July 1 is almost here! :)

Just a reminder all you micro-poets and short, short story writers! The Short of It will be open to submissions from July 1 thru December 31, 2021. All selected pieces from this year will be featured in 2022.

CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

I look forward to seeing previous favorites and a large influx of new talent!

My review of ‘The Sound of Brilliance’ by Ingrid

Huge shoutout to Ingrid for a wonderful review! Her continued love and support of our efforts is appreciated. THANK YOU!!

I’ve just finished reading The Sound of Brilliance, an anthology of poems from ‘The Short of It’ series edited by Susi Bocks. As Susi herself states of the book:

This publication aims to find people with an interest and talent for micro-writing, whether their preferred form is poetry or stories, expressing themselves in 150 or fewer words. The other goal is to become an outlet for those desiring to read short bursts of meaningful expressions.

It’s a great idea, because many people lead hectic lifestyles, and can perhaps only spare a few minutes per day to read something at their leisure. Susi has curated this collection in such a way as to ensure that even the shortest time spent reading will be meaningful.

Featured authors

The Sound of Brilliance features many authors whose work I already know and love from the WordPress community, including Jaya AvendelLorraine Lewis and Ken Gierke. However, Susi’s contributor list extends beyond this community, and has enabled me to discover new authors who primarily feature their poetry on Instagram and Twitter, or have websites hosted elsewhere.

As well as being a delight to read, this book also serves as a great reference if you are looking to connect with other poets who write short-form poetry and read more of their work. You can read interviews with some of the authors on Susi’s website.

My Verdict

The Sound of Brilliance is an appropriate title for a book in which the words shine from the page. I have tried my hand at writing short-form poetry myself, so I understand the skill and craftsmanship involved in getting the words exactly right. Susi has curated a fine collection of authors who know how to do this perfectly.

If you are looking for an introduction to short-form poetry, a ‘who’s who’ guide to the online poetry world, or simply some words of wisdom to brighten your day, this book is for you! The Sound of Brilliance is available from Amazon.

Looking for something to read? Take a look at my Book Reviews section. If you have a poetry book you would like me to review, please contact me at experimentsinfiction@protonmail.com. My reviews are not sponsored, and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Through The Looking Glass: Reflecting on Madness and Chaos Within has published!!

I am so thrilled that the book has published!! Thank you to Senior Editors Candice Louisa Daquin and Kindra M. Austin, and Editor-in-Chief Christine E. Ray for including my work in this amazing Anthology! The pieces Downpour, Ennui, and Going Down are three of my favorite pieces and I’m happy they found a home in this publication.

This anthology is a collection of pieces which describe the experiences of “those who are living, or have struggled, with mental illness such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, or psychotic disorders.” My experiences, and observations of others, with anxiety and depression over the years were the inspiration for pieces I wrote.

Indie Blu(e) Publishing has produced so many other noteworthy anthologies and publications. They feature many strong voices and talent. I highly recommend you check them out for yourself. The two books below also contain several pieces of mine.

Should you submit to The Short of It?

That would be a resounding YES!

In just a few months, I will be accepting submissions again. July 1st is right around the corner and the window of opportunity will close on 12/31/21. If you intend to send in your work, PLEASE read the submission guidelines first as they have changed from the previous submission period. I encourage you to read the featured artists from 2020 to get a feel for the work I am looking for to highlight in 2022. January 7th will lead us off and every Friday thereafter, you’ll be fortunate to read another exquisite poet or writer. If you haven’t subscribed to MailChimp to stay up to date, please sign up on the submissions guidelines page.

If you’d like to hear some of the poet interviews and readings of their work, please subscribe to my newly created YouTube Channel. Click here to be redirected. There isn’t any content yet but sometime this week, I will begin streaming them. Subscribing now will get you notifications when any new videos are loaded up in case you miss the post here. I’m hoping to feature a wide variety of content there in the future.

For those who are interested in purchasing a copy of the first anthology – The Sound of Brilliance – which published last week, you can click on the image and it will take you straight there!

The paperback is $10 and the eBook is $3.

As always, thanks so much for your continued love and support! I appreciate you all very much!

Accomplishments

Thanks Mindlovemisery’s Menageris – Saturday Mix for another opportunity to plug The Sound of Brilliance.

Work real hard towards an end,
I won’t pretend.
I can taste it.
I’ll never quit.

Projects are always an effort,
make my head hurt.
Ah, the reward,
talents explored.

Coming together for a cause,
only because
they are brilliant.
I’m ebullient!

The Sound of Brilliance has PUBLISHED!!

Cover by Terry Susi

Thank you EVERYONE who went on this journey with me!

Both the paperback and eBook are now available on Amazon.
If you are interested in getting your copy, please tap the links below to purchase.

For those who prefer holding a book – click here to get your Paperback
and those who have Kindles or readers – click here to get your eBook


UPDATE – The Sound of Brilliance Anthology

Image by Terry Susi

Thank you all for being with me since the beginning of this project early in 2020. We’re almost to the finish line everyone! The anthology, to be published in paperback and Ebook, will be available for purchase very soon. As soon as it goes live, you’ll be the first to know.

Prolific Pulse Press – Heart Beats Anthology has published!!

“Heart Beats is an anthology of poetry about the various aspects of what makes us tick or makes a heart-beat. This is about love, life, happiness, anything that makes life more joyful or tolerable. Let’s face it. These are tough times and there have been many events in 2020 which have many of us shaking our heads. People who were once friends have gone their separate ways. Some are soul searching, examining life more closely as time has leant more for this. Heart Beats is about working through and maybe even overcoming these challenges. It is about what brings smiles to our faces or, at least, in our hearts. Heart Beats is about life’s ups and downs and in-between, and how different points of view merge into one beautiful collection of poetic works. Inviting poets from the world to take part made this project even more meaningful. We are a world of people, and the poetry community has become more culturally diverse. This is largely because of the pandemic, as people are interacting virtually more than before. All this said, Heart Beats has beautiful works of art, some of which may bring tears of sadness and of joy. Perhaps as you read, you will find that one thing that makes your heart beat.”

I’m so happy to announce that this wonderful anthology is available for purchase. You can get your copies now!! Just click on the link underneath the image. 🙂