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Writing Another Chapter

If you’re reading this, you may be interested to know that I started a new blog, A.D. Joyce–poetry and the butterfly psyche. I already have two posts up. Take a look and maybe even subscribe! Also, I have a new Twitter account, @ad__joyce, so follow me there, too.

From now on, I’ll blog infrequently at Sweepy Jean Explores the World, if at all, and I will soon dismantle the @sweepyjean twitter account.

So what’s the deal? Well, this blog started off as a way  to stretch my limits and get rid of inhibitions as a writer.

I very quickly found a way to write authentically. People loved the “Sweepy Jean” moniker but eventually I was able to be more open about who I am as a real person living on Earth. Sometimes, though, I found that I was writing myself into other boxes, fighting against the idea of branding, rejecting the notion that the “MFA” type of writing was the benchmark  for good poetry, and struggling with traditional concepts of how a poet is supposed to build an audience. I’ve figured out some things but not everything, and I don’t really want to get to the point where I know it all. I truly embrace my stance as a perpetual student of poetry and life.

One of the things I’ve done to try to work out the answers to these questions is  a “game” I called 1 + 1 Wednesday, a weekly post I started here and eventually created a separate blog for. I invited readers to leave two words in the comment section and I did the same. The words could be related to any random thing. I saw it as a way to look at language and meaning differently and to shake up our thought patterns.

Then I ran the Third Sunday Blog Carnival. Again, the idea was to promote free self expression among writers, expand our readership, share the collective knowledge.

“Sweepy Jean” was always the go-to blog for personal expression. But although I’m still an explorer, it’s been a while since I was Sweepy. She has long become a third person pronoun; now it’s time to completely step out of that shadow to let Adriene shine. (As most of  you know, A.D. Joyce is the name I use to sign my poetry. “A.D.” is a nickname for Adriene and Joyce is my middle name.)

Whereas in this blog I did a lot of explaining myself and public self analysis, my new blog will not contain much of that at all. The archives will remain here if you want to read personal details about me. Over at A.D. Joyce–poetry and the butterfly psyche, I’ll be transparent and self expressive in a way that will remain undefined, at least by me. But as always I hope you will find something there for you.

© Sweepy Jean and Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World, 2014

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My Blog Is a Toddler

It’s my two-year blog anniversary!

It’s nice that my blogiversaries are in December because they coincide with the time of the year when many of us become particularly introspective and self assessing. ‘Round these parts, it’s a dark time of year in a literal sense with the short winter days and long nights. I thrive in the darkness. The darkness is where I go when I write no matter what my physical surroundings are or what I’m writing about. I’m not afraid of the dark. It’s quiet and beautiful.

If 2010 was the year in which I allowed myself to express exactly what I was feeling, 2011 was the year of running around naked experimenting with the flexibility of language. My weekly 1 + 1 Wednesday, which I started a year ago almost to the day, was the beginning of that exploration. With the help of everyone who participated in that group activity, I gained a better understanding of the relationship between words and communication between people. Another foray was a spin in the Daisy Lemmas Riff, a fun group exercise in short story writing.

This also was the year during which I participated for the first time in National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo)–a challenge of producing a poem a day for the month of April. I posted the poems here and as each day went by felt more and more raw and exposed.  Oddly enough, it was a good feeling. I came to understand more clearly how my poetry relates to my everyday life. I also realized that over the years, the language of poetry has become second nature to me. Like many writers, there are times when I doubt myself but after NaPoWriMo–and my compiling an ebook of the poems I wrote that month, along with a running commentary–those same doubts don’t exist.

My favorite post this year? By far it was Like Love Hate. On the surface it is simply a chart of words that show what I like, love, and hate, in that order. However, by design, the reader had to figure everything out intuitively as nothing is spelled out explicitly. While some of the word groups have literal meanings with no ambiguity, others are more emotionally charged or have associations that are not immediately obvious. I spent weeks thinking about the concept before I wrote a single word, then days writing and editing it. In my heart of hearts, I consider it to be an experimental poem.

I’m really excited about my online life for the coming year, particularly a blog carnival I’m hosting called Third Sunday. I’ll talk more about it in another post: Suffice it to say that it’s an unexpected turn of events but it is also something that feels like a natural thing for me to do. I’m looking forward to seeing how it grows and evolves.

Thank you so much for reading my blog. Peace and love to you for the new year and always.

© Sweepy Jean and Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World, 2011

1 Plus 1 Went Thataway

Hello, Party People! If you are looking for 1 + 1 Wednesday, the writing prompt/word game, head on over to the new home of 1 +1 Wednesday at http://1plus1wednesday.blogspot.com!

Why?

Why, you ask, have I moved 1 + 1 Wednesday from here to it’s new home at http://1plus1wednesday.blogspot.com?

Well, it was something I was thinking about doing for months now, but was always too lazy busy to do it. I felt as if the 1 + 1 Wednesday posts were a different breed from the regular posts in a way that is not entirely compatible. I think the two kinds of posts deserve their own space to breathe and be what they want to be with the other one bitching about it.

Or maybe that’s my addiction talking and in three months time, I’ll have thought of excuses to generate as many as five more blogs.

