHead @ Elsinore Gallery  & Framing and Tent at World Beat @ CCTV through the end of December  – both available for sale. (Though I heard a rumor that CCTV is closed this week for the holidays.) I will be picking them up when December ends.

Continue reading “CC Willow here – December’s Art Walks”

Dec 26 prompt

Today’s prompt is especially timely – given yesterday’s traditional gift-giving frenzy. It is ” thank you note”. 

Write a poem that is a thank you note or a poem about a thank you note.

Or maybe an anti-thank-you-note poem (because I think Dear Abby’s obsession with Thank You notes is overblown, if you verbally said “TY” why waste paper and stamp saying it again …

Dec 19 prompt

Today’s prompt is inspired by my Monday evening … it is “by the Continue reading “Dec 19 prompt”

Dec 18 prompt

It’s Monday – but let’s have some fun …Grab the nearest book & go to page 22. Continue reading “Dec 18 prompt”

Dec 17 prompt

Let’s have today’s prompt be “chocolate-covered anythinng” …

I’m heading for bed – ninth and final performance tomorrow afternoon for “Christmas at THe Blizzard.”


Poinsetta by CC Willow
Poinsetta by CC Willow

Reminder, my Etsy site CC Willow Arts will be 10% off through December (I can gift-wrap for you). Also – If you like my zentangle patterns, many are available on items, like pillows, on RedBubble

If you are into community

Poinsetta 2 by CCWillow
Poinsetta 2 by CCWillow

theater and in Oregon’s Willamette Valley – the murder mystery that I have been in rehearsals for – “Christmas At The Blizzard” -opened Dec 1 and is running weekends through Dec. 17.  See Silverton’s  Brush Creek Playhouse’s website for details …

Dec 16 prompt

Today’s prompt can go many ways – it is “cold Continue reading “Dec 16 prompt”

Day 15 prompt

Still December – so tossing in another holiday-themed prompt out there ..Today’s is “the lights on my tree” …

One of my favorite traditions is sitting in a quiet house, after everyone has gone to bed, watching the christmas lights dance to some Christmas music put on low. When my husband was alive, I would be cuddled in his lap – a cat curled up in mine. I still do this on my own – my tree loaded down with lights, some years I don’t even put ornamets on it, allowing the lights ceter stage.

Write a poem – tell me about you lights, your tree. Or why you refuse to have any. Or why you keep them u year-long.


Poinsetta by CC Willow
Poinsetta by CC Willow

Reminder, my Etsy site CC Willow Arts will be 10% off through December (I can gift-wrap for you). Also – If you like my zentangle patterns, many are available on items, like pillows, on RedBubble. I loaded three new ines today …

If you are into community

Poinsetta 2 by CCWillow
Poinsetta 2 by CCWillow

theater and in Oregon’s Willamette Valley – the murder mystery that I have been in rehearsals for – “Christmas At The Blizzard” -opened Dec 1 and is running weekends through Dec. 17.  See Silverton’s  Brush Creek Playhouse’s website for details …

Dec 13 prompt

Today’s prompt “Mother, on her birthday”

My mother’s birthday Continue reading “Dec 13 prompt”

Dec 12 prompt

Ipoetry prompt/ Poetry prompy, Poetry prompt?

Sorry – I’m late today. stayed up last night with my CC Willow hat on – updating my database after neglecting it since September. Still need to finish that today as End Of Year is coming …

I like writing about current events – seeing what lessons can be gleaned from them or what wordds can heal. And given yesterday’s subway bombing … let’s have today’s prompt be Continue reading “Dec 12 prompt”

Dec 11 prompt

It is a month of hoidays …

Today’s prompt is “Chanukah begins”


Poinsetta by CC Willow
Poinsetta by CC Willow

Reminder, my Etsy site CC Willow Arts will be 10% off through December (I can gift-wrap for you). Also – If you like my zentangle patterns, many are available on items, like pillows, on RedBubble

If you are into community

Poinsetta 2 by CCWillow
Poinsetta 2 by CCWillow

theater and in Oregon’s Willamette Valley – the murder mystery that I have been in rehearsals for – “Christmas At The Blizzard” -opened Dec 1 and is running weekends through Dec. 17.  See Silverton’s  Brush Creek Playhouse’s website for details …

Day 10 prompt

Late – due to tech issues … But I got some sleep and I’m tackling it anew.

