When Your Goals Exceed Your Productivity. 


I set goals every year and work to cross them off my list. Sometimes I arbitrarily decide that they’re accomplished and sometimes they remain on the list year after year. As you can see from the above picture, this year I feel as if I accomplished nothing so these goals are rolling over to 2017. 

Although I have been working on these goals, especially in the beginning of the year, I  don’t feel as if I worked enough to mark anything off my lists. As you can see, they’re simple lists but I wasn’t able to mark anything off of them so this is how my 2017 lists will look too.

Have any of you turned your gaze to setting 2017 goals? What are you looking forward to most? Are any of your goals going with you to the new year? 

The Original Southpaw Scribe 

I apologize in advance for this rant but I really need to let it out. 

So…a few weeks ago I jokingly said that I was thinking about changing the name of the blog. Well, what I didn’t know at the time was that there is another blog, a fairly new one, with the same name as this one. Okay, essentially the same name. So I immediately began to think about changing the name again. How did I find out? I went looking for two old poetry posts because I was away from my laptop and external hard drive so I Googled the blog. But it didn’t come up. What did come up was this other blogger’s page.  

And just like that, I was instantly saddened. Like what the heck man? This kinda happened with my Instagram last year when another person asked me to change the name that I’ve had since 2011 or 2012. His user name was similar and apparently he had to use two underscores because of my name. I completely understood but ignored him because my Ig name is like my third choice. Southpaw Scribe wasn’t available when I started my account. 

So yesterday, I was searching my brain for another name because I was absolutely about to change the blog name. Seriously. But then I thought about it and decided that I’m keeping Southpaw Scribe. After all, this has been my blog’s name since 2010. It’s on my business cards,it’s linked in my email addresses, on my Instagram and Pinterest, and I’m really attached to it. 

Thank you for reading! I’ll be back tomorrow with some poetry. 

Books, Tea and Me

Earlier this week, I was seriously considering changing the name of the blog because I received a new tea shipment and a new book and all I wanted to do was drink tea and read. Unfortunately real life also known as grading and my own classwork interfered with that daydream.  

This week, the dream has been partially deferred since I haven’t been able to dive into my latest book purchases. I can’t wait to crack the spines of the two latest books on my TBR pile but I have been drinking tea every day. For me, there is so much happiness in a mug of tea!

Have a great weekend! And read something great for me. 

     

Impatiently Waiting

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In the words of the great philosopher Shawn Corey Carter, “I got no patience.” The above meme is a perfect depiction of me exhibiting patience. This is the absolute truth and I realize that it is quite possibly an incurable negative character trait. I am waiting for a final response for a workshop in January that I was super excited about applying to and possibly being accepted into. Anyway, the deadline was in June and I would have just written it off that I didn’t get accepted but they sent an email asking me to be patient.

This was my face when I read that:

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In another life, I probably could have been Veruca. Well, the impatient bratty part of her personality. So here I am waiting for a follow up on a September 2nd email. As I write this post, it’s been nineteen days counting the weekends.I tapped my nails on my desk after writing those words because nineteen days is quite a bit of time to be patient.  Acceptance into this workshop would be such a blessing and I would be able to cross some things off of my literary travel list and consider it a belated birthday trip if necessary but the hard part is waiting. It would also allow me to focus more on some aspects of the story that was my thesis project. So I’m super excited about the possibility. Which means that I’ve found myself checking the website every day to see if any announcements have been made and I have forced myself to not continually look at my phone to see if an email has miraculously appeared.

I just really needed to vent because patience isn’t one of my virtues. So now I will go back to impatiently waiting for a final response.

Smart Girls Read Poetry

My apologies, the previous post was the unfinished version of this piece. It was inspired by the link at the end of the post. 


For a very long time, writing has been a balm for me. It has helped me survive enormous losses and almost always helped me navigate the emotional minefield of life. Well reading poetry has done the same. We all read for different reasons but I read to be entertained, to learn new things, and to be inspired. When I first began reading poetry, I didn’t have any of the hang ups that people normally associate because I was so young. 

We first met when I was a young girl. It was the beauty of the words that I connected with. Later, when I needed help navigating the whirlwind of teenage emotions, when I was grieving losses as minor as cutting my hair and as major as lost friends poetry was there. 

Time and again, it has helped me to navigate my way through life. I feel the same comfort and creative spark from reading and watching poetry as I do from writing it. 

Smart girls(and guys) read poetry and write it too! 

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/articles/detail/88727

Catching Up

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Can you believe that we’re more than halfway through February? Time is definitely flying! Things have been hectic so far this year and I haven’t even begun to implement any of my plans for 2016 although I do have a couple of conferences and festivals on the horizon. I have been reading a lot and gaining inspiration from a bunch of book-related Instagram accounts along with one of my new favorite sites Books and Cupcakes http://books-cupcakes.tumblr.com/ . I can’t recommend that site enough. If you take a look at it, make sure to check out the shop. I have found several items there that need to come live with me.

I have also “discovered” four new (at least to me) authors whose work I love. Over the last month or so I have devoured Matthew Fitzgibbons’ The Short Drop, Laura Spinella Ghost Gifts, The Bette Davis Club by Jane Lotter, Sleep Tight and Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott and You Make Me Better, One More Touch and One More Night by AshleyNicole. I’ve read other books but those are the books by authors who I’ve really become enamored with in the last few weeks. I’ve also become a bit addicted to Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap series but I’ve also been tackling a craft book of sorts by reading Rachel Aaron’s 2,000 to 10,000 How to write faster, write better, and write more of what you love.

All of that reading is supposed to put me in the mood for writing and it has (a little). The problem is carving out the time to do it in between assignments, editing, lectures and grading papers. So far I am plotting out an alternative version of a story in my head because these characters will not leave me alone. As soon as that translates itself into some actual script I will share it with you.  I’m trying to read Aaron’s book in order to be more productive as a writer and to create successfully outside of NaNoWriMo. I’m also hoping that this will help me focus on the content that I am creating especially while writing fiction and academic work.

In the meantime, I will be hoping to get some writing done next week. I’m still tinkering with one of my academic papers but I’m also working on a poem that was inspired by a comment in one of my classes. My students have been inspirational so far this semester. I’m hoping to share some new resources this weekend; possibly tomorrow. I’m really excited about the new things that I’ve discovered.