I've been gathering photos for you. Photos of things I've done...gathered...achieved...done to my skin. I've been accumulating things to tell you. Why has it taken so long to share these things with you? I don't know. Hesitation turned to later turned to tomorrow turned to now-it's-too-late. Why do I do that to myself? Why do… Continue reading Accumulation
Looking for a zany and gross but totally fun and wonderful gift for that special child in your life? Look no further - we are proud to announce the book launch of 'From A to Ziffery Zanks' - a collection of children's clerihew poetry. Words by me, Vanessa Shields, and pictures by the great Glen… Continue reading FROM A TO ZIFFERY ZANKS BOOK LAUNCH THIS SUNDAY!
Changes. I spent yesterday taking down the book-wallpaper I put up at the 'first' Gertrude's. It was bitter sweet. I can't believe that it's nearly been one year since I opened Gertrude's Writing Room...and I'm in a new space and working through all that comes with BIG CHANGE. I remember how elated I was when… Continue reading Changes. And Little Fish.
Last night after I watched 'A Few Good Men' (I was craving Tom Cruise, what can I say?), I looked in my datebook to see what was on the schedule for today. I did a little jig when I saw that the day was open until 5pm! A whole day to fill up with...with what?!… Continue reading And then – a day opens!
"Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life. Well, valuable but small. Sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it or because I haven't been brave? How much of what I feel reminds me of what I read in a book...when...shouldn't it be the other way around? I don't… Continue reading Small but valuable.
Here's how it works in my brain. It's constantly telling me things to write. What does that mean? It means that there's a voice (among the many, but one of the main, loudest most prolific voices) that's narrating narrations in my head ALL. THE.TIME. Example: Yesterday I went to Chapters with Miller and Jett. I received… Continue reading The Writer’s Brain
Like chocolate... A delicious gift I was given just this morning after spending two glorious hours with a group of poets in a 'World of Poetry' class. I was invited to speak about poetry, and then participate in a salon-style poetry session. It was a perfect morning, really. I can talk about poetry and writing… Continue reading Plenty of Things
MEET PAGES! OUR NEW PUPPY! Yes indeedy, we got a new family member over the weekend! Sweet Pages is our newest furry friend. She's almost three months old, and is a Golden Retriever. She arrived at the Shields residence just before noon on Sunday...and this is a bit of a visual journey of what's been… Continue reading Pages and Pages