Brain Book

I have another podcast to share with you from DIY MFA. The gal who created this website/podcast, Gabriela Pereira, is awesome. She is one of those quirky gals that you just want to be friends with. She has wonderful ideas and is not afraid to share them with her students/fans.

Today I listened to her podcast about creating a “Brain Book.” I am a sucker for trinkets and quotes that inspire creativity. I can’t wait to create a Brain Book of my own, although, it won’t happen until we move in late July. As of right now, we have already starting packing. Many supplies are packed, and I want to have plenty of time to put some thought into this book.

Please visit the podcast: DIY MFA Brain Book

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Today’s Haiku:

a place for secrets
to hide without judgement—
an awakening


Name one thing you would put in your “Brain Book.”



I can’t get enough of DIY MFA these days. Ever since I came back from my Creative Non-Fiction writing course last week, I have been wanting more and more information. I am excited to put all this information to good use. I have a few articles coming up that I am going to start applying things I learned from the last several days.

I listened to this podcast today and thought I would share. It’s based on creating supporting characters in a story. Although I don’t write fiction, it’s a great way to look at character development. I can use this knowledge when I read or watch movies to see how other storytellers are developing characters, and maybe some day I’ll have a chance to use it.

Please visit: DIY MFA

knowledge haiku

Today’s Haiku:

ideas brimming
with shared knowledge from mentors
brain cells quaking


Enjoy your Wednesday!


The Abandoned Haiku

I wanted to take a minute to thank all my followers who continually praise the work I am doing and take time to like or post comments. The last couple of weeks have been busy and I haven’t had as much time to read the blogs I follow. Please know that I am thinking of each one of you and hoping to read your engaging, funny and inspiring posts very soon. I’ll have more time after next week…at least I think…

Ok, I am excited to share another podcast with you.

Last week I listened to the podcast, DIY MFA. It was episode number 15, Master Class with Jane Yolen. You can listen here. In the interview, Yolen quoted Paul Valery, french poet and philosopher, and he said, “A poem is never finished, only abandoned.”

At some point you have to move on, so I decided to go back to the vault and select a haiku I wrote in October 2014 and see if I can breathe new life into the abandoned haiku. The first haiku is the one from last October, and the second one is for today.

merry go round haikuToday’s Haiku:

Merry-go-round creeps.
I wait for the motion to stop—
New horizons.

scene never changes
monotony weighs heavy
on my heart


Do you ever feel like your poetry or prose is finished? Do you simply trust that you have done the very best that you can and move on?

Have a terrific Thursday!


Sparks Begin to Fly

I listen to a lot of podcasts throughout the week, some good, some bad. I recently found a podcast that I wanted to share with you, especially if you’re trying to get started as a writer. The new podcast is located on the website, DIY MFA.

Those of you familiar with the term DIY know that it means, Do It Yourself. And, if you have been reading my blog posts called Tuesday’s Tips (or maybe you are working on your MFA) you know that MFA refers to a Master of Fine Arts. This particular MFA is in Creative Writing.

I learned about DIY MFA from another podcast I listen to called, Write 2B Read, by Ani Alexander. Alexander interviewed Gabriela Pereira, the creator of DIY MFA. Pereira helps writers learn what is taught in the traditional MFA program without spending thousands of dollars and years of your life in school.

Unfortunately, her program doesn’t issue diplomas, but all you really need to do is learn the content. Here is the first podcast.


let sparks fly haiku

Today’s Haiku:

life long learning
brain seeking activity
sparks begin to fly


When was the last time you took a structured or unstructured class?

I hope you find DIY MFA useful!