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The past 10 days have been exhausting. Not only have I been buried in blogs, articles, calls with editors and clients, I was on Long Island for a week (remember my last visit to Rocky Point), and then back to Raleigh for poetrySPARK, and then across North Carolina to drag races.

russian magnetsMy boyfriend’s parents were traveling again so I tended to the dogs in between blogs. I really like their kitchen magnets. They are from Russia and they’ve got my lovely North Carolina next to the Russian doll magnets.

Rocky Point BeachEnjoyed a run every morning on the beach before sitting down to write all day.

minion cupcakes

Despicable Me Cupcakes

Got a giggle from the creativity of Tilda’s, the local bakery in my hometown.

motorcycle repairAfter working, my boyfriend showed me how to change the clutch, brakes, and bleed the brake lines on his motorcycle. I did both brakes myself!

lombardis port jeff

Dad’s birthday brunch

We also celebrated my dad’s birthday.

I have written about SPARKcon several times over the years. I started volunteering with this fantastic festival in 2008. I started at the info booth, and then migrated into poetrySPARK, starting Poetry on Demand in 2010.

poetryspark 2013

Writing poems on demand.

This weekend we wrote 167 poems in 4 hours! (Remember, Poets Make More Than Minimum Wage.)

The last day of this week of adventures was outside Charlotte, for top fuel drag races. This was my first time attending a car race. The poetic way of describing top fuel is “like having someone throw thunder at you.”

Now as a new week is starting it seems like this year is racing to an end. Lots of fall writer news to come. Fuel up.