Today’s prompt has been on my mind for a three weeks – perhaps because I have become such  a homebody. It  is “you are the ghost in your house” … Continue reading “Day 10 prompt”

Day 30 – Last Day of Challenges

Last day of challenges. I have about 2K words left to write for NaNoWriMo. And 2 poems to go …

I am still pondering posting a prompt a day starting tomorrow if anyone is interested … Let me know. Continue reading “Day 30 – Last Day of Challenges”

Day 29 – Count Down on November Writing Challenges

Running today. I am hoping to play #1 linewed on Twitter today … but not sure I will get that chance!

Here’s the prompts:  Continue reading “Day 29 – Count Down on November Writing Challenges”

Day 28 – Knocked down 2 days, now back

Counting today, there are only three days left of November’s Writing Challenges. (Also see end of today’s post for announcement. )

Sorry for my absence – I was knocked down for two days Continue reading “Day 28 – Knocked down 2 days, now back”

Day 22 of NovPAD / NaNoWriMo

Challegiing day but excited for Thanksgiving! Son has asked to be the Meister Chef tomorrow and looking forward to what deliciousness he whips up.

Hopefully the brownies will take the day off…

Today’s Writing Challnges’ prompts:

NovPAD

RLB today suggest using “(blank) Day” as the title of today’s NovPAD poem. This may end up being an elegy to my Grizzly (T-Day was always his holiday … and now Son takes up the mantle.)

Poetry Potion has a prompt of “Angels & vices” – I first read that as Angels and voices” … Might become my poem.

Mia’s Prompt for Day 22 is “distorted sounds”.

All really great prompts …

NaNoWiMo

I’ll have to pick this one up later; don’t have it with me right now …
Zentangle

I did a fun Fall tangle this morning! It features the patterns of Trimind, Bask-It, Swirly, Vega & Flovine against a background of Twenty-One. 

I hope to share a poem tomorrow. 

Zentangle by CC Willow

DAY 25 – And I’m wearing my CC Willow name today

Redhead by CC Willow

I’m behind the counter today with my red head, assisting in the Artists in Action’ “Something Red” Art Walk intake … Been kept busy as artists throughout the Willamette Valley drop off art for this annual event!  Continue reading “DAY 25 – And I’m wearing my CC Willow name today”

Day 24 Guess I should title this post ….

Okay – Now that midnight has past and my fridge is full of tastry turkey (Thanks, Son!), I’ll now concede it’s Christmas in the house! Something about a full meal with the family and then board games around the table definately get me into the mood! As you could probably tell from last night’s tangling …

About prompts: Continue reading “Day 24 Guess I should title this post ….”

Day 23 Thankful for Writing Challenges

Happy Thanksgiving to those in the United States and Americans abroad! Expecially to our  brave our, defense warriors stationed away from family.

I’m not one these days for expressing my gratitude aloud these days, other than thanking  someone for a favor they have done.  The reason being= it seems a sure-fire way to lose what I appreciate having. Continue reading “Day 23 Thankful for Writing Challenges”

Day 22 of NovPAD / NaNoWriMo

Challegiing day but excited for Thanksgiving! Son has asked to be the Meister Chef tomorrow and looking forward to what deliciousness he whips up.

Hopefully the brownies will take the day off…

Today’s Writing Challnges’ prompts:

NovPAD

RLB today suggest using “(blank) Day” as the title of today’s NovPAD poem. This may end up being an elegy to my Grizzly (T-Day was always his holiday … and now Son takes up the mantle.)

Poetry Potion has a prompt of “Angels & vices” – I first read that as Angels and voices” … Might become my poem.

Mia’s Prompt for Day 22 is “distorted sounds”.

All really great prompts …

NaNoWiMo

I’ll have to pick this one up later; don’t have it with me right now …
Zentangle

I did a fun Fall tangle this morning! It features the patterns of Trimind, Bask-It, Swirly, Vega & Flovine against a background of Twenty-One. 

