30 January 2015

Fragment Friday - Odds and Ends Edition

It's winter and dreary out. Have a flower.

1.  Gyroscope Review is still taking submissions for the Spring 2015 issue although slots are starting to fill up. Submit through Submittable, it's easy on everybody. Hoping to see your work in the slush pile. 

2. Nice to have had the sun all week although I feel for the people back east who got dumped on by snow. Been there, shoveled that. How's the weather in your part of the world?

3. Finally put a new CD in the car player for my morning and evening commutes. Funny how the unknown music makes the drive go quicker. Note to self: when you can anticipate the guitar chords to the next song, time to change albums. What I'm listening to - Linkin Park's The Hunting Party

4.  Who's going to win the Super Bowl? I don't have a dog in this fight, so... New England? I don't have particular feelings for either team, so the least objectionable gets my vote. Not exactly scientific, I know....

5.  I can tell when I'm gearing up to do artwork, I start acquiring new sketchbooks and paints. Same with writing - new poetry and how to books, same with knitting and weaving - new yarn although I've got enough stockpiled to last through the zombie apocalypse. What do you stockpile in anticipation?

23 January 2015

Fragment Friday - The Promo Edition

I liked Son One's skull cap so much I made myself one - in pinks!

Things I'm promoting of late:

Gyroscope Review - New, online poetry magazine now accepting submissions for our Spring 2015 issue. 
"Fine poetry to turn your world around."

CorgiPals - CorgiPals, Inc. is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to giving a voice to Corgis in need. http://corgipals.org/ 

Bountiful Baskets - Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op (BBFC). BBFC distributes produce baskets, organic produce baskets, artisan bread and sandwich bread every other week. BBFC is a group of people who work together for mutual benefit. This is a grassroots, all volunteer, no contracts, no catch co-operative. Since there are no employees at Bountiful Baskets, we as a group pay rock bottom prices on your food.  http://bountifulbaskets.org/

BRAT - Basenji Rescue and Transport. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome dogs of the Basenji breed. BRAT rescues Basenjis from shelters, abusive situations, and relinquishing owners.  In order to secure a "forever home" we screen potential adopters, striving for compatibility of dog and owner. BRAT is an all-volunteer organization recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt charitable corporation since its founding in 1999.

Heifer International - Heifer International is a charity organization working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.

So what are you promoting? Let us know and leave a link in the comments.

16 January 2015

Fragment Friday - The Winter Quote Edition

Flashback Friday Photo - Merlin at 12 weeks old.

Winter Quotes

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. 
                                                                                                 Ruth Stout

Drive my dead thoughts over the universe
Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth!
And, by the incantation of this verse,

Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
Be through my lips to unawakened earth

The trumpet of a prophecy! O, wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

                                         Percy Bysshe Shelley

One kind word can warm three winter months. 
                                        Japanese Proverb

It is said that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer. 
                                       Unknown Author

Never are voices so beautiful as on a winter’s evening, when dusk almost hides the body, and they seem to issue from nothingness with a note of intimacy seldom heard by day. 

                                       Virginia Woolf

There's a Certain Slant of Light

There's a certain Slant of light,
Winter afternoons—
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes—

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us—
We can find no scar,
But internal difference,
Where the Meanings, are....

When it comes, the Landscape listens—
Shadows—hold their breath—
When it goes, 'tis like the Distance
On the look of Death.

                                 Emily Dickinson

Flashback Friday Photo - Max at 5 months old.

09 January 2015

Fragment Friday - The Ice Box Edition

Another chilly day in Wyoming.

1. Just a reminder, if you're a poet, Gyroscope Review is now open to submissions. Submit up to 5 poems in any style/length. (We use Submittable.) We'll get back to you in 1-3 months. The first issue should be out for Spring 2015. 

2.  Greetings from America's Ice Box. Now featuring a daily high temperature of 0 degrees, with wind chills down to -30 or so. How's the weather in your part of the world? Want to trade?

3.  Youngest Child asked/demanded a scarf of his own, so I warped the loom and cranked out a black and dark gray silk/wool scarf for him. I think I'll make myself another scarf, out of yak wool this time. Ought to be plenty warm. Never noticed any cold yaks. Only thing better would be Qiviut (Muskox) but at $50 an ounce, it isn't going to happen any time soon. 

4.  The other good thing about cold weather is it means it's bread making time. So far I've made rolls and some no-knead artisan breads. Waiting for my sourdough starter to come up to strength so I can use that. I received some baguette pans for Christmas, so French bread is also in my future. Along with scone pans, so I know what's for breakfast this weekend. Chocolate chip or savory? Decisions, decisions.

5.  The Corgis still get to play fetch (bouncyball in Corgi-speak) despite the snow and cold. The problem is the tennis ball gets wet, it rolls in the snow and picks up snow that turns to ice, and it gets bigger and bigger. Kind of like rolling up a snowman. Doesn't seem to deter the Corgis. They do love their bouncyball time. Being double coated seems to help. Maybe I need to spin up the undercoat I collected last shedding and make myself a scarf. I already have Corgi fur mittens.

02 January 2015

Fragment Friday - The Announcement Edition


The big news for the start of 2015 - our poetry magazine, Gyroscope Review opens for submissions on Monday, January 5th, 2015.

Your editors - Constance Brewer, Jeff Jeppesen, and Kathleen Cassen Mickelson.

Gyroscope Review is a quarterly magazine of finely crafted poetry. We publish contemporary poetry in a variety of forms and themes, (including science fiction, fantasy and horror) and welcome both new and established writers. Look for our first issue in the Spring of 2015.

Please read the Guidelines before submitting. Hope to see you in the slushpile!

For those of you needing a Corgi fix --
Max and Merlin approve this announcement!