Monday, August 28, 2006

Painting Again

Yes, I've been painting again. We finally took on the ceiling of our den. So far we've painted half of the ceiling. We'll conquer the other half tomorrow. Ceilings are no fun to paint. Period.


Has your summer been a productive one? The jury's still out on mine, since I'm still on summer vacation until the 27th of September, though technically I start doing school work much earlier.

It's hard for me to measure what's productive for me nowadays. In grad school, I remember I was banging out poems weekly. Nowadays, it's taken a lot more prodding to get me to come to the writing desk. August was a productive month, but mainly because I've been forcing myself to write.

I suppose my mantra should be "You can't revise a blank page." I've written lots of stuff this month that definitely needs revision.


Rick's writing fabulous stuff about the sentence on his blog. Check it out.

It's made me think about my process with the prose poem vs. my lineated stuff. I tend to write in longer independent clauses with my verse. In my prose poems I mix and match a lot more. In a sense, I'm more economical with my prose poems which may make them a bit more abstract, language-wise.


Rick said...

Hey Oliver--

I may be "brilliant," but you're the one who can do stuff with a chainsaw. Chainsaw beats brilliant any day.

I'm not doing Bumbershoot, but I am doing the Puyallup Rodeo. If you want to meet up for coffee and Open Books while you're down here, let me know.


Oliver de la Paz said...


Come up here and I'll teach you how to use a chainsaw. ;)

And what's up with the rodeo? Tight jeans and chaps?

Patrick's heading this way on the 6th, by the way. I'll chat with you about this via back channel.

barbara jane said...

amen on the chainsaw. i myself have just learned how to use a power tool - left-handed - and ooh, sexy.

sexy loft, sexy power tool.