about de

de jackson is a parent, a poet, a Pro Crastinator, and above all else, a lover of words. Her muse is a mermaid, and her soul migrates between Lake Tahoe and the ocean (she visits it at least twice a year). She’s a terrible housekeeper, mean Scrabble player, and hopes to someday live up to this lofty job description:

I’ll be the poet who sings your glory, and live what I sing every day. – Psalm 61:8

However, much like this bloggy little piece of poetic cyberspace, she is still a work in progress, and very much under construction.

You can email me at de@wordplaybyde.com.
I’d love to hear from you!


107 Responses to about de

  1. wayne says:

    nice toes…..I have a similar photo of my partners toes…..

  2. Patricia says:

    Hi De!

    So glad to meet through Walt and Marie Elena–glad to be on the same list!


  3. Jonnia Smith says:

    Followed you here from your day 3 Novpad challenge at RLB’s blog. Love your writing! Glad to find you. :o)

  4. whimsygizmo says:

    Thanks so much, Jonnia! You made my day!

  5. Hi De, like Jonnia I saw your work on Poetic Asides. I administrate the http://fmpoetry.wordpress.com website and was wondering if it’d be okay to publish your Slipping mirror poem there. Cheers, and have a nice day/week, Marc.

  6. Hi De,

    I have been reading your poems for the November PAD challenge. Glad that I met you!

  7. pmwanken says:

    I’m new to Poetic Asides (April…what a month to start there!)…I have been inundated with trying to read posts. Almost overwhelming. No…not almost. REALLY overwhelming. So…I do well enough to write my (one!) attempt, post it, and then do a search for my name the next day to see if anyone happened to think my contribution was worth mentioning. Gosh–what an experience this has been.

    Anyway…I happened upon (today) a piece you posted yesterday for the “Maybe…” prompt, called “Maybe the Moon”….and fell in love with it. I didn’t know if you’d happen back by yesterday’s comments thread, so I followed your link, to here.

    I enjoy your work…and will try to find more of it without being overwhelmed by the masses.

    all the best,

    • whimsygizmo says:

      Hi, Paula. Thanks so much for taking the time to “click” during such a busy poeming month. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you liked the poem. Thanks for your encouragement. I was a quiet, overwhelmed observer on the site just two years ago, for my first Poem a Day. I’m hooked. I hope you’ll stick around, and also come back after April for Robert’s Wednesday prompts. It’s really an amazing community of poets.

      • pmwanken says:

        De~ I have been doing Three Word Wednesday’s prompt, but might need to keep tabs on Poetic Asides, too. However, at this point, I’m hoping to make it through all 30 of the April prompts! πŸ™‚ ~Paula

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  10. PC says:

    A friend has recommended your poetry to me. I’m stoked to see why he was so thrilled.

    • whimsygizmo says:

      Wow. Thanks so much. And welcome. I’m somewhat delinquent in posting here, lately. But please subscribe, or check back often. πŸ™‚

      If you’re a poet and haven’t already, be sure to head over here, too:

      Great prompts every Wednesday, and lots of incredible poets to read. Lots of us are there at least weekly.

      Thanks again. Your comment made my day.

  11. Hi De, I nominated your blog for a Versatile Blog award at https://fmpoetry.wordpress.com/. All the details are on the site. Thanks for sharing your words and wisdom, and best of luck for 2012! Marc.

  12. Hi De, I also saw your poem on Poetic Asides…as an aside, I was just wondering how long it takes for comments to get moderated? I posted a poem last night and it looks like it’s still waiting to bd.e moderated. Is that normal? Just wondering! Thanks–

    Heather Day Gilbert

    PS–looking forward to checking out your blog in the future!

