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A Pacific Northwest poet, writing confessional and haunting poetry.

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Apr 27 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 27 and the last Friday of the month. Which means  … Salem Art Walk! Time I go full-on CC Willow … but it is National Poetry Month and the Art Walk theme is “Poetry this evening – So I get to play as “Ariel” as well!  Continue reading “Apr 27 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

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Dec 8 prompt

8Today’s prompt is “when no-one’s looking” …

What does some-one do when no one is looking? Do they savor the inattetion? do they seek attention? Do you? Continue reading “Dec 8 prompt”

Dec 7 prompt and poem

2017 Something Red Art Walk
2017 Something Red Art Walk

In honor of laast night’s festivities – The Something Red Art Walk  – that kicked off wih a reception  and music last night. So today is “Something Red”  … Continue reading “Dec 7 prompt and poem”

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 14 – 2 weeks of November Challenges

Still trying to catch up from last week’s detour – but today makes the Two Week Mark for my four November challeges: Writer’s NovPAD, Poetry Potion’s Poem-A-Day, National Novel Writing Month, and my personal Zentangle-A-Day. I think any one participating in a November challenge should get real-time points for just sticking with it! Tomorrow makes our half-way point … Continue reading “Day 14 – 2 weeks of November Challenges”

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 3 & 4 Poeming, Bogarts, and Steampunk – Oh My!

So yesterday was a silent – but productive day.

Silent – as  the devices I had access toinfested with bogarts & brownies and not letting me communicate with anyone (no keyboard, no mobile internet, heck – no clocks) and those that miht have worked … were missing or hidden. <rueful smile>  No posting; no writing.  Continue reading “Day 3 & 4 Poeming, Bogarts, and Steampunk – Oh My!”

National Poetry Writing Month Day 30

Day Three Oh. Last chance to PAD in April …. Did you make it to the finishing line??

My personal Poem A Day Challenge , for today is … ruled paper. Continue reading “National Poetry Writing Month Day 30”

Day 27 – Poem In Your Pocket Day

Day twenty-seven – The countdown has gotten real! Only 4 days to go.

Today is officially “Poem In Your Pocket Day”. Hope Screen Door poem meme squareyou got a poem … I have printed out the meme shown and am carrying it as a scroll today. If you are looking for other ways to celebrate other than having a poem in your pocket, see my list of suggestions in yesterday’s blog.

As for my personal Poem A Day Challenge , today’s PAD is … a knife & fork.

Robert Lee Brewer’s AprPAD 2017 prompt for today is to use at least 3 of the following 6 words in your poem (using a word or two in your title is fine); for extra credit, try using all 6:

  • pest
  • crack
  • ramble
  • hiccup
  • wince
  • festoon

NaPoWriMo‘s featured participant today is A Thing For Words. Today’s featured poet is the poet Sharon Olds, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her collection Stag’s Leap.

Many poems explore the sight or sound or feel of things, and Proust famously wrote about the memories evoked by smell, but today NaPoWriMo invites you to write a poem that explores your sense of taste! This could be a poem about food, or wine, or even the oddly metallic sensation of a snowflake on your tongue.

Poets&Writers 30 Day Challenge  follows the same track about writing with a focus on senses, except their tak on it is to write a poem to or about a person close to you using any of the senses except sight.

The Poetry School’s NaPoWriMo group has today’s prompt as The Elements. Your poem today should contain one or more of the elements, classical or scientific. This excellent dynamic periodic table will be very useful. The title of your poem should be your chosen element(s). Try to steer clear of gold and ‘the element of surprise’ because they’ve both been done to death, and go for one of the more interesting ones. Research is your friend.


 

Today, I am in artist mode hyperdrive. I start setting up my art showings for Friday’s Art Walk & May’s display this morning. So I am assembling pendants & printing cards like crazy! 

I did get my “It’s A Trap” Storm Tooper head finished about an hour ago, I turn that in first thing this morning.

It is 1:38, and I have alot of product to print out & assemble …

Happy poeming, my friends!

Day 26 Poem In Your Pocket Day tomorrow

Day twenty-six – The countdown continues, five days left.

