Still Writing

Day 31 of the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May-Book Giveaway.

Today’s question: Today is the last day of the giveaway, so let’s a big question. What would it take for you to become a best selling author? Where are you now? What are the steps you would need to take to get there? Do you want to get there? Why or why not?

My response: I guess what it would take is a best-selling idea. 🙂 At this point in my writing life, my goal is simply to express myself to the best of my ability, to be part of a writing community, and to develop my craft. I have been extremely fortunate to have been able to tap into a number of fine online poetry and haiku communities, including Poetic Asides, ReadWritePoem, Big Tent Poetry, NaHaiWriMo, the Haiku Society of America, Haiku Oregon, and The Haiku Foundation. Through daily writing prompts and feedback, what started out as a solitary activity has turned into writing in community with talented poets/haijin from around the world. I recently served on a scholarship committee, where we asked high school seniors where they saw themselves in four years. When I ask that question of myself, a propos my writing goals, I can only say: “… still writing.”

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Someone Who Writes

Day 30 of the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May-Book Giveaway.

Today’s question: The giveaway is almost over, so let’s as a big question. Look at these three books that we are giving away today to three winners. Notice that each features a passion from each author’s perspective. What’s a passion from your life that might be big enough to grow into a book some day? Even if you usually write fiction, try to come up with a nonfiction idea…just for kicks.

My response: I believe strongly in the tradition of “honor by listening”. There are so many people out there who do not necessarily consider themselves writers, but who have compelling life stories, nonetheless. My passion would be to put together anthologies that give these people a chance to express their voice. I strongly believe what the Amherst Writers and Artists’ Method espouses: namely, that “a writer is someone who writes”. And this can be anyone!

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Food for Thought

Day 29 of the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May-Book Giveaway.

Today’s question: We’ve done the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual…now let’s talk about the gastronomic. What role does food play in your writing life? Say anything you like!

My response:  I always think of writing as food for the soul, and eating as… well, food for the body. I must say that when I’m writing, I don’t pay as much attention to what I’m eating as I should, so perhaps I eat more than I should at those times. But eating can also be inspirational— every writing group I have been part of has set aside time for snacks and socializing. I can’t think of anything that bonds people together more than good food with good conversation.

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NaHaiWriMo Prompt- May 31

May 31 prompt: summer vacation

Memorial Day weekend traditionally signifies the start of summer, even though here in Portland, there are still 3 more weeks of school left. Well, at least the outdoor pools are open!


hydrangeas —
at the time for summer clothes
pale blue


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Our Voices, Our Selves

Day 28 of the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May-Book Giveaway.

Today’s question: So much of writing success has to do with a willingness on each writer’s part to receive, sort, and process feedback and criticism. Are you experienced at this? Can you separate yourself from each piece of writing and see each piece you write as a work-in-progress that stands on its own, even as you continue to work on it?

My response: As an essentially non-fiction writer, it is perhaps more difficult for me to separate myself from my writing than if I was writing totally from my imagination. Right when I was beginning to submit pieces to anthologies, I had one editor tell me that while she thought I was an excellent writer, the writings I had submitted were neither humorous nor inspirational. Ouch! So I shelved them for awhile, and had serious doubts about my ability to write. It took many more submissions before I realized that: 1) not everyone is going to like my writing, so to find publications whose style matches mine, and 2) that suggestions for improvement are merely that: suggestions, and 3) I have total control over my finished product, while the editor only has control of what they accept for their publication. I do not always agree with suggested edits, but now I am willing to consider them, as long as they are presented in a way that respects my voice and my self.

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