Poetics Serendipity: Catching Up and Stuff

01 May

8:55 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to The Myth of Fingerprints sung by Paul Simon

Hello! I feel as if I have been gone forever, which, when you think about it, is ironic because I have been here for every day in April. However, I have not been talking to you, coming up with prompts, finding links and rounding up the week. I had to cogitate a moment [I was damned if I was going to go look] to remember how I wrote a regular post. For today, I have a true grab-bag, mostly tying things up.

1] My particular poem-a-day was through the Found Poetry Review and if you haven’t had a chance to look over their site because you, too, have been crazily composing, then spend some time in May wandering through what my fellow Ouli-posters came up with. They [you, if you are one] have been wonderful companions to spend the month with. That’s all I will say for now, as rumour has it I will be posting an exit interview.

2] The winners of the 5th Annual Big Poetry Giveaway are:

Dhyan — who was emailing me as I wrote this, to tell me I had won one of his draws
Mark Windham [!] — hello, where would you like it sent? ๐Ÿ™‚
Ian Chandler — how lovely, and fitting, to have a blossoming poet win — email me your send to address, or leave it in comments
Andrew Albert J. Ty — Really. We have to stop meeting like this, you know! [Albert has won every year I have done the Giveaway. It’s getting a little spooky.] Somewhere I have your mailing address. Be a duck and send it to me again.

3] All the new people: Welcome. Throughout April I noticed a fairly steady stream of new followers. I realise many of you are Aprilites, but should you be a steady follower, even a contributor, here is how the blog works: On Tuesdays, I write a prompt for you. I have no time limits as to when you write to it and post a link in the comments. I leave the comments open for six months, or so.

Thursdays are serendipitous in more than their content. If I have nothing, there is no post. Otherwise, I provide links to nifty neat-o sites that have a connection to writing in some way; I discourse on a topic, and am more than happy to have people ask me to write on something [to do with some aspect of writing!]; and, if anyone wants something announced, that goes here.

Fridays are when I round up prompts from a dozen sites for your delectation. I’ll usually write something about each prompt so you know whether or not you want to go look.

My brain just died. It won’t even tell me if I had a fourth thing. I shall go play a video game [maybe write a poem]. I am so glad to be talking to you again.

Happy writing, everyone.


Posted by on 01/05/2014 in miscellanea, poetry


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20 responses to “Poetics Serendipity: Catching Up and Stuff

  1. Yousei Hime

    01/05/2014 at 10:14 am

    Oh, what game?

    • margo roby

      01/05/2014 at 10:31 am

      Video gamers would sniff with scorn, but I play Hidden Object games. They are a far cry from the originals. These days, the good ones have a storyline and that is more important than finding objects in a bunch. In fact, today;s HOGs are reminiscent of the old adventure games. I absolutely love them.

      • Yousei Hime

        01/05/2014 at 11:13 am

        I think my sister is really into those. I’ll have to check them out. Have you tried any of the Professor Layton games? Those are full of different kinds of puzzles all in the context of a mystery. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cute animations too.

        • margo roby

          01/05/2014 at 11:28 am

          Oooh! I shall go look those up, now. The best series I’ve come across are the Dark Parables. The producers set familiar fairytales into an adventure.


        01/05/2014 at 1:16 pm

        I have never played a video game in my life. I know that if I did I would become addicted and do nothing else, so I steer clear. Nice to be free to take the odd day off from Napo-ing and visit my friends’ blogs.

        • margo roby

          01/05/2014 at 2:48 pm

          Oh ViV! I am quite addicted. For now [okay, now has been since 2007] that’s okay. The games are a good cave. If I stop writing, then I have a problem. Aiee! Visiting. Okay, I need to do that, too.

  2. julespaige

    01/05/2014 at 10:22 am

    Welcome back. Are you aware (sure you are) of Red Wolf Poems …the change from We Write Poems. They had their first prompt up today…which I didn’t follow exactly, but when do I ever?
    My contribution is here:

    • margo roby

      01/05/2014 at 10:29 am

      Of course :-0 And, yes, THAT was the fourth thing. I knew there were four. I’ll see what kind of energy I have tomorrow. I might put out a roundup… and I might not!

      • julespaige

        01/05/2014 at 10:48 am

        Energy…try having hours on end dealing with the energy of an almost 4 year old and his 9 month old sister…(some days are longer than others – today is a from 8am to 5ish day). And I get paid in hugs and kisses!

  3. Misky

    01/05/2014 at 10:23 am

    Welcome back from the ink well.


    • margo roby

      01/05/2014 at 10:29 am

      ‘Twas a deep well. It’s good to be back on the surface.

  4. b_young

    01/05/2014 at 10:44 am


  5. Hannah Gosselin

    01/05/2014 at 4:09 pm

    I’m so glad you’re talking to us again, too, Margo!! We made it through to the other side!! Woohoo!!

    Congrats to the winners!!

    During my poem withdrawals this morning I decided to watch The Book Thief…what an amazing absorbing film…just beautiful.

    I hope you’re having a good day of gaming and resting, Margo…BIG smiles!!

    Thank you for the post I look forward to Tuesdays with you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • margo roby

      01/05/2014 at 4:23 pm

      Woohoo, indeed! Now can we sloth about?

      I haven’t seen it yet. I suspect I need to be in the right frame of mind. I watched [don’t laugh] golf ;-D.

      I AM having a good day, made better by this note from you, Hannah. how lovely to hear your voice again.

      Tuesday? Ohhh, Tuesday. You mean you want me to start thinking :-D:-D:-D. I will have to remember to see what I have to ease us all gently back in.

      • Hannah Gosselin

        01/05/2014 at 4:34 pm

        Chuckle!! No…no thinking yet…just slothing…hmmm…I’d love to be a real sloth for a moment…hang in a tree and sleep while the tropical breeze stirred my fur…yes, that’d be lovely.

        Actually…watching golf seems like it could be kind of relaxing…or at least all that green appealing to the eye… ๐Ÿ˜‰

        My day’s better with our chat, too, Margo!! Thank you my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Whatever you have will be perfectly fine…we could even revisit a favorite prompt from the PAD days if we wanted…that’s an idea…if peeps throw down their favorites like a potluck prompt day! I’m full of it, (ideas), don’t mind me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • margo roby

          01/05/2014 at 4:39 pm

          ‘we could even revisit a favorite prompt from the PAD days if we wantedโ€ฆthatโ€™s an ideaโ€ฆif peeps throw down their favorites like a potluck prompt day! Iโ€™m full of it, (ideas), donโ€™t mind me! ;)’

          Brilliant! Thank you for thinking for me. Well, back to slothing, then.

          • Hannah Gosselin

            01/05/2014 at 4:49 pm

            Lol!! My pleasure! Your ideas are sparkly though so sloth on but if something surfaces… ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. barbcrary

    01/05/2014 at 10:35 pm

    Hello, lady. (This being one of my husband’s favorite quotes from “The Princess Bride” – he’s a simple man, he is.) Now I can peruse your blog at leisure, or at least more leisure than before. Hooray for that.

    • margo roby

      02/05/2014 at 7:34 am

      Is that where I got it from. It’s one of my favourites, too. I always thought it was just the way I liked addressing a good friend! ‘Okay, lady, put that avocado down.’

      Yay! Peruse away. If you have questions along the way, ask. You’ll notice, it can be a somewhat talky blog.


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