Rejection season has arrived!

Okay, it’s actually the first notices regarding competitions I have submitted my work to this year; it just so happens that the first two notices—one, really (I have not received the second notice, but the winners have already been announced via Twitter, so…)—are out, and my name appears among neither the winners nor the finalists/runners-up.

This is actually a bit of a relief. For one thing, it means I can raid the material for possible inclusion in my next book. For another, it means that I no longer have to worry about how the books in question would have been presented—that is, about the size, cover design, layout, and typeface selection—or about someone else’s publishing schedule.

None of my other outstanding competitions involve works for publication; in that sense, the pressure is off.

(13 September 2017)

NaPoWriMo 2015, Day 26: Lonely madcap (a poem)

Today’s Writer’s Digest April PAD Challenge prompt is to take a couple of the words invented by Shakespeare, then write a poem with those words as the title.

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National Poetry Writing Month: Day #16 (April 16, 2013)

Decided to ignore today’s prompt. Too difficult, if I’m to be honest.

Instead, I wrote something short, prompted by the sunny weather this afternoon… Continue reading