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Monday Jun 22, 2009

Janet Riehl’s Blog Tour


Note: This blog tour interview was scheduled for June 23rd—here it is a few hours early.


Janet Riehl, author of an outstanding book, Sightlines: A Poets Diary, has more recently expanded the scope of her book by producing a first-rate audio version (a 4-CD collection) titled: Sightlines: A Family Love Story in Poetry and Music.

Sightlines is deeply personal and its themes are universal. The poems are the literary fruit Janet managed to cultivate out of a family tragedy.

I first connected with Janet last year (2008); she featured a selection of my artwork and my book, An Artist Empowered, on her website riehlife.com. She was also compassionate with her time, good thoughts, and deeds as it related to my mother, Adele, and me. At the time, my dear mother was suffering with the intense pain of cancer; I was her fulltime caregiver; and Janet well understood the demands and dharma of being a caregiver herself.

To help promote Sightlines, Janet is on a blog tour that runs from June through July 2009; on the tour, individual blog hosts engage her from their unique perspectives. Janets previous blog stop was a dialogue with Sarah Luczaj: Who Owns the Poem?—hosted on Change Therapy by Isabella Mori. 

I am pleased to introduce you to Janet Riehl—a person imbued with deep family traditions, eclectic talents and connections, and universal Buddhist sensibilities. What follows is a brief yet penetrating interview with Janet, providing further insight into her process, and how and why these projects developed over time. 

To learn more and purchase Sightlines, visit these links:

Sightlines: A Poet’s Diary is available on Amazon with 31 stellar reviews.

The audio book Sightlines: A family love story in poetry and music is available on Sightlines: A Poet’s Diary is available on CD Baby with an online bonus: listen to as much as you desire online.

Treasure Hunt: for those so inclined, there is a treasure hunt contest; winners receive a free audio book. Details available at the end of the interview. Good Luck.

Note: The bookstore link on Janet’s site contains the blog calendar, Treasure Hunt clues, and reviews.

Click more for the interview—enjoy!


Friday Jul 11, 2008

Animal Farm

If you haven’t read George Orwell’s Animal Farm since high school, college, or never, I encourage you take a little time to peruse this magnificent political fable—which he makes plausible with believable situations and characters. You can also find the full text on the Web.

As Orwell sums up in this timely 1946 novella: All animals are created equal. But some animals are created more equal than others.

You will also note many ideas from this book that he later used and crafted into his other brilliant novel: Nineteen Eighty Four.

Wednesday May 28, 2008

Creative Constipation

I know that many writers and artists are plagued with creative blocks.

It may be helpful to grasp that getting stuck is mostly likely the result of trying to fit your work into a template, a popular idiom that has already been trampled over by hordes of others.

Another factor in writing fiction, for example, is that you have to see it, observe it with a keen eye, before you can describe it; this means sufficient detail, not a meaningless overabundance of facts. Be patient. Care about all your characters; let the descriptive layers of meaning filter down through your psyche until the picture is clear—then capture it on paper or onscreen.

Blocks are also the result of too much thinking. When the mind is quiet, when thoughts are corralled and momentarily tamed, there is no confusion, no mental blocks.

Note also that there is no such malady as a creator block since original work is not strictly bound by convention; this knowledge has great liberating power.

Wednesday Apr 09, 2008

Blog Author Tours

You may have heard about blog author tours, where writers are interviewed on other blogs.

I’m being hosted on these two:

by Janet Riehl on her blog: www.riehlife.com—in three parts: 4/8-4/10/08

And tomorrow by Clif Johnston on his blog: zenjunk.tumblr.com: 4/10/08

Visit their blogs where you will discover much enlightened information.


Saturday Mar 29, 2008

Lulu and I

In response to the many questions I’ve received about my publishing experience with Lulu.com, please read The Zen of POD publishing—link in the Inside Preview sidebar section.

With the power to do it yourself as an ‘Indie’ publisher comes great responsibility; it can be done by any self-inspired individual.

One of the essential characteristics of a creator is self-reliance, which is also the mother of invention.