Leave the Dishes: Making Art While Raising Children

Reclaim Artistic Space Through Memorization
by Claudia F. Savage

Writers are often a quiet, introspective group. We mull. We ponder. We say things like, “I can’t come over; I need time to gather my energy.” When you have children, though, especially when they are young, constant need can take over quiet introspection. Nothing like two hours of “water, water, blanket, blanket, mama, mama, mama” for making your child’s nap time become a mama necessity, too.

Getting your own artistic thoughts to arise in this din is ridiculously difficult. Even if you somehow, magically, still have a regular time you write, writing is not just about sitting down at the page. You need all the steps leading up to that moment: reading books, observing, thinking about your characters, engaging the backyard dogwood starting to bloom.

So, how do you preserve mental space for your work? For me, since the birth of my daughter, it has been about memorization. Memorization helps me hold onto my own language for more than a minute. It has become the only way I can quiet the 2-year-old’s burgeoning vocabulary lodging in my head. It is easier than you think. Here is what I recommend:

Pick Some Short Pieces That Have Strong Meter
I can still remember some of the poetry I memorized as a child, partially because of its strong meter, like this familiar Yeats, from “The Wild Swans at Coole”:

The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky …

In your own work, it helps to start memorizing poetic pieces that have strong meter to cut through the exhaustion of parenthood. A piece that is only two or three stanzas long works well and will feel more manageable than a piece you adore that is several pages. Of course, if all you write are longer pieces (or, if you are a fiction writer) pick a small section of the piece to commit to memory. It helps if you feel really proud of the piece. This is no time for humility. Memorize work that you will like thinking about during the weeks to come. These lines, as you lie in bed, sleep-deprived and cranky, will help you remember why you make art.

Devote Time Each Week to Memorizing
I remember theater kids running around even in high school reciting their lines. I have found the easiest way to memorize is to pick a stanza and repeat it to yourself. Maybe you think it has been years since you memorized anything, but I guarantee you do it all the time. I’m sure there is a favorite recipe you put together without looking at a cookbook because you have done it dozens of times. Or, somehow you remember that new extra-long password for your computer at work. Memorizing your work requires the same skills of repetition and practice. The added joy is that you are internalizing your work into your body. Take 10 minutes at the beginning of each weekday-writing session and pick a piece you feel strongly about. Each day, read the same six lines out loud to yourself. That weekend, try to say those lines to yourself while brushing your teeth or once you get into bed. Then, the next week, pick the next stanza to work on and add to the memorized one, reciting the lines you know and reading the ones you do not. Build a house of words in your mind, week by week, foundation to roof.

Recite to Your Child
The best part of memorizing your work might be this last step. Recite the pieces you have memorized to your children. Remember that they have no way of knowing if you memorized all of it or if you recite it correctly. They only know that the tone of your voice has changed from daily corrections and affirmations to something entirely different. It is something that is not about them, but comes only from you. For a few minutes, they get to share in your language, your creation. You do not have to make it into a formal mama concert requiring your children to sit on the couch while you stand and recite in front of them. (Although, a poet friend of mine has a regular “poetry reciting night” once a month at her house where all the members of the family participate.) You can just start reciting something while your children are walking through the park with you. Recite a piece to them while you are in the car together going to the store. Recite something during bath time. Have a poem sneak up on them while they are eating a snack. Have their favorite doll “recite” it.

Hearing memorized poems has become a favorite activity for my girl. She regularly says, “Poems! Poems!” when we are doing the dishes. I often have to stop scrubbing and ask, “You want mama to recite some poems?” “Yes, mama poems!” Maybe it is the fact that my voice softens as I slowly remember the words or their rhythm, but, for now, I have a very small, very enthusiastic fan of my work. She’s two. Her name is River.

 

Claudia F. SavageClaudia F. Savage has been a chef for people recovering from illness, a book editor, and a teacher of poetry to young women in Appalachia, ranchers in Colorado, and urbanites in Portland. Her first book, The Limited Visibility of Bees, was named a finalist for the New Issues Press Poetry Prize. Her poetry and interview credits include CutBank, Nimrod, The Denver Quarterly, VoiceCatcher, Iron Horse, The Buddhist Poetry Review, and Bookslut. Her published chapbook is called The Last One Eaten: A Maligned Vegetable’s History. Savage is a member of the poetry/music duo, THrum, whose album is forthcoming in spring 2015. This article continues her series for VoiceCatcher, Leave the Dishes: Making Art While Raising Children.

