Valley Writers

Last Friday of the Month, join us

19396963_10154852543582956_7501151284924251626_nSouth Whatcom Library                   Third Friday of the month, 1:00-3:00 p.m.   Bring your quill or computer, leave the Inner Critic at home under the bed counting dust bunnies.

For a warm up, look at this picture.  Sense the feel and begin to walk down this road.  What do you see, hear, taste, remember, touch, and smell.  Write for ten minutes without stopping and see where you are.

Serenity for Solstice

The days roll out from the sun, melting away memories of winter and spring.  Ra invites you find peace and serenity, no matter the season.  We approach the longest day and celebrations gather people to joy.  Gratitude to Kephera, the ancient time keeper, who brings the Sun to us each day.


How Long Does It Take to Create a Chapbook?

Not much of a title because there is no answer.  You just notice it is almost two years since your last chapbook.  Five ideas are buried on your laptop, five chapbooks waiting patiently for focus.  So, you decide to ignore them a bit longer.

No, I am not suffering from writer’s block–or chapbook completion.  OK, maybe a bit of the latter.  Some recent turn of the moon opened my eyes, or my mind.  A mini-chapbook.  Perfect summer project.  Have I mentioned my summer challenges lately?  It boils down to sun and heat.   I need to talk to my publisher.  That might be first.

Instead, I decide the cover art should be first.  (Wait until you see the awesome cover art for “Chaos & Peace”, coming soon after I complete this project.  “Soon” being one of those undefinable words that floats forward, allowing breathing time.)

The chapbook is “Blonde Noir”, a single poem I wrote in 2013 and have revised and performed and edited and played with.  More about the poem later.  My focus is on the cover art.  Here are some of the rejected pieces I’ve drawn lately.

thumbnailYes, she’s scared. 1940s-ish.  But she’s more complex than that.

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Perhaps she’s conning or cunning.  Breathless and afraid.

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She does wear pearls but she is not this self assured.

Stay tuned.  I may actually tell you how long a chapbook takes by summer’s end.

C.J. Prince