Saturday, October 1, 2016

OctPoWriMo 2016 Begins!

This is our fifth annual OctPoWriMo! Every year since 2012 you have joined us in everything poetry and we are so glad that you do. Of course every year we also have a few people join us for the first time as we have this year. If you are new to OctPoWriMo, don't hesitate to ask questions as we are more than happy to help you maneuver this poetry journey.

The people behind the curtain this year are, myself - Morgan Dragonwillow and Amy Phelps McGrath. We can't guarantee to get to every participating blog every day but at least one of us will try to get to your blog at least once a week

Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, where you find inspiration for your poetry is up to you.
During OctPoWriMo, if you want to make sure that we know you have written something new, comment in that day's post with your link to your blog and share your link on Twitter with the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo.

Coloring in, Inspirations: A Coloring Journal. -MDragonwillow

Day 1 Prompt: Time

Possibilities:

Time is such a constant in our lives, racing the clock, wishing it would go faster or slower. Rarely do we get off the train of time and focus solely in the moment. What does time mean to you?

Write for ten minutes about an instant that time stood still, with as much detail as you can.

If you choose to, write a shape poem.

Word Prompts:

age
generation
stretch
shift
moment


Music to stir your imagination and connect to your muse:







If you haven't signed up yet, there's still time. =)  OctPoWriMo link up. Remember to tell all your poet friends and lover of words to come check it out by sharing the hashtag #OctPoWriMo across social media!


Peace,
Morgan Dragonwillow
Read, Dance, Write, Repeat.
Morgan Dragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, is a writing rebel, foodie, urban gardener, recovering perfectionist, facilitator of magical circles and poet who (mostly) doesn't let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. When she isn't working with clients, writing or dancing, you can find her encouraging and supporting her writing community at @StoryDam, #OctPoWriMo#PoetsonthePage, and  Playing with Words on her blog.
Yes she is on Google+ too!




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Monday, September 26, 2016

Poetry Prompts for OctPoWriMo 2016

Four days until OctPoWriMo begins!

As I said in the first post this month, we are doing things differently this year for OctPoWriMo. Today I'm releasing the prompts for the month for those that wish to begin writing and scheduling their posts for October. We will still be posting daily, talking about the prompts, giving our own interpretations of them, and more.



Remember, our prompts are only a suggestions, where you find inspiration for your poetry is up to you. During OctPoWriMo, if you want to make sure that we know you have written something new, comment in that day's post and share your link on social media with the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo.

I will also be posting this on Instagram for those that wish to participate there instead of on a blog.

Have you signed up yet? Take a moment and click on over to OctPoWriMo link up, and sign up today. Remember to tell all your poet friends and lover of words to come check it out by sharing the hashtag #OctPoWriMo across social media!

4 Days and Counting! 

Peace,
Morgan Dragonwillow
Read, Dance, Write, Repeat.
Morgan Dragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, is a writing rebel, foodie, urban gardener, recovering perfectionist, facilitator of magical circles and poet who (mostly) doesn't let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. When she isn't working with clients, writing or dancing, you can find her encouraging and supporting her writing community at @StoryDam, #OctPoWriMo#PoetsonthePage, and  Playing with Words on her blog.
Yes she is on Google+ too!




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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Outside In - OctPoWriMo 2016 Countdown

I have a thing for photos of windows and doors, especially if they are colorful or there is something interesting about them. I can usually see a story/poem when I see a photo such as the one below. Some of the words that come to mind: open, closed, in, out, outside in, either side, on the threshold, in-between, locked inside. So many possibilities.

Is there any specific thing that when you look at it you feel inspired to write something about it?

Photo Courtesy of PublicDomainPictures.net by George Hodan


Have you signed up yet? Take a moment and click on over to OctPoWriMo link up, and sign up today. Remember to tell all your poet friends and lover of words to come check it out by sharing the hashtag #OctPoWriMo across social media!

8 Days and Counting! 

Peace,
Morgan Dragonwillow
Read, Dance, Write, Repeat.


Morgan Dragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, is a writing rebel, foodie, urban gardener, recovering perfectionist, facilitator of magical circles and poet who (mostly) doesn't let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. When she isn't working with clients, writing or dancing, you can find her encouraging and supporting her writing community at #StoryDam, #OctPoWriMo, and #PoetsonthePage
Yes, you can also find her on Google+





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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fantasy - OctPoWriMo 2016 Countdown

Sometimes I like to escape into the world of Sci-fi/fantasy, both in reading fiction and in writing poetry. In writing fantasy poetry, the only limit is the imagination. One of my all time favorite poems is, Phantasmagoria by Lewis Carroll. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend you do.

Do you write ever write Sci-fi/fantasy poetry? If you did, what inspired you to do so?


Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures.net by George Hodan

Posts to Explore:



Have you signed up yet? Take a moment and click on over to OctPoWriMo link up, and sign up today. Remember to tell all your poet friends and lover of words to come check it out by sharing the hashtag #OctPoWriMo across social media!

9 Days and Counting! 

Peace,
Morgan Dragonwillow
Read, Dance, Write, Repeat.


Morgan Dragonwillow is a poet, author, encourager, and facilitator of magical circles. She is team leader at @StoryDam, #OctPoWriMo and #PoetsonthePage You can find her Playing with Words and dancing on her blog.
Yes she is on Google+ too!





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Monday, September 19, 2016

Grass is Always Greener - OctPoWriMo 2016 Countdown

That saying, "The grass is always greener." feels so true and also feels like it is in opposition with being able to live in the moment, as living in the moment you wouldn't be thinking of what you don't have but enjoying what you do.

So much is going on in my life right now, I'm hoping that things will turn a corner for the better soon. Maybe it's just Mercury Retrograde messing with me, though as I've always said, it is a perfect time to dive into what needs to be cleared on all levels. I guess I need to get clearing, darn it.

Lots of fodder for poetry, I wonder what music I should play to stir things up to have the words dancing onto the page.

Photo by Morgan Dragonwillow - Thinking serene thoughts.

What fodder is stirring in your life?


Have you signed up yet? Take a moment and click on over to OctPoWriMo link up, and sign up today. Remember to tell all your poet friends and lover of words to come check it out by sharing the hashtag #OctPoWriMo across social media!

11 Days and Counting! 

Peace,
Morgan Dragonwillow
Read, Dance, Write, Repeat.


Morgan Dragonwillow is a poet, author, encourager, and facilitator of magical circles. She is team leader at @StoryDam, #OctPoWriMo and #PoetsonthePage You can find her Playing with Words and dancing on her blog.
Yes she is on Google+ too!





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Sunday, September 18, 2016

OctPoWriMo 2016 Countdown - Writing Dangerously



Today in my jewelry making class, my professor made a profound statement about sawing metal that immediately ignited a fire in me. She said "Get as close to the line as you can without crossing it." I couldn't help but laugh because I feel that's how I live my entire life - seeing how far I can go without crossing the line.

This got me to thinking about how the statement applies to writing poetry. We can play it safe and write about simple things like the beauty of an autumn sunset or the smell of good cooking wafting through our home. We can compose our poems in standard accepted forms. Or we can take risks.

I prefer to write about complex emotions and human relationships. I want to write poems that challenge how the reader perceives their own world. I want to open the door (or perhaps just a window) to allow the reader to see a different point of view.

As you think about writing your 31 poems in 31 days, try to find the perfect balance for yourself - the balance between safe poems and those poems that "get close to the line ... without crossing it." But once (or more if you're so inclined) I want to challenge you to go ahead and cross the line. Find something you're so passionate about or so emotional about that your writing become raw and visceral.

Go ahead and write dangerously! I dare you! (And you may even thank me later.)

I wish you many glorious words,
Amy McGrath

Saturday, September 17, 2016

OctPoWriMo 2016 Countdown - Thinking Weird Thoughts

Greetings, my fellow word artists!

As OctPoWriMo approaches, I have found myself completely overwhelmed with the assignments for my studio art classes. I'm currently taking classes in watercolors, glass fusing, computer graphics, art history, and jewelry making. If that weren't enough, I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity I could to grow as an artist, so I also enrolled in a creative writing class.

But why am I telling you all of this? I am learning more each day just how much one art bleeds over into another. In glass fusing, I needed a clean line drawing for a pattern, so I applied my computer graphics lessons to clean up a drawing in Illustrator. In art history, we were shown how the Sistene Chapel ceiling is organized. What I saw in that little graphic was a nice geometric pattern for a glass fusing project. In watercolors, we're currently working with resists and masking. Same thing is happening in glass as we work on designs for sandblasting.

So what does any of this have to do with creative writing or, specifically, OctPoWriMo? Every single experience each day is challenging how I see, hear, and understand the medium that we use for our art - WORDS. Some of the vocabulary that has been prevalent in my own experiences recently are

  • masking
  • resist
  • glazing
  • fire
  • fiber
  • wash
  • gradient
Can you see how the vocabulary from your own life can generate interesting ways of combining words? 

In computer graphics, we've been asked to design a shampoo bottle. I'm toying with the idea of a ginger-scented shampoo for Gingers (redheads, just in case the term is unfamiliar to you!) I want to call the product RED, but I don't know what the shape of the bottle is yet. I am asking myself the question, "What shape is red?"

To prepare for OctPoWriMo, I want to encourage to you keep a journal of words. Just a simple list of words. And ask weird questions like "what shape is red?" or "what does the number 7 smell like?: or "what color is the sound of breaking glass?"

Keep playing with words!

Amy McGrath