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Yes…I’m promoting my book.

No…I don’t mind if you promote it too! 😉

Go ahead and blog about it, tweet it and share it on facebook 🙂

You could even read it and write a review if you’re game 😀

 

My second collection of poetry, Moonpies & Naugahyde: A Childhood Survived,  is available on Amazon. Fabulous watercolor paintings by Georgiann Carlson accompany my poems throughout, creating a book I am extremely proud of!

M&N Announcement

 

3 options available now on Amazon:

1-Full Color Edition: Watercolor Illustrations presented in Full Color

This is the way this collection is meant to be experienced!

2-Black & White Edition: Watercolor Illustrations presented in Greyscale

3-Ebook for your Kindle, iPad, etc.

→ Just click on this link!!←


OH and you can also get my first book, Spectrum: Watercolored Words

just click here!

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Gigi Appreciation Day- part 2

In case you missed the memo…Today is Gigi’s birthday which I have also declared Gigi Appreciation Day! To continue the celebration of all things Gigi here are a few more selections 😀

One of her whimsical Chicklet paintings

Rubber Stamp Art

 

A Poem

Summer night…

I
heard
the
sax
first

 

low
jagged
sounds
crying
the
blues

 

then
the
darkness
started
moving
in

 

chasing
away
the
light

 

 

the
closer
the
darkness
edged
in

 
the
louder
the
sax
became
notes
torn
from
from
the
musician’s
soul

 

the
night
chuckled
and
held
out
its
misty
hand
offering
a
dance
knowing
it
wouldn’t
have
to
ask
me
twice

 

 

A Short Story: Alan Ladewig

Alan was a good man and a true poet.  He didn’t just write poetry, he lived it.  He was living his poetry when he was arrested, as he sat in Pen & Ink, his favorite cafe, sipping coffee and writing on a napkin.   Alan went to Pen & Ink several times a day, so he was well known by the staff and by more than a few customers.  Those who knew him were used to words falling from his table, pockets and nibs.  They were even accustomed to watching Alan stand up and recite partial or even full, rather long and tiresome poems. But when he stood on his chair and loudly shouted verse after verse about trees, true love, blue skies and fast moving clouds, the proprietor had simply reached his limit.

Alan and his words were hustled off to a dreary, but empty, cell to wait until his words got control of themselves.  Once they did, he was released with a warning to keep his worlds to himself, unless performing in front of a willing and, hopefully, paying audience.  Alan nodded, gathered his pens, pencils and bits of paper and left the police station. A few word dribbled from his sleeve but the officers either ignored them or never noticed.

Alan had a somewhat lonely life.  Several years earlier he had fallen in love, but the woman left him when he couldn’t stop writing poems about her, even when they were together.  He knew that it was wrong to write poetry about her beauty, while they were out having dinner, but he couldn’t help himself, the words kept pushing at him until he released them onto paper.  To be honest, there were always new words, more words, different words, all trying to escape from his mind and fingertips.  When she left, Alan’s poems turned dark.  He wrote of pain and loss, of broken heats and sadness.  But once he had released the words, he felt better and his life returned to normal.

At one point, Alan understood that he was not experiencing life in the same way others were.  All of his senses were focused on words.  He rarely looked up from his notes and scribbles.  He didn’t care, of course, it was just something he noticed.  He wrote his life and lived it on paper, others seemed to move through life and touch it in a different way.  Alan wrote about that.  He was an observant man, and he wrote about his observations.  In his later years, Alan wrote about endings.  His poems were about the sea and the ebbing of life.

A tenant called the landlord early one morning.  She said it was the third day in a row that she had walked by Alan’s door and had not seen words in the hallway.  Mr. Timbers slid his key into Alan’s lock and entered Alan’s rooms.  The neighbor gasped at what she saw.  Alan  was on the floor, covered with words.  He was smiling and held a light blue piece of paper in his hand.  His pen lay next to him, small words still leaking from its tip.  The landlord took the paper from Alan’s hand and read it aloud.

“A poet writes his own life.  I have lived well.”

Three years later, Alan’s poems were published in a thirteen volume matching set.  His work won a number of prizes and during the winter holidays his books were reprinted on fine paper with deckled edges tipped in gold.  Dead Alan was a very rich poet.

As for the Pen & Ink, well, their new sign read:  Pen & Ink…Cafe of the Famous Poet Alan Ledewig.  They named a sandwich after Alan, calling it, The Poet’s Delight.  When  ordered, the sandwich came with a napkin filled with some of Alan’s shorter poems.  It was the cafe’s most popular dish.  Pen & Ink became a hang out for poets.  A rope was put around Alan’s table,  in order to stop poets from fighting over who was going to sit in the famous man’s spot.  As time passed, the proprietor watched poets come and go, but he knew none of them were in Alan’s league.  He knew, because he never saw words fall from their tables, pockets, or nibs.   They might be poets, he thought, but they didn’t live their poetry, not the way Alan did.

 

 

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I declare August 28th Gigi Appreciation Day

Today is Gigi’s Birthday, yay!

Happiest of happies to you, Gigi!  ❤

For those of you who are familiar with Gigi of Rethinking Life it will come as no surprise that she is an amazing, talented woman.  If you do not know  her you should go to her blog…REALLY, I mean it!  Here is a link Rethinking Life

Gigi is one of those rare creatures who exude talent through their pores and can do anything…painting, poetry, collages, essays, short stories, photography and on and on!!

In honor of her birthday I would like to share with you some of the GIFTS she shares with all of us.

