Since I'm querying REINS OF THUNDER my book about Roman Chariot Racing, I thought it would be fun to add a little footage of modern day chariot fun. This is my sweet horse Max (he's the grey) learning to drive a chariot. Although, my older mare Doll is the one acting like she's never driven. Silly mare.
Join me at the Flights of Foundry virtual convention April 17- 18, 2021. Flights of Foundry highlights speculative creators: writers, artists, game makers, and podcasters. Participate in a panel, reading, workshop, or join a space to connect with another creative! If you are a dreamer, thinker, and/or a doer sign up for the FREE conference: https://flights-of-foundry.org/ .
April 16th 23:00 – 23:50 Workshop: Rein It In: How to write more realistically about horses.
April 17th - 19:00-20:00 Horse Lovers Meet Up
April 19th - 1:00 – 01:50 Measuring Podcasting Success Moderators: Sarah Faxon Speakers: Morrigan Puhr, M. S. Ewing, Theresa Halvorsen
Writin" Rascals is excited to announce the winner of our first annual Earth Day Poetry Contest.
Rachel T. Smith
Rachel T. Smith is an American writer and physical therapist living in Germany, temporarily. She enjoys writing poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. She posts weekly on her Insta-Haiku account @racheltsmith_writer, to honor her first poetry professor.
Her poem "Emptying the Sink" explores the global destruction of the planet through the eyes of a mundane housewife who feels ineffectual. It reminds of the struggles and importance of caring!
Emptying the Sink
Her head down, shoulders slumped, ignoring
the intermittent neck pain of years
that was the last of it, what if
swirling down the drain
disappearing into a euphemism
the water’s useless flow, someone’s last sip
in the sink apocalyptic landscapes
dust clouds and dirt faces
out the window monotonous placation
concrete and characterless
toweling the dishes dry, worrying
about the day it runs out
trees to make paper, food to make children
her husband’s accusations of apathy, ignoring
her concerns of suffocating
when the oxygen is gone
she thinks, what would happen
to their marriage if she never again
emptied the sink
she thinks about people like her, ineffective
with more thoughts than actions, she sees
her husband’s blank stare
an attempt at attrition, she
hears him say, no one cares about killing butterflies
- Rachel T. Smith
Congratulations to Gabriel Angel for advancing to the California State competition with his paper on the Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson. Not only is his paper well researched and thoughtfully written, Gabriel tackled the project with great responsibility and care as the president of our Mesa Linda Environmental Club! I was so proud to work on the project as your sponsor! Great Work!
Congratulations to Kamaya Marks for winning the 1st Annual Mesa Linda Black History Month Contest. Her essay on the life and legacy of Beyoncé Knowles not only inspired her classmates, it inspired the judges as well. I am so proud to have been a part of her development as a scholar and writer. I know she will continue to use writing to follow her dream of becoming a student athlete who lights up not only the basketball court, but the pages as well! GO KAMAYA!