Catch These Voices and Visions

Trista Cornelius

Trista Cornelius

This Saturday! The Compose Creative Writing Conference includes offerings by VoiceCatchers Trista CorneliusSusan Pesznecker and Joanna Rose. Conference workshops are just $5 each and include fiction, poetry, playwriting, memoir, comics, songwriting, creative nonfiction, digital storytelling and publishing.

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Clackamas Community College
Oregon City Campus, Roger Rook Hall

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Polish your skills as a presenter and reader through the Toastmasters program. Unique among Toastmasters clubs, the local Thrill of the Quill club caters to writers. This club meets the first Saturday of each month. All are welcome to attend.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, May 2, 2015,  9:30 a.m.
Courtyard Village 4555 NE 66th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Poeming PigeonsVoiceCatcher poet and journal designer Shawn Aveningo of The Poetry Box®  proudly announces the release of Poeming Pigeons – Poems about Birds. In this curated, international anthology, you will discover stories that make you wonder, cry, laugh, cringe and inspire – all through poems about birds.The book launch celebration includes VoiceCatcher poets: Annie Lighthart, Christa Kaainoa, Jennifer Kemnitz, Linda Strever, ‘M’, Pattie Palmer-Baker, Shawn Aveningo, and Tricia Knoll.

Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Ford Food & Drink
2505 SE 11th Ave. (at Division)
Portland, OR  97202

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Liz PratoVoiceCatcher Liz Prato reads from Baby’s on Fire (Press 53), her debut collection of short fiction, featuring 12 stories set in the West. Prato’s strong female protagonists are trying to find their way in the world as the ties of intimacy are damaged and broken.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Powell’s City of Books on Burnside
1005 W. Burnside
Portland, OR 97209

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Gypsy Martin

Gypsy Martin

Catch VoiceCatchers Christi Krug, Mary Mandeville and Gypsy Martin in the cast of:

Listen To Your Mother
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Alberta Rose Theater
3000 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:30, $15 General Admission

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Claudia F. SavageSavage Poetics presents a 6-week, Sunday afternoon poetry workshop run by Claudia F. Savage. Claudia is a columnist and editor for VoiceCatcher. Her poetry appeared in the Summer 2014 issue.

A Poet’s Rhythm
Sundays, May 10–June 14, 2015,  1:30–3:30 p.m. $240
TaborSpace’s Classroom
5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215

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VoiceCatcher Reading Meet and hear authors from the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions:

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

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Catch John and Claudia F. Savage’s poetry and music duo, THrum. At this album release and performance, the Bosch Institute from Nashville will join in. Enjoy original, memorized poetry; gorgeous composed and improved music, and delicious beer.

The Creative Music Guild’s Outset Series
Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 8:00–10:00 p.m.
Turn, Turn, Turn
8 NE Killingsworth Ave.
Portland, OR 97211

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Savage Poetics offers a periodic salon with special guests to help students deepen their poetry practice. VoiceCatcher Claudia F. Savage hosts workshop presenter Thandiwe Shiphrah:

Presence, Improv & Writing for Performance
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6:30–9:30 p.m., $45
TaborSpace’s Classroom
5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215

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Annie LighthartVoiceCatcher Annie Lighthart, most recently of the Winter 2015 issue, continues her readings in June. Annie published her poetry collection Iron String with Oregon’s Airlie Press. She earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College, and has taught at Boston College. She teaches poetry workshops through Mountain Writers; her next workshop is June 2015.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Milwaukie Poetry Series reading
Pond House at the Ledding Library
2215 SE Harrison St.
Milwaukie, OR 97222

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Sarah FaganVoiceCatcher’s art editor and contributor Sarah Fagan is teaming up with other artists and businesses in Portland this summer. They will offer budding artists half-day, themed camps in Portland. For more information see: Treasure Island: A Pirate and Explorers Camp, ages 5–7, July 20–24, and Pioneer Camp for Girls, ages 8–11, Aug. 10–14, 2015.

