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No Good News: Notes from a Second Round Reader, or Why Judging Poetry Contests Depresses Me

This is a continuation of previous posts called Notes from a First Round Reader. This year, by reason of computer glitch and miscommunication which led to a slight sense of desperation on the part of the publisher, I was asked to be a second round reader. 326 more words

So You Want to Write for Pay, but You Haven't Been Paid for Writing Yet

When you first start out seeking to get paid for your writing you enter the Catch-22 of needing to prove you can write for pay in order to write for pay. 532 more words


A Girl Has Got Have Goals

Whenever I get on the internet, I often have a clear goal in mind.

Then internet happens. I like to believe that it happens to the best of us. 461 more words

'Leaf' - available now!

‘Leaf’ is the first collection of my poetry, and is now available for both Kindle and iBooks.
It’s also available from Amazon and Xlibris online stores as a real paper-and-ink book.


A real book! And an e-book!

I’m actually getting used to talking to people about “my book”.  Verbalising the words “I’m a writer” and “I’m a poet” still feels as though I’m speaking a new and slightly different dialect of my native language. 121 more words

Things That Make Me Smile

Writing Poetry from Within

I’ve never really thought of myself as a poet until recently. Looking back on my life I realize that I have probably spent more time writing poetry than any other type of literary work. 536 more words


Getting Published: Dealing with Rejection

In academia there are few things worse than reading the words “We’re sorry, but your manuscript was not accepted for publication.” Don’t bury your head in the sand and give up! 636 more words

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