For my personal Poem A Day Challenge today, I have the prompt listed as… a cartoon bandit.
Continue reading “Day 26 Poem In Your Pocket Day tomorrow”

NaPoWriMo Day 24 & Double Elevensies

Day twenty-four … Starting today there is only a full week left. Yes – now’s that time I start having that nagging little countdown start making it’s noise. Continue reading “NaPoWriMo Day 24 & Double Elevensies”

Day 23

Day twenty three … and remembering yesterday’s March For Science!

For my personal Poem A Day Challenge , today’s PAD prompt is … a full house. Continue reading “Day 23”

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 …

 

 

Day 21 Where I find prompts …

Day twenty-one – we’ve been at this for a full three weeks now.

My personal Poem A Day Challenge – today’s is … a little league event.
Continue reading “Day 21 Where I find prompts …”

April’s PAD Challenges -Day 20

Day TWENTY – Yes, we just finished our 2nd ten day stetch. And since we are going to Apr 30, we are 2/3rds of our way there!

I have some new finds today. Continue reading “April’s PAD Challenges -Day 20”

NPM17 Day 19 –

Day nineteen of National Poetry Month AKA April Poem-A-Day 2017 AKA National Poetry Writing Month slash Global Poetry Writing Month AKA the month they are coming to Continue reading “NPM17 Day 19 –”

Day 18

Day eighteen – saw me down for the count. It’s frustrating knowing how limited I am right now. Spent all day writing, some Continue reading “Day 18”

Day 16 & Happy Easter!

Day sixteen – I’m always sad on the sixteenths of April and November. It means the countdown has started to the end.

However, the fun’s not over yet! Yesterday I found Continue reading “Day 16 & Happy Easter!”

We made it to Day 15!

Day fifteen – Major milestone today – halfway through our month. Hope you’ve been enjoying it as much as I have. Continue reading “We made it to Day 15!”

Day 14 of Poem-A-Day Challenges

Day Fouteen … AND that’s two weeks down! Woah!

Robert Lee Brewer’s AprPAD challenge prompt
Continue reading “Day 14 of Poem-A-Day Challenges”

Day 13 PAD prompts and a dark poem …

Day 13 – almost to the halfway point! How are you doing on the challenge thus far?

For me, today was all flavors of frustrating: however Continue reading “Day 13 PAD prompts and a dark poem …”

Day 12 Challenges’ prompts & Poetry Box

Day twelve – You know how I said at the start of them month how sometimes things come up in life – and you may not be able to make Continue reading “Day 12 Challenges’ prompts & Poetry Box”

AprPAD 2017 Day 11

Day eleven Here’s the prompts …

It’s Tuesday so Brewer’s AprPAD challenge prompt has a Twofer Tuesday double prompt offered. This time he’s Continue reading “AprPAD 2017 Day 11”

Day 10 PAD Challenges and …

Day Ten – one third of the way there! Good for you, you little scoundral!

And if you have fallen along the way, just jump Continue reading “Day 10 PAD Challenges and …”

Day 9 GloPoWriMo & a sidewalk

Day nine – and it’s Sunday! And the prompts are …

Robert Lee Brewer’s AprPAD challenge prompt is “so (blank)“, where you fill in Continue reading “Day 9 GloPoWriMo & a sidewalk”

PAD Challenges … and Earth Day coming up …

Day Eight – starting Week Dos.

I have stated before that, while I may go looking for other April challetnges, I won’t add anymore to MY plate; four is enough this time around. Today I am tempted to violate that intention Continue reading “PAD Challenges … and Earth Day coming up …”

Completing a week and White Bread

Day 7  ! – Hard to believe it has already been a week already! Which is great news if you are participating in any Poem-A-Day Challenge; it means, by now, poeming everyday is setting in Continue reading “Completing a week and White Bread”

Day 6 Poem Challenges with an IT Guy

Day six! Truth be told, I didn’t get all my PAD poems done Wednesday.  On Wednesday there is a Twitter writing “game” #1linewed
Continue reading “Day 6 Poem Challenges with an IT Guy”

GloPOWriMo 2017 Day 5 in a breadbox

AKA NaPoWriMo!

NaPoWriMo – likeNovember’s NaNoWriMo – is an endurance test, albeit – for us poets – a fun one. Similar to a marathon or triathallon, each participant needs to pace Continue reading “GloPOWriMo 2017 Day 5 in a breadbox”

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