New tidbits plus an old interview at Birds of Lace

Last week was a rough one for me - and this week started out that way too - lots of stress, frustration, sadness, and more - BUT, I cannot allow myself to focus on the negative or frustrating stuff - I must continue to try my best!

Yesterday, I started feeling better while painting a skull box. I've also been working on a new article (using several of the last few blog posts below, slightly updated and revised) plus more and I've also been working on the next Thirteen Myna Birds update, which will hopefully happen later today.

Today there is a new online version of an older (poetry-oriented) interview with me that was originially published in a print publication called Freshette - and is now available online at Birds of Lace (thank you Gina Abelkop!).

I remember receiving the print version while I was still in the hospital shortly after my stroke last year, so I wrote this content over a year ago, but it is still good to see it online now.

Here's a snippet: "every once in a while, I get in a mode in which I start thinking about the possible pointlessness of it all or maybe even the frivolousness of it all or maybe even the self-indulgence involved with investing so much time and energy into creating these little art projects that probably mostly just matter to me. However, we all have to find our sense of special meaning and significance somewhere—for some, it’s in the camaraderie surrounding sports, for some it’s through religious beliefs, for some it’s political activism, for some it’s careerism... For me, it’s poetry. I feel that this realm is where my voice truly belongs and can most authentically express itself, whether or not my expressions resonate for others."

Read more by clicking the link: http://birdsoflace.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/an-interview-wjuliet-cook/