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Bookmaking as Process

By on Oct 4, 2013 in books and publishing, callings, hope, poetry, recovery, spirituality, writing

Someone was reminding me recently how it’s about the process, that it’s all process. Last year I launched a Kickstarter project to self-produce a collection of poems and I don’t know why but every logical part of me thought this end of things would be a simple and straightforward process. For reasons that are not apparent to me, it has been anything but simple or easy. The plan I had turned out not to be the plan that the Universe or the Book-making Gods had in mind for me. In fact, I’m still in this process, and need to make more books. However, I have been, at last, able to produce the first twenty. My boyfriend said that one day, when I’m all done, whatever day that is, I’ll be able to tell people that my blood, sweat and tears went into these books. Two nights ago I was binding the books with needle and thread and poked myself really badly and...

Bookmaking

By on May 25, 2013 in books and publishing, hope, poetry, spirituality

I’m working on the physical production of my book. I’ve been working on it for what seems like a long time (in literal terms it’s been a few months). I’m way behind schedule and not happy about it but I’ve been experiencing some ridiculously difficult technical glitches. At first it was the printer and lately it’s the program I have the book laid out in. It’s so bad sometimes I wonder what the spiritual message is in all of this. But I never hear (from my guidance, or otherwise) an answer, except to keep going. I’ve promised books to people. I remember when, I don’t know maybe 15ish years ago (seems like longer), I used to make poetry books by hand. I had no money and no great tools to speak of, I didn’t have a computer and desktop publishing was a much more rudimentary prospect. I loved fine papers and somehow I got the money...

Mindfulness and Contemplation

By on Apr 26, 2013 in frugal, hope, spirituality

Today I’m thinking about frugal foodie cooking and I’m contemplating Contemplation – the hexagram I drew this morning from the I Ching when I was seeking counsel on a very perplexing question related to dealing with certain difficult people. Simple, frugal cooking is proving to be the most satisfying act in my life right now because I’m dealing with things I have right in front of me, things that are easily accessible, and, like I heard this young, pace-setting spiritual seeker mention on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday the other day, I’m bringing my full passion and attention to what I’m doing, right now, no matter what it is. It also helps that when I do it, generally I’m alone and don’t have to deal with any difficult people! But I’m being sarcastic because real life isn’t like this and if we work or are part of any groups...

hope | poems | a video

By on Apr 13, 2013 in hope

At the end of last year I launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of my collection of poems which also features collage, photography and short memoir. Here is the video which talks about why I make art and poems and why these forms are important to me. HOPE-360p Or you can look at this same video directly on the Kickstarter site: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1839892970/hope-poems-for-artful-and-authentic-living...

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