August 8, 2013

July was such a lousy month I almost forgot my August post.  High points: my oldest and dearest friends are priceless.  Typing/editing Rosebud… is still happening.  I have covers for two books, blurbs for the novella.  I’m getting physical therapy for my neck (displaced vertebra? ouchie) so I don’t clonk out at 4pm from muscle relaxers then lie awake til 4am.  That totally sucked.

It’s an excellent prose jag, but I miss poetry.  There’s a reading, with the theme “Place” at the JP library* on Sedgwick next Thursday, August 15.  6:15 sign-up for the open mic.  The reading is 7-8ish.  Hosts: Beatrice Greene and Carolyn Gregory (both JP poets!).

*Orange Line to Forest Hills, then hop the #39 bus – it’s only a few stops.  There’s a big brick municipal building on the corner of Sedgwick and South St.  Failproof method: When the bus starts to curve onto Centre St, ring the bell and walk back.

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July 3, 2013

Settled into the new digs in June.  Had a migraine for 3+ weeks.  Joined an online Fiction group; dropped out of online fiction group.  Wrote absolutely nothing that I was supposed to be working on.  Started writing a chapbook of flash fiction (Rosebud and other small tales).  What?  Since when do I write short fiction?  Since never, that’s when.  A breakthrough at last!  Woo hoo!!!

My friend Chris Robbins’ video of me reading from Extra MoJo!

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March 1, 2013

Well, it’s really only Feb. 27 at 3:30am, but close enough.  So my back and neck are still protesting having to sit still for 3 hours Monday night, and the cold I refused to let get the best of me until Tuesday is wiping me out…BUT it was totally worth it.

The launch of Hidden Charm Press with its first title Extra MoJo! at the Stone Soup Poetry reading in Central Square, Cambridge, MA on Monday night was fantastic!  The open mic was great.  My sisters-writers were an outstanding feature, making poems from the anthology leap off the page.  It was truly enthralling!  I couldn’t be prouder.

Hidden Charm Press (HCP) was created in July, 2011.  It took until July, 2012 to put together a first draft of the Extra MoJo! anthology. By Winter, 2012 I had a cover artist and layout artist on board to make the manuscript into the book that the 20 writers deserve.

Hurrah to my co-features Toni Bee and Robin White; kudos to Denise Washington whose poem is on the back of the book; woo hoo to cover artist Jessica Grundy and to my football buddy, layout artist Steve Glines, for making a pile of papers into a gorgeous book!

The Press’s inventory for the evening sold out, so now I can afford a new computer battery, the HCP website purchase, and incidentals like food all at the same time 😀

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photo of Robin White, Mignon Ariel King, and Toni Bee by chad parenteau

One Feb. Feature Down, One to Go!

After a crazy week of a semi-intruder in the house, 4 cats hanging out in the basement, my voice bailing via a headcold so I had to make major poem subs, et cetera, leading up to it — and a friend’s calamity the morning of — I somehow made it to the PTAOW feature.  I don’t remember anything but the good-natured audience and the splendid little girl who gave me Valentine’s candy after, but apparently I didn’t botch it.

I have a habit of writing myself notes in case stage fright freezes me.  Good thing.  I subbed two poems and tossed in a bar from a Bob Dylan song at the last minute, for reasons I couldn’t tell ya, but I had notes here and there.  Some pushy broad directed “Read_____!”   Whatever possesses me to read in public?  Who knows?   Thank you to the hosts, the open mic readers, and the exceedingly patient audience for making the mad dash to the Red Line on a Sunday worth it.  I missed my co-feature Charles.

Thank God I didn’t hear about Whitney Huston until after.  Words might have failed me.

Poetic Halloween

Here I am at Stone Soup’s Halloween eve poetry reading.

“Clara” from the Nutcracker

(and very nice total stranger

 who hopefully doesn’t mind being in this photo)

 

Clara dressed up as a demon because Mignon sang the Annie Lennox lyrics "I used to have demons" in her spooky Halloween poem.

Photos by Stone Soup Poetry host Chad Parenteau

Last Featured Reading of “The Woods Have Words”

It’s been almost three years of fun since my first book of poems was published.  15 features at a variety of MA venues later, it’s time to let the old order changeth.   This is the final reading/signing of the book (which will be on sale for $10 cash vs. the usual $15).   Stay tuned for publication news on volumes two and three of the poetic trilogy.

Saturday, September 17, 2011, 2-5pm, Brockton Public Library.  FREE 

Commuter rail/bus accessibility.  Check the site for directions and parking info.   Bring a poem for the open mic!

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 30 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 99 posts. There were 3 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb.

The busiest day of the year was February 19th with 33 views. The most popular post that day was HIRE ME.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were blogcatalog.com, ptaow.com, facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, and mojowriters.weebly.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mignon ariel king, hannibal king artist, poet ed galing, making poetry, and prince illustration.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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HIRE ME June 2009

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BIO & PHOTOS August 2008

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MY PUBS, FEATURES, WORKSHOPS August 2008

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VOICES-BLACK POETS January 2010

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POETRY READINGS-MASS. May 2009

I Miss My Muddy Water!

OMG!   The water main broke, so we have to boil water here in Beantown before drinking it.  It tastes nasty as hell boiled!  Well, technically, it tastes like absolutely nothing.  Boston water, even with the too-much chlorine and other junk added since I was a kid drinking the good stuff, is like its architecture.  It has Chahm! I don’t even care that I brushed my teeth in the iffy back-up reservoir water before getting the FYI on that; I just care that the water tastes too pure, like unspoiled woodland or rainforest water.  This is the city, baby.  Give me some rust.

2nd Annual MASS POETRY FESTIVAL: October

Kudos to the organizers of that huge three-day event.  Man, that was fun!!   Great audience  at B&N!   Thank you to the readers who bought my book.  Big thank you and apology to the would-be listeners who missed me because of the time change and took the time to come tell me they were disappointed.  It really means a lot.   I was sooooo nervous.  Mark, my friend, you rock!!

I’ll be back with a list of cool publishers, etc. I met at the Small Press Book Fair.

Featured Reader Next Tuesday

I will be reading as part of the feature next Tuesday in Cambridge from Bagels with the Bards No. 3.  This is my writing community’s anthology, and there will be approximately 25 of us 50 Bards, each reading his or her own poem and possibly that of a missing comrade in pens.  If our Saturday mornings together are any indication, it’ll be a blast!  

“Following the reading you are invited to mingle with the Bards at a wine and cheese reception. (A donation of $3 is requested to help with the cost.) The reading is held in the living room in front of the Fireplace of Cambridge Co-Housing at 175 Richdale Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140.  CCH is 3 blocks from the Redline at Porter Square. A parking consideration was requested from the City of Cambridge from 6:30-10:30 pm permitting visitors may park in resident only permit spaces. Call Molly Lynn Watt, at 617-354-8242 or Jenise Aminoff, at 617-576-2994 for more information or check out the website at http://www.cambridgecohousing.org/fireside/index.html.”  

—Molly Lynn Watt, Editor, Bagelbard anthologies