Finally Back, as a Finalist!

First of all, I’d like to thank you all for sticking around during my school-induced hiatus. I’ve had limited time to do the things I like to do, but I’ve been productive doing the things I have to do.

Second of all, I am glad to be back!
Third of all, LET’S CELEBRATE!
In January I announced that I had entered the Chapbook Challenge and was awaiting the results. Although we waited a little longer than it was scheduled, the results were published and I was astonished to see my name on the list:

The 2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge Finalists (in no particular order):

  • Moments of Silence, by Larry Lawrence
  • Surfacing, by Joseph Harker
  • Chapbook, by Toni Giarnese
  • Gathering of Dogs and Men, by Sara Ramsdell
  • Listless, by Maxie Steer
  • Goose Island Under a Mackerel Sky, by Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody
  • Doll House, by Marissa Coon Rose
  • Transformations, by Taylor Graham

 YAY! It was a great moment of validation. I was congratulated and encouraged by my writing group (thanks so much you guys!). Hard work does pay off.

Congratulations are due to all the entrants – because as a first timer, I know it was a difficult process. Sara Ramsdell was named the winner, and a well deserved win. Her poems are poignant and beautiful. To read a few, check out the full results announcement.

What’s next? Well, April is in 8 days and another Poem-a-Day challenge begins. I will be posting my daily poetic attempts and I encourage your comments. Also, I will be polishing Listless and *bites nails* looking for publishing opportunities.

Whatever you put your mind to (even when your mind seems to be leaving) you can achieve.
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Chapbook Challenge Manuscript – Completed!

Chapbook Title Page

I had no idea what I was doing.

Putting the manuscript together was an emotional struggle because I was unsure of my editing skills, unsure of what order the poems should appear, unsure of the poems themselves. I came across a poet’s confession a few weeks back:

~ Book of Kells: Confession Tuesday – Looking Back: “I confess I’m just not sure my current poems are “good enough.” And what does “good enough” actually mean? I’m not sure. But I just want to think they are incredible, but I don’t.”

I share her exact sentiment. In any case, doubts and insecurities aside, I strung a few poems together into a collection and I emailed it off to Robert Lee Brewer for judging. On Groundhog Day (Feb 2) I will know if it stood out in the crowd.

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Post-Challenge Thoughts and Actions

Deadlines are motivators for me. I work best with a clock ticking. With these facts in mind, I look at the selection process of choosing (at least ten, at most twenty) poems for the chapbook manuscript in a time frame. I have about a week.

This means I’m going to need your help. Below is a list of titles and prompts (with links!) from November’s poetry challenge. Let me know which ones were most significant, enjoyable, or memorable to you by commenting or replying with three title(s) you liked. I didn’t include all the drafts here, but if you liked one not found on the list, mention it as well.

Let the sifting begin!

Poems and Prompts

  1. Pink Collar – Procrastination/proactive
  2. Wasted Solidarity – Epigraph poem
  3. Sort of Silly – “Sort of  ________”
  4. Discovery – Something unexpected 
  5. Rising Anew – Broken poem
  6. Dead or Alive – “______ or  ______”
  7. Overcast – Different perspective poem
  8. Cliche To Do List – Math or numbers poem
  9. Enough – Excess poem
  10. The Lioness – Kind poem
  11. Location, Location – Love/anti-love
  12. Once Upon a Train – “Once upon a _______”
  13. Revelations – Something revealing 
  14. Best Ever Farewell – Best ever poem
  15. Whenever I Remember – “Whenever _______”
  16. Beet – Fruit/vegetable poem
  17. Alive – Travel poem
  18. Right to Assemble – Gathering poem
  19. To My Mistakes – Tribute poem
  20. Let There Be – Evening/day-time poem