In the 10 years I’ve had this blog, I’ve learned a lot. I’m proud to continue writing and posting, and delighted with my widespread, if modest, readership. Thank you for visiting me here.
In 2008, I started a little blog, on a WordPress site set up for me by the lovely Frontenac House, who published my inaugural book of poetry, Fifth World Drum.
The blog, which i named Fifth World Journal, was great fun to write, for a time. Then, for reasons that would require too long a post, the site went off-line for a time. By the time everything was repaired and ready to get back blogging, two big things had changed.
One was, i found a group in another country had taken on the name ‘Fifth World Journal,’ for their site about ecumenical issues. Interesting, i thought, and felt both flattered and annoyed.
The second thing was, i became Poet Laureate of my city, Edmonton. For two years, all my writer energy has been taken up with that post, and with my writing facilitator job.
Well, it’s a new day. My civic posting complete, i’m a free-range blogger once again. So, this is my Fifth World Journal at Prairiepomes.com
Prairiepomes? It’s been my handle for years and years, and this time, i figured out to register it! Pomes – in case you didn’t know – are a particular style of fruit, exemplified by apples, belonging to the rose family. But why? Why? i could wax pretentious about how my work is the fruit of living in this particular northern prairie province for so much of my life – but, do you really care? It sounds fun, right? prairiepomes. I like it.
So, I hope, will you.
This, by the way, is my listing as a proud member of The Writers Union of Canada.
Finally, a note to educators, as someone who occasionally calls herself that, too:
Access to this blog is free. I get no pay for posting here. I’m okay with that, because this site supports, and sometimes leads to, paid work, and I may yet monetize it directly.*
However, if you find yourself relying upon access to free sites for any substantial amount of the material you need for teaching, I ask you to consider supporting Access Copyright in the work to ensure that writes like me are paid for our intellectual labour, and for the ways that our work builds a more informed, civilized and interesting culture.
*Curious about how much writers make? Here’s the skinny: What Writers Make