Coming Back to the Blogosphere (Without the Comma Key)

Posted: July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

She’s Baaaaaack!

Back in 2009 I was part of a writing organization called the National Writing Project (NWP). This is a government-funded organization dedicated to improving the teaching of writing. It helps educates those of us who teach in grades K-12 as to the latest and greatest writing methodologies theories and practices. It is an intense one month work shop where nothing but writing is practiced. Over and over again. And I loved every second of it.

To me writing is an addiction. The more I do it the more I want to do. It really is never forced or coerced out of me – I write whatever my muse Calliope gives me. If she wants me to start a novel I will start a novel. If she wants me to write a short or long poem then I’ll do that too. I am at her mercy. (I’ll get to her introduction in another post. )

At the time of the workshop I also began a blog. This blog contained some of the best poetry and funniest writing examples I ever created. My muse and I were having an absolute blast practicing all that I was learning in the workshop. Words were flowing out of me like Mt. Vesuvius. I would often find myself laughing crying or shaking my head in disbelief as I re-read what I had just written — often caught unaware of the quality of the writing. (I swear Calliope sneaks things into my writing without my conscious knowledge).

Unfortunately I started teaching and stopped contributing to my blog on a regular basis. Life started getting in the way and I had to push Calliope away and focus on my work. This I have now come to believe was a major mistake. A lot has happened since 2009. This past school year will have its blog post all on its own — I shall name it  “Carolyn and the Very Bad Horrible Terrible Worst Year Ever” for some very good reasons.

But now I am back and ready to revive my blogging. I’ve been dabbling in poetry on Twitter where I’ve been slowly gaining a network of amazing poets and writers. I love to read their poetry tweets and I am enjoying the feedback on mine.  I’ve met a few people on Twitter who I have instantly bonded with and remain in closer contact to beyond the Twitter walls.

I hope to keep this up and running and contribute to it on a regular basis. I often tend to get involved in a project forget what I’m doing and move on to something else. That’s the A.D.D. in me. But having a place to jot down my thoughts and then let others read them is what keeps me accountable and writing. So feel free to comment on everything and anything you will find here as I build my blog. I look forward to hearing from  you!

Carolyn and Calliope (my muse)

PS: In case you grammarians haven’t noticed I lack a comma key on my laptop. It was an unfortunate casualty of a coffee spill that nearly killed my computer. While the laptop has had a speedy and miraculous recovery it still lacks some basic functions — one of which is the ability to add commas to my writing. For one who IS a grammarian this could become a much bigger issue than it is currently. Call it my “ee cummings” moment — try to read the beauty between the punctuation marks. 🙂


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