I hope to share a poem tomorrow. 

Zentangle by CC Willow

Day 21 – 3 weeks of NovPAD & NaNoWriMo

Spent this morning looking for my glasses; never did find them. I suspect the brownies took them & hid them. Today is also a day when physical law refuse to work for me. Those two challenges leave today being a “catch me if you can” day.

I need to spend today in my role as CC Willow, working on my online art offerings & setting up a holiday sale. So, on for today …

Continue reading “Day 21 – 3 weeks of NovPAD & NaNoWriMo”

Day 20 of 30-Day Writing Challenges

Tech issues, so this post will be composed in stages today.

One of those days when I can’t quite get my emotions under control – so all my devices are SLIDing and in the weirdest ways (im) possible. Let’s go from phone to ‘puter now … Continue reading “Day 20 of 30-Day Writing Challenges”

Day 19 Sunday, Fun day for NovPAD and NaNoWriMo

And, yes, there will be a poem shared!

So yesterday I let procrastination limit how much I could write y’day. When I did get to Everybody Likes Pie, I was able to lose myself completely in it … for about 30 mins at a time. But then my inner domestic kept reminding me of chores I needed to do, which led to more chores needing to be done. Writers’ life, sheesh. Continue reading “Day 19 Sunday, Fun day for NovPAD and NaNoWriMo”

Day 18 of NovPAD and NaNoWriMo

I thought I already posted this… Well, here it goes.

I have set today aside for poeming & noveling. So now I have the dishes done , two loads of laundry folded and one washing, floors swept, and a lil’ Thanksgiving prep handled.

Continue reading “Day 18 of NovPAD and NaNoWriMo”

Day 17 of November’s Challenges & poem

September 17, or – as my people think of it – four months until St. Patrick’s Day! I’m wearing the green today!

Been busy doing a lot of novelling last night & today on Everybody Likes Pie. Continue reading “Day 17 of November’s Challenges & poem”

Day 16 NovPAD prompts …

It’s Thursday which means a full day and I’m on the run. Let me share today’s writing challenges prompts.

And, yes, this is being composed on my phone because I’m on the run today, so it’s a stripped down version …. Continue reading “Day 16 NovPAD prompts …”

Day 15 – Halfway done with November … and a poem

Halfway there! Of course, I refer to – not word count – but time. And if you find yourself not even halfway through the poems , not even at the 25K word count  at the end of today, that’s okay… We still have another 15 days; plenty of time still to write! Continue reading “Day 15 – Halfway done with November … and a poem”

Day 13 Sharing a NovPAD poem, Calling

It’s Monday – Which for me  is one of the days fully scheduled, so I’m running today …

I usually have a theme in mind before a PAD challenge ensues – but this year my mind felt no pull towards a particular subject – So I thought I would then see what theme will develop through the month … and one has starting with Day 1.  Let me share my current draft … Continue reading “Day 13 Sharing a NovPAD poem, Calling”

Day 12 – Almost Week 2 and the struggle is real …

I really admire how Robert Lee Brewer creates a poem to share with each of his PAD prompts.

I want to do that – really, really want to do that on my Poem-A-Day challenges.  I also want to have my post Continue reading “Day 12 – Almost Week 2 and the struggle is real …”

Day 11 and SteamPunk Masquerade Ball!

steampunk+ball+flyer (1)So … in September I found myself a member of the committee to put on Salem’s Inaugural SteamPunk Masquerade Ball. So the past two months we have been gearing up for it. And tonight’s The Night! Continue reading “Day 11 and SteamPunk Masquerade Ball!”

Day 9 Write If It’s November

RLB’s prompt Nov PAD prompt is “(blank) if (blank).

And with that my poem for the day will start : Continue reading “Day 9 Write If It’s November”

Day 8 NovPAD 1 week down

So the first week of the challengees is now officially in the bag. How you holding up?

