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SUBMITTED BY ARAPAHOE LIBRARIESCome in from the cold for some hot deals on cool reads at the Used Book Sale at Smoky Hill Library, which will be held Thursday, January 23, 9 am-8:30 pm; Friday, January 24, 9 am-6:30 pm; Saturday, January 25, 9-4:30 pm; and Sunday, January 26, 12-4 pm at Smoky Hill Library, 5430 S. Biscay Circle, Centennial.
The sale, which is coordinated by the Friends of Arapahoe Libraries, will feature an expanded selection of books, including hardbacks, paperbacks, children’s and better books all at various prices. Sunday is bag day – we provide the bag and you fill it for only $7.
Through the sale of used books, the Friends of Arapahoe Libraries raises funds to support programs and projects for the libraries, including events, materials, equipment and more. During 2019, the Friends granted Arapahoe Libraries more than $100,000.
For more information, or to become a member of the Friends, visit arapahoelibraries.org/used-book-sale, or call 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279).
Explore the Faces of Mexico City, Colorado Printmakers, Contemporary Feminism and the New Landscape of Five Points
Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce four new art exhibitions at McNichols Civic Center Building.
Ecosistema 06050 (First Floor Community Gallery) Jan. 7-31: This photographic exhibition, a selection from Jacob Prado’s “Ecosystem 06050” collection, focuses on Mexico City, the place that the artist now calls home. It is the portrait of a place where time seems to have stopped for centuries while simultaneously continuing, shouting the stories of youth whose vibrant pride harkens back to the moment their ancestors chose to inhabit this land.
Spirit Resonance: The
Vitality of Printmaking
(Boettcher Cultural Pavilion) Jan. 18-April 5: Presented in conjunction with Month of Printmaking (March 2020), this print exhibition highlights works that explore abstraction in various forms, proposing the importance of a “spirit resonance” or vitality that results from the various printmaking methods.
(Third Floor) Jan. 18-April 5: Dearly Disillusioned is a boundary-pushing exhibit coinciding with the centennial of women’s suffrage and the fourth annual Womxn’s March. Curators and artists collaborate to explore new intersections of historical and contemporary narratives that inspire change in our community.
Portrait of a City(First Floor Community Gallery) Feb. 1-29: Portrait of a City focuses on Denver’s shifting Five Points neighborhood. At first, Johnson could only see the lost pieces of her home, but through the changing landscape of the community, she’s building new relationships with her neighbors. Portrait of a City is the outcome of those new connections.
McNichols Building exhibitions are free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m..
Additional events will be hosted throughout the spring giving opportunities for visitors to go deeper into the art shows.
Womxn’s March Impact Expo, Jan. 18, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. To better ignite action and create lasting impact, Womxn’s March organizers have opted to forego a rally; instead, marchers will visit the McNichols Civic Center Building after the March to connect with almost 60 local non-profits and grassroots organizations that are serving the community by focusing on reproductive rights, climate change, gun safety, immigration, voter registration, domestic violence/sexual assault assistance resources, and arts activism. FREE – RSVP.
Community Engagement Workshops: Womxn Building Resilience, Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. Join Dr. Rohini Gupta and Denver-based Mongolian artist Eriko Tsongo to discuss incidences that have divided our community locally, nationally, and globally. Participants are invited to engage in an interactive art component for shared stories of adversity to promote healing. $10 – Register.
Dear White Women Podcast, Jan. 18, 12:45 p.m. This live podcast will take a different look at sexual assault, starting from the inception (and original motivations) of the #metoo movement and focusing in on our assumptions about the singular narrative of assault. $10 – Register.
McNichols Project – Spirit of the People
Jan. 18, 5-8 p.m. Celebrate three very different exhibitions tied together through the spirits of activism, strength, energy, humanity and beauty. The reception will also include a performance from Denver singer-songwriter Julie Davis with “Bluebook.” Davis creates sparse, haunting soundscapes driven by her vocals, upright bass and looped percussion. FREE – RSVP.
Portrait of a City
Feb. 8, 5-7 p.m. Join Denver painter Rochelle Johnson to celebrate the opening of her exhibit.
Dearly Disillusioned Artists’ Talk, Feb. 22, 1-5 p.m. Meet the Dearly Disillusioned artists and discover their creative processes and inspirations.
