I don’t know how you deal with self-doubt and self-criticism, but I know that loving life helps.
In the midst of a pandemic, I know this is hard. But I have been trying to come up every day with something to be grateful for. I live in Western Massachusetts, which has some of the loveliest landscapes and lakes on the earth. I canoe with my partner often. I find focusing on nature is a great antidote. I have a porch that looks out on a beautiful meadow and even while I’m sitting in my study writing, I’ll go out to the porch and look at a tree or plant or flower.
My latest collection of poetry is coming out soon. Check it out:
We admire a blogger who is prolific and relevant, but sometimes we just want to communicate a small snippet of information on our blog. We want to create quality on our blogs as we write, but is it worth the time writing it that could go into a poem or a novel?
What about headlines or proper formatting? It seems like a lot of trouble for just another blog.
And how many people are actually reading the blog to the end or just passing through to the next blog post? And do we want all those people reading your blog, or do we want serious literary people following us?
I’m in the process of having a book published, and there is a lot of work surrounding the book. I also know that consistency is important in a blog, so I’m trying to blog once a week, on Thursdays, with announcements, as they arise, on Tuesdays.
I’m going to be featured reader for the Straw Dog Writers Guild on Tuesday, October 6 at 7 pm.
If you’d like to hear me read from my new book of poetry, Touch My Head Softly, about my ex who died of Alzheimer’s, send a request for a link to: email@example.com.
I don’t know about you but I have a new book coming out from Finishing Line Press, Touch My Head Softly, and I have been doing several zoom readings.
If you are like me, and used to giving in-person readings, the zoom reading is different and has it’s advantages and disadvantages.
You have a larger potential audience, as people don’t have to travel to get to you and can “zoom-in” from all over the world.
However, I find it’s tricky to keep facial and eye contact with so many little screen faces. I did a webinar recently, and was unable to see my audience at all.
To try to overcome this, I try reading to a live person before and/or a live practice session on zoom with another person. Then I ask for feedback. You alsohave the advantage of screen sharing with zoom. With screen share you have the advantage of offering a visual to accompany your words, but again the down-side is that you cannot see your audience at all.
If you’re interested in attending my next zoom meeting, register at: