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NaNoWriMo: Write On! Right On!

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Don't stop. Keep on writing — or being creative in a way that makes you happy. Carry On. Write On. Right on!

Poetry Wednesday: Noël

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Noël When snow is shaken
From the balsam trees
And they're cut down
And brought into our houses

When clustered sparks
Of many-colored fire
Appear at night
In ordinary windows

We hear and sing
The customary carols

They bring us ragged miracles
And hay and candles
And flowering weeds of poetry
That are loved all the more
Because they are so common

But there are carols
That carry phrases
Of the haunting music
Of the other world
A music wild and dangerous
As a prophet's message

Or the fresh truth of children
Who though they come to us
From our own bodies

Are altogether new
With their small limbs
And birdlike voices

They look at us
With their clear eyes
And ask the piercing questions
God alone can answer.


 by Anne Porter from Living Things. © Zoland Books, 2006.
Courtesy of The Writer's Almanac and poets.org

NaNoWriMo: Inspiration Works

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Poetry Wednesday: I Could Pee On This

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Chronicle Books has given true poets a voice: cats.



Purchase the poetry book, I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems By Cats from Chronicle Books.

NaNoWriMo: Ten Steps to Becoming a Better Writer

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Well, what are you waiting for? Go write!

Poetry Wednesday: The Wound-Dresser

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The Wound-Dresser

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An old man bending I come among new faces,
Years looking backward resuming in answer to children,
Come tell us old man, as from young men and maidens that love me,
(Arous'd and angry, I'd thought to beat the alarum, and urge relentless war,
But soon my fingers fail'd me, my face droop'd and I resign'd myself,
To sit by the wounded and soothe them, or silently watch the dead;)
Years hence of these scenes, of these furious passions, these chances,
Of unsurpass'd heroes, (was one side so brave? the other was equally brave;)
Now be witness again, paint the mightiest armies of earth,
Of those armies so rapid so wondrous what saw you to tell us?
What stays with you latest and deepest? of curious panics,
Of hard-fought engagements or sieges tremendous what deepest remains?

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O maidens and young men I love and that love me,
What you ask of my days those the strangest and sudden your talking recalls,
Soldier alert I arrive after a long march cover&#…

NaNoWriMo: Lost in the Woods

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Fellow adventurers, I share with you a fantastic entry on Brain Pickings that hopefully will serve as inspiration as you venture into unfamiliar lands during NaNoWriMo.



Click here to read the list kindly typed out by Maria Popova.

Once you are done here, go to the Brain Pickings website. Support that incredible effort and all it brings you. You'll be glad you did.

And find out more about NaNoWriMo — it's a fun challenge you'll be glad you did. Well, when it's over, you'll be glad. Like training for a marathon: it's often less painful in your rear-view mirror.

Poetry Wednesday: Getting out of Bed

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A Haiku About Getting Out of Bed


No no no no no
No no no no no no no
No no no no no

Photo by Dorit Salutskij via Pinterest

When Bookworms Rule the World— Soon...

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But take your book with you, if you must, on Election Day (U.S.: November 6). Power to the readers!

Graphic courtesy Writers Relief