How is it already October? On the bright side, October contains Oktoberfest, Halloween, AND is the birth month of Healey Willan, the Anglo-Canadian composer who is the focus of Willan West 2018, a year-long festival of his music in this fiftieth year since his death. In mid-October, the Willan Collective, a Willan-loving choral supergroup, will be … Continue reading Wait, where did summer go?
I've self-identified as a Slytherin for most of my years in the Harry Potter fandom, dating from July in the year 2000, when I read the scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in which Severus Snape rolls up his sleeve to show Minister Fudge his Dark Mark as proof of Voldemort's return. That … Continue reading Overthinking and other favorite pastimes
Oh my goodness, people. So much awesome stuff has happened since my last post! First, I should mention that I will be having my first-ever book signing for my book on Sunday, August 19th at noon at Warwick's, an absolutely brilliant independent bookstore in La Jolla, where I have attended many awesome author events over … Continue reading Quite Nifty
So in addition to the incredibly kind folks who have reviewed RISK A VERSE: A Year in Daily Sonnets on Amazon and Goodreads (THANK YOU!!), my book received its first professional review from Kirkus Reviews, and it's almost entirely good! And the criticisms (i.e., that the annotations tend to over-explain and that there's a penis joke sonnet) … Continue reading *screaming internally*
Deeply touched and THRILLED by Lorrie’s kind words about my Snape sonnet!
From squalid soil a shriveled sapling sprang,
Which grew into a convoluted tree,
Whose listless leaves from blackened branches hang,
And twisted shape compels the birds to flee.
It gives no shade or succor to the tired,
And bears no fruits or flowers on its limbs.
Abhorrence and disquiet it inspires,
Except in those who offer it a hymn.
For though the tree fell many seasons past,
In falling, it revealed its fortitude,
For fire, disease, and drought did it outlast,
And by its loss, the forest was renewed.
And in the spring, when sunshine melts the snows,
Within its limbs, a silver lily grows.
I first encountered Libby Weber because of a shared interest in Snape. Over years of enjoying her writing, I was impressed by her deftness with poetry and the consistently high bars she challenged herself to clear, just for fun. I don’t know how…
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My book, RISK A VERSE: A Year in Daily Sonnets is officially available for purchase on Amazon! I checked with my publisher, Burrito Books, about the best place(s) to purchase the book, and they encouraged me to shoo people to Amazon, though people/business interested in bulk purchases should contact them. Their plan is to get … Continue reading It’s here! It’s here!
AAAAH YOU GUYS I HAVE A RELEASE DATE FOR THE SONNET BOOK!!! *runs flailing squeefully about* "Risk A Verse: A Year in Daily Sonnets" will be released by Burrito Books on April 23, 2018! APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH AND THE 23RD IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF SHAKESPEARE'S DEATH! HOW AMAZING AND PERFECT IS THAT?? And … Continue reading The sonnet book is out on April 23!
I'm still anxiously awaiting the release of my sonnet project book, Risk a Verse: A Year in Daily Sonnets, which Burrito Books will be releasing soon, but am happily distracting myself with loads of music! One particularly fun experience was performing a whole concert of new arrangements of Carole King's music with SACRA/PROFANA, including a performance of … Continue reading A Musical Interlude
Happy New Year, One and All! I have so much exciting stuff to report, but I should probably lead with this: a book containing all the sonnets I posted here during my year-long sonnet-writing project will be released in April! The pieces have been gently edited and lovingly annotated, so there's quite a bit of … Continue reading For Better, For Verse
So that piece of music for which I wrote the lyrics that was premiered earlier this month at SACRA/PROFANA's Summer Choral Intensive? SACRA/PROFANA posted a video of the performance! Don't the combined choirs sound amazing?? And isn't Colin's music gorgeous?? I am filled with joy and squee and excitement! I think Colin and I … Continue reading Eeee! Now with video!