Here in the Pacific Northwest, March certainly came in like a lion and went out less like a lamb and more like a disgruntled llama. The nice weather is on the horizon but today’s egg hunt was kinda grey. The rainy weather doesn’t stop us, though.
Lately, I’ve been mulling over some changes I want to make in my life. I want to read more poetry and write more poetry. I’ve been really inspired by the simplicity of haiku and I like the challenge of trying to say a lot with just a few, powerful words.
Similarly, I’ve been struggling with some health issues that are prompting me to get more active. My kiddo is about 14 months old, an age that comes with constant motion as he discovers more about moving, running, and physics. Getting him outdoors and in nature is very important to me. These things combined have me trying to be more mindful of our weekly scheduling so that we can get outside.
To help me be more focused on improving my poetry writing, I bought Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry. The first section of the book is about cultivating imagination and ideas. It starts out with a really useful essay on creating lists (and lists of lists!) to help prevent the “I don’t have anything to write about” writer’s block. This aligns perfectly to a blog post a friend sent me: Publish in 10 Minutes a Day. Another big writer’s block that I know I suffer from is the “it’s not perfect so it’s not worth posting”. Pushing myself to just pick something from a list, write about it, and post it is going to help me get through that.
Here’s to moving more, and writing more as spring blossoms!