One of her Watercolor Faces

An Artist Trading Card

A photo from her beloved Chicago Botanic Garden

 

An Upcycled/Steampunk Baby Shoe

 

 

A Collage

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Calling all Artists! Accepting Submissions for March and April!

Call for submissions…all mediums welcome 🙂

Artists4Peace

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Upcoming Topics/Deadlines:

March

How does one find peace in daily life?

Submission Deadline March 1st
Selected Entries will be posted March 15th


April

How does language influence peace?

Submission Deadline April 1st
Selected Entries will be posted April 15th


Feel free to send in any other Peace related art at any time for consideration to be posted throughout the month. Remember just blog as you normally would and then email a link to your post to artists4peaceproject@gmail.com for consideration!


Notes to ALL of our Fabulous participating Artists4Peace artists:

1-Please reblog, facebook, tweet, messenger pigeon 🙂 this post.  

We need to get the word out and get even more people sharing their art to promote love, understanding and peace throughout the world.

2-We ask that if you haven’t already please put the Artists 4 Peace logo on your blog.  It will not only show others you are part of the…

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Artists 4 Peace ~We can make a difference

A couple of days ago Gigi posted a question “how can we, as artists (whatever our form),  bloggers and international friends, USE our art, intelligence, CREATIVITY and  our collective power, right NOW, to foster and spread peace and love throughout the world?  How can we work TOGETHER to bring about change?”

We believe your passion is your Art.  So whether your medium is paint, poetry, yarn, music or pottery YOU can be part of the movement.

There has been some discussion…please join in your voice is welcome!

For starters.
1- all participating will display logo

2- we should create a monthly schedule of topics. I think it would be great  if we discussed and decide on particular subjects/causes and create a schedule of topics that we could all write and publish at the same time each month. For instance: August- Peace in general, September- Spreading Kindness, October- Child Abuse Awareness… ((just examples))

3 on the designated day each month each of us would post on the topic scheduled and display the agreed upon logo.
4- everyone participating will post to their own blog and then the moderators will reblog them on artists4peace as well.

While we have much to discuss and things to iron out… I am happy to announce a new blog

artists4peace.wordpress.com

where we can get to work on setting a foundation.

We will eventually have a monthly topic scheduled but for now if you have anything you would like to share on Artists4Peace please blog it and then email the link to artists4peaceproject@gmail.com so we can make sure to reblog it. That way nothing will be missed!

Thank you for reading and I do hope you will get involved!

~Melanie Blackwell

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12 Days of Christmas (for Gigi)

For Gigi of Rethinking Life also known as hitandrun1964  🙂

On the first day of Christmas, Gigi shared with me

a tour of Garfield Park Conserv-atory

On the second day of Christmas, Gigi shared with me

two quotes to love

and a tour of Garfield Park Conserv-atory

On the third day of Christmas, Gigi shared with me

three but-tons

two quotes to love

and a tour of Garfield Park Conserv-atory

On the fourth day of Christmas, Gigi shared with me

four playing squirrels

three but-tons

two quotes to love

and a tour of Garfield Park Conserv-atory

On the fifth day of Christmas, Gigi shared with me

five thoughts pro-vo-king

four playing squirrels

three  but-tons

two quotes to love

and a tour of Garfield Park Conserv-atory

On the sixth day of Christmas, Gigi shared with me

six rubber stamps

five thoughts pro-vo-king

four playing squirrels

three  but-tons

two quotes to love

and a tour of Garfield Park Conserv-atory

On the seventh day of Christmas, Gigi shared with me

seven rants and raves

six rubber stamps

five thoughts pro-vo-king

four playing squirrels

three  but-tons

two quotes to love

and a tour of Garfield Park Conserv-atory

On the eighth day of Christmas, Gigi shared with me

eight faces gazing

seven rants and raves

six rubber stamps

five thoughts pro-vo-king

four playing squirrels

three  but-tons

two quotes to love

and a tour of Garfield Park Conserv-atory

On the ninth day of Christmas, Gigi shared with me

nine flowers blooming

eight faces gazing

seven rants and raves

six rubber stamps

five thoughts pro-vo-king

four playing squirrels

three  but-tons

two quotes to love

and a tour of Garfield Park Conserv-atory

On the tenth day of Christmas, Gigi shared with me

ten bees a buzzing

nine flowers blooming

eight faces gazing

seven rants and raves

six rubber stamps

five thoughts pro-vo-king

four playing squirrels

three  but-tons

two quotes to love

and a tour of Garfield Park Conserv-atory

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Gigi shared with me

eleven night thoughts looming

ten bees a buzzing

nine flowers blooming

eight faces gazing

seven rants and raves

six rubber stamps

five thoughts pro-vo-king

four playing squirrels

three  but-tons

two quotes to love

and a tour of Garfield Park Conserv-atory

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Gigi shared with me

twelve chicklets clucking

eleven night thoughts looming

ten bees a buzzing

nine flowers blooming

eight faces gazing

seven rants and raves

six rubber stamps

five thoughts pro-vo-king

four playing squirrels

three  but-tons

two quotes to love

and a tour of Garfield Park Conserv-atory

~Melanie Blackwell

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Sweet

I had to share this fabulously sweet dedication.  I adore GiGi and her chickens =D

Sweet

by hitandrun1964

Sweet

Watercolor pencil

This chicken is for blogger:   Wordifull Melanie because she’s so sweet and a really fabulous poet.

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Chicken Strip (C.C. #3)

Gigi and I are having a blast and now Laurie has joined the fun!  Click on the link below to go to Gigi’s  site to see what we are up to.

Chicken Strip.

 

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