Submit to The Short Of It!

Just a reminder for all those micro-poets (structured and un-structured), prose poets and short story writers, I am accepting submissions for The Short of It all year round! Please keep them coming! 🙂

Feel free to share this with your friends who might fit the bill of what I am looking for.

Click here for more information about submission guidelines.

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Submit to The Short of It!

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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 on Fridays. 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 work! 🙂

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. ❤

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! 🙂

My Sketchbook is LIVE!

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The Sketchbook Project, Volume 15: Susi Bocks – I’m Fine

You’ll recall I posted about The Sketchbook Project earlier this year where I announced my participation. The submission is titled I’m Fine. Well, it’s available for you to see now. Please don’t judge my art skills too harshly as I am only an amateur! 😉 But I do hope you enjoy the poetry about the emotions of having found love, then losing it and ultimately coming out on the other side. The thoughts reflected in this sketchbook are pulled from the depths of my personal experience. And yet, they are ones shared by millions who have lived this universal story.

As you go through this, I hope you can feel the elation, the sorrow and the strength in the individual pieces. I look forward to your thoughts!

If you would like to participate in Volume 16, click here.

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! 🙂

 

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.

 

Gone By And The New

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2019 is in the can!

This past week, I took the time to reflect on this past year and also, what 2020 might hold for me. 2019 was a wild ride for sure! Managing to hit and exceed so many of my goals with this blog has left me elated! I can’t express how incredible this ‘writing’ part of my life has gone for me this last year. Practically, every day I had the opportunity to read my favorite writers and enjoyed the freedom to elaborate my feelings and thoughts to my heart’s content. Every month, I celebrated immense personal satisfaction as I witnessed my work being showcased in print and online. This year I also had a chance to be mentored allowing me to continually work on my craft and diligently hone my skills. I was given so much to be grateful for. 2019 has been the bomb!

In that vein of being grateful, for this next year, I’d like to give back to the WP community and beyond. My theme for this year will be Paying it Forward. I’d like to promote, showcase and highlight the good stuff that may not get as much recognition as it deserves. 

In 2020, you will find me reblogging and commenting on more people’s inspirational work. I read over 290 blogs on average and there is sooo much good work out there. So I will share it with you, some of it is from days long past but I will also share more recent pieces as I come across those that make me go Oof. I would encourage you to recommend pieces to me as well. Whatever has you relating to it, feeling deeply about it, identifying with or seeing some exceptionally good writing, then please forward it to me. For now, this little mission of mine will be called HITS HOME. I’ll be periodically requesting you to share pieces that stir your head and your heart. I’ve not gotten all the details worked out yet but watch for an announcement soon.

This will also be the year I spend working on my next book and introducing another project on IWH very soon. Stay tuned for more news in the next few weeks about my new ideas and the direction of them. 2020 will be an interesting year!

And don’t fear, I will still be writing but it will depend on what’s going on in any given week whether I will publish to WP. Some weeks may just consist of reblogs and requests for what HITS HOME for you!

Wishing you all as much success as you can dream for yourselves this year!!

Christmas With Spill Words Press!

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What would the holidays be without one last publication receiving recognition in 2019? Well, kinda sad, if you ask me! LOL Spill Words Press has graciously picked up my submission With Awe In Their Eyes!! That’s a really nice present if you ask me. 🙂 Thanks to Dagmara and the editing team. I really appreciate your support of my work!

Officially Listed On Poets&Writers!!

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December is usually not that great for me. From Thanksgiving until March, my mood is generally cloudy. Thanks, SAD. So seeing me with a smile on my face and my mood up going into the end of this year is a rarity. It’s so out of character for those who know me personally.

After I published Every Day I Pause last year, I became familiar with Poets & Writers. This organization was founded in 1970 and is an awesome resource for writers, publishers, and agents. Their mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. I made it one of my goals to become listed as a poet with their non-profit. I’m thrilled that I was able to fulfill that objective within a year! Click here to view my profile.

Their requirements to make that happen pushed me out of my comfort zone. But it also gave me continued satisfaction to reach the milestones necessary to become listed as a writer and poet in their directory. Achieving the requirements and now the reward – well, it makes me burst with joy! I’m very happy to be able to be a part of their organization.

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