Where Have I Been? Writing, Submitting and Setting Goals

     What a crazy time it has been! I haven’t posted due to time restraints, as well as trying to stay focused on personal writing projects I have been working through. Oh and frying one of my laptops and having to transfer files to a new one!  I am also traveling for my job but at least I have time to write while away (as I am at this moment).

Goals achieved:

I had been slowly yet surely typing onto a document about 25 years worth of hand-written poetry. Talk about something that conjures up memories, brings your mood down a notch and makes a girl grateful she’s turned over a new leaf…Yes, that would be reading all of this girl’s old, emotional poetry. But TAH Done!! YAY!!

On another bright note, one of the books I started writing over a year ago in also coming along nicely. It is my own testimony so I think that trip down memory lane pushed me to simply purge. It has come out on it’s own, organically. One thing I don’t do is push myself to write chapters in order. I have a beginning; an introduction of sorts mostly completed last year. What I wrote recently was an entirely different chapter which I think will be finished soon.

A First: Submitting Poetry

Not only did I finish typing the poetry (although, I did find some more recent pieces I need to type) I also found a chapbook competition to enter; at the eleventh hour I put together a manuscript of 40 pages worth of poems. Themed at that!  It is a first for me, submitting my poetry for publication, so I was selective about where it went to be read (more on this in a different post).

I am actually really happy I have finally let go of all of that STUFF enough to share it with the world. I mean, why else did I write it but to keep it stuffed away in a box? Not hardly. So, off it went. Even if I get a mention i’ll  be content–it’s my first time out. Not that I don’t believe most of it is winning material, I do, but it’s now in the hands of the judge. (Pick me, pick me, please!)

I also submitted a single piece to a well-known, themed, book series and am keeping my hopes up but not enough to want it; not up enough to care if I’m not selected. I took a risk by submitting the poem I did. It was just sitting there, speaking to me, so I submitted it without remorse.

I decided to set some SUMMERTIME goals: 

1) Keep writing–literally, just any free-time I have that can be spent with it, will be.

2) Continue to submit my poetry either individually or in groups by theme.

3) Try to get a first draft of the aforementioned book done by August. It’s a stretch however not impossible.

If you find yourself in a rut or directionless, setting goals or putting yourself out there more than normal, will help. If you need some encouragement, inspiration or helpful hints–please don’t hesitate to contact me!


One thought on “Where Have I Been? Writing, Submitting and Setting Goals

  1. Susan Ekins says:

    Thank you for the encouragement to set goals. I’ve been debating what to do next, and reading that you sent off a single piece to a well-known, themed book gave me my answer. My next project will be to find an anthology that is in progress and submit a piece for it. Thanks!

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