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Article about blogging.


A link to an article about blogging with WordPress
http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/How+To+Create+A+Simple+Writer+Blog.aspx

Hello world!


Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!  Imported from deepercolors.wordpress.com

A poetry contest for poets in Silicon Valley


This is over, but check out the websites anyway.

Arts Council Silicon Valley
Poetry Contest

Nils Peterson, the current Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, is putting out a call for submission of poems about the Santa Clara County. The Poet Laureate, as well as other qualified readers, will select the most interesting thirty to be presented at a public reading in April 2010.

See Rules for Submission on his website at the Submissions tab.

For those of you who are beginning poets, see the tabs Tips and Poems on this website, for suggestions for writing poems, and for sample poems.

DEADLINE : PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN DEADLINE: Poems will now be accepted until March 15, 2010. Early submission is appreciated.


  • Poetry submission is open to those who live, work, or study in Santa Clara County.
  • Poems should be no more than 30 lines.
  • Poems may be in a formal pattern or in free verse.
  • Poems should be typed, single-spaced.
  • Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, each page displaying only the title and the poem.
  • Attach a separate cover sheet to the submissions indicating your name, address, and email address (if available).
  • Mail two copies of the submissions to:
    Arts Council Silicon Valley
    4 North Second Street, Suite 500
    San Jose, CA 95113-1305
  • No submissions will be accepted via email.
  • Santa Clara County will retain first publication rights. Poems may not have been previously published.
  • There will be three awards of $50 and six awards of $25.
  • Winners will be invited to participate in an award ceremony in April. Date to be announced.

Classical Music Resonates With Me


I love classical music, always have. Some people I meet now say – Oh well you must have grown up with it, that’s why you like it. I tell them no, the people I grew up with – some of them actually hated it – the rest didn’t understand. My birth family, on my mother’s side at least, is kind of the same way. I don’t know where I got it from – father’s genes maybe – but I have loved classical music ever since I was a little girl.  It just resonates with something deep inside. I don’t like everything called Classical, but when I hear Dvorak, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Vaughn Williams, and the like I respond.  Also Tchaikovsky, Borodin, and Rimsky-Korsakov – ahh Scheherazade.  🙂  Maybe I’m part Russian.

I think different people just have different ears. Or brain receptors. I can’t stand a steel guitar for instance but a lot of my family love it. But let me put Dvorak on the CD player and some will go ballistic. I don’t understand. But neither do they.
I think resonate is a good word. Like piano strings. The higher notes have three strings and they all have to resonate at the same frequency. If one is off you get that twangy response. Out of tune.
Perhaps each person has a resonance frequency and responds to what matches it. Poetry has its own frequency. Some people only resonate to rhyme or maybe alliteration. Others can feel the flow of a freer format. You have to write (play, etc.) what resonates with you and then hope for someone with a like frequency, so to speak, to come along.

New page on blog.


I added a new page – Music.  Listing the orchestras I have played in.  I have to use the past tense here because of a shoulder injury last year that hasn’t healed properly.  Can’t hold up that heavy viola these days.  😦  I hope that will not be the case forever.

Anyone know a shoulder specialist in the Bay Area that has worked with musicians?

EAST OF EDEN 2010 Sept. 24 – 27 in Salinas. John Steinbeck country.


EAST OF EDEN 2010
East of Eden Conference registration is open.!!
California Writers CLub – South Bay Branch
48 workshops for writers of all levels on the craft and business of writing.
Inspiring speakers. Opportunities to pitch your work to literary agents.
Meals and entertainment — all of the above is included in the price of a full conference registration!

Writing contest with a top prize of $1000

Low-fee professional critiques of your manuscript

Registration is now open! Early registration discount + a special deal for CWC Members. Register now

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East of Eden 2010 Writers Conference


Come to California in September. 2010 
East of Eden Writers Conference –Sept. 24 – 27 in Salinas. John Steinbeck country. Registration open. Register early for the East of Eden best prices. Check it out.