IWSG Day, 85K90, Poetry and Liebster

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Happy IWSG Day! Can you believe it’s already our fourth one of the year? And there’ll be many more to come. As old and new friends come together to show support and share our woes on our writing journey. Thanks for making all this possible goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

Thanks also goes to the awesome co-hosts for today are: Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan!

Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twitter hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.

So what’s going on with me this month?

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One Lovely Blog Award


I’d like to thank fellow Scribophile member Lauren for this nomination! Here’s where you can find her on her blog and Twitter.

First things first, let’s get the rules of the One Lovely Blog Award out of the way!


  • When you get his award, thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post.
  • Share 7 things about yourself that are not in your Bio.
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15).
  • Include this set of rules.
  • Inform your nominees.

Hmmm, now to share 7 things about myself that’s not in my bio? That might be a bit hard, so sorry if I’m repeating myself.

  1. When I was little I got hooked on martial arts films so much I wanted to be a ninja when I grew up. Thought it’d be cool to fight with staffs, flip in midair, throw shuriken, run across water, etc.

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  2. I’m a bookaholic. Actually it’s gotten so bad that I’ll need to attend Books Anonymous. But doubtful the program would be of any help.

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  3. My favorite season is Spring. It used to be summer but that was my feelings during my younger years. The heat of summer was a sign of summer vacation and eating as much ice cream, snow cones, etc that I want. Now, the heat is just unbearable. I much prefer the gentle warmth of Spring and the blooming of colors and life that comes with it.

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  4. When I was younger, when I attended Catholic school, I wanted to learn to play the clarinet and violin. I thought the instruments were cool and made a beautiful, distinct sound when played. Unfortunately I never had  the courage to speak up about wanting to learn to play them. Also, because my mom was a single mom raising 3 kids. I knew there wouldn’t be enough money to pay for the instruments and join the school’s music club. Or for lessons.

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  5. I’m a huge anime fan. It’s been my goal to pass my love for anime to my kids, as well as my love for books. Unfortunately, I’ve been more successful with the former than the latter. So much so, I’m the one asking my kids what anime they’re watching as they’re now more in the know than I am.

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    6. Aside from being an anime fan I’m a huge Korean drama fan. Actually, I started watching Korean dramas, after watching a lot of Japanese dramas. Which I only started watching because I really, really, really wanted to watch the TV series based on the manga Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers). My favorite Korean actor, one of many, is Lee Min Ho. Who also played the character of Domyouji in the Korean drama adaptation of Hana Yori Dango.


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    7. Hawaii, Paris, Italy, Greece, etc. These are the typical places most people might list as places they’d like to visit one day. That’s especially true for me, but there’s one place I’d love to vacation to the most above all. Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan. See #5. Akihabara is a district in Japan, a mecca of computer tech, video games, manga and anime.


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    Well those are my 7 things. Now who will I nominate? 😀

Elements of Emaginette

Quanie Talks Writing

Write With Fey

Kelly Hashaway

Olivia’s Catastrosphe

Infinity Dreams Blog Award

2015 is the year of milestones. I had my 2-year blogiversary in May. My poetry chapbook “Can You Catch My Flow?” is now 6 months old (soon it’ll be available print on demand).  And now I’ve just received the Infinity Dreams blog award. Making this my 2nd blog award in my blogging career!

It made my day that Celia from Word Wacker thought my blog, worthy for nomination. So behalf on Celia, Paving My Author’s Road and myself, I accept.

Now let’s get on with the award rules and guidelines:

1) Thank and follow the blog that nominated you

2) Tell us 11 facts about yourself

3) Answer the questions that were set for you to answer, and

4) Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.
First, thank you, Celia. Like I said, you made my day. And per the rules, here are 11 facts about myself: Continue reading

Thank God For Submittable

Today I just submitted my poetry chapbook, Can You Catch My Flow? to the Finishing Line Press 2014 New Women’s Voices Poetry Competition. Yesterday I sent an individual poem featured in my chapbook titled Do I Dare?to the Potomac Review And on Tuesday, March 3rd, I sent three poems to So to Speak, a feminist journal.

Those were my submissions for March 2014. If I go back further, I also submitted Do I Dare? to the Bethesda Urban Partnership 2014 Poetry Contest in February. In January, I previously submitted my chapbook to the First Annual L+S Mid-Atlantic Chapbook Series. And I’m still awaiting the results of the JMWW Chapbook Contest I participated in back in July 2013.

There are plenty of journal, contests/competitions and anthologies I’ve submitted to since last year but how am I able to keep track of them all?

One word, TGFS! Thank.God.For.Submittable! Without it I’d never be able to keep track of what I’ve sent and to whom. Most journals/magazine, whether paper or online, tend to have their own submission managers that you’d have to sign up for. And I’d just save the sites onto my favorite bar. But with Submittable.com, it’s like a one-time shop and stop, where every submission ever made is listed for your review. As I do simultaneous submissions and as more and more journals, magazines, etc are accepting simultaneous submissions, Submittable.com is like heaven for me.

From as far back as 2012, I can view my past submissions, withdraw current submitted works and check up on their status, all on one page. I shamelessly admit that when I first signed up (I believe it was more commonly called submishmash then), I had no idea how to navigate it. It wasn’t until much later that I got the hang of it and now my sufferings with SASE, how many stamps I need, etc. are mostly non-existent. Such is the beauty of submitting online.

Now if only there was an app for my HTC smart phone. Apparently the app are available to download for the ipad, iphone and kindle.

How are you keeping track of your submissions? Are you using Submittable.com or another form of tracking system?