Tuesday, April 27, 2010

National Poetry Month: A poem by Samantha

My daughter agreed to help me celebrate National Poetry Month by posting one of her poems. I think it is the perfect picture of our little poodle.


I am cute

You might even say

But I am still a cute dog.
So cute, in fact, that when I
run around in little circles
or jump on the people things,
they pick me up and kiss me on the head.

By Samantha Gomez

Friday, April 23, 2010

why my son makes me smile

A few days ago I read some of my own poems to my son at bedtime. During a pause, he turned and said to me: "I like all of your books, but those publishers are so picky!"

How has your child made you smile recently?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

National Poetry Month: I See a Poem

I See a Poem

I see a poem
in scattering leaves
and snuggling close
on cold, snowy eves.

I see a poem
in lightning-streaked sky,
in waves rolling in,
and geese soaring by.

I see a poem
in glistening dew
and, once in a while,
in me and in you.

© Rebecca J. Gomez

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Blue Angel: A poem for National Poetry Month

Another poem from my poetry journal. Guess where I went the day I wrote this!

Blue Angel

Blue bird
with steel wings,
zooming, booming
over the crowd,
drowning out the
oohs and ahs
as you wisk by,
a streak in the sky!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Tuesday Tip: Mapping

If you are writing a novel with a real world setting, you probably use some kind of map as a reference in order to make your world as real as possible, and to keep your characters from accidentally making a wrong turn.

When you are creating your own world, it's no different. You need a map. Chances are, you already have a map of your little world in your head. But it will be very easy for your characters to get "lost" or accidentally head east instead of west if you don't have a map to refer to. So, I suggest drawing one.

You don't have to be an artist in order to do this, because this is primarily a reference tool for you to use as you're writing. Here are some links to help get you started:

Have fun mapping!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Welcoming National Poetry Month

As promised, I'll kick off National Poetry Month with a poem from my poetry journal. This is an acrostic about a Hippopotamus. I don't write acrostics very often, but this one was fun to write.

Huge, grey beast
In the African river,
Pretending to be a
Polite, gentle giant
On his lumbering feet, but
Please take care
Oh, hippo watcher!
That big fella can get
MAD, when
Unwanted visitors
Show up!