Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Direction of the Blog


Not to be cliche', but I cannot believe how time has passed. This past September marked the ninth year that this blog has been launched, and I completely missed it. In September 2016, Marimba and Ice will be ten years old. This blog has been like a friendship; the kind of friendship that picks up right where it was left off no matter how much time has passed.

How did that happen? A lot has happened in 9+ years, and looking back, I can see that Marimba and Ice took quite a few twists and turns. Some years (like this one) I hardly blogged at all; other years I blogged almost every day. I am happy and proud to see a few of my friends contemplating and/or successfully blogging. This blog has been an outlet in the good times, and a safety net in the tough times. In this blog, my writer's voice has grown a little bitter, older, and hopefully a bit wiser. However, the forties have revealed to me of how little I know, and that I have so much more to learn--both in real life and in writing.

This year, I have not blogged much at all. Perhaps it was due to a book launch, finishing a thesis, and working too many jobs this fall. However, it is not a valid excuse, but I have had a hard time figuring out what to write about here and where to take this blog. From what I have read, author blogs should be personal and not entirely commercial. Of course, there are topics that may be "too much information" for readers. (Yes, like most people, I have been guilty of oversharing.)

So, my question for you is, what do you want to read about in 2016? Are you interested in blogs about everyday life? Do you want to read about book/movie/music/web reviews? Do you want resources about ADHD/Anxiety/Depression? Cat adventures?Food? Humorous Stories? Travel? Writing sources?
I am asking for your input, because you are the one taking the time to click on this blog and read, so I want to make this worth your time.

Thank you for your help and input!


Writerly Books and a Website


I hope you enjoyed your holiday. Steve and I visited friends and family; we are currently enjoying a quiet staycation. Today Steve and I made the blissful mistake of visiting Barnes and Noble(B&N) on the Sunday after Christmas after picking up makeup from Ulta.
B&N was right next door-- we couldn't resist.

There were a lot of sales and a couple of writing reference books (read:tax write-offs) I picked up.
Here was the swag (in no particular order) I purchased:

1. Poet's Market 2016
2. Writer's Market 2016
3. Be Happy by Patrick Lindsay
4. The Pocket Book of Positives by Arcuturus
5. Two sets of Season's Greetings cards (Don't judge me--I start writing my cards after Christmas and they were half off!)
6. Star Wars notepad (Because I am a nerd and it was an impulse buy.)

I've already thumbed through part of Poet's Market. I haven't purchased one for awhile. I'm looking forward to cracking open Writer's Market. The goals are to write because it is fun, and to earn some additional income (cat food is expensive!). I came across an online website on writing and if you are a writer, I think you will like it. The blog is called Creative Writing Now. The authors included a free PDF of writing prompts.

The happy books are to lift my spirits, and in turn, for me to lift your spirits! This past year has had a lot of highs and lows; I am anticipating a calm, creative,happy, and peaceful new year for all of us.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Electric Brew

Finding my Words in The Electric Brew

It's seven p.m.--
do you know
where your poems are?

I accomplished something
I have not accomplished
for awhile

I wrote a poem

during an open mike
poetry and words night
in a charming cafe
nestled in downtown
Elkhart, Indiana

swimming in
after a word drought

I wrote a poem

after writing
after presenting
after seeing

people smiling
people laughing
people clapping

I want to
write another poem

I want to swim
in oceans of words

where I know
where my poems are
at seven p.m.


*The website for The Electric Brew is

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