Category Archives: Writing

Vampiric Fluff

More good news!  My poem, Vampiric Fluff, has been accepted for inclusion in Adventures for the Average Woman.  Yay!  I’m not sure when it’s due to be published, but I’m pretty happy just the same.  I really enjoy being accepted by publications that offer contributors copies — I still get a huge thrill out of seeing my name in print.

I think it’s interesting that I am having so much success with my poetry, it’s something I thought I did well in junior high school but then as I got older my faith in my ability to write poetry faded.  It’s quite surreal to see that other people like what I write, and very, very rewarding.

Twenty3

Some of my poetry was accepted for the seventh issue of Twenty3 Magazine, however it’s a bit complicated. The magazine is restructuring* so I’m not exactly sure when my work will be published, or in what format. I’m not even sure which poem I submitted was accepted (I submitted three) but it’s exciting nonetheless. I’ll be sure and update as I discover more details 🙂

*I know a few details, but I’m not sure it’s my place to reveal them just yet 😉

Poetry.Com

A few months ago I made the mistake of submitting a poem to Poetry.com’s “poetry contest”. Oy. What a mistake!

As far as I can tell Poetry.Com doesn’t really have a contest — as soon as you submit your poem they start sending you notifications about how “Your wonderful poem has been selected to be included in such and such poetry anthology.” Then, though they assure you there is no obligation on your part to buy a copy, you really ought to because they expect to sell out very soon. Not only that, if you send them an extra X amount of dollars they will print your bio on the page opposite your poem — or you can get it laminated on a plaque — or rolled up and shoved into a bottle, or any other number of “wonderful gift ideas”!

Holy whack. As irritated as I am that I’ve opened myself up for this sort of junk mail and the like because of my “contest entry” I have to admire them in a way. By relying on the vanity of writers they’ve certainly made themselves a lot of money. I’d wager that by refusing to by these hardcover books, plaques, messages in bottles and the like I am in the minority — I must be or they wouldn’t still be in business. They obviously make enough money selling authors copies of books that include their poems to not only break even, but generate a profit. As annoying as that is, I still have to, grudgingly, offer them a thumbs up.

That being said, I’m never entering their “contest” again. 🙂

Aurora, The Littlest Reindeer

I co-run a drama club at my daughter’s school (is co-run even a word?) and for Christmas the school wanted us to do a small play that involved some audience participation. I offered to write the script for it thinking a) it would be more fun to have a unique script rather than something pulled out of a book somewhere that had been performed thousands of times and b) it would be a fun challenge to write.

I haven’t written a script since junior high, and this script had a lot of requirements. It had to be short and simple enough for elementary school kids ranging from grade 3 to grade 6 to perform without much rehearsal (the performance is on December 20th and we only meet for 1/2 an hour a week). It had to be Christmas related and have audience participation with ‘sound effects’. The drama club has 8 students in it, so that was a consideration, plus we wouldn’t have much, if anything, in the way of props, costumes or set.

So I wrote it — and I’m remarkably happy with it. I sent it off to the teachers who are running the drama club with me, we’ll see what they have to say, but over all I’m extremely pleased with myself. I’ve got a solid plot, some funny jokes, a good message, a Christmas theme and it fits all the requirements. Plus, it builds on the skills we’ve already been teaching the kids! Yay!

It’s called Aurora, The Littlest Reindeer and I think after some fine tuning I might even send it out to a couple publishers — which will be interesting, I never thought I’d try to market a play. It was fun to write too — very freeing to be able to occasionally just tell (via stage directions) rather than having to show everything.

I’m pretty happy with myself. Now I just have to wait and see if everyone else agrees with me about it’s awesomeness 🙂

Writer’s Market Update

Dude! Writer’s Market rocks! Okay, I know I’ve said that before, but really. I sent them off an email, as I mentioned, and they’ve already gotten back to me. Not only did they reassure me that no data was lost, tell me that everything should be up and running within two weeks and offer me compensation for the ‘down’ time, they also sent me an .xls file that has my complete submission information in it. Awesome!

I love Writer’s Market!

In other news my haiku, Sandcastle #5, has gone live at WildChildPublishing.com — if I may quote part of the introduction to the November poetry page…“This month, Wild Child presents its first haiku in many moons. I hope you find this succinct verse, fashioned upon the ancient style, as trim and evocative as a Japanese garden.” Talk about making my night!

Sandcastle #5

I thought I was going to be writing a post today about how my NaNoWriMo effort is going (well by the way, 26,094/50,000) and that would be it for today, but nope — I have even better news.

My haiku, “Sandcastle #5”, has been accepted for the November 15th edition of WildChildPublishing.Com — yay!  I’ll link to it from my publications page once that edition goes live. 🙂