Friday, March 26, 2021

Too Much PUFF

So we're at that point in the pandemic when our teenager has mastered her baking skills and her parents' willpower has short circuited.

A year into lockdown and Maureen is a baking legend!

Her latest masterpiece is the Cream Puff:

Bake it until you make it.

She's a real whisk-taker!

She made her ordinary puffs...

... Dream Puffs!

 

To honor both her mathematical (she's also diligently studying for the AP Calculus exam) and baking prowess, I wrote a Cream Puff Fibonacci poem* in her honor.

too

long

lockdown

inspires teen's

cream puff perfection

warning: sugar coma likely

©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

 

*Fibonacci poetry was founded by Gregory Pincus as a 6-line poem that follows the Fibonacci sequence for syllable count per line. For the 6-line poem that means:

  • 1 syllable for first line
  • 1 syllable for second line
  • 2 syllables for third
  • 3 syllables for fourth
  • 5 syllables for fifth
  • 8 syllables for sixth  

Update on my 10·10 Poetry Anthology:

Over the course of the last few months I have been in email correspondence with J.K. Rowling's publisher regarding permission to use the word Gryffindor as a poetry prompt/category. The publisher put me in touch with Ms. Rowling's agent, The Blair Partnership for further clarification.

After several back and forth emails with The Blair Partnership, I was just told that they  "don’t give advice or permission" about the use of Ms. Rowling's intellectual property (which the word Gryffindor is) and that I would need to "seek independent legal advice".

As the expense of legal advice is prohibitive for me and I clearly want to  honor and respect Ms. Rowling's intellectual property, I have decided to remove the category "10 Points to Gryffindor" from my poetry collection.

Since this decision was made after the close of the submission deadline, I am giving wee words for wee ones readers the opportunity to submit a poem or poems to the replacement category:

  • tenth ________ (ie: time, kid, of an inch, place, etc)
     
     If you would like to submit poetry for the replacement category  please do so by Friday 30 April 2021.  
Submit to: 10(dot)10(dot)weewords(dot)submission(at)gmail(dot)com.
 
All poets, successful or not, will hear back by the end of June 2021.
 
Publication date is October 2021.
 
Accepted poems will receive a one-time honorarium of $10/poem upon publication.
 
Poetry Friday is at Soul Blossom Living where Susan is rounding up the National Poetry Month projects. Check it out!



 

18 comments:

  1. Dreampuff Creampuffs -- I've died and gone to heaven. Can you send Maureen to my house? I'm willing to risk the sugar coma. :D You have every reason to be puffed up with pride.

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    1. Thanks, Jama! I am puffed with pride and...well, baked goods. Mo would love a chance to bake with you! :)

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  2. You are the mistress of puns, Bridget, love that your daughter is a "whisk-taker!" & also wishing I might fly over for a "Dreampuff". They look delicious! Happy Weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! As you can see by that plate of puffs, we had LOTS to share. Luckily, we made it through with no permanent damage...we hope. ;)

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  3. Yum! My teen has become quite the baker as well. I try to resist. It's really hard when the baked goods taste so good! I need to tatoo my newest "roll" with c-o-v-i-d. Thanks for the extension on the anthology. What a headache.
    Mr. Linky isn't working well for me this morning so I'm my blog post addy in comments I leave. Sorry if that's obnoxious! https://awordedgewiselindamitchell.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Linda! The image of a 'roll' tatooed with covid cracks me up! I love visiting your blog and reading your work, so no worries on obnoxiousness. (I find Mr. Linky challenging...)

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  4. Those creampuffs look fabulous. I'm surprised how hard it is to get a clear answer about using that intellectual property, especially since I understand that this particular author is quick to sue!

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    1. Thanks, Ruth! Yes, this has been a whole new experience. :)

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  5. Well, perfecting a skill like baking is something that will last and may come in handy some day for sure!! I would have a hard time resisting all that deliciousness but I am on a low carb eating plan, so really would have to restrict myself with most likely straps!!!! I have a lawyer friend in IP and I will try to ask him and see if he would offer an idea easily....just to see....however I think your offer to try for a different topic is a good solution rather than getting involved with a lawyer! One would think JK would have a permission plan???? And I like the whisk pun! Looking forward to your anthology when it is done!
    Janet Clare F.

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    1. Thanks, Janet! I try to be low carb, but Mo's expertise makes it difficult sometimes. Thanks for your offer of info from your lawyer friend. When (if) I do another anthology I will rethink a few things...live and learn. :)

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  6. What a dream puff of a poem--and a daughter. Enjoy her efforts.
    If you can't get permission from the author (and her team), I think you are wise to go a different route. Where do they expect you to find an answer. It's not like her lawyers would automatically agree with yours.

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    1. Thanks, Kay! We are definitely enjoying Mo's efforts...too much?
      I know, right? Their final email was so ambiguous after they asked for A LOT of info from me.

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  7. Oh, those cream puffs look dreamy. :) And your poem honoring your daughter and her creamy, dreamy creations is delicious, too! I'm sorry to read that you couldn't easily get permission to use "Ten Points to Gryffindor" but at least now I have another chance, as your first deadline escaped me. :)

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    1. Thanks, Karen! And yay for you considering submitting for the new category! I hope to get LOTS of submissions to offset this weird HP detour. :)

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  8. I liked Jama's comment, "You have every reason to be puffed up with pride." That's perfect! Great fib poem Bridget! and BTW my just turned 21 year-old-daughter, also with us during the pandemic has been baking up a storm too… But she is trying to ease up on the sugar, thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Yes, easing up on sugar is becoming a necessity and I am happy to report Mo is helping on that front. I just like that she likes making new recipes. :)

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  9. Ha! Love that tasty Fibonacci poem, Bridget. Those puffs look like they're to die for! Too bad about the JK Rowling agent run around, though. :(

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I think avoiding the whole legality aspect of using her IP solves the problem. I'm looking forward to lots of great subs in this new category! Maybe one from you?

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