Monday, September 9, 2013

Ballad of the Sea Lion Woman

I am proud to announce the release of my first poetry chapbook!  Ballad of the Sea Lion Woman is available on kindle on amazon or soon it will be in print at createspace.com.  II will be doing a book signing at Words in the Park at the Sherwood Park Library on October 19th, Authors for Altruism on Dec 7th.
Read my interview on Smashwords I need someone to write a review there.  Any takers?

I also have a few exciting teaching gigs this fall.  Check out the Art & Sewing section of the Newell Further Education website I'm doing quilted wall hanging and, of course, art journaling!

So I'll give you a taste of the chapbook:
the quilted wall hanging pattern



Up draft
The stress of the cross wind
Might be too much for the minimal flex of the poles.
I never should have trusted that mad man’s inventions
Not with so much at stake
I lost my top hat several knots back
To a sea bird who mistook me
For a fighting sail
I mistook him for a fool
Who is the old man anyway?
Hunchback or not
I’ve become the unlucky lab rat
Who gets mentioned in all of the scientific journals
As “attempt number one”.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Why When Words Collide was the best conference ever.

When Words Collide in Review.

Fifty bux and a hotel room got me into the best conference since SCBWI Canada West in 2011.  I taught an art journaling class that went so well, my students didn't want it to end.  I love art journaling!  I had my art journals for sale at the author's table and sold ALL of them.  I did a poetry reading from my new steam punk chap book "Ballad of the Sea Lion Woman".  And some excellent poets were in attendance. ie Bob Stallworthy and Joanne Morcom.
Went to the coolest steampunk party ever. Also learn a couple of terms that are nifty:
Zitgeist (sp?) = a german word that describes the stirring emotions we feel when a witnessing history in the making - usually associated with a catastrophie
Twistorian = a story teller who changes historical fact into speculation.
More notes to follow!

A couple of publications!!
Digital Book Today
and Bareback Magazine