As for me, the housework is slipping as the writing steps up. My projects are revving up; the poeming, the novel-writing, the art … and the demanding weather-proofing that November’s weather demands.  Continue reading “Day 8 NovPAD 1 week down”

Day 7 NovPAD Poeming today with TL Cooper

I sat today in a south Salem Starbucks with one of my favorite poets, and people, TL Cooper for a poeming session …

Well, that was our intention-  poeming and blogging. Continue reading “Day 7 NovPAD Poeming today with TL Cooper”

Day 6 Trying to squeeze in my NovPAD & NaNoWriMo 

Today is Monday, and for me it’s one of my few scheduled days. And today has an extra trip folded into it.

So naturally, the Gremlins are excited and active … Continue reading “Day 6 Trying to squeeze in my NovPAD & NaNoWriMo “

Day 5 NovPAD & NaNoWriMo Party Day …

So Nov 5th … or Day 5 as I call it. 🙂

I’m starting to get in the groove of writing – and as I’ve done in the past – the more I producive I am at writing, the more productive I am at the non-writing chores.   Of course, some is the natural procrastination we writers have:  Choice A: Wash out the garbage bins that now has it’s own culture thriving in their depths or Choice B Write your character out of a spot of trouble …  Choice A it is! Continue reading “Day 5 NovPAD & NaNoWriMo Party Day …”

Day 1 November’s Poem-A Day Challenge

I’ve been looking forward to today.  It’s the start of two writing challenges – November’s Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge (NovPAD) & National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!

I do both. In fact, overacheiver that I am, I usually do multiple PAD challenges. It started with Poetic Asides’ challenge hosted by Writer’s Digest’s own Robert Lee Brewer; Continue reading “Day 1 November’s Poem-A Day Challenge”

Day 28 PAD heading to finish line …

Day twenty-eight. Only three more days.  This is when you realize that Poem-A-Day challenges are hard. “Yes, show up ev’day. Write a poem …. didn’t I just write one ye’day. I’ve run out of words to say. My family has forgotten what I look like.  I ‘z go stuff to do.”

And yet, if you listen to your muse, you’ll find she’s happier than she has been in a long while. Now that you have stopped listening to your inner critic – started listening to her, you will find she has much more to say today.

For my personal Poem A Day Challenge , today’s PAD is … wary.

Robert Lee Brewer’s AprPAD challenge prompt is smell.

NaPoWriMo‘s participant is little learner.  The featured poet today is poet Kazim Ali, co-founder of Nightboat Books and author of three books of poetry.  NaPoWriMo’s prompt for today is a challenge you to write a poem using Skeltonic verse (or tumbling verse).  That  is a poem thatwas pioneered by John Skelton, a fifteenth-century English poet. Skeltonic verse features short stanzas with irregular meter, using only two strong stresses per line (otherwise know as “dipodic” or “two-footed” verse). The lines rhyme without a proscribed rhyme scheme. See the NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo site for a good example or check out  this link to Poetry Forms.

Poets&Writers is asking that today’s poem uses a clichéd phrase (“fit as a fiddle,” “think out of the box,” “running on empty,” etc.) and turns it around. Give it a new meaning .

The Poetry School‘s NaPoWriMo group today suggests that you write a haiku. But to be loose with it; don’t worry about the syllables and focus on the juxtaposition of two ideas or images  and the cutting word. See their prompt page for a more detailed prompt.


 

18121662_666685146852673_5287217697833574390_oLet me shift gears here back into CC Willow – something I have been doing continously this week.  Salem’s Art Walk is tonight, AKA Final Friday Art Walk. My friends Anna C. & Russ (Star Wars fans, aren’t we all) have set this month’s theme as “It’s a Trap” & then promptly ordered 20-ish stormtrooper heads, handing them out to Salem artists.  I’ve been watching them coming back into Prisms Gallery; the Salem art community taken liberties! One of my favs is a steampunk theme done by friend Terra – I think Time Lord. Another is a lamp done by Christy Wood of Runway Crafts. (Before opening Runway, Christy often painted sets for Brush Creek Playhouse productions; amazing lady!)

