October 30, 2013 • 10:03 am
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has gained momentum over the past decade, and a number of best-selling novels–Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– began in this veritable boot camp for writers. The appeal lies in the short intense nature of the project, with the product being a 50,000 word first draft. Daily word count goals keep you on track, and the NaNo site provides a supportive community. November is almost upon us. Perhaps THIS year is YOUR year?
Collage by Rex Ray
Filed under: Blogs, Books, Web, Writers, Writing, Writing Exercise, Erin Morgenstern, NaNoWriMo, NaNoWriMo 2013, National Novel Writing Month, Night Circus, Rex Ray, Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants, Writers Resources
October 17, 2013 • 10:23 pm
In the median of Montrose Boulevard, a colorful tube of art graces my morning drive to work. The tunnel by Patrick Renner stretches a city block in front of the Art League Houston. It’s fun whizzing by this wonder before I’m fully awake.
Filed under: Architecture, Art, Current Events, Design, Poetry, Patrick Renner
August 13, 2013 • 2:13 pm
I'm on of those people who loves reading books about the places I travel while I am traveling. Therefore I love the idea of choosing a novel for each of the 50 US states. Maybe one day I'll make my own list. In the meantime, check out this literary tour of America from QwikLit.
Filed under: Books, Travel, Web, Writers, Literature, Novel, U.S. state, United States
WITS summer campers write stories and poems while inspired by “Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park, the art installation currently on exhibit in the Rice University Art Gallery.
The art installation “Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park is currently on display in the Rice Gallery at Rice University. The combination of chain link fencing and colorful plexiglass converts the space into a kaleidoscopic wonderland. The exhibit will continue until August 30, 2013.
Soo Sunny Park “Unwoven Light” – Rice University Art Gallery – Houston, TX (Photo credit: Mr. Kimberly)
Filed under: Art, Design, Poetry, Travel, Writing, houston, rice university, Soo Sunny Park, unwoven light
photo from Wired Magazine
Starting in September Doug Aitken’s art will take a journey by train. Here’s an excerpt about the project:
Aitken’s Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening tour will travel to 10 different locations by rail on a train the artist himself designed that is intended to be a “kinetic sculpture [that will] act as a cultural studio,” according to an announcement released today. The artist will curate a site-specific event at each of the Station to Station stops thanks to contributions from the likes of experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger, artist Liz Glynn, and digital media artist Aaron Koblin. The tour will also feature music from Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dirty Projectors, Twin Shadow, and Dan Deacon.
If only Houston were one of the lucky cities! So cool. And beautiful.
Filed under: Art, Current Events, Design, Poetry, Travel, Aaron Koblin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Deacon, Dirty Projectors, Doug Aitken, Kenneth Anger, Twin Shadow
Scattered Blossoms: Poems Inspired by Cy Twombly
Please join us for
A Poetry Reading at the Menil Collection
Sunday, May 12th, 2 pm
Cy Twombly Gallery
The Menil Collection
1515 Sul Ross
Houston, TX 77006
Featuring these poets:
This event is supported in part by a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance through the City of Houston.
Filed under: Art, Current Events, Poetry, Writers, cy twombly, houston, menil collection
February 6, 2013 • 4:23 pm
I “discovered” the artist Dan-ah Kim through the writers’ blog, NewPages. Although it seemed surprising to me at first, as I studied Kim’s art, the pairing made perfect sense. Every picture I studied seemed to evoke a whole mythology around it. The more I stared, the more story emerged. I am struck with the personal mythology that this artist launches in her art. Amazing.
Filed under: Art, Blogs, Poetry, Writing, Dan-ah Kim, Mythology
January 22, 2013 • 3:56 pm
Last week Oliver Sacks shared these jellyfish on twitter. The underwater photos are taken by Alexander Semenov, a Russian biologist. So beautiful! [via Colossal]
Filed under: Art, Photography, Science, Travel, Alexander Semenov, Jellyfish, Oliver Sacks, Underwater Photography
January 17, 2013 • 4:46 pm
It happens to most creative people: one day Stefan Hengst found himself in a bit of a lull. In his effort to jump-start his creative process, he did a yearlong iPhone photography project that he called “My Daily Poetry Fix.” He collected snapshots he took with his phone each day and shared a few on Facebook Soon patterns began to emerge, and the design elements that resonated in him became clear. It worked for him. Would it work for you?
Learn more about the Poetry Fix project on his site.
Filed under: Design, Photography, Poetry, Travel, Writing Exercise, creativity, iphone photography, my daily poetry fix, Stefan Hengst
January 15, 2013 • 4:37 pm
I’ve never actually seen the Northern Lights so the idea of a glass igloo in Finland seems pretty extraordinary to me. I wonder what kinds of dreams one has in these thermal glass huts at the Hotel Kakslauttanen. [via Home Esthetics]
Filed under: Architecture, Art, Current Events, Poetry, Science, Travel, aurora borealis, Finland, glass igloo, Hotel Kakslauttanen, northern lights
December 22, 2012 • 5:21 pm
Onement by Barnett Newman (1949)
“Feeling at the thin edge between what and what.”
–Kazim Ali, from “New York”
Filed under: Art, Poetry, Barnett Newman, Kazim Ali
December 7, 2012 • 10:43 am
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Filed under: Art, Poetry, bird proverb, Chinese proverb, proverbs
October 23, 2012 • 3:14 pm
Brian Dettmer sculpts with books and paints with the words on the page. Literally. Dettmer describes the motivation behind his work this way:
The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge. This is the area I currently operate in. Through meticulous excavation or concise alteration I edit or dissect communicative objects or systems such as books, maps, tapes and other media. The medium’s role transforms. Its content is recontextualized and new meanings or interpretations emerge.
To see more of his fascinating art, visit his site.
Filed under: Art, Books, Poetry, brian dettmer
October 19, 2012 • 11:40 am
Every writer gets stuck on occasion. When that happens, there’s hope. Check out the Writer Igniter app on the DIY MFA website. The program shuffles an e-deck of cards and provides you with a character, a situation, a prop, and a setting. You take it from there, imagination not included!
The DIY MFA concept is a cool one. I have an MFA in creative writing already, and I still find that I’m drawn to this site for ideas and inspiration. Congrats to Gabriela Pereira on a great project.
Filed under: Blogs, Poetry, Web, Writing, Writing Exercise, Creative writing, fiction, Gabriela Pereira, MFA, writer resources
October 8, 2012 • 5:18 pm
I feel like a Rebecca-
like shape, like the real one
has cast me off, spurt me out
and left me to face her predators,
like the real me is off
enjoying her airpocketless body,
while I stay behind going blotto,
a so-so blurb on the back of a book,
a blurry word. My beak keens
for something to say, but I’m a bubble
that’s lost its thought, an ink-tank
without a think. O morph, o nym,
I know I’m just your pseudo,
your thin skin, but please
return my heart and other vitals.
It’s thankless, this being like,
a being not quite right.
by Rebecca Hoogs
previously published at Verse Daily
Filed under: Books, Poetry, Writers, Rebecca Hoogs