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My calendar, and what I'm up to

First, a question for you: how many calendars do you keep, and do you keep all the same stuff on all of them?

You see, I have recently started putting stuff into the calendar on my phone. But I also put all appointments and important dates (birthdays, yahrzeits, when Christmas break is for the kids, etc.) into my day planner (an academic one, because my brain prefers that to an annual calendar). And onto the wall calendar in the kitchen, which is attached by magnetic clips to the side of the refrigerator, whence it slides to the floor on occasion for no apparent reason. And on my sweetheart's calendar on the FRONT of the refrigerator, which we keep because he always had one there and it's how he keeps track of his busy tai chi class schedule, which sometimes has variables for things like Memorial Day or Jewish holidays (he teaches at a JCC).

And, finally, I keep a gorgeous wall calendar on the wall in my writing room, which mostly only gets my professional stuff written into it, although Maggie's last day of freshman year is marked there, too. And there is some actual, important stuff on there.

You are invited to come to a poetry reading at the Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ (just by the intersection of Routes 70 and 73) on May 19th at 7:30 p.m.. I have been invited to be the featured speaker at the Poetry in the Round group that meets there, and I will be reading a lot of new material. So I hope you will come and have a listen as I test drive new work (to possibly disastrous results, I might add). There will be an open mic after the reading, if you're inclined to bring a poem to share. (Sharing poems by other people is allowed, so if you want to recite Lewis Carroll's "The Jabberwocky", go right ahead.)

Looking ahead, there's some pretty great stuff in June, too. The first weekend in June, I'll be attending the Philadelphia Writer's Conference, which is truly one of the best values in conferences that I'm aware of: it's a three-day conference, with some workshops that are one-offs, and some that meet three days running, so you get a bit more in-depth than at your typical conference. And there are critiques available (for free, but only if you hurry) and pitches to agents and editors (on the spot, five-minute deals), and all sorts of topics covered.

The last weekend in June, I'll be on faculty at the New Jersey SCBWI Conference. I am teaching two separate sessions. On Saturday, I'll be teaching a session entitled "Unleashing Your Inner Poet", which is designed for writers who are interested in using poetic techniques in their writing, whether they write poetry or not. It includes some terrific exercises on simile and metaphor (if I do say so myself, although other people, including Kate Messner, have said so as well). On Saturday, my session is entitled "Working With Poetic Forms", and is all about writing form poetry, with focus on things like rhyme and scansion as well. I am quite looking forward to it, and hope to see some of you there!

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May. 7th, 2014 01:19 am (UTC)
Google Calendar is the answer to everything. Syncs seamlessly with smartphone apps. Available on any Internet-connected device. Multiple calendars can show up on the same screen, so you can have some shared calendars and some private ones. "Location" can link instantly to Google maps. Seriously, give it a try.

I also keep a beautiful Jewish calendar with art by Mickie in the kitchen -- partly as ornament, partly so I can check which night any given holiday actually begins on, and partly to have somewhere to put the flea treatment stickers for the pets. :-p But, to be honest, I often don't remember to turn the page over for two months or more.

If I were in New Jersey I would totally come to one of your readings!
May. 7th, 2014 11:57 am (UTC)
Three calendars hang on the door in our kitchen. The month we're in and two months ahead. This collection of calendars drives members of my family nuts but they let me "do my thing."

At work, I kept two: Month in and month ahead. It makes sense. Everything has a due date sometime in the future.

But the three calendars at home give me not only that but "something to look forward to." Like vacation or a gig or an art show. I LIKE that.

I use to carry a black book with a year's calendar. A mini version of my wall calendar. All these black books serve as a great "history" too. I can look back and see from my scribbles what took place, etc.

With my cancer and my job ending, I dropped the black book for some reason.

Maybe my blog has taken on the role as "history" keeper. I don 't know.

I LOVE my calendars. As I said, they give me a "look forward to" satisfaction.

I'm a Luddite when it comes to smart phones. But I'm always impressed when my dinosaur ways of tracking events, etc. "out smart" my bells and whistles friends and their on-line, in-the-cloud, smart phone calendar systems.


Oh, and I WISH I lived closer to you! How much I would LOVE to do and attend Poetry Night Readings and etc. with my favorite poetry muse-teacher-friend!

Here's to your good health, Friend!
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