  13. Shawna says:

    I love these: “Her muse is a mermaid,” “She’s a terrible housekeeper, mean Scrabble player,” and “much under construction.” Nice. πŸ™‚

  14. Penny says:

    Your work gets me right in the solar plexus every time De. I wanted to mail you to tell you how much but I can’t find any means other than this to make contact. Stunning, your words are absolutely that and more. penny

  15. sorrygnat says:

    your poetry and images are terrific

  16. Jeannine Bergers Everett says:

    And she rocks. That’s the highest compliment in the JBE book.

  17. carolisle says:

    Hi De, Did you see the eclipse from Lake Tahoe? I like your job description especially being under construction!

    • whimsygizmo says:

      Oh, Carol! I WISH! We are in the Vegas area. We get up to Tahoe only 2-3 weeks per year. My poor mermaid muse is hopelessly landlocked the majority of the time. I definitely breathe best with salty (or lake soaked) toes.

      We actually kind of missed the eclipse altogether. Much to my son’s chagrin.

      Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  18. katheworsley says:

    hahah I spy Cannon Beach between your toes!

  19. I found you blog through http://myownheart.me/
    I will most definitely be following you. I have visited some of your posts & really like your writes.

  20. Loving the toes πŸ™‚

  21. Phil Canon says:

    Hi, mentioned you in my latest post as a Beautiful Blogger. Am passing on an award given to me. Hope you don’t mind. It might expose more people to your writing and you might discover some blogs you didn’t know about.

  22. Hello my poetic Soul-Sister!!! I wanted to share a bit of cyber-awarded-ness with you!! I finally got around to reciprocating the one you gave me so here’s this and also your shout out on the one you gave me is up, too!! Much love and always inspiration to you! Thank you, De!


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  24. Scriptor Obscura says:

    You? You are amazing. πŸ™‚

  25. Scriptor Obscura says:

    Just found this right now and thought of you and thought you might like it:


  26. rashmenon says:

    De, I was asked to name the blogger whom i most respect and that’s you πŸ™‚ Please check out my post on this at – http://rashscribbles.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/liebster-award/

    btw, missing your thoughts on Trifecta. Come back, please

  27. Scriptor Obscura says:

    Congrats on Trifextra!

  28. Scriptor Obscura says:

    Happy birthday, De. β™₯

  29. Shawna says:

    I totally just tried to type in your blog address as shimsygizmo. πŸ™‚

  30. Soul Walker says:

    I really like the picture. And also, Lake Tahoe is a wonderful place to spend any amount of time.

  31. Keep up the good work…from one soul lover of words to another x

  32. When scripture says, you are God’s workmanship created for good works, the greek word for workmanship is poiema. You are God’s poem. Pretty cool huy? I hate housework too……..

  33. Scriptor Obscura says:

    Hey De, just thought you might like this. I got Shawna hooked on it too… She was writing tons of them today… πŸ™‚


    Just thought you might like it.

  34. Hey De
    Love your “about’. . .sounds similarly familiar, especially the housekeeping part. I love to read, write and spend my time learning with my friends and family. Every event in this life is a precious
    moment, whether happy or sad! Life is to be lived each and every moment.

    Nice to meet you,
    May you be graced with words, more words, and lots of prayer,

  35. re: mean Scrabble player—does that indicate proficiency at the game, or does it mean you throw tiles, etc.?

  36. Jeff says:

    I nominated you for a “Liebster Award.” No pressure to participate or anything. I just wanted to acknowledge my enjoyment of your poetry.

  37. Ronald says:

    Super about de | Whimsygizmo’s Blog [url=http://tinyurl.com/filme-online-hd]filme online[/url] on whimsygizmo.wordpress.com pentru tot cel ce vrea sa vada.

  38. billgncs says:

    gotta love a scrabble player πŸ™‚

  39. Hi,

    I’m Tokoni, A student and poet. Its nice to meet your I’d like to invite you to my blog, http://www.insanitybeautiful.wordpress.com if you’re interested. Thanks! Β 

  40. Lerene Forte says:

    I love ALL of this! Had to follow someone who loves the mermaid sea, plays mean scrabble, writes marvelously and quotes a Psalm–YES!

