Prolific Press Tanka Acceptance!

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I’d like to thank Prolific Press for publishing my tanka submission. What wonderful news to wake up! I’m grateful to Glenn Lyvers and the team at Prolific Press for including my work in this publication. Thanks so much for this! It puts a nice spin on an otherwise troubling time. If you are interested in purchasing this edition and/or the previous one I was published in, you can click the link below.

Fall in Love with Poetry Again – Tanka Journal #9
A Peculiar Fascination – Three Line Poetry #51
Prolific Press

Your continued support humbles me! Thank you. ❤

SOME INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS – BETTE STEVENS, GUEST BLOGGER

Good information about COVID-19. Thx, Bette for sharing!

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This was originally a comment to my post from Bette Stevens, but it is the first substantial information I’ve gotten about symptoms and what we are supposed to be looking for. So I am passing the information to you and maybe it will help.


We’re confused too, but here’s a message a friend sent me from one of her contacts on Facebook, Gary Osborne (her friend’s name).

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – CORONAVIRUS

Last evening dining out with friends, one of their uncles, who’s graduated with a master’s degree and who worked in Shenzhen Hospital (Guangdong Province, China) sent him the following notes on Coronavirus for guidance:

1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold
2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26 or 27…

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Keep Your Submissions Coming!

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The pipeline is shrinking so get your work submitted! And please continue to share this new project – The Short of It – with people you think would enjoy having their poetry/writing showcased here. Perhaps you are a part of some Facebook or Twitter poetry groups – share this information with them!

Looking forward to reading more “short, sweet and to the point” pieces!

More information about the submission guidelines can be found by clicking this link.

Loved One

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Everyone has their own perspective on things and feels emotions that don’t necessarily reflect our own. It’s fascinating to me how we interpret what we see or engage with in the world around us. So often, I read the posts of others and I can see how they view the people closest to them in their writings. It’s like stepping into their thoughts and feelings.

I have a collaboration in mind and I do hope you’ll participate. If you are game, that is. And actually, the more who participate, the better it will be!

What I would like you to do, picture in your mind the person you are (or were) closest to and leave the one word in the comments which tells me what you see or feel about them that stands out among all other words. And only one, please! The first description that comes to mind is what I’m looking for.

I will close this out to further commenting on Saturday. Then I hope to create a little magic with the words you have given me. Look for the post on Sunday. This should be interesting! 🙂

*Here’s the post I promised! Loved One Cloud

Call For Submissions!

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Just a reminder – if you know how to make a big impression with a few words – I WANT YOU to submit your original work to The Short of It!

I’m accepting creations all year round. Accepted work will be featured here. Ultimately, the goal will be to publish an annual anthology. Please feel free to share this with anyone and everybody you know who is interested in creating micro-poetry or short pieces of writing. More information about the submission guidelines can be found by clicking this link.

Looking forward to reading your masterpieces! 🙂

Sunshine Blogger Award #5

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I was nominated by Smitha V at Pennings…One Woman’s Journey!  As always, it’s wonderful to receive this recognition and I appreciate the opportunity to get to know my readers a little better. Thank you, Smitha, I appreciate it! Please take a moment and check out her blog. There are quotes, travelogue, creative writing, parenting, book reviews, poetry art, and other topics. A little bit for everyone’s tastes!

Recently I decided to be an award-free blog due to my goals and schedule this year, but I will answer all of Smitha’s questions. I’ve said it before on many occasions that this is a great way for us to all get to know each other a little better.

Smitha’s Questions for me

1. What is the most extreme “sport” you’ve done (if any)? 

One thing I’ve done which was anxiety-producing for me was diving off the highboard at our local swimming pool. I believe it was 7 1/2 meter board. The other was zip-lining above the Mexican treeline in Cancun.

2. Do you have a favorite travel destination? If so, where?

Any beach with white or pink sand, crystal clear blue water and palm trees. 🙂

3. What is your favorite blog topic? 

I am partial to feelings, relationships, and questions about life.

4. Do you have a preferred time of day to blog? When?

No, although I primarily write in the mornings, inspiration can come at any time.

5. Do you drink coffee while you blog?

Frequently, but I also drink tea.

6. Do you have pets?

I don’t have any but I do like the pets of others.

7. If you were trying to fix a broken shovel handle and a 500-pound gorilla came up to you with a roll of tape, what would you do?

LOL I would probably say thank you in sign language imagining that Dr. Jane Goodall had something to do with it!

8. Do you prefer to swim in a pool or a natural body of water? 

Oh, definitely in the ocean or lake! However, if there were a salt-water pool available, I would prefer that over a chlorinated pool.

9. It’s Thanksgiving- turkey, some other type of meat, or no meat?

Not a fan of turkey unless it’s the dark meat. I do eat other meats too. Although, given a good tasting alternative, I’d prefer to eat a meat substitute.

10. Given the choice, would you prefer a spider or a snake in your home? 

I’ll take a snake any day! 🙂

11. What type of music do you listen to? 

Oh, gosh, all kinds! I grew up on the 40s – 70s and pretty much like all types. Although, not a great big fan of opera, country music, punk rock, or rap. Having said that though, I will always give a recommendation a listen and I do have some songs or bands in those styles which I like.

Thanks again, Smitha! 🙂

 

Hits Home

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Has a piece left you crying, emoting, or visibly shaken? Can you relate to it intensely or identified with it so strongly you feel the need to share it? Have you witnessed some exceptionally good writing? Then please forward it to me!

This is a call to my readers to help spread the good stuff we so frequently encounter. I’d like to showcase some of the brilliant writers we all know! They deserve some recognition.

Please link to those pieces in the comments or email to me – sushibocks@gmail.com
I will repost them as they are made available to me. I’ll also share those beauties which I’ve found on WP and other places.

Thank you!! 🙂

I Did Art!

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The Brooklyn Art Library – Sketchbook Project

Not trying to knock my efforts here, but I don’t know if I would call it great art. One definition of art is that it is a form of creation, so expressed in that way, I DID ART! And I enjoyed it very much.

I was excited to be notified today that my sketchbook “I’m Fine” was received and within the next 6-8 weeks, it will be digitized for the whole world to see. When it’s live, I will post more information so you can see my creation for yourselves. Please be kind.

To give you a little bit of backstory on this, last year I ran across an ad about it and decided to participate. My thought was to showcase my writing in a non-traditional way. Seeing how I delight in being untraditional, this made perfect sense. Plus their mission statement below encouraged me to say “Hey, why not?” I loved the inclusivity of this project and it gave me an opportunity to try something different than I would normally do.

12 years ago when I started The Sketchbook Project, I wanted to create an informal outlet for anyone to create art, with a purpose. I believed and still believe in the notion that a creative community is stronger than its individual artists and that a project can be impactful in a way that is different than a traditional gallery.

With over 45,000 sketchbooks from 30,000 different global creative people, we have grown over the past 12 years to be the largest collection of sketchbooks in the world. We have reignited art careers, inspired first-time creatives and even helped a few marriage proposals.

We find ourselves at the intersection of the social and digital transition and analog ephemeral needs.

By allowing anyone to participate, we have grown to a massive worldwide community of not only professionals but amateurs, moms, dads, mailmen and more.

We do not believe in the statement ‘I’m not an artist.” Because it doesn’t matter. Share your story, draw your stick figures, just own it.

We can promise you a lifelong commitment to keeping your artifact safe while continuing to act as a time capsule for global creativity.

Thanks for being a part of our community.

STEVEN PETERMAN
FOUNDER / DIRECTOR

For more information about it or if you’d like to get involved with the next one coming up – Volume 16, click here.