Sunday, April 28, 2013


I’m working on a better name.  Your suggestions are welcome.

The idea of Snip-Potry is to write little “poem-ettes” about small things that you observe each day.  It helps me overcome writers block—I only have to do about 25 words or fewer and maybe the “little poems’’ will spark an idea for a longer work.

In the mean time, I’ll do an “Everyday poem” as often as I can, hopefully every day.



Saturday, April 27, 2013

Girl Rising

I saw the movie, Girl Rising, last week.  It is a wonderful movie and I recommend it.

I thought it should be the topic for one of my poetry snippets. By the way, I am dropping the name snippets—far too common a word—and going with Snip-potry (pronounced Snip-Poe- Tree.) at least until I think up something better. 

I did a poem inspired by the movie.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


by Catherine Giordano

I attended the Florida Writers Conference on Saturday April 20.  I almost didn’t go, but I’m so glad that I decided to go.

When I first looked at the workshops it seemed so “been there, done that.”  Editing, ebooks, marketing—I’ve been to so many of those workshops.  In the end, I decided to go just because it is fun to meet other writers.

It turned out that these were the best workshops I have ever attended.  Every single one was so valuable and gave me so much more than I expected.  It was an amazing day.

There was a poetry workshop given by Peggy Miller.  She is always wonderful.  The whole workshop is like an hour long poem.  What I took away from this workshop was an idea to get me writing again.

She suggested that we take just a couple of minutes each day, look around us, look out the window, whatever and then just write what we see—just a couple of lines.  I did that right on the spot and I have been trying to remember to do that every day.

The results are what I am calling snippets.

The Anthill
The crow sees
the ant hill of life
at something less than 24 frames per second.

The Vineyard
grows in the vineyards
of the mind
but must be aged
to become
like a fine wine.

No Escape
A squall, a storm;
the wind rattles
within my chimney
like a banshee
banging on the walls.

These snippets can stand alone or they might be incorporated into a longer poem.

If you are having writers block, try writing snippets.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

UCF Book Festival

by Catherine Giordano

On Saturday April 13, UCF will host a Book Festival in the UCF Arena.  This is always a fun day with great speakers, a chance to meet and talk with well-known authors at author signings, and of course, lots of books to browse and even buy. And it is all free!

Call me old fashioned, but I love paper books.  I love to touch them, smell them, read them, and put them on my book shelf.  (I have a whole wall of books in my office.) I know e-readers are the future and have a lot of advantages, but I’m just not there yet.

Whatever your preferred method of reading and your preferred genre, you’ll have a great time at the UCF book festival.  Cooking demos, talks about fiction, mystery, history of Florida, romance, children’s events, a poetry reading, and even a poetry slam. 

A few children’s events start at 9 am; the adult events start at 10am. The lectures/readings end at 4pm, but the arena remains open until 5pm.

The only problem is the problem of too much going on at the same time.  It is so hard to choose which event to attend.

I hope to see you there.

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