Monday, March 31, 2008


Every year I go back and forth about whether or not I want to do NaPoWriMo. Last year, I had the horrible idea that instead of writing a poetry draft a day, I would revise one of my many poetry drafts each day in April.

For me, a day is not enough time to revise a draft, so the poems were bad after rushing through revisions. This year, I am thinking about going classic with it and writing a draft a day.

The only decision I have to make now is whether or not to post the drafts on my blog. I really enjoy seeing everyone’s drafts, but I don't show anyone my poetry until it is in a late draft. My motivation for finishing a poem is so I can share it with people. The few times I've shown someone an early draft, or told them an idea I have for a poem, I lost my drive to finish it.

Does anyone else use this technique for motivation? Who is doing NaPoWriMo this year? If so, who is posting it on their blog? I don't think I'll be posting the poems, but maybe I'll post the titles.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

I mean it as a compliment

Whenever I hear Tom Waits on the radio, I don't recognize it's him. I think “Why are they playing a cartoon monster on the radio?”

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

My Name

I didn’t like my name when I was little. I thought it was a “fat name,” which makes no sense to me now. (What is a fat name? I think the only reason I thought that was because I was a fat little kid and it was my name).

I’ve never had to share my name, except for in one class in college, which had 3 Valeries. I wasn’t used to sharing my name, so I would answer any time one of the Valeries got called on. I never had to deal with it before. I am glad I don’t usually have to share.

Monday, March 10, 2008

He meaning God, He meaning Ghost

I guess I don’t pay enough attention to capitalization in poetry, because most of the time when a poet capitalizes “He” or “Him” meaning God, I never notice. I always think the “Him” is a ghost or alien or someone with special powers--whenever someone writes about God, he is usually doing something super-human or ghostly.

I even sent a poem to a friend of mine, telling her it was really cool and I wanted her to look at it because I thought she would like it. I hope she didn’t think I was trying to push religion on her.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Living in a college town with a lot of used bookstores is

Good: the bookstores always have a great poetry selection.

Bad: people underline a bunch of lines and write ridiculous notes in the margins in pen. (If they write in pencil, I will still buy the book since I can just erase the marks.)

Thursday, March 06, 2008

I need to read a book about Austin

Watching Reno 911! should probably convince me that Reno would be a horrible place to live, but whenever I become obsessed with a tv show, I always want to move to the city where it takes place (yes even imaginary ones).

Places I’ve wanted to move because of a movie/tv show/video game/book:
Silent Hill
Raccoon City
New Zealand
Las Vegas (IRL, I hate Las Vegas)