So What’s the Plan?

So, what’s the plan, you ask? I plan to continue where I left off here to write 1 + 1 Wednesday posts every week over at http://1plus1wednesday.blogspot.com. Just follow the arrows. I truly hope you’ll visit me there each week.

Over here, I’ll continue to write, explore, and spill my guts in a more or less regular but equally as haphazard way, hoping you’ll continue to bear with me. Thanks for your support!

© Sweepy Jean and Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World, 2011

1 + 1: Emily Dickinson Edition

Water, is taught by thirst.
Land—by the Oceans passed.
Transport—by throe—
Peace—by its battles told—
Love, by Memorial Mold—
Birds, by the Snow.

— Emily Dickinson

[Ain’t it the truth?]

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Welcome to 1 + 1 Wednesday!

Share two words in the comments section on any theme whatsoever!

Your two words can be simple, complex, or completely random. Say something important, or make no sense whatsoever. Feel free to comment as many times as you want with two-word combinations.

No restriction on language except no slurs against race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. Such comments will not be approved or will be deleted as soon as I’m able.

To see an example of how to play, click here to see last week’s 1 + 1!

Become a fan of  1 + 1 at http://www.facebook.com/1plus1wednesday and invite your friends to join, too!

Enjoy!

© Sweepy Jean and Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World, 2011

1 + 1: Random Shuffle Edition

Not for nothin’, here are the first 20 songs with two-word titles that came up on my MP3 player during a random shuffle:

Good Times – Chic
The Scientist – Coldplay
Alphabet St. – Prince
Black Butterfly – Denise Williams
Black Water – The Doobie Brothers
Eleanor Rigby – Stanley Jordan
Rocket Love – Stevie Wonder
Broken Wings – Mr. Mister
Lonely Days – Bee Gees
Rock Star – N.E.R.D.
Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
Love Gun -Cee Lo Green
Feelin’ Good – Nina Simone
Glamorous Life – Sheila E
Der Kommissar – Falco
Gold Watch – Lupe Fiasco
Deep Water – Seal
Wishing Well – Terence Trent Darby
Hot Thing – Talib Kweli
Sweet Love – Anita Baker

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Welcome to 1 + 1 Wednesday!

Go to the comments section and share two words on any theme whatsoever.

Your two words can be simple, complex, or completely random. Say something important, or make no sense whatsoever. Feel free to comment as many times as you want with two-word combinations.

No restriction on language except no slurs against race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. Such comments will not be approved or will be deleted as soon as I’m able.

Click here to see last week’s 1 + 1 in action and get an example of how to play!

Become a fan of  1 + 1 fan page at http://www.facebook.com/1plus1wednesday and invite your friends to join, too!

Have fun!

© Sweepy Jean and Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World, 2011

1 + 1: Bene Gesserit Edition

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

–The Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear; from the novel Dune, a modern masterpiece by Frank Herbert

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Welcome to 1 + 1 Wednesday!

I invite you to go to the comments section and share two words on any theme whatsoever.

Your two words can be simple, complex, or completely random. Say something important, or make no sense whatsoever. Feel free to comment as many times as you want with two-word combinations.

No restriction on language except no slurs against race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. Such comments will not be approved or will be deleted as soon as I’m able.

Need an example of how to play? Click here to see last week’s 1 + 1 in action!

Become a fan of  1 + 1 fan page at http://www.facebook.com/1plus1wednesday and invite your friends to join, too!

Follow 1 + 1 on Twitter at http://twitter.com/1plus1wednesday.

Have fun!

© Sweepy Jean and Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World, 2011

1 + 1: “Looking for Guest Posts” Edition

Friends, Writers, Poets: Lend me your words! I want to shake things up around here!

Whether we’re blogging buddies or if this is your first visit, I’m open!

Wouldn’t your blog post enjoy a change of scenery? There is so much creative energy flowing in the blogiverse, I’d be honored to host your piece. I have a few writing projects going that are taking time away from blogging, but I still want to keep things fresh.

This a personal/poetry blog, but I write about a lot of topics. Would you would be interested in writing a guest post about the following:

– Personal experiences
– A poem
– A short story
– The writing life (any genre; thoughts, advice, tips)
– The arts
– Relationships
– Gender roles
– Armchair philosophy

New friends and old:
DM me on Twitter

@sweepyjean
@1plus1wednesday

Message me on Facebook
Sweepy Jean

or email me

Oh, and look me up (Sweepy Jean) on Google +

P.S. This is a standing offer. No expiration date!

P.S.S Don’t forget to play 1 + 1 Wednesday (see below)!

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Every week, I invite you to go to the comments section and share two words on any theme whatsoever.

Your two words can be simple, complex, or completely random. Say something important, or make no sense whatsoever. Feel free to comment as many times as you want with two-word combinations.

No restriction on language except no slurs against race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. Such comments will not be approved or will be deleted as soon as I’m able.

Need an example of how to play? Click here to see last week’s 1 + 1 in action!

Become a fan of  1 + 1 at http://www.facebook.com/1plus1wednesday and invite your friends to join, too!

Have fun!

© Sweepy Jean and Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World, 2011

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