Every year I’ve participated in the Clarion Write-a-thon – a six week, try to push yourself creatively to raise money for a good cause. Every year I’ve met great people, re-connected with friends, made art and told stories I never would have without the desperation of this challenge.
There’s a poem that I wrote standing on one foot that is better for the physical intensity of that challenge. Another poem that came out of my love letters to inanimate object series is now a crowd favorite at my readings, a poem that has caused people to discover that they actually like poetry. It’s a challenge that gave me permission to bring art back into my life as a regular, shared practice (something I’ll write about more in a few days).
I’ve signed up for the 2013 edition and I’m pretty excited by the new cute badges you can unlock!!! I’m kinda a sucker for them and it’s made me fill in my profile a bit more than I intended, just so I could see what happened after happy waggy puppy dogs.