Click here for the calendar of readings from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Catch These Voices and Visions

We 3 by Theresa Snyder
Tonight! VoiceCatcher columnist Theresa Snyder will read from her book, We 3 – A Journey Through Caregiving, about her experience as a baby boomer caring for her aging parents.

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Another Read Through
3932 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

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Willa Schneberg

VoiceCatcher Willa Schneberg will read as part of the Nye Beach Writers Series.

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Newport Visual Arts Center
777 NW Beach Drive
Newport OR 97365

The next day, Willa will teach a free workshop: Utilizing the News for Poem-making.  Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2:00–4:00 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.

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Polish your skills as a presenter and reader through the Toastmasters program. Unique among Toastmasters clubs, the local Thrill of the Quill club caters to writers. This club meets the first Saturday of each month. All are welcome to attend.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, May 2, 2015,  9:30 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Poeming PigeonsVoiceCatcher poet and journal designer Shawn Aveningo of The Poetry Box®  proudly announces the release of Poeming Pigeons – Poems about Birds. In this curated, international anthology, you will discover stories that make you wonder, cry, laugh, cringe and inspire – all through poems about birds.The book launch celebration includes VoiceCatcher poets: Annie Lighthart, Christa Kaainoa, Jennifer Kemnitz, Linda Strever, ‘M’, Pattie Palmer-Baker, Shawn Aveningo, and Tricia Knoll.

Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Ford Food & Drink
2505 SE 11th Ave. (at Division)
Portland, OR  97202

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Gypsy Martin

Gypsy Martin

Catch VoiceCatchers Christi Krug, Mary Mandeville and Gypsy Martin in the cast of:

Listen To Your Mother
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Alberta Rose Theater
3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:30, $15 General Admission

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VoiceCatcher Reading!  Meet and hear authors from the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions:

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

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Annie LighthartVoiceCatcher Annie Lighthart, most recently of the Winter 2015 issue, continues her readings in June. Annie published her poetry collection Iron String with Oregon’s Airlie Press. She earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College, and has taught at Boston College. She teaches poetry workshops through Mountain Writers; her next workshop is June 2015.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Milwaukie Poetry Series reading
Pond House at the Ledding Library
2215 SE Harrison Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222

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Sarah FaganVoiceCatcher’s art editor and contributor Sarah Fagan is teaming up with other artists and businesses in Portland this summer. They will offer budding artists half-day, themed camps in Portland. For more information see: Treasure Island: A Pirate and Explorers Camp, ages 5–7, July 20–24, and Pioneer Camp for Girls, ages 8–11, Aug. 10–14, 2015.

 

Click here for the calendar of readings from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

Healthy Mind, Healthy Spirit – Limitless Possibilities

Sparks to Light Your Creative Flame
by Kari Pederson

I wonder what Emily Dickinson used to do when she needed some inspiration. I have long been curious about this mysterious poet because of the deep passion she expresses in her work. Did she have a constant stream of creativity at her fingertips? Or was she like the rest of us who often need a spark to ignite the creative flame for our next project?

The subject of inspiration can be a tricky one. What works for people varies widely, and inspiration cannot be forced or consumed as a magic elixir.

You can, however, give inspiration a helping hand by consciously taking simple actions already on your to do list. Before we delve into how to encourage inspiration to strike, let us examine the science behind why certain strategies promote creative thinking.

Welcome to the concept of neuroplasticity. Scientists used to believe our brains stopped developing in childhood, and any damage was irreversible. However, new research confirms that not only can the brain regenerate to compensate for injury, it also can reorganize itself and create fresh neural pathways. One of my favorite research studies on neuroplasticity involves a group of London cabbies. Their brains grew significantly to hold the geographical information needed to be good at their job.

Keep in mind the brain loves to be efficient and will travel the same old pathways unless given a reason to deviate from the expected path. Novelty is the key ingredient to promote neuroplasticity, because anything new literally jolts the brain out of automatic pilot and into a state where you can be more creative. Every novel circumstance or environment forces your brain to make new connections, which are crucial for imagination, creativity and fresh perception.

