5th Book

I’m feeling some Nina this evening.


I have a super announcement–I am working on my 5th book of poetry!  The poems are being selected, polished up and organized now.  Hopefully, by the end of the month, the new collection will be ready for submission. The BLOG tab will be removed once I begin seeking a publisher.  Don’t want old drafts of poems to be confused with final versions.  The title of the book is TBA.

Please consider picking up some poetry on my main page.  Thank you for visiting my site.  When someone “likes” anything I post it sends me to the moon and back!


P.S. For about 10 years Washington State has voted by mail.  I voted last week. Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who oversees voting says about 004% of our voters did, it appears, try to vote fraudulently. They voted for someone else who had passed away, or they voted more than once. And that was 142 people out of 3.2 million ballots cast.




Guest Poet: Denise duMaurier


A daystar opened in my row
of dead leaves pallid from the wind
a golden center ready for the slug
that finds it blind and eats it whole.
Feet that feel no miracles will
stomp on it thinking it a weed
in the way of clearing fallen bark
and broken twigs that quit the tree.
January snowdrop white as milk
glows like fairy-light on the foggiest
morning of the week frosted in the
polar vortex, born again.

~Denise duMaurier









Guest Poet Bio:

Born in Pennsylvania and educated in England, Denise duMaurier worked as a stage actor in character roles for more than 50 years. Her love of poetry began with wonderful roles from the “SH-guys:” Shakespeare, Sheridan, Shaw. Her latest book, Follow Me Down, contains poems of tribute, remembrance and aging, most written in Minneapolis, MN, before moving to Bellingham, WA, in the spring of 2010, to escape Minnesota’s winters.

Village Books is pleased to carry copies of Denise’s poetry books Follow Me Down and Abandoning the Raft. Please call 360-671-2626 to obtain copies.


~Thank you Denise for allowing me to post this beautiful, fresh new poem on my blog.  When you shared it with me the other day at our Saturday brunch, I was moved.  If it wasn’t for the noise of the cafe, people may have heard me sniffing tears away.  It touched my heart as your poetry often does.  
Great stuff!  –Shannon


Blog: Writing Is My Drink

Theo Pauline Nestor’s blog Writing Is My Drink,  is cleaver and fresh.  Recently a writer friend of mine alerted me to her latest blog titled “Networking and Other Things I Don’t Want to Do.”   
With there being a massive online community for a writer to give attention too, it’s easy for one to get overwhelmed regarding time management.  The bottom line being that writers need time to write.  Writing takes up a lot of time; time alone with maybe just a cat or a plant to keep you company.  Theo has found ideas to keep balanced and stay plugged into the world.  Below is an excerpt from that blog.  Enjoy!

“Q. How important is networking to developing a successful writing career?
A. In a recent interview I saw republished in Real Change newspaper, memoirist Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City) said that he sees his development as a writer akin to the Buddhist approach to spiritual development: a three-pronged approach that includes sangha (community), dharma (study/reading) and meditation (practice/writing).  I really like this idea.  Instead of thinking of networking as a business activity you need to do to get ahead, I think it’s really helpful to look at building a writing community as an important aspect of how you nurture yourself as a writer, how you stay inspired and excited.  I think when people go out to do big N NETWORKING as a means of getting ahead, they are often disappointed and frustrated as the luck and chance and opportunities that can come from knowing other writers tend to be something that comes with serendipity and is something that can’t be forced.  But if you look at building a writing community as something that’s fun and happy, you’ll probably want to do it and will do it in a natural way that is really an extension of who you are.  You’ll take classes or workshops or maybe you’ll go to a conference here and there over the years, and here and there you’ll connect with a new writer you really like. It’ll be fun–it’ll be making a friend.  Maybe that friend will connect you to a writing group or turn you onto a great book. That group or book will lead you to something else, a new opportunity or possibility.  One day one of these people might have a suggestion for you that you follow and that suggestion will turn into an opportunity that opens a first door.  You’ll go through that door. You’ll meet more people. If it’s as easy as breathing, you’re doing it right.”