February 13th, 2014

2013, cyd, new

new plans.

i have enough points to start two small points contests. or i can rack up points for more comments (i get 40 points per 150+ character comment, and I do tend to go on. And with the racked up points, do a high points contest. I'm thinking about calling for slam poetry/spoken word. I have to do some research and get some definition links for those who have never done it before. I want to challenge people to try something new. I do when i enter these things. I will post Ani DiFranco's "Fuel", provided youtube has it, I'm sure they do. And maybe "The Pussy Poem" to show the humorous side of slam poetry. This will expose a lot of "traditional" poets to something completely new. Those strictly literary poets need some shaking up. Yeah, I'll give it a couple days of points gathering and then do that.

I'm also thinking about starting a slam group. i have to look into that more, see what a group is all about and make sure that it's something i will want to devote time to on a regular basis.

i wonder if i can find a copy of the "Hawkline Monster" on the web. it's a story by Richard Brautigan. I think it would inspire some cool story poetry. I'll have to look for that today.

i haven't had the gal to post a selfie with one of my poems yet. I've been posting either pictures that I've taken and manipulated or stock photos from that site I belong to, that I also manipulate. And then I put a watermark on each of them before I post them.

maybe I won't wait too long to start that contest. Hmm. I really want to do it. Maybe I'll just write it up and save it for more points.
2013, cyd, new


i poetried myself out again.

time to finish designing the pages for my site so i can start coding. i'll brush up on my HTML, DW does most of it for me, but i like to know what i'm doing, not just rely on the wizard. i like to be able to go back in and read the code and tweak it when i can. that's why using WordPress just won't work for me. it's tweaking someone else's code. icky.

i've decided to change the font in "Stop Poking" to something less traditional. joy of publishing it myself. i have complete control over this. i have it narrowed down to three sans serif fonts and two serifs. it all depends now on how it looks all together, then i'll make the final decision. they all have basically the same character sets. that's the one problem with free fonts, they often don't have all the characters they can. i ran into that with the font i'm using for the graphics on my new site. i have had to splice in other characters from other, similar fonts.

the font manager i have now shows me the whole character set of each font, so i can avoid this kind of bullshit in the future. what a problem. i could easily go in and change all the graphics' fonts, but i don't want to. i like the font i'm using.

doc is out getting groceries. he's been gone over an hour. i've been awake for an hour and he was gone before i got up.

Chewy was good on his leash yesterday, so around 1 in the morning, we decided to let him out, bad idea. he was gone for an hour and a half. usually his trips are between 15 an 30 minutes. doc started to get dressed to go look for him when he came home. bad dog. so no more mixed signals. tonight when he whines to go out, doc won't be home and i can deal with his whining. i'll be sure to take him out for a walk around 10. have to be awake around 10.

i won another honorable mention in a contest. i'm glad i won something in this one, i tried hard with the poem. and it was a good piece. it deserved some recognition.
2013, cyd, new

and it would kill me if i lost felix.

i told him i wanted chocolates, stuffed animals and flowers for valentine's day. i relented on the stuffed animal. i can't have any more stuffed animals, i have to keep the ones i have put away because of the bed bug thing. so flowers and chocolates it is! he wasn't even reluctant about celebrating valentines day for the first time since we got married. i'm excited. i like flowers. something to take pictures of.

i slept and read an actual book today. i'm reading the collected works of Anne Sexton. Poetry. good poetry. a nice break from what i'm reading on the site. i have this comment prepared for the person i find with great talent. but i never get to use it. one day. i will go comment on the poems in my contests so far, tomorrow. i increased the points prize in one of my contests that isn't getting many takers. it's a hard picture to be creative about that i used for a prompt. i am looking for something conceptual. i made it vague on purpose, i want the picture to take the writer someplace dark and damp and sepia toned.

the animals have really mellowed this winter. they have all been here at least 6 months now and they are just getting comfortable with each other. Chewy, Felix and Lelu and Major and TeenyTulip all curl up together for warmth and cuddles on the couch. it is getting time to renew their HomeAgain memberships for their microchips. and this summer i am taking advantage of the free clinics that the Animal Foundation does for rabies shots and microchips for those that aren't chipped. Like Felix. and it would kill me if i lost felix.