Jobs, and Words, and Cows– Oh My! (guest post)

February 23, 2009

Normally, I am usually more of a blog “stalker” than a blog writer, but that’s not to say I’ve never contemplated it. So, I present to you, my first official attempt at blogging, as Nicole Pervere, the newest Inkberry intern.

First of all, I am absolutely enthralled to be experiencing what it’s like to have a “real” job. I love the independence that Inkberry gives me to work at my own pace, and to not have my hand held every step of the way. I like that I am able to learn from any mistakes I might make, instead of being in fear of doing something even slightly wrong. For this reason I really enjoy working for the Inkberry staff.

I’ve just realized that this is an awfully formal sounding blog, and I am not a terribly formal person. (At least I’ve already warned you that I’m not an experienced blogger!) Anyway, the horrible work experience I alluded to above, is from a job that I have been working at for far too long. I usually work at said job (I won’t name any names) when I go home if I’m feeling desperate for money, otherwise, I’ll take painstaking measures to avoid it.

When I’m not dreading working while home, I like reading and writing (which I don’t do nearly enough of anymore!), spending time with friends, and animals (yes, animals; I love them all), and believe it or not, I’m a pretty avid videogame player, and from time to time, I’m not too bad at it either!

I love nature and the outdoors, and could never give up the country life. In my future I see myself having a couple dogs, and couple (orange!) cats, some chickens for fresh eggs, ducks because they’re just so cute, and a vegetable garden for fresh veggies all summer! As for a future job, well, that’s pretty much still undetermined, but I do really enjoy editing other people’s writing.

I also love baking, and eating what I bake, and eating what I’m baking in the process of making it. Luckily, I don’t bake too often! Once I learn to cook decently well, I think I’ll make a pretty good wife someday! 😉 But for now, you can find me here, diligently typing at the keyboard, or, practicing the current love of my life, yoga!

Or, you might find me hanging out with this cow!

Or, you might find me hanging out with this cow!

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March inkmail…from Stockholm!

April 21, 2008

I wrote this post back in March…and accidentally “saved” the draft, rather than “publishing” it. Mea culpa! Here ’tis, belated but no less heartfelt. – RB

This month’s inkmail was written by Patty Crane, an Inkberry board member emerita. She’s a fantastic poet (you can read three of her poems here in Ars Interpres, an international poetry journal) and she’s one of our very favorite people. She’s also now living in Sweden.

Greetings from Stockholm, where the days are growing steadily longer and the return of light feels like the physical and emotional equivalent of taking a long, deep breath. After seven months living here, experiencing the cultures of an open-bordered society, learning the language and mores, I find myself drawn, in my reading, to an array of prose and poetry that crosses borders of some kind—continents, cultures, religions, gender roles, and languages, to name a few…

Read the whole thing here. Thanks for writing for us, Patty!


February inkmail

February 4, 2008

The February edition of inkmail was emailed out over the weekend, and appears now on the Inkberry website. This one’s written by board member Tom Bernard, and offers answers to questions like “how should we entertain ourselves in the time before baseball season begins?”

The new inkmail also makes makes mention of Lighten Up!, a light verse / doggerel workshop taught by Seth Brown which begins tomorrow, February 5; Seth’s a funny guy and a fabulous writer, so if this appeals, sign up now!

Also in this month’s inkmail: a thank-you to the last of Inkberry’s co-founders to step down from org administration, and news about the organization’s impending move to Western Gateway Heritage state Park.

Read the whole thing here.


Welcome to inkblog 2.0

December 3, 2007

Welcome to the newest iteration of inkberry’s blog, now on wordpress.

Since the earliest days of inkberry (well, almost the earliest days) we’ve chronicled life at this nonprofit arts organization through monthly email newsletters called inkmail. From January of 2001 through the end of 2007, we archived our inkmail messages on our website, and you can read that collection here. I love reading old inkmails. They’re letters from our past, and the history of inkberry is tucked between their virtual pages.

Back in 2005 we started a blog. (Consider that inkblog 1.0; we’ve just migrated those old posts here, and they’ve been categorized and tagged, so feel free to browse.) Now it’s almost 2008, and we’ve made the leap to wordpress. Our intention is to continue chronicling the adventures of inkberry, now with assorted wordpress features at our fingertips.

Stay tuned; great stuff is coming.


Welcome! (First blog post ever)

July 13, 2005

Welcome to inkblog, Inkberry’s addition to the literary blogosphere!

We’ve been wanting a blog here at Inkberry for a while. Since the early days we’ve been archiving old editions of inkmail (our monthly email newsletter) on our website, but lately I’ve been wishing it were easier to imbed photos in inkmail — wishing we could syndicate inkmail via RSS — wishing folks could comment on inkmail — and wishing we were part of the larger interactive bloggy conversation…

And now we are. Which is pretty cool.

We have a lot of plans for inkblog: posts by guest bloggers (including some of our workshop instructors and the writers who participate in our reading series), periodic quotes and poems, book reviews, literary miscellanies, plus the regular glimpses into the nonprofit life that inkmail has always offered.

We’ll be adding more literary blogs, writing-related websites, blogs by inkberrians, and other fine sites to our blogroll as the next days and weeks roll by.

So drop a comment. Say hi. And come back soon; every day is an exciting day at Inkberry, and things are changing all the time.