From my very first post I wanted to pay homage to the speech which inspired the title of my blog, Ain't I a Woman? by Sojourner Truth. Such a beautiful speech, such a beautiful name, such a beautiful woman. It is one of my favorite pieces. I strive to emulate this style in my own work. Poetic and powerful. Honest and unafraid. Memorable. And I like brevity. It too is beautiful. This is the standard I wish to be held to as I explore the question with you ~ ain't I a writer?
"Obliged to you for hearing me, and I do have a few things more to say..."

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tom Hall: The Shantyman* | SeacoastOnline.com

Tom Hall: The Shantyman* | SeacoastOnline.com

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dead Poets

     I found this quite interesting. You might not... Ten states are celebrating Dead Poets Day, and New Hampshire and Maine have both planned special celebrations. I can't participate in any of the fun because my holiday weekend is already booked. But I did enjoy this slide show some of the Maine celebrants put together. Some one from New Hampshire should step up;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gravelight/sets/72157622481142604/show/

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

WNO

      I attended the monthly Writer's Night Out last night, which is a social gathering of writers who live in my region and are affiliated with the NH Writer's Project. It has been interesting to me that these meetings are always quite a bit different from one month to the next. There is always a different group of people present, and the topics we discuss are always somewhat different. Last night most of our discussion was about finding, or fighting for, the time to write. Today was a good case in point. I struggled all day to meet my minimum required writing time, and by that I do mean the bare minimum. But today I found myself much less frustrated than usual because I kept remembering our discussion, and how just accomplishing some writing every day really will add up over time. So I guess these meetings really are worthwhile for me. I knew they would be beneficial socially, as it is very helpful to someone who works from home in isolation most of the time to meet with others who do similar work of course, and I have met some people at WNO that I would never have met otherwise, but I am quite pleased that these meetings are also having a direct effect on my writing.
     And here is something that I wanted to share;
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/06/opinion/06Grisham.html?_r=3