that day changed my life, i discovered a flat iron! { the hubby + i being our ridiculous selves. there is always laughter round these parts! }

that day changed my life, i discovered a flat iron! { the hubby + i being our ridiculous selves. there is always laughter round these parts! }

Hey, you! Christy here. I am just SO very glad you stopped by! There are at least a bazillion photos, adventures and projects for you to DIY - so grab a cupppa whatever your vice is, and stay a spell!

Day 8/29 Days of Giving is…

Day 8/29 Days of Giving is…

a red-bellied woodpecker ...

... in playful prose

with organic enclosure ...

... evoking misunderstood harmony

culminating iridescent root ...

... blinding enchantment takes flight

{no, this fever hasn't made me delirious yet - keep reading silly!}

billowy seams frolick ...

... wondrous carousels aplenty

rhythmic howling prevails ....

...  a nantucket gazelle, flushed

looser lighter silhouettes ....

... whisper of metallic hues

{ welcome to my collection of words }

Do you think that resembles poetry? Would you believe me if I told you it took me 2.5 minutes to type that, as I merely glanced through my collection of words. I allowed them to take flight and come together in their own unique way. I didn't think about how it would sound, I didn't care if it made sense. I sought the imagery. I craved the omigosh-im-flloating-above-the-world-anything-is-possible feeling they leave me with. I wanted my tongue to dance as they were spoken. Tell me, in your view - did I achieve that?

Poemcrazy Journal - p. 10

That journal entry was created in the same way. It Reads:

 there - it embraces

twirling, standing,

    fal

           ling

still as night

the cat creeps

shedding uneasiness

acquiring infinity

within one, single

glimmering

breath.

---------------------

 spirit rejuvenated

in playful prose

the tailor, the baker

& the carpenters wife exit

veiled insolence

                                                 awakens innocence

as the fieldmouse

                 sings.

I am often astounded by those who don't see the art within words. The magic they create. The vivid images they arouse in our minds.

Words, are an invaluable creative tool.

You don't have to consider yourself a writer, to use them. To be inspired by them. To collect them.

I collect words. Do you?

poemcrazy

Today's giveaway is (you may have guessed it),  one of my favorite books - Poemcrazyby Susan Goldsmith Woolridge. Regretfully, it's not a signed copy - while I probably could have written her & asked, I was far too excited and hopelessly impatient (yes, i am THAT girl who peeks at gifts if given the chance) to share and opted to purchase a copy of this for the winner. That's love folks.

Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words: invites the readers into a realm where poetry is accessible, where poems are moments of discovery that often arrive unexpectedly (in parking lots, at the grocery store, on walks) and makes ordinary lives extraordinary.
 Susan Wooldridge plays with language as she shows how to create "wordpools", helping the reader to understand that we are all immersed in an ocean of words used but largely ignored. The reader learns to create images, begins to develop metaphor, and gradually moves into "dreamsense" where an exploration of who we are in poems carries us to deeper levels within.
Wooldridge shares stories of how she and others discovered their own poems through delightful and often amusing vignettes of her life and experiences as a writer. In practice sessions through Poemcrazy, Wooldridge demonstrates how to craft poems using a poet's tools such as journal writing, imagery, comparison, exaggeration, awareness of detail, and playful juxtaposition. Poemcrazy is a wonderfully original and motivating addition to any literary or writer's reference shelf! -- Midwest Book Review

I want each & every one of you to find a way to be mesmerized by language. words. letters. I want you to experiment without fear. I want you to put them together, and take them apart. I want you to open your eyes to the world that surrounds you - and look, reallllllly look at the words you could be collecting. The words you should be collecting. I want you to see the difference within your creative ventures once you do.

I want you to play. To collect words. To be inspired.

This book is nothing shy of inspiring. It's for those who write. It's for those who think they can't write. It's for those who aren't inspired to write. It's for those who have no time. It's for those who have all the time in the world. It's for anyone. There is something within these pages - that will free you from any creative stumbling block you may encounter.

Poemcrazy Journal - p. 6

It will change how you see yourself. How you see the world that so gloriously surrounds you. You will breathe it in and savor it. It won't be a chore. You will be grateful, that you can honor your creativityin a minute. Maybe two. Maybe longer. That's the beauty of it - it's up to you.

It's late, I'm exhausted - and I find it ironic that the giveaway dealing with writing - is perhaps, one of my worst written entries ever. Ah life, gotta love it! It should however tell you, just how excited I am to share this. To buy one of you a copy.

To inspire each of you, to start a journal with your collection of words too. You can see mine here.

Ok my lil' wordsmiths to enter today's fabulous giveaway:

  • Leave a comment on this post listing some random pretty words. That's it. Words you like. Descriptive words. Moving Words. Humorous words. Elaborate words or Simple words. They can make all the sense in the world. They can make no sense at all. Just leave me lots of pretty words that I can add to my collection.
  • and/or If your feeling chattier: tell me how words play a part in your life - good, or bad.
  • Do this by: Monday, December 15th
  • Don't forget to spread the word. (ha - a pun!)

Wishing each of you effervescent mocha dreams, Chrysti

Day 10/29 Days of Giving is… + An Interview With Suzi Blu

Day 10/29 Days of Giving is… + An Interview With Suzi Blu

Day 3/29 Days of Giving is… + An Interview With Susan Tuttle

Day 3/29 Days of Giving is… + An Interview With Susan Tuttle