Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bonus: Process Notes for a Video Remix

Hey, all,

I don't often use this blog as promotional space, but Nic Sebastian over at The Poetry Storehouse has made a video remix of my poem "Secrets." Both the video and her notes on making it are available here. I have other poems up on The Poetry Storehouse website, too--check them out if you want, with audio or without, and read about how to use any of the work on the site in your own project. There is some super-cool stuff going on over there, let me tell you. My thanks to Nic--and to all of you.

You may now return to your marshmallow bunnies and hams. Or whatever it is you people do. I probably don't want to know.

Five Things that Don't Suck, Bunny Trail Edition

1. jelly beans
2. Cadbury mini eggs
3. Cadbury caramel eggs
4. bunnies
5. not having to include Peeps or Cadbury creme eggs on this list because it's my list and both of those things kind of gross me out*

*although I will stand by your right to assert that they don't suck--their factories employ people; the Peeps diorama contest is a ball every year; blah, blah, blah

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Five Things that Don't Suck, Race Day Edition

1. going back to what was my first 5K to run it again
2. the realization, after having announced that I'm in terrible shape, that I'm in better shape than I was the first time I ran this thing
3. the further realization that it's pretty tough to run 3 miles if you're actually in terrible shape
4. running outside for the first time since last fall sometime
5. running

Friday, April 18, 2014

Five Things that Don't Suck, TWO WEEKS from the Last Day of Classes Edition

1. the title of this post
2. student presentations*
3. having lunch with a friend/colleague
4. the possibility of finding time to make some chapbooks this weekend
5. being very close to not having to grade anything for a couple of months

*they're really very good and I look forward to them every semester

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Five Things that Don't Suck, Off-Campus Day Edition

1. having only about an hours' worth of grading to do because I was such a good doobie yesterday
2. banana bread waiting for me when I woke up this morning, again because I was such a good doobie yesterday
3. a leisurely morning filled with a little extra sleep, the aforementioned banana bread, and dog snuggling that is not at all a ploy to get banana bread because my dogs aren't fans of bananas (who knew?)
4. spending the day basically however I want
5. cloth napkins*

*What? Everything suddenly has to fit the theme now or something? Where have you been for the past couple of years?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Five Things that Don't Suck, Making the Most of It Edition

1. gently melting snow is actually good for spring plants
2. it allows them to drink while the sun warms up the soil around them
3. that lavender isn't dead; it's resting
4. if we hadn't nailed it to its perch, it would be pushing up the daisies
5. the way there's always room--even on a crappy day in April--for a Python joke

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Five Things that Don't Suck, Post-Eclipse Edition

1. howling at the moon
2. sleeping instead of howling at the moon
3. the fact that while we need to look up to see the moon, if we were to go stand on the moon, we would also have to look up to see Earth
4. the word "Earthrise"
5. when the good people at Star Trek realized they needed to change "where no man has gone before" to "where no one has gone before" and just did it without making a big deal about it