In January, Red Room's Fiona Robyn invited everyone to participate in what she called a river of stones or NaSmaStMo by writing daily small stones. A small stone is writing about a moment in a day in which something stands out. A small stone is not quite a haiku since it doesn't necessarily follow the "rules" of haiku.
I decided to participate and actually wrote at least one small stone every day. Sometimes, I wrote more, but more than that, I found that it gave me a greater awareness of my surroundings. While I haven't continued writing one small stone every day, I still write the occasional small stone.
After the month of NaSmaStMo, Fiona and her partner and fiance Kaspalita Thompson decided to publish a book at Lulu.com of some of the small stones written during the month of January by participants. They invited all to submit up to ten small stones. As of now, they have a book that is available for purchase at Lulu.com. In six weeks it will also be available at Amazon.com. Called Pay Attention: a river of stones, it is comprised of small stones from many of the bloggers who spent the whole of January finding those moments of acute awareness. I was fortunate enough to have one of mine accepted of the five that I submitted. It is always gratifying to have another accept my writing, and I can't wait to get my copy.
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