Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space

There are so many ways to learn about our world. Take, for instance, Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, an awesome children’s book about the galaxy.

With writing by quantum computer scientist Dominic Walliman and designed and illustrations by Ben Newman, this is a wonderful way to make discoveries. Science should be a revelation of wonders, and this book delivers.

Just to give credit where credit is due, I found this book via Brain Pickings, a blog by Maria Popova that shares super wonderful content on a daily basis.

NaPoWriMo 2014 Begins Today

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If you are planning to writing a poem a day in April, there are sources of inspiration all around. Starting in the most obvious place, check out the NaPoWriMo site. You will find everything you need to get started. Add your blog to the list of participants and join the community of writers.

There are also poetry prompts being published on blogs across the Internet. Check out:

1sojournal

The Bell Jar

Chris Jarmick

Kundiman

Oulipost

ReadWriteThink

Writer’s Digest

When stuck (which will be soon enough) I plan to use The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice by Kelly Agodon and Martha Silano (Two Sylvias Press). Feel free to share your fave NaPo links here.

Writing, Promptly

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NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has gained momentum over the past decade, and a number of best-selling novels–Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– began in this veritable boot camp for writers. The appeal lies in the short intense nature of the project, with the product being a 50,000 word first draft. Daily word count goals keep you on track, and the NaNo site provides a supportive community. November is almost upon us. Perhaps THIS year is YOUR year?

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Collage by Rex Ray

Igniters for Writers

Every writer gets stuck on occasion. When that happens, there’s hope. Check out the Writer Igniter app on the DIY MFA website. The program shuffles an e-deck of cards and provides you with a character, a situation, a prop, and a setting. You take it from there, imagination not included!

The DIY MFA concept is a cool one. I have an MFA in creative writing already, and I still find that I’m drawn to this site for ideas and inspiration. Congrats to Gabriela Pereira on a great project.

Resources for NaPoWriMo 2012

The official poster for National Poetry Month 2012 (Academy of American Poets)

If you’ve found a great source of writing prompts on the web, please share the link as a comment, and I will add it to the list.

The Poets: NaPoWriMo 2011

Here’s a list of poets participating in NaPoWriMo 2011. If you’d like your blog link added to (or subtracted from) the list, just leave it in thecomment section. In an effort to save time I carried over my list from last year.  If you’d like to set up a free blog, wordpress.com is an easy option. I have a blog that I use just for writing drafts with friends, and I have it set so that it is “hidden” from the search engines. It seems like a good idea to keep my horrid first drafts to myself and my friends!

Habanero by Claire Desjardins

This I gleaned from Art MoCo:

Montreal painter Claire Desjardins has recently turned her hand to bold, colourful abstracts works that are a clear departure from her previous softer, more figurative pieces. These new series, full of vibrant movement, are an expression of the artist’s long-standing relationship with colour. Desjardins uses her palette in such a way as to render her works almost tactile invitations to an exploration of the spectrum.

[via MoCo Art]