Off and running

Hi everyone,

What began in a rough patch turned out to be a good week. I found the groove I needed for the new book proposal and by the end of today I’ll have five good poems ready to go. A decent poem per day makes for a successful week. Three are in verse and two are free verse. Sandy, my hawk-eyed first reader, suggested two spots to reconsider, which is what I’ll do this morning. After that I’ll send them along to my writing partner, Laura Robb, and we’ll get back to our editor.

On another front, Mary Jo Fresch and I finished the proposal on another book and sent it on its way. Our editor was just leaving for a conference so we’ll be waiting a while to hear back on that one.

Word and Theme of the Month

Hi everyone,

TA DA! Here are the Word of the Month and Theme of the Month words for September.

Thanks to Mary Nida Smith, the theme is WEATHER MOODS.

And here are the Word of the Month words for the next three months.

September’s word, provided by B.j. Lee, is BOSK.
October’s word, provided by Deborah Holt Williams, is MAY.
November’s word, provided by Renee La Tulippe, is AWNING.

More from Bella Vita

Last evening with an overcast sunset, it was a monochromatic world where sand, sea, and sky seemed nearly one. How’s that for a supernatural world, Mary Nida?

There are 48 units in the complex. Right now only five other owners are here so it’s almost like having the whole place to ourselves.

Here’s a picture of the front of our condo. I love sitting at the table to work or read.

Hi everyone,

My friend Laura Purdie Salas has learned that her new Clarion book, BOOKSPEAK! POEMS ABOUT BOOKS, has just been named a Minnesota Book Award Finalist. Way to go, Laura! I’ve ordered my copy and look forward to reading it. For more information about Laura and her work, check out her site :


Three quick reminders

Hi everyone,

We’re off and running on this month’s Word of the Month poetry challenge, thanks to Mary Nida Smith’s word: SUPERNATURAL. Let’s see what you have.

If you haven’t yet checked out my eBook, GOOSE LAKE, I hope you will. If you know others who might like to download a copy, please pass the word. You can find it on Barnes & Noble at for Nook. If you go to, you’ll find it at .

Also, free apps to download to your computer are, for Kindle,  and for Nook: /

I’ll be telling you more about this, my first e-publishing experience, when Sandy Asher and I begin our WRITERS AT WORK chat in March. We’ll also announce two guest speakers who will engage in that chat too. So don’t forget to check us out on Tuesdays in March.

If you missed the interview with Roxie Hanna that she posted on the 2nd, here’s the link. . Comments have been very warm and I’ve appreciated each one.

Back into the wheel for me,