A couple of things to share with you today…
Thing 1: Big project writing updates, in brief.
- Roughly 20% of the way done. Not as far along as I’d like it to be at this point.
- In my defense, 50% of the work happens in my head, away from the computer. (Actually, a lot of the thinking work happens in the shower.)
- Not using Scrivener.
- Set up shop on our dining room table due to feline-related shenanigans, but sometimes migrate around with the laptop. An occasional change of scenery is helpful.
- Made an 80’s playlist for related reasons, but only listen to it on breaks.
- Need total silence while writing.
- Afternoon iced café au lait greatly anticipated.
Thing 2: Honoring a couple of requests, I’ve got another poetry throwback for you. Like the last one, this was first published in a journal… because when you’re in grad school getting your MFA in Creative Writing, you’re strongly encouraged to submit work; the process is an unofficial part of your education.
LUNGFULL! magazine is a literary and art journal that’s especially interesting because they request a rough draft of your poem along with its final version. They print the two versions side-by-side so readers can see a fragment of the creative process.
I wrote “Woman Ironing” in 2000, and it appeared in LUNGFULL! magazine in 2001.
“Woman Ironing” was inspired by – and titled after – my favorite Pablo Picasso work. Picasso painted “Woman Ironing” during his Blue Period in 1904.
That being said! Here is the poem, with my then-last name blacked out, as before…
“Woman Ironing” [Click on the images to enlarge them into readability]