2011 in Review… My Thanks to WordPress.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Jazz Berries

I met Lisa at L.K. Thayer’s Poetry Juice Bar: Lisa’s poetry Blog.  Since discovering the ‘Juice Bar’ late last year it’s been my destination of choice for a ‘good squeeze’ as Lisa would say. This “Web Mistress” publishes submissions from writers and poets, celebrities and artists; many of them in the L.A. and NYC regions, 24/7.   Thayer’s recent poem, “Find a Way,” struck a chord with me.  Lisa squeezes my poetry and I wanted to introduce her to my viewers.

"A Way"

“Find A Way”

if it’s around the corner

under the overpass

between the seats of your sofa

behind the door

in another country

across the hall

up the elevator

on your knees

or

in front of your face

you can find a way

to make it worth

this moment

on earth

Photo by L. K. Thayer

Here is what Roz Levine has to say about Lisa, and the Poetry Juice Bar that inspires and offers an atmosphere of friendship.

“Jazz Berries”

Ah, Lisa, queen and empress and regal directress of the Juice Bar. We fly to your Juice Bar for fattening and feasting, plumping ourselves up to ripe and ready with words and art and the god damn jazzy mysteries of creativity shaking its head from the womb of the creator.
Thank you, merci beaucoup, muchas gracias, danke shein or thanks for the rootin’, tootin’ shots of energy we need to keep us going, going, going till we are gone and out of the sometime of this ordinary world and can see with our own eyes on fire burst just how beautiful, how very beautiful is the holy.

Love you, girl with the hats galore and the words of pussy willows wafting across the wide of this world.

Roz

Roz Levine

Photo by L.K. Thayer

2010

Stephen John Kalinich is a New Yorker and writes in a variety of fields that includes poetry.  He has written lyrics for talents such as the Beach Boys and Diana Ross. Kalinich was spot-on when he told Lisa, quote: “You are the Juice Bar’s Hot Mama!” Lisa’s vibrant personality and love of the arts has yielded hundreds of friends and viewers for her blogs and her profile on Facebook.

Thayer’s latest ‘Love’ is Photography and they are now a steady item.  L. K. Thayer’s Foto Fetish is where you’ll find her capture of angles, colors, architecture, people, and popular culture in a spirited pulsating L.A. http://www.fotofetish.wordpress.com

Link to L.K. Thayer’s Poetry Juice Bar for viewing and details for submissions.   http://lkthayer.wordpress.com

BTW – checking out the comments can prove very entertaining.  I look forward to seeing you there!!!

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

Checklist: Get Blog Done Before 3:00 A.M.!!!

Get dishes done before 3 days.  It was inevitable, a fully booked week leads to “Mount Dish.”  Did you know yoghurt left out even just overnight bonds or becomes part of the surface of the bowl it’s been eaten out of. I know now that I can use it for grout.  The bowls were not washed and I asked Rand if he would like his yoghurt on a dinner plate just this once.  It only takes once to set a precedent so I heard a polite refusal.  Darn!

Have you noticed when a cup is only rinsed after tea and used repeatedly over a number of days you can count the rings inside like the growth rings in a tree trunk.  3 rings = 3 days. Gently used means:  something was served today and later the bowl was whisked over with an organic paper towel (“There, that should be alright!”) and the next dish was served in the refreshed bowl.  Out of clean knives?  Not to worry, just use the handle of a large spoon or fork and the butter doesn’t know the difference.  Trust me. These little secrets are taken from my collection of short-cuts; fast lanes to by-pass a full sinkboard and go directly to the new post, to interview, or photograph a subject, or sneak in a solitary game of Lexulous.  Could it be possible, I wonder, that the dishes are behind because I have 3 games going with partners online…Nah!

The prompt to write:  All Feelings Must Be Put into Action! That’s why I keep Jack Daniels and chocolate covered marshmallow domes at my elbow.  They help me push in the opposite direction to see how far and where I can go.

Successful writers write every day.  Write every day even when you don’t want to! Chocolate Blogs are stellar for this purpose.

Writing can be a collage…small pieces arranged beautifully. Back to the blog where small daily posts become large volumes that speak in a rich tome.  I recently found a good idea: a collection of poems, when burned to a CD, become a “disk-book” instead of a “chap book”.

If it helps, summarize what you’re doing in one descriptive sentence.

Observe what’s going on around you – eavesdrop.  A swell practice for collecting dialogue to mine later.

Think about who your audience is and be specific.

There are turning points in writing and living.  There comes a time, often a death or a discovery, when you hear yourself say: “This is what I really want and now I’m going to get it.” Here is the way to grasp the writing life in the form of a writing tiger:  let your audience hear you purr and growl.

"Tiger Juice"
"...and you thought it was full!"

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

Writing – Dish by Dish

"Ready to Roll-Rite"

I’m discovering I can take all day to do the dishes.  It works this way:  whenever I’m in the vicinity of the kitchen to get a snack or a hot drink, I add a small pile of dirty dishes to the soapy water waiting in the sink.  While the kettle boils I can wash half a dozen dishes, and while the tea steeps I can rinse them. It’s all done by hand because the building I live in is fifty years old and it was back then that women were well-dressed, well-aproned, dishwashers themselves.

Dish by dish, or “Bird by Bird”, as Anne Lamott would say in her book about the writing life, the process becomes more digestible, freer and easier to do when we break it down bit by bit. In Lamott’s words:

“I know some great writers; writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money, and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts. All right, one of them does, but we do not like her very much…Very few writers know what they’re doing until they’ve done it.”

I identify with the quote above and many of the subjects that are dear to Lamott’s heart. The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

“I try to write the books I would love to come upon, that are honest, concerned with real lives, human hearts, spiritual transformation, families, secrets, wonder, craziness – and that can make me laugh. When I am reading a book like this, I feel rich and profoundly relieved to be in the presence of someone who will share the truth with me, and throw the lights on a little, and I try to write these kinds of books. Books for me are medicine.”

“If books are medicine, then libraries are drugstores”. (N.R. Rigets)

Books have always comforted me.  Answers to my inner questions have been revealed page by page to provide me with wisdom I was lacking.   There would be times when I was desperate for a way to dissolve confusion, or to find a proven method to eradicate fears and anxiety. In each instance the library’s shelves offered many voices for me to choose from and a feeling of relief would result from knowing others had experienced similar feelings. I would become very excited by their printed words offering me new perspectives on life itself.

Books introduce me to new people when I read about artists and designers, coaches, anthropologists, writers, cooks, photographers, DIY experts, and individual biographies.  A lot of my reading is non-fiction so I can learn to do what others do that I haven’t tried yet.

This is how I came to learn about blogging.  Co-authored by Chris Garrett and Darren Rowse, “ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income” caught my attention.  I was dissatisfied with my website:  I found it incomplete and static as many websites are.  The book explains that a blog is a particular type of website and that many blogs began as personal journals.  As an unrelenting journaler, and “a woman of the sheets” that’s all I needed to hear!  I began learning all I could about blogging and have reaped the satisfaction of conversation, community, and invitations to meet other bloggers at distant destinations in the future.

Many female bloggers feel endowed with a smooth sense of personal power from “owning” a blog.  It’s enriching and liberating.

  • There is a potential to get noticed in your business, and in community.  Fame is always a possibility.
  • A well-read blog puts you in touch with a wide variety of people; you can make contacts and network.

Noticing a relationship between books and blogs I can see why I feel great delving into either one of them, or both at once which happens most often.

"New Shoots"

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets