We Become Stars

Two of my poems appear in Westland Writes 2018 literary journal.

Happy June everyone!

I’m excited to announce that two of my poems have been published in the literary journal, Westland Writes. They’re both about parenthood. One is called “We Become Stars” and highlights the experience of letting your child go out into the world. Ironically, I wrote this before having a child, thinking from the view of a daughter. Now, I see the poem from a mother’s perspective, which creates a very different feeling. The other poem is titled “When I Realized You Were Magic” and shares what it’s like to find out you’re a parent, full of worries and excitement. My daughter is Japanese American, and my greatest hope for her is that she will live in a world that is safe and welcoming to everyone.

The best part of having my work included in this journal is that Westland Library held a poetry and short story readying to celebrate our work. We could choose one poem to read, so I picked “We Become Stars.” But what made this reading truly unique is that they decided to bring in a musical trio to interpret each of our poems after we read them. I’ve never experienced anything like this before. It was so gratifying to hear my own words performed in an original song. Afterwards, the singer noted that she liked my other poem too, which was icing on the cake! Of course, I wondered if maybe I should have chosen to read that one, instead ūüėČ

I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to attend the event, since my husband was out-of-town and I had my 8-month-old daughter with me. Luckily, my friend was visiting and helped make it happen. We strolled up to the front when it was my turn, and I began by dedicating the poem to my daughter. My friend was actually able to videotape my reading, and I’m so glad she did! After I read, the singer sang directly to my little girl, which was so sweet and memorable. My daughter was quiet and listened the entire time. What a special memory we captured ūüôā

For one night, we became stars. And I will never forget that moment. I encourage you to find ways of sharing your own light with the world! It will surely make for a brighter, more peaceful planet.

Printed copies of this literary journal are available for purchase. You can also read the poems and stories¬†online. And to my delight, I’ve just discovered that the book can be borrowed from the library. As a librarian, how cool it is to find that my name appears in the catalog!

 

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Viewing the Michigan Petroglyphs

I recently had the opportunity to visit the historic site of the Sanilac Petroglyphs in MI. ¬†As some of you may know, my husband and I have been hunting for petroglyphs in the Southwest, but this is our first time to see some so close to home! ¬†Another item to cross off our bucket list ūüėČ ¬†And it’s a good thing we did. ¬†According to park rangers, they may be gone in the next 20-30 years ūüė¶

In case you don’t get a chance to see them–although I recommend that you do–let me take you on a little tour! ¬†The stories our guide shared were so interesting and made the trip out there even more worth it. ¬†After all, you can’t really tell what some of them are, as they’re getting worn away by the elements.

To start, the one at the top of this page is called Bow Man and is believed to represent a hunter. ¬†As the story goes, he’s receiving the wisdom of the ages and shoots the knowledge into the future. ¬†Cool!

 

As you can see, the one above is almost completely indistinguishable. ¬†Luckily, our guide provided the replica below. ¬†It’s a carving of a very cool creature–a sort of Underwater Panther guarding the underworld and controlling the sea, sometimes even causing storms.

In contrast, we have the underwater panther’s counterpart or rival–The Thunderbird–or master of the powers of the air. ¬†They’re opposing forces that also serve to counterbalance each other.

My personal favorite is this carving of a sea turtle. ¬†There’s a famous Native American creation myth suggesting that part of the Earth grew from a bit of earth on the back of a great turtle until it became an island. ¬†Eventually the turtle held the new world on its back. ¬†Some say it created the entire continent of North America. ¬†The Ojibwe tribe call the turtle spirit¬†Kitchi-Manitou. ¬†There’s also a similar legend native to Mackinac Island about a turtle called Makinauk.

The final petroglyph that I would like to highlight is the Night Walker.  The upside down Y makes up his legs and body.  If you look very carefully, you can even see a small child to his left being lured away by the Night Walker.  Watch out!

It’s fun to see a piece of history carved in stone. ¬†For an artist like myself, it’s especially gratifying to be able to view some of the world’s first drawings. ¬†I hope preservation efforts will prevail and these gems will last forever. ¬†But just in case, you might want to make your way over to Cass City and view them while you can!

 

 

 

My Book Review on the SCBWI-MI Blog

Greetings all,

Hope you’re enjoying the lovely spring weather!

I’m pleased to announce that a book review I wrote has been posted on the SCBWI-MI blog, The Mitten. ¬†I was asked to submit a review of the book Wired for Story¬†by Lisa Cron after giving it 5 stars on Goodreads. ¬†This book explores the craft of writing novels and screenplays–an excellent read. ¬†If you want to hear more about it, check out the review here.

Happy writing!