So…it’s been awhile.

Hello fellow bloggers! After a 7 year break, I decided to dust off the old laptop and jump back into the world of WordPress. A lot has happened in the past 7 years. I started this blog back in June 2011 initially as a way to work on creative writing pieces. Once in the WordPress community, I discovered there were so many possibilities to express my creativity beyond mere words and used this blog to experiment with various artforms.

One thing that I truly enjoyed during the 3 years of activity was the community and support I found through this blog. Not long after creating this site, I had family issues to work through and this blog became a significant way for me to work through the grieving process after my grandmother became unexpectedly ill in the summer of 2011. Her health and livelihood quickly degraded over the next 8 month until she eventually passed away in the spring of 2012. During the time, we never received a solid answer as to what caused her downfall and I had to step in and help take care of her while also holding down a full time job.

Looking back on that time, not only did the grieving process take longer than I’d like to admit, but I wasn’t happy with my career either. I had a good job that utilized my skill sets-and I was good at what I did, but I didn’t have any particular ambition. To some extent I felt I was going through the motions and just floating along. This blog was something that gave me focus, and I did publish a few pieces of poetry during this time- as well as create a spec script that I entered into a competition.

Once I gained traction with my writing, I was spending less time on this blog. I had started to find some direction in terms of my personal and professional growth. In 2015, I switched jobs and have quickly progressed forward in my current organization. Which is great, but I put a pause on creative pursuits during this time. Now I’m at a point where I’ve found some clarity in my professional growth, I’m ready to also find creative growth.

So- I’m back. I’m not sure right now how often I’ll post. My goal is at least once a week.

I’m curious how many of you who never unfollowed me are still active here on WordPress. In time I’ll visit your blogs and get back into the WP community. I hope you’re all doing well and staying healthy in these uncertain times. Hasta luego!

Eerie red/orange glow of the sun at 4pm – Fall 2020.

Unstrung Magazine Summer Issue

Hi there!

Quick post today.  The Summer 2014 issue of Unstrung Magazine, published by the Arizona Consortium for the Arts, was published this weekend. I have a couple of poems in this issue. Below is the link if you care to check it out.

http://www.theblueguitarmagazine.org/resources/UNSTRUNG+summer+2014.pdf

Happy reading!

Spam Comment of the Week: July 16 2014

Although I’ve been away from the blog for a few months, the spam comments have not subsided. Below are recent spam comments sitting in my pending queue for approval.

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Let me take a moment to discuss each comment.

1. Good post. I’m facing some of these issues as well…

The spam comment above was in response to my blog post How the CDC Can Help You Survive Your Zombie Wedding. I’m intrigued that someone may have faced some of the issues outlined in that particular blog post.

2. certainly like your web site however you have to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I to find it very bothersome to inform the truth nevertheless I’ll definitely come back again.

I find it bothersome to follow sentences without capitalization and lack of proper punctuation. Zing! Take that Mr. car quote insurances.

3. I’m not typing out the whole quote on this one. I just wanted to point out one piece of the comment.

You managed to hit the nail upon the top…

Love it. This had to be a translation because most of us know this phrase as “hit the nail on the head.”

That’s all for this week. Tune in next time for Fun with Spammers!

July Update

Hello! I know I’ve been away for awhile. What can I say, the first half of the year just seems so hectic that blogging takes a step to the side. I recently logged into WP and saw that my blog still shows signs of life, so I thought I should take a few minutes to post something and get up to date with my fellow bloggers. Continue reading

Spam Comment of the Week: January 5 2014

This week’s spam comment is short and sweet.

emailed this siteI constantly emailed this web site post page to all my friends, for the reason that if like to read it next, my friends will too.

Well hey there Guillermo Stonor – I am glad you enjoyed my blog post, but I am betting that you no longer have any friends to constantly email at this point.

 

Spam Comment of the Week: December 29

Hard to believe, this is the last Spam Comment of the Week for 2013.

This spam comment reminds us of why we just aren’t quite ready to let machines completely do all our work for us.  This comment reeks of translation software.

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I am not dependable qualification it is just my machine, on the contrary I am unable to view approximately of your images fittingly. I am using Chrome on the contrary a quantity of equipment are not loading. Shared Networking Software

Spotlight Awards 2013: Reader’s Picks

Hello everyone!  I still cannot believe that 2013 is almost over.  I couldn’t let 2013 slip away without awarding a round of Spotlight Awards.  Because I’ve been a fair-weather blogger this year, I haven’t spent much time on WordPress. When I did hop on, I mostly visited blog I already followed. Therefore, I turned over the nomination process to my audience.

I want to thank all of you who took time to send me a cool blog to check out. The blogs featured in this round of Spotlight Awards have very unique themes. I’m not sure if I would have come across these blogs on my own.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Locomotive

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge from The Daily Post challenges us to post a photo where one thing is the focal point.  Flipping through my library of photos, I found a picture where the focal point is hard to miss.  While strolling through Heritage Park in Downtown Phoenix last spring, I snapped a picture of this locomotive which is encased in glass.

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This is only one of 75 steam locomotives built by the Davenport Locomotive Works (of Davenport Iowa). This locomotive, built in 1905, would routinely travel the Tombstone and Southern Railroads in Arizona.

Spam Comment of the Week: December 22

Here is another fun spam comment.  While the comment makes a discernible point, the topic has nothing to do with the blog post. Also, the comment only raises more questions.

death metal

Good post nevertheless We have a concern : death metal is certainly not strictly speaking heavy metal when you look at artists love immortal, Sewer and also Darkthrone it is very similar to rock-and-roll excellent

Huh? I have a few questions/ concerns regarding your comment dear spammer.

1. Who exactly is “we”?

2. Please learn to use punctuation.

3. From my recollections of heavy metal, is not death metal a sub-genre of heavy metal? If so, this factoid would negate your statement.

4. Based on what you may know of me from my blog, do you actually think I will take the time to look up any of these bands you mentioned to decide if your statement is indeed valid?

5. How is this relevant to the post Spotlight Nominations?

Crazy spammers.

Last Call for Nominations

There is still time to nominate a blog to be featured in an upcoming post on NMNPHX.  I will handout a round of Spotlights sometime after the Christmas holiday and I am welcoming suggestions from fellow bloggers. If there a blog that you feel is awesome and could use some attention, shoot me a message between now and Dec. 23rd in the form below or leave a comment.

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Year in Review 2013

I can’t believe 2013 is almost over!  This year truly seemed to whiz by like a…well I can’t think of a good analogy.  Anyhow, just as I did last year, I took some time this week to check out my stats on this site over the past year.  Now, I understand I wasn’t as prolific with my blog posts as I was in 2012, but I have to say I was surprised that my top viewed posts in 2013 were posts I wrote in 2012. Continue reading

Commuter Chronicles #13: Extra Lighting

A few months back, in the height of the summer, I spotted this light rail passenger sitting at the stop with presumably a new purchase.

Light Rail Lamp

 

From my vantage point across the street, it looked like a lamp.  I was so glad to be taking the express bus home instead of the light rail that day.  The light rail trains are usually packed at that hour. I was stunned when this woman found enough space to squeeze into the train with the over-sized lamp.