Want to supercharge your opportunities for inspiration? Take these simple actions:

  • Eat, sleep and breathe new. Write in a different style or location. Take a different route home from your day job. Experiment with the new paint set you have been drooling over. Cook with a new spice. My taste buds are on a mission to test sea salt from every continent.
  • Notice the detail. Take time to notice the curve of a chair; a vibrant flower; a sign on the freeway. Any small detail can provide inspiration. Yesterday I spent 20 minutes observing the details of a blossoming cherry tree.
  • Take breaks. We also know break time and periods of play help our brains be ready for new connections. Many visionaries get their best ideas during downtime.
  • Go for the giggles. Find anything or anyone who makes you laugh. I love watching funny cat videos. Did you know Grumpy Cat’s real name is Tartar Sauce?
  • Be still. Getting quiet is an incredibly effective technique. Practice some form of mediation or mindfulness for five minutes a day. Take a break from social media. Turn off your cell phone for an hour. My favorite way to be still is to indulge in a multisensory daydream and make it as realistic as possible.
  • Be patient and change your focus. Give your brain a rest and think about something completely unrelated. Inspiration will often creep in when your mind is completely distracted. Have you ever found your missing keys after you stopped looking for them? Although, I’m still trying to forget about the time my house keys ended up at the bottom of the garbage can.
  • Make time for self care. Our brains do not have the energy for neuroplasticity when their resources are spent helping the body make it through the day. Grab a catnap. Eat well. Splurge on a massage. Listening to soul-stirring music is also a great mini-break. Find a soothing pick-me-up like English breakfast tea with lots of milk and sugar.
  • Do something physical. Go to the gym. Use your hands. Finish neglected household chores. Stand and stretch at least once every two hours. Get out into nature or take a walk around the block. Some of my best inspiration comes when I view the world from my bicycle seat.

Emily Dickinson, 1848

Inspiration often comes when we least expect it, but we can substantially increase our odds of receiving inspiration. Consciously take action to create favorable conditions and be ready.

Or in the words of Emily Dickinson, “Not knowing when the Dawn will come, I open every Door …”

 

 

Kari Pederson Age 6

Kari Pederson
Age 6

Kari Pederson, MSW, LCSW, is a writer, clinical social worker and wellness coach who has worked with children and adults for over 25 years. An avid student of positive psychology, she loves helping people live their best lives. Kari is a new writer to VoiceCatcher’s community website and thrilled to be part of its mission.

 

Join Us Tonight! Monday, April 20, 2015

April 20 Reading

Arrive early to enjoy the food, drink and community. Meet VoiceCatcher readers, editors, board members and others. Glyph will offer a special dinner menu starting at 5:00 p.m. Thank you, Glyph Cafe and Arts Space, for hosting this event.

About the readers

Click here for the flyer (PDF) for this event, for your sharing and posting.

Catch These Voices and Visions

April 20 ReadingVoiceCatcher Reading! Meet and hear seven poets from the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. Come early for food, drink and community.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Social Hour 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Reading 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Glyph Café and Arts Space
804 NW Couch St.
Portland, OR 97209

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VoiceCatcher Annie Lighthart, most recently of the Winter 2015 issue, will be doing readings in April and June. Annie published her poetry collection Iron String with Oregon’s Airlie Press. She earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College, and has taught at Boston College. She teaches poetry workshops through Mountain Writers; her next one is June 2015.

Annie LighthartTuesday, April 21, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Milepost 5
Denizen Gallery
900 NE 81st Ave
Portland, OR 97213

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Milwaukie Poetry Series
Pond House at the Ledding Library
2215 SE Harrison Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222

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We 3 by Theresa Snyder
VoiceCatcher columnist Theresa Snyder will read from her book, We 3 – A Journey Through Caregiving, about her experience as a baby boomer caring for her aging parents.

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Another Read Through
3932 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

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Willa Schneberg

 

VoiceCatcher Willa Schneberg will read as part of the Nye Beach Writers Series.

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Newport Visual Arts Center
777 NW Beach Drive
Newport OR 97365

The next day, Willa will teach a free workshop: Utilizing the News for Poem-making.  Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2:00–4:00 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.