PacNW StormtrooperI, as noted on Tuesday, came late to the fun. And although I just brought my helmet home Monday, I had been planning the design since February and so, Thursday morning had a completed Helmet to turn in. My thought – What if a storm trooper’s helmet had been left a long time ago in the Pacific NW forests ? Maybe by space-faring Ewoks,. Or maybe by a longtime Empire/Rebel war. The movie did say “a long, long time ago”.  I added it to the growing collection, setting it on a podium next to Jonathon’s (Create-A-Memory) “Garden Wars”.  Come check it out; the Group project is always housed at Prism’s Gallery in The Reed’s Underground.

My Art Walk display,  at Create A Memory Studio this time, is almost complete. Jonathon helped me yesterday with it. I do have some new pendants added for sale, based on imagees from my Parrrot Tulip and my Iris paintings. And this morning I’m getting more cards printed and packaged.

Two of my pieces will additionally be on display at Russ & Anna D’s shop Parallel Worlds in The Reed Underground. We were chatting as I was taking down my April show at Prisms and he requested two for his red gallery wall.  It’s a great little indie store – I picked up some awesome throwing knives there in January! Do go in there! Both Anna D & He have some amazing work of their own on the wall, some collaborations, and work from other artists as well. Judging for the pieces they have gathered – that red wall is going to be amazing.

I understand that this Art Work has grown quite a bit & really has grown into quite an event. Saying something – since it is just 4 months old. It seems my buddies at Artists in Action have discovered it (Janet & I talking it up at this month’s meeting may have something to do with it) and now the walls above in the Salem Art’s Building are burgeoning.

Well – gotta run – or in my condition today, limp – along. Hope to see you at tonight’s shenanagins. I will be handing at Create A Memory – either with my easel or my sketch pad.

Day 25

Day twenty-five – Only six days to go.
Continue reading “Day 25”

Day 22 & Earth Day

Day twenty-two! And Happy Earth Day! Personally 2’s has always been an lucky for me.; 22 twice as lucky …

Today I need luck both as Ariel & especially as CC Willow; Final  Friday Art Walk is a week away & May is coming.  That means today I talk to businesses, scouting for wall space for some of my CC Willow pieces. Anna @ Prisms said a few more DT business are joining the Art Walk, I need to see which would be the best venue for me.  Right now, the top of my short list is Create-A-Memory, Salem’s pottery & glass-fusing studio, where one of my Something Red pieces hung in December.

So our sojourn today needs to be brief; I need to be out the door here soon.

For today. my personal Poem A Day prompt in honor of Earth Day is … Pacific Northwest forests

Robert Lee Brewer’s AprPAD challenge prompt is to write a fable poem today.

NaPoWriMo’s featured participant today is Arash’s Poetry, where the overheard poem for Day 21 is a wonderful rendering of speech in a busy cafe. Their featured poet is Kyle Dargan. Originally from New Jersey, Dargan now lives in Washington, DC, he is the author of poetry that explore the intersection of the personal, the political, mixed ‘lil science fiction. I don’t usually post NaPoWRiMo’s links here (I link to THEIR page where you can explore thrie contenet moore) However, the Bill Moyer interview with Kyle really gripped me & so, at the risk of riding their coat-ttails. I’m keeping their link active to it.

NaPoWriMo’s prompt is a challenge to write a georgic. The original georgic poem was written by Virgil, and while it was ostensibly a practical and instructional guide regarding agricultural concerns, it also offers political commentary on the use of land in the wake of war.  I’m not sure I have written a georgic before – this will be a new one for me.

Poetry School’s NaPoWriMo prompt today is to write a Golden Shovel, a modern poetry form, which has really taken off since it was invented by Terrance Hayes. Take a line from a poem you admire, then use each word in that line as the end word in your own line, keeping them in order. If all goes well, you should be able to read the original poem down the right hand margin of your poem.

Poets&Writers 30 Day Challenge has all 30 prompts listed. Today’s prompt for them is to make a list of the names of your family members and friends. Free-associate. Write a poem using all their names.

And the #30DaysForEarth tip, sponsored by Bambeco, is to Celebrate The Earth today. So many events today to choose from today,  all geared towards loving our blue home.

Today is The March For Science; I can think no better way right now to slow the plunder of our planet than in promoting knowledge on how dependant we are on Dear Gaia.

Now … go save the planet today! Write Poetry! Could be the same thing …

 

 

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