Art & Feminism, March 8, 1-5 p.m. Hosted by Art Hyve, Art & Feminism will include a lecture and workshop from Kathe Kolwitz, founding member of the Guerilla Girls.
Poetry reading, March 14, 1-3 p.m. Pink Progression presents a poetry and art book featuring more than 25 poets and artists.
Writing Workshop, March 14, 3-4 p.m. Join Denver-based Mongolian artist Eriko Tsongo for a writing workshop.
These exhibitions and related events are supported by Denver Arts & Venues Cultural Partner Program.
Moving from wannabe author to the real thing is totally possible this coming year
Are you a snoozer?
Are you looking for the perfect phrase, word, idea? Are you stuck? Wouldn’t getting unstuck and moving forward be a fantastic goal for the end of the year and the beginning of next. Have you been snoozing where it comes to your book? Maybe this is the day, the week, the month, the year when your book becomes a success or the new one is no longer in your dreams or chatter … it becomes a reality.
Is there a book in you?
Most think there is. And most don’t get them out. You could have the makings of a fantastic novel, a creative young adult series, and exquisitely illustrated young children’s stories. Cookbooks, health, space, romance, intrigue, how-to or business book may be lurking in your creative closet.
You just may be able to take your career to a whole new level with the creation of a book. Adding to your professional credentials, if done right, could position you as the expert in a specific field. A book could talk you to a whole new level, a different type of professional business card. Amazing doors can open with book in hand.
Many wannabe authors, speakers, or whatever, practice the art of one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, three to get ready, three to get ready … and they never go. They keep reaching for one more thing; one more piece of information; another interview; another who knows what. Sometimes, it’s just another excuse. Their book never gets written, much less published. Their quest for the perfect book has become the enemy of creating a good book, even a great book.
Perfection and Procrastination are joined at the hip. Break the bond and move forward today.
Step 1: Choose a spot
… any spot that is yours and yours alone. It’s the “Do Not Cross … Author at Work” spot. Authors need their space and time. Space will contain all the ingredients you need to support you. Think computer, phone— if necessary, pens, pencils, paper, files with reference items that you’ve collected, notes you’ve saved or made to support your topic, other reference books, a favorite snack. I confess—I’ve written an entire book with M&Ms and Cheetos being the reward each time I finished a chapter, beverage of choice, toys, etc. Your space. Claim it and let others know that when you are in your space, it’s a “Do Not Disturb … Author at Work” sanctuary.
Find time. Some authors must work specific hours; others are more loosey-goosey. Do what works for you but do it.
Step 2: Just do it …
even if what you get down looks like gibberish. Is it a cliché? Nope, it’s a start. You can’t move forward to publication until you’ve got some words. So, dump them out. Think of it as a giant puzzle. Sometimes just finding all the edges takes time. As in a puzzle, colors begin to gather, segments within it come together, and it does come together if you persevere. The more you organize your thoughts, stories, stats and general info, the better it is when it comes to the first dump. The general topic, sub-topics, stories/facts/stats to support the topic all go into magic piles.
Where and how you choose to “dump” is your choice. You may write all by hand … if you have been procrastinating or dragging your feet—it’s best to bypass this method and pick up the latest version of Dragon’s Naturally Speaking; download it to your computer. Put on a headset with a mic and start talking—your words are transcribed in the program into a Word document. Or, you can glue yourself to a favorite spot and just start writing—kick start your creative juices.
Step 3: Get help
You may need book coaching to goose you. You may need to get the big picture in place where you can see the book, even virtually feel what it will look like. Do you know your title … or do you need some help in creating it? Don’t be surprised, titles often change as writing progresses. If it’s firm, a mockup of a cover might be the visual encouragement that keeps you going. All authors need editors who edit for a living. Your editor isn’t friend or sister, although they can be readers.
Plan on engaging other professionals who create books—interiors and exteriors. Will illustrations or cartoons enhance your work? Unless you are a pro in book design, book covers, illustrations, etc., don’t turn your book into a DIY project.
Step 4: Make up your mind
It’s a new year. As an author—or one to be—what’s it going to be for you—your first book? A new book? A workbook for a class you would like to teach? How about an audio program? Do you see a video version of your book or creating Exercises and Projects for readers to use and enjoy? The paths you choose can be multiple, which makes it exciting for the author. You.
Your book can do amazing things … you need to bring the amazing you to the party and invite the pros in for the journey.