  41. whimsygizmo says:

    It’s a great site, and a super friendly poetic community. It was my first forage into public poeming 7 years ago, and many of us are now friends on Facebook, etc. πŸ™‚ And Robert (the blog writer) is gearing up for the big poem-a-day in April. Be sure to check it out! (If you scroll down a few posts, you’ll find his info on it. “April PAD”)

  42. Debra Leissner says:

    De, thanks for your generous comment on “White Elephant.” “It” was a 1959 Oldsmobile Delta 88, and coincidentally, it was white. I’m glad you could relate. Didn’t want to say what it was so readers could ride in their own cars through the poem.

  43. Lily says:

    whim-sigh, guys … mo’
    w/him … sigh … guise … om

  44. Hi, De! Thanks for your comments on “The Ecologist’s Only Poem” this morning. Very appreciated and welcome, and I’m happy you enjoyed it.

    I came back to your blog to bookmark it since I really enjoyed what I read earlier (but was reading from a phone), and thought I’d read up about you. Boy, was I surprised to see what I’m almost positive is Haystack Rock photobombing your toes (right?). I’m from Oregon, so to see that was pretty cool. Also, lovely Bible verse. The potential for our gifts to glorify God is always an indescribable feeling, and uniting under that banner in poetry is something truly special.

    Anyway, just wanted to say hi, thank you, and I look forward to exploring more of your work!

    Have a great day!

    • whimsygizmo says:

      Hi, Rodney. Thanks so much for the visit. Yes, that’s Haystack all right, as viewed from The Stephanie Inn Carriage House in Cannon Beach (one of our favorite places on the planet.) We hail from Southern Nevada, but get over to the coast as often as we can. Happy to meet you, and looking forward to reading more of you!

  45. Candy says:

    Hi De. I followed you home from Poetic asides. Your poetry makes good company.

    • whimsygizmo says:

      Awww, thanks, Candy. Thank you for taking the time to click over during such a busy poeming month! I’ve enjoyed your work this month. I can’t wait to spend the next few days catching up with lots of reading. πŸ™‚

    • whimsygizmo says:

      Is there a link where I can follow you back? πŸ™‚

      • Candy says:

        I’m just gathering up my courage to start my own blog. What to blog is the question. Your post this morning of the snail pic and poem inspired me. I take a lot of nature photos. Hmmmmm… I may have my answer.

    • whimsygizmo says:

      Candy, that makes me so happy. Please share a link, when you get it all set up. I’ve been pretty happy with WordPress…also have friends on Blogger, who love it. I’m too lazy to change or try anything new. I just wanna write poems. πŸ˜‰

      Have you heard of small stones? They are tiny poems, usually small, simply daily observations, often about nature. Might be a good place to start, especially if you love photography. πŸ™‚

  46. DELL CLOVER says:

    Love, love, love this, De–‘specially the Psalm and “housekeeping issue” (I made an effort today, exhausted now); wish we could get together for a hot game of Scrabble! I followed through on my “notions” poem–got weepy-eyed writing it; hope you’ll enjoy when I post. xo, Dell

  47. Hello, greeting….

    I think you and I have a lot in common when it comes down to experiementing with words and magnetic poetry.

    You should stop by my blog page. I have poetry their that will blow your mind away.
    I do cut up poems.

  48. Great reads! I really enjoy them. πŸ™‚

  49. maria says:

    Hello, De! It is a pleasure to meet you and read your posts. Happy to find new bloggers and poets from dVerse. Looking forward to reading more from you. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  51. Lona Gynt says:

    Love scrabble too

  52. Rob Kistner says:

    Wow De, I just had a pleasant surprise. I just discovered you posted poems of yours on “Writer’s Island”, the poetry prompt site I published from 2007-2012. There was one l just read from Nov 2011 entitled “Moth To Flame”. I liked it… πŸ™‚

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