Good Writing Break: Karen Craigo

Hey, Fickle Readers! I’m back with a smidge of an update. I’ve been wrangling with all kinds of health crap recently (did I mention lupus sucks?), but I wanted to give all you writing and reading types out there a heads-up about one of the best poets, editors, and people around: Karen Craigo. She’s the former poetry editor of Mid-American Review and an amazing author in her own right. Her latest book of poems, No More Milk, is coming out in the summer from Sundress Publications, and she further has one of the best writing blogs around. Right now, she’s even becoming something of a viral sensation with this excellent post on the inner workings of Submittable, every writer’s favorite site to check obsessively. There is seemingly nothing Craigo can’t do, and for that I send her a virtual shot of tequila.

A toast and my best envy to you, Karen! Keep up the excellent work! God knows we all need it.

One of the Best Reviews I’ve Ever Gotten

On my poem “Moving the Earth,” featured this month in Mythic Delirium:


Thanks again, @salik. I’m still humbled that you took the time to leave such a lovely post about my work.

Meditation in Blue

This is what I want my life to be, always and forever. Thirty seconds of blue water on a continuous loop. And look at that little hint of sunset (or sunrise?) in the sky. So gorgeous.

I tell you, I could get sucked in really easily by all those twisting waves. I might even try looking at the ocean instead of surfing the Internets so much. Far less toxic to the psyche.

Aw, who am I kidding?

Enjoy this respite from the raging chaos you’ll inevitably get sucked back into.


Many thanks to Jeanne Obbard for the beautiful video and to Jeane Thompson for providing the scenic venue. Jeanne O. is also a fantastic poet. You can check out her Facebook page here and her blog here.



The Good Guy with a Gun Myth, Debunked

Hey, Fickle Readers! I don’t normally like posting a lot of video clips. There are plenty of web sites that used to be actual news outlets until at some point they decided it was much easier to slap together a bunch of clips of Stephen Colbert and Larry Wilmore. (I’m looking at you, Salon.) But this segment of the Daily Show is really worth watching. In it, Jordan Klepper shows how completely impossible it is for the casual, well-intentioned gun owner to stop an active shooter.

While you’re watching this, remember: video clips and arguments may not change minds, but the goal of representative democracy is only to change POLICY. Get lawmakers to do what you want, and if they ignore you, send their asses home.