Monday, 25 January 2016

POETRY YEAR - update 1

So here we are - one month on from Christmas Day (which means it is only eleven months till the next one!) and I thought you deserved an update on my Poetry Pledge!  So far, so good.  I have written fourteen pieces - mainly haiku - one of which was commissioned and the other of which I entered for my first competition of 2016 just last night.  If I include the sample Tanka I wrote for my Young Writers the other Saturday, the number produced is actually even higher - so I feel as if I am on track and doing well!

I have also taken other positive steps.  I have started reading poetry again - with purpose - and it is feeding the hunger left by a whole year of negligence!  That is not to say I didn't write poetry last year because I wrote quite a lot.  But doing nothing with it is as bad as not writing it at all!  But I am confident I am going to at least quadruple last year's output if I stay as driven as I am right now! And, as well as reading Poetry With Purpose, I have taken out a subscription with a Bristol-based poetry site called Poetry Space! That is where I submitted my first completion entry last night.

Luck must really be on my side as well.  I was checking Linked-In a little while ago and I have been approached by an online poetry magazine and asked if I'd like to submit some work!  All this before the end of January!  If you want to see some of my recent poems just drop me a line (she says hopefully) and I will include some next post. Promise.  And they will only be short.

Away from the writing for a minute - I just have to tell you about a film I saw last night on DVD!  It was called San Andreas and Dwayne Johnson is in it.  From the opening scene to the last I barely felt myself breathing it was that thrilling!  Please go out an grab a copy from somewhere.  If you like films that are not short on thrills and spills, you will love San Andreas!  And it is a great way to spend a winter's night in!

Catch you soon.

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