I'm a Northwest Writer/Poet. Host and curate both monthly and special event readings in the Puget Sound (Seattle, Kirkland). Co-wrote the mystery-suspense novel The Glass Cocoon. Latest poetry collection is: Ignition: Poem Starters, Septolets, Statements & Double Dog Dares. My blog is Poetry is Everything (search PoetryIsEverything to find it). Every April I encourage participating in NaPoWriMo (for National Poetry Month). Every August I've been participating in the Poetry Post-Card project. Several Articles, Reviews, Essays I've penned have been published in regional and national newspapers and magazine.
Also have a poem included in wonderful anthology of 42 Northwest Poets called Many Trails to the Summit from Rose Alley Press.
In 2009 a friend of mine produced a 76 minute spoken word CD called Radio Pictures; Aural Anxieties, featuring Pulitzer and Grammy Nominated Poet Michael C. Ford, reading poems with me.
Writing should be its own reward. Most writers do not make enough to support themselves through writing. Write what you want, how you want, to please yourself and perhaps imagine one other person in the room that you are writing for (a loved one, a relative). Write with authenticity from the belly and from the heart. Those who are interested in improving their communication skills and developing a distinct writing voice get my respect and admiration. Most aspects of writing can be learned with time, some study and practice, practice, practice. Writing is a discipline. Sometimes it is joyous.
Epinions is far from a perfect online community and has been through several awkward changes yet continues to survive. Sometimes technical issues here are frustrating to deal with but you'll find some excellent writers and many interesting helpful truthful reviews to read. Glad to be writing here.
Challenge yourself to write better than you did yesterday.
Christopher J. Jarmick
the grass is mowed on time
and the pruning gets done
at the house
where the writer