*  *  *

Polish your skills as a presenter and reader through the Toastmasters program. Unique among Toastmasters clubs, the local Thrill of the Quill club caters to writers. This club meets the first Saturday of each month. All are welcome to attend.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, May 2, 2015,  9:30 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Poeming PigeonsVoiceCatcher poet and journal designer  Shawn Aveningo of The Poetry Box®  proudly announces the release of Poeming Pigeons – Poems about Birds. In this curated, international anthology, you will discover stories that make you wonder, cry, laugh, cringe and inspire – all through poems about birds.The book launch celebration includes VoiceCatcher poets: Annie Lighthart, Christa Kaainoa, Jennifer Kemnitz, Linda Strever, ‘M’, Pattie Palmer-Baker, Shawn Aveningo, and Tricia Knoll.

Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Ford Food & Drink
2505 SE 11th Ave. (at Division)
Portland, OR  97202

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VoiceCatcher Reading!  Meet and hear authors from the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions:

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

*  *  *

Sarah FaganVoiceCatcher’s art editor and contributor Sarah Fagan is teaming up with other artists and businesses in Portland this summer. They will offer budding artists half-day, themed camps in Portland. For more information see: Treasure Island: A Pirate and Explorers Camp, ages 5–7, July 20–24, and Pioneer Camp for Girls, ages 8–11, Aug. 10–14, 2015.

 

Click here for the calendar of readings from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

Click here for the contact form to let us know of other offerings you or other VoiceCatcher members are making in the community!

The Knotty and Nice of Indie Publishing

Platforms – Part 1 of 2
by Theresa Snyder

Okay, so you have your book written. Several people have beta-read it and you have proofed it to the 10th power. Now it is time to format and post it to a platform for sale.

It seems everyone posts to Amazon. There are good and bad aspects to this. The bad: everyone posts to Amazon. You are a minnow among sharks.

Once you are on Amazon, you can choose to join its Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)Select program, which locks you into giving Amazon total rights for 90 days. If you have had your books posted on other platforms, you will have to pull them down. If you do not go KDP Select then Amazon does not offer your work in India, Japan, Brazil or Indonesia. Many folks in those countries crave books in English, meaning you will miss all those sales.

I went with KDP Select for the first few months in order to give away my book for five days during each 90-day period. However, without a base of readers to give it away to, this did not benefit me.

Royalties are not near as lucrative with Amazon as they are with the other platforms.

The good: everyone posts on Amazon. You have a presence and a large number of potential readers will see you. That is, if you can manage to get the readers there. Amazon uses mobi-formatted files, which we will address in the next article, part 2 of “Platforms.”

CreateSpace is an Amazon affiliate. It will produce your book as a print-on-demand paperback. They are very helpful folks. Forms and upload are step-by-step and easy to use. If you send customers directly to them for sales, you receive a huge chunk of the pie rather than the small allotment you get if they find your book through Amazon and buy it there. The quality of the printed book is very good (I run a print shop so I know a good deal about this subject).

I have all my books with CreateSpace and since I put them in paper, I sell almost all hardcopy and few e-books. I am aware this is not the case for all writers, but it is for me.

Smashwords is the world’s largest distributor of e-books. They keep on top of trends and post them on their website. If you make it into their Premium Catalog (which is just a matter of formatting to their specs), they distribute your work to Barnes & Noble (Nook), Kobo, iTunes, Apple (iBooks), Scribd, Oyster, OverDrive, Flipkart, Baker & Taylor, Blio, the Axis360 Library service, and many more. The list goes on and on, giving you a worldwide presence.

If you opt for the Extended Distribution, which is free at this point, you will hit everywhere. Smashwords issues coupon numbers so you can give your books away if you want to have a promotional event.

Your slice of the royalty is much bigger with Smashwords. They use Word files, formatted through something they affectionately refer to as the “Meatgrinder.”

Google Play is the new kid on the block. They are still working out the kinks on their site, but the word among the authors I chat with is that there is much less competition here. You are a big frog in a little pond if one of your books takes off. These folks cater to the Android users in the world, and there are a lot of them out there.

I recently posted all my books on Google Play. Their posting is worldwide and if you have posted to the other sites, you already have your book in the correct formats for uploading here. They use ePub and Word-formatted files.

Apple has some great products, but they are spendy. Android offers all the bells and whistles at a much cheaper price.

Next month I will wrap up this series by talking about audio books and formatting.

