Wow, can you believe it’s April already? I swear 2016 is passing by as fast as 2015. And before I know it, I’ll be saying Happy 2017!
Well, it’s that time again. Where we gather every first Wednesday of a new month. To give and receive encouragement as we continue on creative journeys. And who do we have to thank for creating this haven of much needed support for all us insecure writers? Alex Cavanaugh the ninja extraordinaire of course!
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What’s troubling me this month? Time. Time is slipping through my fingers like sand. I’m not writing towards my deadlines. My work in progress manuscripts are coming along slower than molasses.
You know that quote by Douglas Adams, “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” I swear he was talking about me.
So it’s time for me to go back to the drawing board and replan. There’s no way I can complete the Triplicity poetry manuscript and I refuse to do a rush job on it. It will not be completed in time for the Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize April 30th deadline. To finish it needs deeper insight and research into feminism. As well as diversity (inclusion & exclusion) and intersectionality. So no, no rush job on this one indeed. And when it’s ready, there are other poetry book prizes and presses to submit it to.
What I plan to do from now on is to refocus on The Soul Traveler first and Dreaming of You second. I’d like to submit The Soul Traveler in time for the final quarter of the Writers of the Future Contest. But if not, I can still upload it to Wattpad and test it out on readers. Plus, there are other places I can submit it to. And Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest on Wattpad starts in the fall too.
Basically, I should have plenty of time once National Poetry Month and my blog tour is over. Because I’ll be on a blogging break starting May and most of the summer. When I’ll dedicate myself 100% and make the most of that time to give my WIPs some extra needed TLC.
Is time your friend? Your enemy? How do you deal with deadlines?
Credit image: National Poetry Month logo/Poets.org
Now getting back to today’s favorite poem. Today’s poem from my favorite anthology is by former US Poet Laureate Rita Dove.
She is another new favorite poet of mine since last year’s 30 Days of Poetry Love interview project. And that’s considering my poetry reading preference has always leaned more towards dead poets.
What do you do when faced with the ugliness of this world? Ignore it, join in or search for the beauty you know exists?