Wednesday April 18, 2018
I have an airline trip confirmation sitting on my kitchen table- MSP-MCI at 1pm. I have traveled a lot to Kansas City in the past five years, always on business. I sometimes get it in my mind to extend the trip and take a couple vacation days, but it never works out like that. I tried to mix a business/pleasure trip once in Chicago. It was just weird. I keep a very clear break between my professional life and personal life as it should be. This is how I know I could never work from home.
I woke up at 3am for no reason and foolishly waited until 4:30am to get up and write. My mind is full and I have learned that the only way to get back to sleep is to get up and write it out. My head will stop racing once I can express and record my thoughts- just in case I need to come back to my great ideas later. I rarely come back to them. I am going to take a nap, otherwise I will be the zombie arriving at gate 58. The cats don’t know I am leaving yet. My carry-on luggage that I bought on the street in Istanbul, Turkey is not packed and the dishes aren’t done. They won’t be happy at this time tomorrow. Continue reading “Single, White, Professional, Female- in Kansas City, April 2018”
Day ends in
Hot water bubbles
Body, I am calm
There is no fighting
Neighbors for hot water
Cats over mealtime
No telephone or internet or music
Just my peace of mind
Day complete, time spent
What I accomplished, over
Smell of soap
My downy cocoon
Speak quietly to God
About all that I did
Ask for help with things
Painful and confusing
Know no answer will come
Until at least morning
Might as well sleep
Often, I do not finish
Fade away with my prayers
Next to cats who snuggle,
Groom each other in darkness
Hum from the fan blocks
Noise of the city
I release into the next
A peaceful life
For one who has known
So little peace
-Copyright C.M. Mounts, March 2018
I am reading with other fine writers on Thursday April 12, 2018. I will present a 10-minute selection of various writing. Please come out for a coffee and enjoy live action art!
What: Literary reading
When: Thursday April 12, 2018 ~ 7-8:30pm
Where: The Coffee Shop Northeast, 2852 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN
Why: Because it’s fun!
Survey material goods
Next door assessed by developers
Rummage to donate or pack
Memories sold to highest bidder
Take down shelves, curtains, waste
Flower pattern wallpaper, carpet demolition
Hired men take it away
Trucks with wood, bricks, drywall
Move on, move in
-Copyright C.M. Mounts, April 2003 (revised April 2018)
March has been an exciting month for my writing. Back in January, I decided to start waking up at 5am to write from 5:30-6:30, six days a week. Yes, Saturday too. This is of course after the cats are fed and coffee is made, but before I get ready for work. No, it hasn’t always worked out great. Sometimes, I get up late and I only get a half hour in. Sometimes, I am so groggy or overwhelmed with a head full of life and longing that I simply journal to clear the cobwebs.
But slowly, surely, I am filling a notebook with character sketches, scenes, and narrative that fill in the gaps in my book manuscript. In addition to the fiction writing and journaling, I also write poems and post to my blog every Saturday. This month’s selection includes the posts: ‘High Water’, ‘Paris With You’, and ‘Across Water’.
March has been a month of writing events. I currently participate in a poetry writing group at a local library that meets for six sessions, then concludes with a final reading of our work on April 25. More to come on that. I also attended the Rosemont Writers Festival on March 24, an annual all-day event of writing workshops, speakers, and book fair located in- you guessed it- Rosemont, MN.
But most exciting of all, was the Poets & Pints reading at Sisyphus Brewing on March 21 where I was one of four featured poets. In all the years of writers group events, open mics, and public speaking this was the first time ever that I was a featured poet. Nineteen people showed up specifically to hear me read and I was told, “You killed!”. I am very humbled by their response and grateful for the encouragement. Since that night, I have reflected on why it has taken me so long to become willing to share my work publicly with strangers. I only started seriously blogging a little over a year ago and reading at open mics in the last eight months, one of which led to the Poets & Pints reading (open mic: Poetry Happy Hour @ Troubadour Wine Bar). Continue reading “Month in review: March 2018”
I had my very first official poetry reading at Poets & Pints on March 21, 2018! I was one of four featured writers and read my original work for 15 minutes. If you weren’t able to make it but are interested, my performance was recorded and can be found on my FB writer page:
This was my set:
1st World Problems
Sands of Time
Now, it was not my first time public speaking: I was involved in theater in high school; I have read work at my writers group events and some open mics around town; and I regularly give presentations for my job at regional and national conferences. But it is true… I had never been asked to participate as a featured writer before. This is my debut show!!!
Thank you to all my friends and family (19 people!) for coming out to support me and to Poets & Pints for letting me read!
I am reading with three other fine poets on Wednesday March 21, 2018. I will present a 15-minute selection of poems from my blog. Please come out for a beer and enjoy live action art!
What: Poetry reading
When: Wednesday March 21, 2018 ~ 7-10pm
Where: Sisyphus Brewing, 712 Ontario Ave W Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN
Why: Because it’s fun!