 

 

Theresa SnyderTheresa Snyder is a multi-genre writer with an internationally read blog. She grew up on a diet of black-and-white, sci-fi films like Forbidden Planet and The Day the Earth Stood Still. She is a voracious reader and her character-driven writing is influenced by the early works of Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard. This is the seventh installment of her column for VoiceCatcher on self-publishing.

Join Us Monday, April 20, 2015

April 20 Reading

Arrive early to enjoy the food, drink and community. Meet VoiceCatcher readers, editors, board members and others. Glyph will offer a special dinner menu starting at 5:00 p.m. Thank you, Glyph Cafe and Arts Space, for hosting this event.

About the readers

Click here for the flyer (PDF) for this event, for your sharing and posting.

About Our Readers: April 20, 2015 VoiceCatcher Event

All are invited to hear these contributors to the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices and visions. 

Monday, April 20, 2015
Reading 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Social hour 5:00–6.00 p.m. for food, drink, community
(Glyph is offering a dinner menu starting at 5:00 p.m.)
The Glyph Café and Arts Space
804 NW Couch St.
Portland, OR 97209

Christine DupresChristine Dupres holds a doctorate in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a descendent of the Lower Cowlitz and the Cree of Manitoba, Canada, and currently lives in Portland. She has worked for the National Policy Consensus and NAYA Family Centers in the areas of development and community engagement; served on the board of Oregon Humanities; is on the faculty at the American Leadership Forum, and is the owner of Radiant Life Counseling. Her work Being Cowlitz was published by the University of Washington Press in 2014. She is working on a book of poetry called Pigeon Springs set in 1846 in the Washington Territory.

Helen KernerHelen Kerner was first published in the National High School Poetry Anthology many long years ago. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in art and promptly entered the corporate world, but never stopped writing poetry. Helen has been published in several of the Marin Poetry Center’s annual anthologies, as well as in Stories With Grace, a short-lived Pacific Northwest literary journal. In 2007 she published The Journey, a book in poetry and prose about her 1993 bone marrow transplant for leukemia. She is currently working on a collection about her childhood at the outskirts of Redmond, Washington.

Tricia KnollTricia Knoll is a Portland, Oregon poet with a deep interest in both haiku and eco-poetry. Her works have appeared in many journals including VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices and visions, Windfall, CALYX, and Cirque. Her chapbook Urban Wild is available from Finishing Line Press and Amazon.

 

Barbara LaMorticellaBarbara LaMorticella lives in a cabin in the hills outside Portland, Oregon. A founding member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, she is a long-time poetry host on KBOO. Her second collection of poems, Rain on Waterless Mountain, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She’s the winner of a Bumbershoot Big Book Award, the first Northwest Poets Concord prize, the Holbrook Award for Outstanding Contributions to Oregon Literary Arts, and the first Oregon Literary Arts fellowship for Women Writers. Retired from medical transcribing, she cares for her grandchildren and agitates for fundamental health care reform.

Donna PrinzmetalDonna Prinzmetal is excited about her new book, Snow White, When No One Was Looking, a collection of persona poems in the voice of Snow White. Yes, some people (particularly her family) may get the wrong idea and really believe that she carries her mother’s blood in a vial at her neck and cavorts with married men, so Donna wants to assure both them and you that she is not actually Snow White, just happy to speak for her and reveal all her secrets. In addition to not being Snow White, Donna is a psychotherapist and tutor. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including Prairie Schooner, The Oregonian, The Journal, and of course, Voicecatcher, where she also served proudly as the young voices editor for three issues.

Hannah SamsHannah Sams spends most of her time putting off doing laundry and putting together mix CDs. Her hobbies include being awful at Spanish, boring people with the fine points of property laws, making silly faces at babies in grocery stores, and coping with bipolar disorder. Once, when her kindergarten class performed a short show for their parents, she climbed off the stage as soon as it ended and began giving everyone her autograph. Hannah grew up in a house on N.E. 65th and Beech in the ’90s and her first job was at a lemonade stand.

