Saturday, February 23, 2008


Writing has temporarily taken a back seat. Necessarily, I say and yet I wonder. I survey my surroundings and check my appointment book - a PDA now instead of a book and it weighs only four ounces. Yes, I've been busy with work. Yes, I had a show this week, was out of town on the whirlwind surreal trip to planet Las Vegas last week, and have various homework assignments to grade. *And* I did manage to some writing.

I'm not getting very far with revisions right now. But I know that will come.

Thinking back to my original goal of writing every day - I'm nearly there, even with the income-generating work dominating my schedule. That's good. It's progress. I have a bunch of new material and, soon, I will have time to work on revisions.


I may not be revising my writing, but I am re-visioning my priorities. When I'm done catching up with the grading of homework for my in-person students, I will start back on revision of some new pieces and a couple pieces I've been working on for a while which feel nearly done.

Sometimes when I've felt a little stuck for how to start writing when my brain is swirling with plays and grades, I've gone to WordLush and used the random list to prime the creative juices. Below are today's words. If you haven't been there - go take a look. They have a Daily Word Spittoon which spews seven words; you can also see previous creations from other lists. The intent is to write something using all of the words. A couple characters have surfaced in some of my spittoon writings, which I plan to revisit when I start my revisions. Today's words are:
* miser
* for profit
* assonance
* sputter
* snout
* perfidious
* medusoid

Cowmmedia d'ell Arte by Serena Barton
as part of the Kows for Kids project


  1. i love that cow! i have no idea why it's in this post, though. :)

  2. Good observation, gl. I didn't make it clear. My thoughts when I added the picture were *randomness* *incongruity* *re-visioning (life, writing, expectations)* and working with what you have.

    Selecting Cowmmedia for this post was based on the experience of living with a life-size fiberglass cow in the dining room for six months. And helping to figure out how to make ballet shoes and a tutu which would fit her and which would be able to hold up in inclement weather if she was placed outside (which she was).

    And I like her, too. She still makes me smile when I look at the picture.

    She really doesn't go with the word spittoon list at all. True! Maybe I'll move her back up farther in the post. Hmmm.

  3. My thoughts when I added the picture were *randomness* *incongruity* *re-visioning (life, writing, expectations)* and working with what you have.

    makes sense to me! i just thought i had missed something. :)