Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Early April Update

It's April, so I am doing writing challenges. Some are working out better than others. I did manage to send off a submission this week, something I haven't done in quite a while. One was a sonnet, the other free verse.  

I also heard back from the editor of a print literary magazine regarding a photo I submitted. She says, "I like how it looks online, but I will have to make my final decision once I see the proof copy, so please keep that in mind." I am hoping this one works out. It is a journal I've been wanting to be published in, so wish me luck. I'd also like to have written work accepted here in the future which means I'll need to polish some work and send it in.

In March I submitted to a photo contest, and this week I was notified that I won!!! To read about it and see my winning photo, CLICK HERE.

My last bit of news today is for all my writer friends. I just found out that the talented Khara House and two of her friends are starting their own literary journal called Bloodstone Review. The first reading period begins on May 1, so go check it out (LINK HERE).

For my non-writing friends I'll share a pretty daffodil photo I took.

If spring hasn't arrived in your part of the world yet, you can look at it and imagine that the flower buds are bursting open and coloring your world with bright yellow, forget-me-not blue, ruby red, and shades of pink. The sun is shining down on the green grass. The birds are nesting in the trees and singing joyfully.  Ah, don't you just love spring!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

No comment!

I've been trying to post a comment on a person's blog to no avail. I write in the comment box, then in the "comment as/select profile" space I click on "Google account" and hit return. Then the comment disappears and nothing happens. No message saying it needs to be reviewed first before being posted. Nothing. Gone. I've tried countless times to let this person know that I enjoyed his post. I've sometimes had this trouble when trying to post on a few Wordpress blogs but this is a Blogspot post. Can anyone give me an idea what the problem might be? It is driving me crazy.

So crazy that I wrote a limerick. It's been a long time since I've written a limerick but the form seems to fit for this situation.

Limerick for Emmett

Though I'm not the dumbest chick,
today I feel totally thick.
The comments I'd make
on your blog wouldn't take
so instead you get this lame limerick.

Sorry, Emmett. It's not as cool as a blog comment and definitely not an exceptional limerick, but it is an effort made. Please partake of my humble offering even if I am capable of better work. Lately I have a bad case of Spring fever that has me riding bike and walking and grilling instead of writing. This silly one was just for fun (and de-stressing).

To see the post I am referring to, CLICK HERE to read Emmett's poem "Of What Lesser Men".

In the future, I'd like to post more links to poems, stories, or other work that I like and want to share with you. I am thinking of doing this on a certain day. What do you think I should call this....Saturday Shares? Sunday Shouts? Lazy Linda? Hahaha. Some people might look at it that way, as if I am too lazy to write something myself that day so I just share another's work. (However, I prefer "busy" to "lazy".)  Perhaps I could even use Friday Finds (cool stuff I find for you to read). Of course, the heading doesn't need to use alliteration. I could just title the posts Wednesday Links or Thursday Tag. Do you like the idea? And what would you call it? I know several bloggers who do this. My favorite is at Poets United. Rosemary posts such things under the title "I Wish I'd Written This". I think that is the perfect title. Darn you, Rosemary, for thinking of  it first.

Please let me know what you think, and if anyone might be able to help me with the commenting dilemma it would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Last Week and Tomorrow

Hey, everyone! I've been so busy. Busy with writing challenges (Start the Year off Write! and other writing challenges). Busy with my family (long walks with hubby, long chats with daughter). Busy with every day tasks (cooking, cleaning, exercising). Just busy with life and not often taking time to blog.

Today I thought I'd take time to share a few things with you.

Firstly, have you heard of Poetic Bloomings? Each Sunday P.B. Posts a poetry prompt. You write a poem, submit it, and on Sunday two winners are chosen. At the end of the year a book is usually published of the winning poems. On Wednesdays, a poetic form prompt is posted.

Well, Poetic Bloomings is now called Creative Bloomings, because Walt has expanded to include Flash fiction prompts, photography, and more. Also, there are guest hosts who help each week.

AND the big News is...last week I took part in the weekly challenge AND MY POEM WAS CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE WINNERS!!! (insert my silly happy dance  here)

Here is a link to the post announcing the winning poems:

So that is my writing news for today.

Secondly, I'd like to talk about tomorrow. You all know what tomorrow is, right? Valentine's Day. It's not really a day I look Forward to. I find it very commercial. The prices of roses (or flowers in general) are outrageous for the 14th, and I don't think I need a day to remind my husband I love him (or for him to remind me he loves me). After all, we do have our anniversary. After all, we do try to express that as often as we can throughout the year (in ways others than buying something).

Last year my daughter called the 14th the "Forever Alone Day". This year she has a boyfriend and is all gung-ho for Valentine's Day. But there are plenty of others out there without a husband/ boyfriend/wife/girlfriend who just want to forget the day exists.

If you are one of those who say Bah-Humbug on Valentine's Day, for whatever reason, I offer you these alternatives:

1) Spend the day with a elderly widow/widower and bring chocolates. They will enjoy your company and chocolate makes everything better, right?

2) Spend the day with your dear old friend Jack. Drink until you forget it's Valentine's Day. (But do this at home so you don't need to drive anywhere.)

