Friday, June 08, 2007

Autumn Sky Poetry - Number 6 online


The sixth issue of Autumn Sky Poetry is now online.

Read poems by Mary Alexandra Agner, Michael Baker, Antonia Clark, Theresa Edwards, Doran Khamis, J. Rod Pannek, Kenneth Pobo, J.R. Salling, Larina Warnock, and Kelley J. White.

—It's all about the poetry.

Christine Klocek-Lim, Editor

5 pages today

My average seems to be about 5 pages per hour and that's how much I wrote today. I had to squeeze it in between picking up the kids from school and various other things. :-)

Flowers from our garden

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Back to the book

Finally, I started work on the novel again. It's been two and a half weeks and I was appalled at how much detail I'd forgotten. I had to reread everything in order to get back into the characters and pick up the story. The good thing about this is that the novel is better than I thought. I haven't been allowing myself to read over anything because I like revising so much better than writing the first draft; it's very easy for me to get stuck on fixing one or two sentences for an hour, but then I'd never get any of the rest of the novel done. What this means, though, is that I was afraid that what I'd written so far was terrible, and because I wouldn't let myself read through it I had no way to tell until today.

The bad news is that I only got four pages done. This is because I was putting the finishing touches on Autumn Sky Poetry so I could send out the DRAFT to my contributors. And also I had to clean the bathroom. During which I cut my finger. This made typing very painful, so I had to go slower. Thus: four pages instead of fifteen. Oh well. That's it for today. Gotta get a bicycle ride in before I go insane. It's been two days and already my legs are freaking out from the inaction.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Poem Sparks in the Philadelphia Inquirer

To my surprise, a columnist (Katie Haegele) from the Philadelphia Inquirer contacted me about the poem sparks I've been writing for Next thing I knew, there's an article about them in the newspaper! Very cool. Check it out:

Her forum seeks to spark poetry, introduce poets' to others work

From the article:


I did some online searching and found a number of poetry Web sites, many with participatory forums. The one actually using the term Poem Spark was the discussion forum of, the Web site of the Academy of American Poets.

The forum's administrator is Christine Klocek-Lim, a poet and photographer who lives in northeastern Pennsylvania. At the time she joined the forum as a volunteer moderator in 2005, it offered things like listings of conferences and grants and a workshop in which writers post their work for critique by other participants.

"After looking at some other online workshops, I realized that many of them had exercises that they used to prompt the writing of new poems," said Klocek-Lim. She wanted to add a feature like that, but didn't want to use the term "exercise."

So the Poem Spark was born."