Blurry Vision

Yesterday was my self-imposed deadline for submitting my collection. I spent the entirety of Monday scrambling to fix mistakes, not the least embarrassing of which was an Acknowledgments page faux pas. I had actually tried to research writing the Acknowledgments page, but came up with squat after two weeks. Until, as it happens, moments after a […]

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Those Boring Writing Assignments …

Last night got a little weird. I had work left to do on the manuscript, had neat little lists all written out, and was very excited about getting so close to being done. Then, shortly after surviving a trip to the grocery store I just… blanked. I suppose it could be described as a “stupor” from which […]

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Start counting …

THE PROJECT is almost done and gone. I will be reading through a final time tomorrow, and submitting bright and early Monday morning. What’s next? I actually have a schedule mapped out for THE SECOND PROJECT. I’m looking at about three months of work, six days per week… and that might be a low estimate. […]

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The Final Finalities

Today I am working on a Table of Contents and Acknowledgements page. I still don’t have notes and final editing on some of the work to be included, but a long weekend of more ice and icy temperatures are ahead… so. Writing Acknowledgements just might be the most intimidating thing I have ever done. Even […]

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It’s All About Perspective

I am very fortunate to have friends willing to read my first and final drafts. There’s not a day that goes by that I doubt that good fortune. Reading someone’s writing, particularly if they are a good and trusted friend, can be difficult. It can be downright tricky trudging through the guts and temporary glory […]

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Mining For Gems

As I may have mentioned, this is not my first attempt to put together a collection in hopes of submitting for publication. In 2012 I came close to finishing. Frustration over a particular—and necessary—poem that wouldn’t come, then one of those ugly aspects of real life got in the way and I gave up. I was blogging […]

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That Light Is Getting Brighter

I need four pages, not including Acknowledgments. Four! It’s silly, but I already feel as if I’ve won a prize. Also, my head hurts from pulling a good chunk of my hair out yesterday. Yip, I was a bit stressed. The stress shows up in other ways, such as the way I eat and the […]

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The Slow Cold Grind

I was awake early this morning, but waited until 6:30 to begin writing. Two really old pieces have been revised, a new piece polished and added, one poem originally thought right for the collection has been tossed, and the forty-three page manuscript (seven pages short) sent off to a friend for perusal. My goal last week […]

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I Have A Confession To Make

Yesterday when I said out loud in print that I was going to finish … I may have been just a wee bit high on caffeine. Yes, I have been very productive over the last five days. Incredibly so. But I have to admit that trying to edit and revise so much is beginning to […]

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Squinting To See The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Other than university assignments, a dribble of poems submitted to online venues, and a handful of stories written for another (member’s only) online venue, I have never finished an honest to goodness writing project. For more than three years now I’ve been toying with the idea of publishing a collection of my poems and nonfiction […]

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