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Something I really enjoy is entering writing competitions. Yesterday, I submitted three poems to, Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose.
From the site: “The best story, poem, and work of nonfiction will each receive $1,000 and publication in Dogwood’s 2020 issue. All finalists are also offered publication. Submissions close September 5th.”
While it would be awesome to win, in all honesty, it’s just fun for me to participate in these types of opportunities; to challenge myself, and at times, try something new.
Still … fingers crossed. 😉
After years of procrastination, non-writer’s block “blockages,” dry spells of inspiration, struggles with depression and self-doubt, all coupled with a severe lack of ambition, the moment is finally here.
My first book has been published! About damn time, Janine.
So what was I busy doing leading up to now?
Well … way back in the fall of 2011, when I’d originally decided to seriously begin writing, I began diligently working on researching publishing info and how best to use social media to promote yourself and your ‘brand.’ Then, I went about creating various social media accounts, email addresses, blogs, etc., as well as, doing some preliminary story-building.
Only, I defeated myself before accomplishing much more than laying the groundwork, which, as it turns out, wasn’t all for nothing, and has proven to be beneficial going forward.
See, just writing ‘the book’ isn’t all the work you need to do when you’re an indie author who’s self-publishing their own material. There’s so much more to it. Always more needing doing.
And so, here we are!
I cannot put into words (ironic, no?) how turning all that inspired effort, into actual, practical, tangible proof of my hard work, truly feels. Seeing my book for sale online, holding a print copy in my hands, and ultimately being able to share it with you, is simply … humbling.
Achievement unlocked! I’ve reached my writing goal of fifty pages, or rather, 50 poems during the month of April as part of Camp NaNoWriMo.
However, I’m nowhere near finished yet. There are more poems to write, and much work to do, to get this book of poetry organized, edited, and ready to publish.
In the meantime, I’ll just keep on writing, and if more poems happen, then so be it!
This was my first attempt writing a Haiku poem. I found it to be somewhat challenging, yet quite enjoyable, too. Of course, being me, I did a bit of research before just jumping in with both feet and going for it.
The contest runs from April 17th – April 25th, with the winner being announced on April 26th, 2019.
I’ve got a poem in my pocket,
Figuratively speaking that is.
Since I don’t go out much,
I won’t be sharing my words.
Except for here on social media,
Which spreads chat and memes,
To people all over the world.
So enjoy this poem for what it is,
And let your own mind run free.
Inspiration can strike anyone,
So let it.