Pearl WaldorfPearl Waldorf is a meaning seeker, a science nerd, a word junky. She wants you to know art is a dying art. She also wants you to know this distinction we make between bodies and minds might as well be a cheese sandwich on Mars. Maybe you’d like to share a meal with her sometime. Her partner found a sweet dining room table on Craigslist for a hundred bucks and refinished it. Really, all misfits are welcome. Pearl offers psychotherapy, creative process and career consultation in her private practice in SE Portland. She loves her work.

April 20 ReadingClick here for the flyer for this event, for your own sharing and posting.

VoiceCatcher thanks the Glyph Café and Arts Space for hosting this event.

Catch These Voices and Visions

Margaret Chula by Andie Petkus Photography

Margaret Chula by Andie Petkus Photography

Learn the craft of haibun with VoiceCatcher Margaret Chula. Haibun is a combination of prose and haiku made famous by the 17th century, Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. Following an introduction to haiku and haibun, participants will read and discuss haibun by contemporary poets. The last hour of the class will be devoted to writing and sharing your own stories through haibun. This workshop is open to writers of all levels of experience. Class size is limited and registration is required. Register online or by calling 541-312-1032.

Sunday, April 12, 2015
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Deschutes Public Library
Library Admin. Conference Room
510 NW Wall
Bend, OR 97701

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Donna PrinzmetalThe Stonehenge Studios Poetry Reading Series is held monthly on second Sundays. Free and open to the public. April will include VoiceCatcher Donna Prinzmetal.

The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Stonehenge Studios
3508 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland, OR 97239

Donna Prinzmetal is a poet, psychotherapist and teacher. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Oregonian, The Comstock Review and The JournalSnow White, When No One Was Looking was published in May 2014 by CW Books. This book includes persona poems in which Snow White speaks, often in a contemporary voice, and multiple versions of the fairy tale. It is Donna’s first book.

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April 20 ReadingVoiceCatcher Reading! Meet and hear seven poets from the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions. Come early for food, drink and community.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Social Hour 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Reading 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Glyph Café and Arts Space
804 NW Couch St.
Portland, OR 97209

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VoiceCatcher Annie Lighthart, most recently of the Winter 2015 issue, will be doing readings in April and June. Annie published her poetry collection Iron String with Oregon’s Airlie Press. She earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College, and has taught at Boston College. She teaches poetry workshops through Mountain Writers; her next one is June 2015.

Annie LighthartTuesday, April 21, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Milepost 5
Denizen Gallery
900 NE 81st Ave
Portland, OR 97213

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Milwaukie Poetry Series
Pond House at the Ledding Library
2215 SE Harrison Street
Milwaukie, OR 97222

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We 3 by Theresa Snyder
VoiceCatcher columnist Theresa Snyder will read from her book, We 3 – A Journey Through Caregiving, about her experience as a baby boomer caring for her aging parents.

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Another Read Through
3932 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

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Polish your skills as a presenter and reader through the Toastmasters program. Unique among Toastmasters clubs, the local Thrill of the Quill club caters to writers. This club meets the first Saturday of each month. All are welcome to attend.

Thrill of the Quill Toastmasters Club
Saturday, May 2, 2015,  9:30 a.m.
Courtyard Village
4555 NE 66th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661
360-606-9306

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Poeming PigeonsVoiceCatcher poet and journal designer Shawn Aveningo of The Poetry Box®  proudly announces the release of Poeming Pigeons – Poems about Birds. In this curated, international anthology, you will discover stories that make you wonder, cry, laugh, cringe and inspire – all through poems about birds.The book launch celebration includes VoiceCatcher poets: Annie Lighthart, Christa Kaainoa, Jennifer Kemnitz, Linda Strever, ‘M’, Pattie Palmer-Baker, Shawn Aveningo, and Tricia Knoll.

Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Ford Food & Drink
2505 SE 11th Ave. (at Division)
Portland, OR  97202

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VoiceCatcher Reading!  Meet and hear authors from the Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions:

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The Waypost
3120 N. Williams Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

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Sarah FaganVoiceCatcher’s art editor and contributor Sarah Fagan is teaming up with other artists and businesses in Portland this summer. They will offer budding artists half-day, themed camps in Portland. For more information see: Treasure Island: A Pirate and Explorers Camp, ages 5-7, July 20-24, and Pioneer Camp for Girls, ages 8-11, Aug. 10-14, 2015.

 

Click here for the calendar of readings from VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

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