Monday, March 15, 2010


So February has slipped past, & half of March. I am here to report that I did indeed send out a batch of poems & a story. More on the sassy SASE horizon. (That's Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope for the non-writers in the audience. One must include a SASE to hear back from the editor.)

Plus I am going to be on TV Wednesday night, St. Patrick's Day, at 7 pm. URTV, Asheville's public access channel. I think you can access it online at I actually don't know when it's going to air, but you might be able to find it on the website. There's a show featuring cancer survivors being filmed at Chameleon Soul Foods where I "just happened" to stop in for the first time. I mentioned to the owner that I had a poem published in the Cancer Poetry Project ("Awkward Friends," which I wrote for my friend L.A.Taylor who was a cancer survivor until she wasn't) & was invited to read it on the show. I'm looking forward to it. (& perhaps to more fried chicken smothered in brown onion gravy. Or some of the wonderful cherry crumble. mmmm. I'm making myself hungry.)

The other fun thing--besides writing & drawing & collaging & walking & etcetera--I've been doing lately is playing no-limit Texas Hold'em at Buffalo Wild Wings. It's lots of fun, & I've started a short story about it. Making my way up the leaderboards--at least for now.

A short while ago I joined the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement, which is located at the Reuter Center on the UNCA campus. They offer classes & workshops and special interest groups, besides which it's a beautiful facility to use as yet another office. (Buffalo Wild Wings is my poker office & for writing & art & such I have offices all over town.) I use the campus itself as a nice walking track. Plus they have a meditation labyrinth to walk & a sculpture garden & all sorts of wonderfulness.

Here I go again, all wonder-fully-foolio. Mmmm. Flavor du jour.

I must briefly review a recently-read book. Talking to Tesla: The Mirror That is the Door: An Artist's Dream Journal by Alex Bigney. This book tickled every tendril of my soul. Alex Bigney is a (very good) artist who began to have a series of dream conversations with Nikola Tesla, whom he'd never heard of before meeting in the first dream. The lessons from Tesla, the insights he brings from a life of painting, the stories of the thoughtful & interesting boy that he was--I am going to read this book again. With underlining! You can find out more about it at or or you can pick the book up (signed) at Malaprops. Just don't ask to borrow mine! I'm re-reading it. Alex Bigney is a warm & accessible man who lives in Utah. I--well-dressed in my what would Tesla do? t-shirt--saw him read at Malaprops. If you get a chance to meet him, do.

Blog alternative:
183. Think about who you would like to meet in your dreams. Nikola Tesla? Amelia Earhart? Hatshepsut? Get all relaxed & cozy before you go to sleep & invite them in. Who knows? It could happen.