Dr. Judith Briles, the award-winning and best-selling author of 37 books and honored with over 40 national book awards. To date, her books have been translated into 17 countries with over 1,000,000 copies sold and been featured in over 1,000 radio, TV and print formats. She has worked with thousands of authors and created 500 plus bestsellers. Her website is www.TheBookShepherd.com.
BY MARA PURL
A new year often begins with new plans, fresh ideas, or maybe even resolutions. It begins with a new calendar, too. And for some, there might be a calendar book that has enough room for jotting notes. Well, just how elaborate might these notes be? Might this calendar book actually become a journal?
Uh-oh. The moment the word “journal” comes up, do you feel overwhelmed? Does this fall under the category of “resolutions I’ll never be able to keep”? Do you feel you’ll never have enough to fill a week, a month, let alone a year? It’s true that some of us write a lot, some of us write a little. But remember, your journal is just for you. Who says it has to follow anyone else’s format?
You can choose to write a certain number of pages; or you could, instead, set a schedule of writing for a certain amount of time each day, week, or month, regardless of how many pages this may yield.
And here’s something you may not have experienced before: flow. Flow is such a dynamic, extraordinary concept that the author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi wrote a book called Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. [link https://www.amazon.com/Flow-Psychology-
Sometimes we have the experience of trying to squeeze water from a stone: We work hard, but only get a few drips now and again. What if there were a way to prime the pump, and hit a water vein that pours forth more than we might have thought possible.?
There is simply nothing more effective than journaling for “priming the pump.” When we write even a few words in a journal, we begin to acknowledge our thoughts and tap into that underground wellspring. It’s often when we write out our ideas that we find out what we actually think. This gives us a starting point, whether for small things like cleaning out a drawer, or a big project like planning a novel series or a house renovation.
Once you’ve committed to the idea of writing a journal, you’ll start to find out how the flow of works for you. You may decide short notes jotted a few days a week will work well for you. Or you may find you like writing a good, long session once or twice a month.
What if you sit down to write one day, and absolutely nothing comes to mind? A dear friend and mentor of mine said that how she overcomes this problem is by simply looking at the first object her gaze lands on. “There is dust on the Venetian blind,” began one of her journal entries. By a sentence or two later, she was already experiencing “flow.”
Whatever style and schedule you choose for your journaling, here’s a key recommendation: keep it regular. This tends to retrain us, developing an internal expectation of discovering our thoughts through what can become an increasingly satisfying practice.
Journaling, in whatever form you choose, can greatly enhance your life by giving you a better sense of control over your time, energy, and projects. And It gives you a starting point for your writing, whether you’re a novice, or a master.
Mara’s Authors Tips column appears monthly in the Villager.
Mara consults for authors through Haven Books. Find out more about her services, team members, and clients at www.HavenBooks.net Follow Mara’s own writing at www.MaraPurl.com, @MaraPurl, Facebook.com/Mara.Purl or email her at MaraPurl@MaraPurl.com.
Over 1,200 business leaders will celebrate the National Western Stock Show, the business of agriculture and the region’s western heritage while supporting scholarships for future farmers and ranchers at the 26th annual Boots ’n Business luncheon on Friday, Jan. 10. This sold-out luncheon draws business and civic leaders to kick off the 114th Stock Show and celebrate agriculture and its rich heritage in our state.
The event will feature Gov. Jared Polis, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, National Western Stock Show President and CEO Paul Andrews and Chamber President and CEO Kelly Brough.
The event is made possible by Presenting Sponsor U.S. Bank, Entertainment Sponsor Hensel Phelps and Innovations in Agriculture Sponsor Molson Coors Beverage Company. Networking and registration: 10:30 a.m. Program: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at the National Western Events Center, at 1515 E. 47th Ave.
“The mountains are calling and I must go” is a common battle cry in Colorado. The mountains move us all to explore the beauty of our state. The Curtis Center for the Arts is proud to present “MTNS” a look at how the mountains inspire twelve artists. These artists portray how mountain landscapes affect us physically and psychologically.
Featured Artists include: Leslie Jorgensen, Beau Carey, George Kozmon, Elaine Coombs, Pat Finley, Eden Kiel, Angela Bely, Jeff Aeling, Fawn Atencio, Chuck Parson, David Shingler and Ulrich Gleiter.
