31 July 2015

Fragment Friday - The Fellowship Edition

"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows follow behind you."
Maori Proverb
I bet you were thinking this post is going to be about Hobbits and Elves and all things Tolkien. Not this time, although those are subjects I can certainly expound upon. Nope, this post is all about the
Wyoming Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry. I am one of this year's recipients, along with Kathleen Smith and Carol Deering. I am thrilled to be a recipient, and am actively looking for conferences or workshops to attend next year. Have any suggestions? Let me know in comments.

Here is the announcement from the Wyoming Arts Council:

The Wyoming Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s creative writing fellowships in poetry. They are Constance Brewer and Kathleen Smith of Gillette and Carol Deering of Riverton.

They each will receive a $3,000 award plus a $500 stipend to travel to Casper to read their work on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Casper College Literary Conference in Casper. They will read with California poet Rebecca Foust, who served as judge for this year’s fellowships.

Fellowship honorable mentions go to Cara Rodriguez of Casper and Leah Schlachter of Jackson.

Constance Brewer’s poetry has appeared in Dark Matter Literary Journal, The Linnet’s Wings, Nassau Review, American Tanka, the Wyoming Fence Lines Anthology from the Wyoming Arts Council and in the New Poets of the American West anthology, among other places. She is an editor for Gyroscope Review magazine. When not writing, Brewer spends time with “a small but vocal herd of Welsh Corgis.”

Kathleen Smith is a member of WyoPoets and Bear Lodge Writers and a past board member of Wyoming Writers, Inc. She says this about her writing life: “Living close to nature encourages the inspiration to record a way of life on my Wyoming ranch. I love where I live. Wide-open spaces shape my point of view as do the spring rains that feed fragile soils and winter snows that protect the hibernating earth. As a woman, I stand in the West while leaving footprints and legacy for future generations.”

Carol Deering received a Wyoming Arts Council poetry fellowship in 1999. She has received a writing residency at Devils Tower, through a National Park Service residency competition juried by Bear Lodge Writers. Her chapbook, To Taste the Wind, was a 2011 finalist with Flying Trout Press. Her poems have recently appeared in Prairie Wolf Press Review, The Provo Canyon Review, I-70 Review, and the WyoPoets chapbook, Weather Watch: Poems from Wyoming. She also has poems in Ring of Fire: Writers of the Yellowstone Region, edited by Bill Hoagland, from Rocky Mountain Press. In June 2015, Carol won first place in the Wyoming Writers, Inc., contest in the free-verse category.

This is the 30th year for the creative writing fellowships sponsored by the Wyoming Arts Council. Next year’s category will be creative nonfiction. Applications will be available online in spring 2016.

The Corgis were happy for me, too.  Here is Merlin, looking mighty pleased.

"Congratulations, Mom. Now throw the ball."

Max - "Kibble for everyone!"

24 July 2015

Fragment Friday - The Mapping Edition

There's a whole lot of empty going on...

1.  I have a minor obsession with maps. I've had it as long as I can remember, from spinning the globe in second grade to playing GeoGuessr this morning. Beachball round, or flat and crinkly, there's something about the shapes and boundaries that is a seductive siren call.

2.  The world has changed since I was studying countries and Gross National Products back in 6th grade. I'm going to have to re-memorize Africa. Countries that used to be there, aren't, given way to new names and unfamiliar outlines. And it's not your grandmothers USSR anymore. How about you, do you feel old and obsolete when it comes to the world?

3.  I love Google maps and would marry them if I could. 

4.  Remember, you never have to fold Internet Maps... Long ago and far away, when I was a young Second Lieutenant with a map and a compass, I could fold a map with the best of them, only reveling that which we would traverse in a day. Everything stuffed in the side pockets of my car today is folded backwards and upside down. Which brings me to another point----

5.  I'm developing quite the love for my GPS device also. Insta-maps, what's not to like? My little car icon merrily following a purple path to its final destination. The quasi-British voice that navigates me through downtown Denver with nary a hitch. (Although she gets a 'tone' when I ignore her directions and turn another way).  If only they could get James Earl Jones to do the navigate voice, it would be perfect. Any fans of GPS out there?

17 July 2015

Fragment Friday - The Pluto Edition

New Horizons probe,  Pluto and Charon (image courtesy nasa.gov)

1.  What an exciting week for science! We have our first closeup views of Pluto as seen from the interplanetary space probe New Horizons. " New Horizons launched on January 19, 2006, from Cape Canaveral, directly into an Earth-and-solar-escape trajectory with an Earth-relative speed of about 16.26 kilometers per second (58,536 km/h; 36,373 mph); it set the record for the highest launch speed of a human-made object from Earth." (source: Wikipedia

2. Here are some sites to look at pictures of Pluto and find out more about the New Horizons probe. 
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab - http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/

Pluto, complete with landmark heart. (image courtesy nasa.gov)

3. You'll always be a planet to me...
"Pluto is likely the largest and most-massive member of the Kuiper belt. Pluto's status as part of the Kuiper belt caused it to be reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006." (source: Wikipedia
4.  Pluto is designated a "Dwarf Planet" 
"A dwarf planet is a planetary-mass object that is neither a planet nor a natural satellite. That is, it is in direct orbit of the Sun, and is massive enough for its shape to be inhydrostatic equilibrium under its own gravity, but has not cleared the neighborhood around its orbit." (source: Wikipedia)
This designation is being debated again now that more information is coming in about Pluto. 

Size comparison, Pluto, moon Charon, and Earth. (image courtesy nasa.gov)

5.  It takes about 4.5 hours for New Horizons to send communications back to Earth, and 4.5 hours for Earth to respond. After all, Pluto is 3 billion miles away. Want to know more about how we talk to such a faraway probe? Read all about it on Emily Lakdawalla's blog at The Planetary Society website

10 July 2015

Fragment Friday - The Corgi Edition

Corgi pictures for those that pined there were none the past week. *coughs* Anon...

Max contemplates how to get the Bouncyball all to himself...

while Merlin enjoys a cow ear chew on his couch.

Max keeps his eyes on the ball.

While Merlin keeps his eyes on the humans. (Treats may be forthcoming!)

Max tugs on his Wubba - "Fetch your own, this one is mine!"

Merlin takes up residence on one of his various thrones.
Bonus Bruno pic.

03 July 2015

Fragment Friday - The Flag Waving Edition

Happy 4th of July to my American friends. 
Here, have a flag.

 Life on the Periphery is taking a short break 
to enjoy Corgis and the summertime.