3) Spread the love in some other way. Volunteer at a food bank. Give free hugs. Whatever. Just be nice in some way. Show people that kindness still exists.

4) Get a bunch of friends together and sing love songs all night. Really loud. Until you either pee yourselves from laughing too hard or lose your voice. Just be silly and have a good time. Life is too short. Maybe dance a funny dance, too. Let your inner geek come out. Just be a lovable weirdo for once.

AND one of my favorites...the 14th is also International Book Giving Day. I think this is great and I'm taking part. If you want to find out what it's all about and how to become involved, CLICK HERE for all the information.

Whatever you plan on doing tomorrow, I hope you have a day that turns out exactly how you want it to. Enjoy!

I think I might make another heart-shaped cake.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

I am Start(ing) the Year Off Write

Hi, everyone and HAPPY 2014! I hope you all rang in the new year having a blast with friends and/or family.

We have a brand new year with new adventures and challenges awaiting us. We have new goals and hopes and dreams. Some people have made resolutions. Many of my writer friends have decided to finish that novel, submit more flash fiction or poetry to literary journals, or blog more frequently. I've decided to write more of what I like. Over the past two years I've written mostly poetry and flash fiction for adults and a tiny bit of non-fiction. I really miss writing for children, so I hope to concentrate on that a bit more this year. In fact, I have several ideas for magazine articles and pictures books and even a chapter book. AND this year I am going to start the year off write. Yes, I mean write and not right, because I am taking part in Shannon Abercrombie's Start The Year Off Write Challenge.

You might be thinking Oh, a writing challenge. Who can take part? Bloggers? Children's writers? Poets? Anyone? And how does this challenge work?

This challenge is for picture book writers, middle grade writers and young adult writers.  Everyone is welcome to participate and it’s FREE.

For 21 days, beginning on January 5th, a talented array of authors and illustrators will be sharing insights into their writing practices and providing a writing prompt/exercise to complete. Each day you complete the given exercise, you earn an entry to win one of the grand prizes.  Yes, I said PRIZES!!! Some of these prizes include a critique of your work by an agent or editor, proofreading by a copy editor, and tons of other cool stuff. Plus, there is a "super secret grand prize"... Nothing like a little mystery to add more excitement.

Now you should be asking yourself How do I sign up?

CLICK HERE to go to Shannon's blog for registration information. It's as simple as that.

I am ready to get the creative juices flowing again and am sure Shannon's line-up of literary professionals will give me the kick I need. And then, folks, I can kick it up in 2014.

I've also signed up for a few other challenges this year. More details on those in a future post.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Writing Contest 2013

Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Writing Contest is in its third year, though this is my first year of participating.

The Contest:  Write a children’s story about a Holiday Mishap, mix-up, miscommunication, mistake, or potential disaster (a la Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer).  Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 350 words.

Your entry should be posted on your blog between now and Friday December 13 at 11:59 PM EST and your post-specific link should be added to the link list below which will remain up through Sunday December 15.

Not only is this fun to take part in, but you can also win great prizes!!!! For all the details click HERE.

If you don't want to take part, feel free to go to Susanna's blog and read the entries.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Adding On

I'm adding on!

Adding on what? you might ask. Adding on to our house? (Oh, don't I wish!) Adding on pounds? (Could be but I hope not.) A new addition to the family? (Oh, gosh, no. We're getting close to end of the child-rearing years. I'd hate to start all over again.) So what am I adding on? I am adding another challenge to my November list.

Remember on Sunday's post where I mentioned I am participating in a poem-a-day challenge (November Chapbook Challenge at Poetic Asides)? What? You didn't read that. Are you serious???? Get to it!

In that post I mentioned that I would participate in NaNoWriMo if I had just a bit more time. I have a great idea for a middle reader chapter book that I am eager to start, but I just don't think I could complete the challenge. I also have a few other children's writing projects in mind (non-fiction articles, picture books, etc.)

Anyway, at the end of Sunday's post I asked my readers what challenges they might be taken part in this month. One person responded with PiBoIdMo. I had no idea what it was. I could figure out PiBo...picture books...and thought it might be something of interest. So I googled it and WHAM! Right away I decided to do this at the same time as the PAD challenge. PiBoIdMo stands for Picture Book Idea Month. I am so excited. By the end of this month I will have 30 good ideas worked out and ready to start writing. Woohoo! AND after completing the challenge I will be eligible to win some really cool prizes.

And look! I've even got the cool badge to prove it.

If you think this is something you might be interested in doing, CLICK HERE for more information.

Now matter what writing challenges you are taking part in this month (and even if you aren't doing any at all) I wish you fun and success in November.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday Link

Hi everyone.

To hear about my Sunday, join me at my other blog, Linda's Life on the Other Side. To do so, PRESS HERE.

For all my friends doing writing challenges, happy writing. I am doing Robert Lee Brewer's November chapbook challenge over at Poetic Asides and instead of participating in NaNoWriMo, which would be too much with my schedule, I have created my own writing challenge. It is the NaChiWriMo challenge. There are a few children's literature projects (certain submission and story ideas I have) that I will be working on this month.

Care to share what you are doing thsi month?