The exhibit runs Jan. 11 through Feb. 22. A reception is scheduled for Sat., Jan. 6 from 6-8 pm.
The South Suburban Public Art Committee selected local artists to display their work at three of South Suburban’s recreation centers in January. These temporary art exhibits are intended to support and promote South Suburban’s mission to enrich the lives of all its residents and encourage a legacy of art to be enjoyed and appreciated. All artwork is available for purchase.
Betty Harris’ South Suburban Watercolor Classes Residence: LittletonMedium: Watercolors
Collection: Betty teaches all levels of South Suburban art students from beginner to advanced. She individually guides and inspires them to continue learning her techniques with beautiful results. Betty’s classes are also a valuable social connection for the participants. They enjoy each other’s company both inside and outside of class with many get-togethers organized by Betty.
On display: Buck Recreation Center, January 2 – 31, 2020
Shilpa GadgilResidence: Highlands RanchMedium: Paintings
Collection: Madhubani and Warli tribal art from the country of India is Shilpa’s specialty using acrylics and canvas. Her Wari style is from the west coast of India and features tribal people and their day to day life. And her Madhubani is from northern India and displays mythology with the use of colorful interpretations of nature.
On display: Lone Tree Recreation Center, January 2 – 31, 2020
Lannie PihajlicResidence: EnglewoodMedium: Paintings and digital photographs
Collection: Lannie’s exhibit is titled Colorful Colorado because that is what you will find displayed. From colorful skies to slope hugging snowboarders, see and feel why you love living here.
On display: Goodson Recreation Center, January 2 – 31, 2020
South Suburban’s Public Art Committee encourages all Colorado artists to apply to display their artwork temporarily for one month. For a complete list of guidelines and an art exhibition application, go to sspr.org or contact the Arts and Enrichment Manager Darcie LaScala at 720.245.2601 or DarcieL@sspr.org.
My best friend called me one day and declared, “I want to write.” Then she asked, “How do I start?”
I said, start with a letter.
Does that sound rather arcane in this age of texts and postings, as even the once tried-and-true email communications begin to fade into the history of human communication?
Letters have fueled global idea sharing for as many centuries as some kind of writing medium has existed. For example, petroglyphs adorn the walls of Chaco Canyon (Chaco Canyon National Park in New Mexico), etched starting in the year 900—“letters” written to we members of future generations.
Back to my friend. She’s a very well known actress whose credits fills a few pages of IMDB (International Movie Data Base). She and I went on to co-author a best-selling book, Act Right: _________. So she definitely got the hang of things when it came to writing.
But we’ve often talked about her first forays. Why the letter idea worked was that she could “land” her ideas somewhere. Those letters she wrote were never sent, and weren’t intended to be. They served the purpose of focusing her thoughts such that she could make sure a potential reader could make sense of them.
Until then, the very idea of “writing” was like a stone in her shoe. When she finally kicked her shoe off, the stone rolled to the corner and became a boulder. And there is sat, looming larger and larger. It seemed to have a sign stuck into its crevasses that said. “Writing a Best Selling Book That Changes Lives.” Smaller signs popped up like “Oprah’s Book Club” and “New York Times Best-Seller List.” In other words, the pressure to succeed began to accumulate such weight that it crushed out the ability even to begin writing.
As actors (I’m one, too) we use all kinds of exercises to hone our craft. To an outsider, these would appear to be strange Theatre Games. We play roles. We improvise. We try out our timing and rhythm. And we work on having ideas so clearly in our own minds that they become equally clear to our audiences.
So the Letter Game is a writing exercise that we can use to train ourselves to include several key things in our writing, like theme (so the text is “about something”), context (so the whole thing makes sense), and pace (so we don’t bore the reader before they read the end.) In the coming weeks, I’ll be delving into many of these specifics.
For now, I suggest you join me in this first exercise. Why? It’ll focus your thoughts. And it’ll do something else really important. It’ll remove that horrible boulder in the corner. As you write your imaginary letter(s), you’ll begin to discover what it is you’re interesting in sharing, and what you actually think. It’s the beginning of one of life’s richest journeys.
Mara consults for authors through Haven Books. Find out more about her services, team members, and clients at www.HavenBooks.net
Follow Mara’s own writing at www.MaraPurl.com, @MaraPurl, Facebook.com/Mara.Purl. email her at MaraPurl@MaraPurl.com.
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