Friday, February 27, 2009

Reasons Why I Don't Write -- a procrastination poem/a writing poem

This is actually a repost of the very first poem I blogged, just over three years ago. It was (and is!) aimed more at my writer friends, as that pretty much was my entire audience back then (all 11 visitors that day, I believe!), but it still seems accurate to me....

Gregory K.

Cleaning up

In my
Coffee cup

Snail mail
Blogging, too


Phone calls
Fear of debt

Nap times

Batting cage

Empty page

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Carnival's back! And...

Yes, the February Carnival of Children's Literature is up for your perusal (hosted by Lynn Hazen at her Imaginary Blog which is, of course, a real blog. Whoa! I better have more coffee and think about that...).

And... did I mention that I'm really looking forward to National Poetry Month here at GottaBook this year? I did? Well, I'm saying it again, tease that I am. But I'll make good. I promise.

Monday, February 23, 2009

My blog is mad at me!

I missed my blogoversary. It was Saturday, and GottaBook celebrated its third anniversary. Are there appropriate gifts like there are for people's wedding anniversaries? "Third blogoversary gift is a new template". Anyway, happy belated. I'd note that today is exactly three years since the first poem I posted (which I will do as a re-issue this poetry Friday to celebrate).

My blog and I are actually quite excited these days. You see, it's almost April and National Poetry Month. This year, we're gonna be doing something new here... and I'm incredibly excited. What is it? I'm a tease. You'll know soon enough, but as always, you'll all be a part of it.

Thanks for three great years....

Saturday, February 21, 2009

What a character!

OK, that could refer to many people I know, but in this case it was a broader comment. It's a rare thing here at GottaBook, I know, but I wanted to shoot of a link about, gasp, craft!

At the SCBWI Westside Schmooze (which I used to co-coordinate for years but is now in the stupendously-way-beyond-competent hands of Rita and Lee), we recently had a night all about character. It was faboo. And now there's a great blog post up all about what was shared that night.

It's good stuff, I tell ya.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Cybils!

The winners of the 2009 Cybil awards are up over the Cybils site. Go on over and check out the fabulous blogger-picked goodies.

Friday, February 13, 2009

My Febluaries -- a February poem/a blues poem

Gregory K.

I’m gloomy, gray.
Don’t want to play.
My Febluaries are bad today.

Outdoors, inside --
No place to hide:
These blues I’ve got won’t be denied.

I’ll give a cheer
When March is here
And February’s gone this year.

But ‘til that day
I’m sad to say
My Febluaries are here to stay.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

One of those poetic internet mysteries...

For the last week or so, folks have been coming to my blog after searching the net for me and a specific poem I blogged here -- I Lost My Voice. While it's not unusual for me to see folks searching for a specific poem/stanza/turn of phrase (often, I'm convinced it's teachers checking to see if homework turned in was original work or not!), this is different, as it is people clearly searching with my name as well.

So the mystery is... where did this poem appear (obviously credited to me), and why are people coming this way? It's all good, certainly. But I'm curious, I tell ya, and since it's people from all across the U.S. it wasn't just a local thang... which makes it that much more intriguing.

OK, fine. Maybe this isn't a mystery anyone but me wants solved, but if you happen to know the answer, I'd sure love to hear it! So would my mom. So just know you disappoint her if you keep it to yourself :-)

Monday, February 09, 2009

It's everywhere!

Ya just never know where the Fibonacci sequence will pop up and surprise ya. OK, maybe "surprise" isn't exactly right... but how many folks expect to see it in the Sunday comics?

Foxtrot -- 2/8/09

And funny, too, at least to this geeky fellow....

Friday, February 06, 2009

That Friday thang...

Well, I had fully planned to get a post up for Poetry Friday and be in this week's lovely collection of links (gathered by the Wild Rose Reader herself!), but that's surely not how the day turned out. Although at least now I'm linking in....

Next week, an original, I tell ya.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Math. Poetry. And an article...

Yesterday, there was a lovely article by Shirley Dent in the Guardian's Book Blog all about the relationship between math and poetry. I'd tell ya to check it out no matter what, but since it happens to talk of Fibs (and me!), I doubly tell ya!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

I'm just saying....'s not always a bad thing to live in LA. After hearing Just One More Book's great interview with Neil Gaiman last week, I got a second dose of Gaiman-ness, if such is a word, this week: an invite to a Coraline screening this weekend. Oooooh. I said yes, of course. I shall report back, but thought I'd made at least a few of you a tad jealous beforehand. I know... give, give, give, that's all I do!