September Recap

Okay, so the weekly book reviews this summer didn’t quite pan out. The best laid plans always have a way of sounding better on paper than in reality. And having regular days for regular posts didn’t work so great either. I guess I just blog when I have something to say! But my new idea, is once a month to do a regular post of my kukai submissions/results and another of my writing accomplishments for the month. That much I think I can do. Here’s a list of my September writing accomplishments, in a nutshell:

  • Submitted three haiku to the September/October Sketchbook “fall trees” haiku thread.
  • Submitted to the September “leaves falling” Shiki Kukai (still awaiting results).
  • Took 1st place in the 17th Caribbean Kigo Kukai with my “bluebird” haiku.
  • Had a short essay appear the Oregonian special Komen section and on OregonLive, along with a (even briefer) quote on OregonLive.
  • Had a tanka  entitled “love” appear in the Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo anthology.
  • Won 2nd place in the Write On! Online Summer Challenge with my fiction story “Love at 30,000 Feet”.
  • Had a post “Without Pay” appear in the summer 2010 Oregon Humanities magazine.
  • Had a poem “End of Year Blues” be selected for the Top Ten list in the Poetic Asides monotetra challenge.
  • Was selected as WOW! Women on Writing Facebook Fan of the Week. (Bio and accompanying photos to appear this Sunday.)
  • And put plenty more writings into the pipeline, including submitting to a haiku contest, a query contest, a haiku journal, a hint fiction contest and  an essay contest.

All in all, a good month for writing!

Hearing Voices

There’s a great article today in the WOW! Women on Writing July/August 2010  newsletter by Cathy C. Hall, cleverly entitled Voice: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are! The article goes on to discuss the importance of voice in fiction writing, although it can equally well apply to creative non-fiction writing. For the writer, having a clever plot, believable dialog, and the perfect setting is only part of the equation. The story can still be doomed if the writer does not have a distinctive voice that draws the reader in immediately. Think To Kill a Mockingbird. Think Catcher in the Rye. Think about your own favorite literary voice, and what makes it work for you.

I even was quoted in the article, about one of my favorite voices in fiction. Read the article to find out who it is!