Beans: A Warm Up Poem

Like thousands of other writers, I will be participating in National Novel Writing Month.

To warm up each morning, or at least until I run out of steam, I will write an original poem on this blog.

I’ll start early with this one. It is about cooking dried beans. If you need an idea today, try writing about something you have cooked, about an evocative scent, or about time.


Last night,
after buying a bag
of dried
navy beans
in the most
crowded aisle
of the grocery store,
I measured
two cups of
the small white
seeds into a bowl
I bought too long
ago to remember
and covered them
with water.
All night,
while autumn
breezes rustled
brittle cottonwood
leaves outside
our closed windows,
they plumped up
until, as the sun
rose, I rinsed
and poured them
into the crockery
cooker, where
now they simmer,
filling the house
with the perfume
of Italian spices
and time.

copyright Linda J. Armstrong 10/22/2012 All rights reserved


18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done | Anastasia Suen’s Blog

This book (18 Minutes) sounds interesting. Anastasia Suen, a prolific blogger and author recommends it, and she reads a lot of books of this sort. I haven’t read it yet, but thought I’d pass it along.

18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done | Anastasia Suen’s Blog.

While we’re on the subject of time management and accomplishing things, I have read The Now Habit, several times. I need to read it again, or at least skim it. It makes some simple recommendations that are remarkably effective.

  • Set goals and re-evaluate them periodically.
  • Sign or clock in when you start working. Sign out when you stop.
  • Take regular breaks, just as you would at your job.
  • Schedule time each day and each week  to reward yourself for hard work with an activity that is pure pleasure.

I’m not the only fan. LifeHacker has summarized The Now Habit beautifully in this article: (Click on the link below. It’s well worth the read. The book is still available, too. You might even be able to check it out from your local library.)


Crowe’s Nest: Lisa: The Clock is Ticking

Here I am, surfing the Internet again instead of working on my book. Sara Crowe, an agent with Harvey Kinger, Inc. must be watching. She addresses this problem and other time management issues facing writers in this helpful post.

Crowe’s Nest: Lisa: The Clock is Ticking.