Posts tagged ‘Maureen Gibbon’

The Experience Thus Far

I had no idea what I was signing up for when I took this course…

But Maureen Gibbon was the professor so I knew it would be fun!

When I found out that we were responsible for selecting which submissions would be published in the women’s literary anthology, Dust And Fire, I was initially terrified.

 Behind every entry is a woman we don’t see, we don’t know, but they have put their emotions in to their words and sent them to us with the hope of being heard.

I believe rejection is the worst kind of pain, so I searched for gold in every submission. I found that regardless of the quality, every piece had at least one combination of words that would ring across my brain like ecstasy.

I am beyond happy to see how a literary publication is put together “behind the scenes.” I feel that I am now ready to submit my own work. Rejection isn’t final, it just means you need to work a little harder, force the words to do what they need to do.

I would want every person who submitted work to know how difficult it was to say no. I hope they will not take the rejection too personally, because there is treasure in the act of writing alone. Sharing your work with others is by far the bravest, most intimate thing a writer can do.

October 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm 1 comment

Midsummer – A Poem I Read

Blog #2 for ENGL 4861

Louise Gluck is the author of “Midsummer,” a beautiful poem about youth and young adulthood.

I am taken back to age fifteen, still childish in many ways but desiring for mature, new experiences.

At the core of this poem is the aspect of danger that comes with growing-up. Beauty and intrigue mixed with danger is compared to high rocks: how much fun they are to climb and jump from, yet so lethal if one was to slip or fall.

“On cloudy nights, you were blind. Those nights the rocks were,                  ( ln. 10)

dangerous,

but in another way it was all dangerous, that was what we were after.”

This is my favorite line in the poem, showing the audience exactly what our characters are feeling.

After reading “Midsummer” I am reminded that youth can still be found after the time of danger and desire. I can let my free time pass slowly, enjoying every last bite of a ripe peach.

September 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm 1 comment

Hello Old Friend

It seems I always return to Hanna Lulu’s blog for one reason or another –

This semester I need a blog for assignments done in Maureen Gibbons ENGL 4861

School started WAY too soon this year. I just wanna stay home with my new puppy, Vienna. (She’s a brindle-colored Pitbull/Bullmastiff rescue dog*)

August 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

Just For Funsies

I haven’t posted for a while..SORRY! 

Life has been hectic and crazy and drama, drama, drama….

So what’s new…?

There are currently 6675 signatures on the petition to boycott Kellogg’s. Seems like this may be losing fuel and it bums me out. People are already forgetting why Kellogg’s is being boycotted in the first place..let me remind you –

IT’S TIME FOR AMERICA TO MAKE SUCH BIG F*ING CHANGES!!

What else…I have to draw a cartoon for my lit. for young adults class. Maureen says it should be a moment that had a significant impact on our lives. All I have so far is when I found out my friend had been murdered on the morning of April 1st, and for a moment I believed it was a cruel April Fool’s joke, only to find out it wasn’t…

But that’s pretty freakin depressing so..I’m still looking for more inspiration. 

Any good ideas…?

Also, tried the Wake-back-to-bed method a few times (inducing lucid dreams)

1st. attempt – Couldn’t fall back to sleep 

2nd attempt – Couldn’t force myself to stay awake

3rd attempt – Couldn’t force myself to get out of bed when the alarm when off

I’ll probably try this again when I gather a little more faith in the process..right now it just seems like a really good way to throw your whole sleep pattern out of whack.

February 19, 2009 at 7:02 pm Leave a comment

I Art As Well

My dad may not still be doing his sculpting and other arting, but I still am, as well as both of my sisters (April – 26, and Bailey – 12)

In my Literature for young adults class (instructed by the amazing Maureen Gibbon!) we recently read Laurie Halse Anderson’s empowering young adult novel Speak.

In honor of the assignment Melinda Sordino (the main character) is given by her art teacher, Maureen asked everyone in the class to create an ACEO (Art Cards, Editions and Originals) that involved the word “tree.”

My Tree

My Tree

This is how mine turned out.

I made it with polymer clay, a mix of both fimo and sculpey brands.

There are 2 coats of satin finish gloss that I put on after it was baked.

My main goal was to show how what is underneath the plant, the half of it that we don’t see above ground, is just as essential as the parts we do see.

February 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm 1 comment


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