Quick Update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update of some kind on here. So here’s a summary of what I’ve been up to.

The Open Mic & Potluck Extravaganza at Grub Street on July 12th was so much fun! It was great to hear a wide range of works, from poetry to excerpts from novels and short stories – even parts of a published essay about living in a Guatemalan village for a year. (That last one was eye-opening and entertaining, and probably my favorite of the night.) It was also good to get people’s feedback on the two (new) poems I read. Now I can’t wait to return to Grub Street next weekend for a workshop on character development in novel-writing.

Unfortunately, due to a change in plans, I’m no longer able to attend tonight’s Open Mic Night at the Catbird Cafe in Weymouth. I am tentatively targeting a September date to return there and will let you know when I’m more certain about it.

The Summer 2013 issue of Soul-Lit, which features my poem “Elegy,” should be coming out very soon. I’ll share the link with you as soon as it’s available!

Music-wise, my review of Agharti’s debut album Change should be online at Sonic Cathedral any day now. In the meantime, I have finished a review of Second Empire’s self-titled EP and will start writing soon about The Jessica Prouty Band’s upcoming third album Set Me Free. I actually caught a JPB show in my hometown a few days ago, and really enjoyed it! Fun, energetic hard rock with a blues base. JPB played several original songs as well as covers of Led Zeppelin, Joan Jett, Evanescence, Blink-182, and Paramore. If you like some or all of those bands, chances are you’ll enjoy The Jessica Prouty Band.

Still making progress on the book, too! At this rate, the next “Chronicling The Craft” article will probably go online sometime in August. It’s tough to fit in time for it with a full-time job and other commitments (both writing and outside of writing). But so far, I’m happy with the pace as well as the progress I’ve made so far.

Finally, just a reminder that you can also follow me on FacebookClick here to visit and “like” my page, where you can read about my writing projects, upcoming events, and lots more in the realms of music, writing, and literature.

Have a good weekend!

~ Sara

Mark Your Calendars: Open Mic Nights in July

I’ve been neglectful in the past of updating my website with events or open mic nights I plan on attending. This will change going forward. I’ve also been looking for a calendar widget to add to my sidebar, but it doesn’t look like WordPress has such a thing yet…?

Anyway, here are two upcoming open mic nights where you can catch me reading some of my poems:

Open Mic / Potluck Extravaganza*
Friday, July 12th
Grub Street Headquarters
Boston, MA
* Attendance for this event is limited to participants who RSVP in advance.

Open Mic Night at the Catbird Café
Saturday, July 20th
New England Wildlife Center
Weymouth, MA

Catbird Café’s Open Mic Night on July 20th is also Bellydance Night. So, in addition to musicians and poets, local bellydancers will perform that night. I’ve attended one Bellydance Night previously, and it adds a unique spark to an already creative evening.

I hope to see some of you at either event!

The Boston Marathon 2013

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Many of you may have read or heard about the bombings at the Boston Marathon this past Monday. As a writer who lives in the area (about 30 miles outside of Boston, Massachusetts) and visits the city several times each year, I’ve been struggling to collect my thoughts – mostly because they’ve been a swirling eddy of emotions. This was a signal from my soul that I needed to write to express what I was feeling. And I did. I drafted the original version of this blog entry on Wednesday and Thursday, and originally intended to post it on Friday afternoon.

That all changed Friday morning, however, with the manhunt in Greater Boston and the related events that transpired. Some parts of yesterday hit much too close to home for me. So I re-wrote the blog entry to what it is today.

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Field Trip: 1st Annual Boston Book Festival!

So I braved the wind and the rain on Saturday to go to the first annual Boston Book Festival.  It was an all-day event held at and around Copley Square, with exhibits, lectures, readings, free food, and interactive events for people who write or enjoy poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.  Oh, and there were plenty for kids to do, too.

So below is a report of my “field trip,” complete with photos.  Pardon my photography – I’m not the best, but I try!

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