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Poetic Asides 2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2 | WritersDigest.com

“I am soft sift in an hourglass–” Gerard Manley Hopkins

from “The Wreck of the Deutschland”

This single-lettered self

has been busy coning

on a contained glass plane

past sunsets that once seemed

much farther apart, It is the widening future

at the top,

funneling

into narrowing presents,

shining moments facet as they fall,

each catching the light and slowing

into the years of insects who cram

lifetimes between a single dawn and dusk.

Linda Armstrong

This was my poem for today. I don’t know whether I will make it all the way through the month, but it is fun right now. Check out the prompts and join in.

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Stock Photography

I’ve been taking digital photos and submitting them to microstock sites for several years now. I enjoy taking a break from my office to get outdoors and hike with my husband. The pictures help me relive great trips we’ve taken together, so my portfolios feature pictures of western Colorado.

There are also shots of southern California, since my mother still lives there, and Utah, since it is a spectacular springtime destination and is not far from Grand Junction.

Sometimes, people ask me for a compilation of my stock photos online. Here are the main sites where I have portfolios. Shutterstock requires a subscription, but the others do not. If you have special needs, email me and I can set up a lightbox for you. I also have thousands of additional shots, some at higher resolutions, stored on my drives. Let me know what you need, and I’ll take a look.

Here’s the list:
Stock Photography by Linda Armstrong
Bigstock (This was my first site. It contains some older shots the others do not include, as well as the new ones.)
Dreamstime
Shutterstock (This is one of my largest portfolios.)
Istock
Veer (This is my newest portfolio. This beautiful site is just getting started. Take a look.)
Featurepics (smallest portfolio)

Seeing Success at the Scribbler’s Retreat

I wrote this post before my visit to the Scribbler’s Retreat Writer’s Conference. Click here for an update with pictures of my trip and a copy of my handout.

This Friday I will be speaking at a conference for writers at the Sea Palms Resort on historic St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Through a series of written and shared exercises, I will help participants
+ visualize their finished work in magazines or bookstores
+ feel the satisfaction of achieving their goals
+ create plans to bring their projects to fruition.