Friday, August 28, 2009

To Me From My Shadow Self

This is a letter written to me from my shadow self. To learn more about your shadow self, read Susan Wooldridge's book Poemcrazy.

Dear Andria,

Hi! It's me again! Sorry I haven't been around for awhile. After you read Almost French, I took off to Paris for a couple of weeks. I wore a beret and dressed in haute couture and drank cafe au laits while sitting in a little outdoor cafe that sits on the Seine. I did a lot of people watching, a lot of writing, and a lot of just sitting and listening. Oh, and every morning I had flakey croissants and chocolat chaud brought to my room at the little hotel where I stayed. Hmm, maybe I shouldn'thave told you that. I heard that you were on a diet; how's that going for you?

After Paris, I went up to Port Townsend and rented a cottage on the beach. I walked the water's edge every dawn in my bare feet and wore a bright red dress that swirled around my ankles. When I finished my morning walk, I would hide all day, working on that novel that you started last year. Too bad you were to busy taking care of your kids and trying to finish unpacking before you went back to work; it would have been nice if you could have gotten away to spend some time with me. Maybe next summer.

I think we should get together sometime soon. Give me a call when you have a free moment, okay?


Your Shadow Self

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Artfest Circle Journal

I was invited to be part of a circle journal project started by some of the new friends I met at Artfest in April. I am so excited to be involved in this project. Above are the pictures from my own journal, inspired by the poem "i carry your heart with me" by ee cummings.
It has been so much fun working on this journal and to have a place to work on it that is not my kitchen table. Pictures of my studio are soon to come.
And, as usual, my photos are totally mixed up. I really need to figure out how to do this.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Crafting Queen Art Shrine

I made this little art shrine for a swap. It's made with a Martha Stewart specimen box that was on clearance, a lot of different vintage trimmings, an image from Artchix Studios, glass glitter, and some fun clear scrapbook pieces. I love it so much I kind of want to keep it, but I guess I'll just have to make my own. *sigh*

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I need a cool new idea for my blog...

I'm currently reading Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. I started two hours ago and I'm already on page 76. I didn't even watch Scrubs so I could keep reading it (okay, I did watch the episodes that were on at 8:00 and 8:30 on Comedy Central, but I did not watch the episodes that were on at 10:00 and 10:30 on channel 14, because they were reruns I'd seen over and over again. In fact, I think I've seen the same ones already this week).

I'm a little jealous of Ms. Powell. I want a cool idea for my blog that will make people want to keep coming back for more and then I can write a book which is then turned into a major motion picture. I could keep doing ARBPTWPMYTU, but so many people keep saying that they like my bad poems that I'm beginning to doubt my understanding of "good poetry". I don't think I'll do food, because I don't think many people want to read about all of the stuff I make from the Weight Watchers' cookbooks. Author and columnist Ann Cannon already has the market on a blog about writing and what she eats every day. (If you haven't read her column in the Deseret News, you have to! It's hilarious, she's hilarious, and I might even start subscribing to the Deseret News so I can read it. Well, probably not. I'll just keep going over to my parents' house to read it. We subscribed to the newspaper once, and the stacks of papers that needed to go to the recycling bin just became unbearable. I don't think I could do that again.)

So, back to the beginning, I need a cool new gimmick for my blog. Here are some ideas, just off the top of my head:

The Crazed Rantings of a High School English Teacher (Just in case you didn't get enough rantings from crazed people with their own shows on news networks who for some reason have a huge following)

What I Read Today (which could be potentially interesting, but also could be very boring if you really don't want to read about fluffy romance novels or poorly written papers)

A Daily Dose of Wisdom From Scrubs (hmm, I like that idea; I could even make it more broad and just say "A Daily Dose of Wisdom From Sitcoms" so I have an even better excuse to watch Friends, Fraser, and Will and Grace)

A Daily Dose of Crazy From Daytime Soaps (this could be a "don't-do-this" blog inspired by my recent obsession with The Bold and The Beautiful)

What do you, my dear readers, think? Perhaps it could be a combination of all four? I'm kind of liking that idea.

Do you have any other suggestions?