welcome readers & writers! in this cyber space please find: + a photo writing prompt + a place to post your creative writing response (poem, memoir, short story or the like) to the prompt + a community of readers and fellow writers excited to read your writing + morsels of genuine fiction, poetry & creative non-fiction as the blog is updated. share a response as often as you'd like. everyday discoveries from my life, captured on film, will serve as prompts. this is not a place where we will critique one another's work; however, words of encouragement or praise for writers who share their work are most welcome. writers, share your story, poem or creative non-fiction response to the photo by clicking on comments; word count is flexible. cheers! demery

Friday, July 22, 2011


hellooooooooooo, writers, readers, bloggers & friends. i have missed writing and reading and blogging like crazy cakes, and i'm still here. this photo was the last one i took with the blog in mind. at easter...in april! thank you all for your messages and for not forgetting me :) here's an update, and also a response to a fun blogging tag game passed on to me by the chic and sassy new york nanny blogger Bess Weatherby. she doesn't know it, but she's just as cool as emma watson.

update first: turns out this egg is a fitting photo for a check-in blog post, because my life is all about waiting right now; it's an active waiting, a sitting-on-the-nest-growing-something-doing-all-the-right-things-toward-a-great-end-result kind of waiting. i did indeed pass my teaching certification test!!! it took six very long weeks to get the results, but not only did i pass the exam, i kinda kicked it's tiny test hiney. since then i've done a mini-student-teaching experience, attended classes two nights a week plus saturdays, done a slew of online work, "performance tasks," and reading. i've applied for about a hundred teaching jobs and gone on only one interview. so i'm still looking for a classroom of my own. still dreaming about what it will be like to live the dream of teaching. still waiting for that call. and, as a matter of fact, i'm still sending letters out - only they're not query letters, they are 'letters of interest.' turns out that the process of finding a teaching position feels very like trying to get a book published. right down to competing with hundreds (even thousands?) of really talented people. agonizing. wonderfully hope-filled one moment and despairing the next. practicing patience and seeking peace here. need to spend time writing again. 

as i mentioned before, bess kindly tagged me in a post with some questions. here are my answers:

What do you think of when you the hear the word tag?
summer nights. chirping crickets. red popsicles. limeade. off bugspray.

Do you think you're hot?
through this long texas summer i know i'm hot... er, that was what you meant, wasn't it??

Upload a picture or wallpaper that you're using at the moment.
see egg.

When was the last time you ate chicken?
last week - drumsticks! 

The song(s) you listened to recently.
Body & Soul by Susan Ashton - on the way to my job interview. It reminded me that I am so much more than acceptances or rejections by potential employers. 

What were you thinking as you were doing this?
How much i've missed blogging and writing and reading my favorite blogs.

Do you have nicknames? What are they?
My aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces - sometimes my brothers - call me Demi. My kids call me Mama (though my youngest has just begun, endearingly, to call me mommy for the first time). Friends often call me Dem. Kids at the school where I worked took to calling me Mrs. B - which I love because that's what my Grammie's students used to call her. And speaking of grandmothers, these are my favorite nicknames: Grammie called me Sweet Pea, and my Grandmommie (still with us at 90 years old!) calls me Doll. The sound of their voices blessing me with affection is like warm honey... I will carry those memories with me to the other side one day.

Tag 8 blogger friends...

1.  Jessica Lemmon
2.  Alison Treat
3.  Kat Magendie
4.  Hillary Raining
5.  Lena Roy
6.  Amanda Bindel
7.  Stacy Mayfield
8.  Nolan

Who's listed as No. 1?
Jessica Lemmon is one of the first bloggers I connected with online.  Her blog "Smile, Feel Good" lives up to its name so very well :)  And she can write love scenes.

Say something about No. 5
I learned about Lenda Roy from my dear friend Alison Treat.  What I know about Lena is that she is a fabulous published writer, a faithful blogger and that even though she is Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter, she is (as I suspect was the case with her grandmother, too) a gracious and grounded soul.

How did you get to know No. 3?
Kat is another magnanimous blogger and talented published author. She is so committed to the concept of community among writers that she takes a blog walk many Sunday mornings, making a point to visit blogs she's never visited before.  She visited here and left a kind comment once and has come back again to share her writing.  She is also an editor for the Rose & Thorn journal - where I published my first short story early this year!

How about No. 4.
I met Hillary in Pennsylvania. She is one of the coolest, hippest people I know, not to mention the fact that she's a gorgeous young wife, mom, and Episcopal priest. Seriously. AND she's doing a super-ambitious thing this year - trying something new each and every day and then blogging about it.  Her blog, 365 Alive is fun to read and a true inspiration.

Leave a message for No. 6.
Amanda, see you on Sunday! Thank you for all you do for the children of St. Julian's and also for your bright smile :) 

Leave a lovey dovey message for No. 2.
Alison, you are one of my favorite people in the world. I will always remember and cherish the gift of our writing group and the nine years we spent building our friendships and nurturing each other as we shared our dreams, fears, and hopes about writing. I love you!!

Do No. 7 and No. 8 have any similarities?
They both have a wicked sense of humor :)

Tag to you, bloggy friends!!

see you all, sooner than later. promise. please write (by clicking comments below) and tell me what you're incubating right now? what are you working on, thinking about, wishing for? or just write me a story :)