Just a Note: 29 July 2013

Hello World!


What a week! I had some great days writing-wise and was very happy to let the photos slide for a bit.  I’ve been doing a lot of the latter, basically to promote my weekly posts at Pixelventures over at We Drink Because We’re Poets.  I’ve been playing around a lot there, but it has taken its toll in my writing, which is not so good from my point of view.  Of course artistic expression in any form is still a way to get our thoughts across to a world that doesn’t know who we are or how we think…still.  I’ll be talking about a particularly interesting evening (for me) that I had the last week with a Senryu…


one breath, two steps

Photo in homage to Shainbird’s poem

Now, this should be a concept that isn’t new to anyone.  We’ve all heard the word and have our ideas about what collaboration is.  And, as the bard said…there’s the rub!

My idea of direct collaboration with someone is that we work in concert…an oboe with a flute as it were.  Each contributing with their form of art to create two individual posts…posted simulaniously…linked together and promoted by both for each other.  During the working stages…there’s communication and each shows the other what they’re doing.  This was my experience with Shainbird and it was an enjoyable experience…I most certainly learned a few new tricks too!

I don’t like one way streets.  To me that isn’t collaboration, that’s just, well, a one way street.

Over the months I’ve worked with other people’s photos, like Leanne Cole‘s, her work inspired a flash fiction and a poem.  I’ve done a few of articles for Pixelventures, which many of you have read.  Every once in a while, I’ve written a poem or power short inspired by comments or by a fellow bloggers work.  I’ve also asked and received feedback from Cranky and Barb Taub for a story I wrote.  And of course there’s the big collaboration effort with We Drink Because We’re Poets!  But though these are a form of collaboration, it’s not what I referred to in my latest Saturday Close-up.

Unfortunately the Sunday Haiga seems to have turned into a one way street, so, though I may keep the title for some future date, I think I won’t be posting it in future.

A Senryu and a Conversation:

mountains and clouds b/w

I had a truly lovely experience last week, as I mentioned above!  I wrote a Senryu: Black White and Shade and then I received a comment from Geo Sans!  I love Geo Sans’ comments…they’re always so essential!  here it is:

some never take
see, feel, admire

Horror!  That had not been my intention at all!  So I wrote this:

Ah…’tis true!
my Senryu is sorely deficient
for wanting to avoid
the use of gray
I used shades
in its stead…
but the subtlety of shades
in hue
are the stuff of lovely
t’was not against the hues
I sigh…
but a world
of metaphoric black and white
where there is no place
for doubt
or diversity
but just right or wrong
in shades of ideology.

And Geo Sans:

to bountiful bouquets
strength of heart


Ah yes…
that was the meaning
of my verse!
For if we
have the courage
to doubt,
a world of color
filling minds
with strength
and hearts with song!
Momo was my heroine
Ende a favorite writer
and I soon learned
to be wary
of the men in grey.
So…my Senryu
I’ve now corrected
stricken out the shades
replacing it with
to symbolize
where, thought
is not an option
being only seen
as a
to society.

Geo Sans:

I like
interpretation …



The Senryu is now:  Black and White and Shades of Grey.  Go have a look at Geo Sans blog…I have and it’s wonderful…his depth and essentialism is what attracts me.  I’m a wordy person, ergo, the Haiku, Senryu and Tanka…exercises in getting a thought across in an essential manner, brief to the point.

The Sketch Book:

I’m still working out what my new prose form should be…and so every once in a while I post one of my sketches on my blog.  I’m working for a word-painting effect.  I’d love your comments…even if you don’t like the piece…especially if you don’t like the piece.  I wish to have your ideas so I can write better.


Well this Just a Note was not my usually peppy, happy-go-lucky do.  Truth is at the mo’, besides the horrible heat, my husband is going through a bit of health problems and we’re a little worried.  He’s not the sort who takes things laying back…a real rebel and self-opinionated too!  He unstresses by stressing.  So recently he’s been pretty down about my blogging…which he feels is kind of silly, in truth he would prefer I return to drawing and graphic arts.  Thanks to my photographic experiments he’s been a little easier to handle!

This can and has made things a little difficult sometimes.   I’m basically an Aquarius born in the year of the Dragon, so a pretty cool and at times I’ve been told imperious sort of person.  But even dragons have emotions though they don’t tend to show them very much.  I work my emotions…when I’m up against things I have no control over…my philosophy is do what you can do.  No use wallowing about in self-pity and frustration.  So, if I can’t get it out in words…I get it out in pictures.  Basically I’m a Stacanovista (workaholic says Google), a force of nature and I do pretty much as I please.   Fortunately we have a fairly good if at times rowdy relationship.  Living in relationship like this has taught me many lessons…one of which has to say what I think…so thanks Luciano you’ve helped me be the person I am.

There are so many of you I would love to mention…just know, I appreciate you all very much!

Have a nice week everybody and keep on with the great blogging!

8 thoughts on “Just a Note: 29 July 2013

    • This is
      the season
      to be with
      the fine weather!
      have fun

      and you
      take care too
      will look
      for your posts
      when you



  1. Ah, my friend, I hear your pain. Sometimes it seems things build up like the heat, Luciano’s illness and running around like a chicken without a head through life trying to make everyone happy. CAN’T BE DONE! Trust me, I spent my life trying.

    First and foremost, you must take care of Georgia. If your release is in your blogging, then that is where you vent…never mind what anyone says. Blogging saved my sanity as I was vegetating in a house while caring for Danny…no creative outlet..no joy in life. Now, I find my creative juices flowing and have a purpose in life again.

    Just stay true to yourself…and there are many here who love you and your wonderful pics, poems and stories…so when you need a shoulder, just reach out. We’ll be there!

    Have a COOL week!



    • Thanks so much dear friend…believe me I’m getting humid here. I’m not much for “mushy” emotions so I won’t try to write what doesn’t come naturally to me. I know that people go for strong emotions but just can’t write that stuff…but I’ve decided from day one and thanks to my old grouch, that I will be me, no matter what the mirror of life has to say about me. You’re a great friend. The reaching out has always been the hard part…I’m usually the shoulder don’t you know.

      Keep on with all your good work! and you too, have a wonderful week!


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