Lydia Lowe . . . is first and foremost a writer (although I work at other occupations to pay the bills and support my writing habit while I'm pushing, pulling, and moving my writing career forward). I hope to one day be an overnight sensation (which I've been working on diligently for over the last 20 years).
I started a blog . . . in June of 2010, it seemed like the thing to do at the time. I was growing bored with keeping a daily journal, writing my poetry and short stories. Waiting for the break that never came, because while I had reams and reams of writing, I wasn't putting myself out there for people to read. A blog seemed like the way to go. Once I hit publish, I was a published author.
This gave me confidence . . . and I don't know why but suddenly the path was clear and opportunities opened up for me where there hadn't been any before. While the first blog that I started, (Chalk Outlines) never really figured out what it wanted to become (it's a hodge podge of so many things), my spin off blog, (ReVue) knew it's place immediately. People were giving me tickets to shows and then asking me about how the shows were and suddenly a review blog was born (one of the high points of that blog is the fact that I am now listed as reference #40 on Clint Black's Wikipedia page).
I'm a poet . . . it's where I began and what I love. I love a short rhyme. To me that type of word play is like looking at a photograph. I took a leap of faith in January of 2012 and submitted two poems to the poet laureate of Kansas who was compiling a Renga (conversational poem) and was invited to contribute to the conversation as poet #82. In March 2012, I entered a contest through the Hutchinson Public Library and won third place. The Renga was published in book form in December 2012. My writing career has pushed onward from here.
Now there's my Haiku 365 blog . . . I'm going to blog a book into existence this year (a haiku poem everyday for a year). I always knew that I wanted to write Haiku (but where to get the inspiration for daily poetry ideas), and how to use photographs in some way (photographs on the web carry a copyright) and I didn't think I could take a unique photograph each day that would inspire me to wax poetic. Then I happened across this website (Haiku 575) and Creative Commons Images. Problem solved.