In November 2011, a new arts initiative in Edmonton’s SouthEast was born: the Mill Woods Artists Collective. Canadian Authors Association writer-in-residence and poet, Jannie Edwards, and poet/hip hopper/NDP candidate Rod Loyola (also known as Rosouljah) began organizing monthly meetings to connect artists of all genres, get new projects off the ground, and contribute to the local community.Continue reading “Mill Woods Artists Collective: Building Community Through Art”
A season of goodbyesOf memoriesFalling like snowSettlingOn Me. So many promisesHopes tied togetherFinger in the middleHolding placeMaking sureWishes wrapped up tightAs arms around waists.
Last night I went to my last Rock Springs Poetry Slam hosted by my good friend, Janice Grover-Roosa (yes, another hyphenated last name!) of the local library system. While my first passion is writing books, there is something about the instant gratification of poetry that I love, and that has kept me coming back toContinue reading “A Poem of Parting”
I was delighted when writer and aviation historian John Chalmers (apparently inspired by the spirit of Robert Service, ‘bard of the Yukon’) sent me the following lines last week. He has generously allowed me to share them with you (with some pictures I tracked down online)! Danielle Goes North Strange things are done in theContinue reading “A Northern Valentine”
Last night I went to another Poetry Slam event in Rock Springs. Not content to sit on the sidelines, I composed a few and entered the competition. I had a blast and got some good scores and feedback – luckily! It has, after all, been many moons since I’ve written and performed poetry. Here isContinue reading “Family-Friendly U.S.A.”
Forgive me father, for I have sinned, it has been 10 days since my last blog entry… Ah, but I have so much to show for it: Today is my editor’s official ‘draft is due’ deadline for the Laurentian book, and miracle of miracles, I’m just about ready to send off the final chapters! OfContinue reading “Writing Fever”
I really try to believe in the saying that the universe (or God, depending on your belief system) only gives you as many challenges as you can handle. In Christianity, the story of Job is often used to illustrate this point. I am not a religious person, but this story of God testing the faithContinue reading “Writing through it all”