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Well what do you know?

I have been telling myself a story for a while. The story goes something like this:

"Once upon a time, you were a poet and an author, but those days appear to be gone. You aren't getting things out much. You aren't getting things accepted at all. Maybe you are done with that, even though you intended for this to be ongoing until death (or really old age)."

But.

As I posted two weeks ago, I had a poem published online at Silver Birch Press.

And as I posted last week, I continue to inch along with progress on my Adelaide Crapsey biography.

And though I forgot to mention it, I recently got an acceptance from Chanterelle's Notebook for a poem. And yesterday, the current issue went live online. You can read my poems, "In a Whirl" and "postcard, post-conversation", at Chantarelle's Notebook. (And do check out the rest of the issue - it's good!)

And in yesterday's mail, I got my contributor's copy of One Minute Till Bedtime, the new anthology of children's poetry from Little, Brown, edited by former Children's Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt. Inside, you can find my poem "Baseball Season", on a page that looks like this:



All of which just goes to show . . . something. That there is still life in this here writing and publishing career, even if it's not the sort of amazing! overwhelming! success! that I once envisioned.

For today (and every day, really), I am grateful for what I have.


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TS Davis
Oct. 27th, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
And now it's time for a new story...
"Slowly we begin,
And slowly we grow...
We continue ONWARD,
Steady but slowly we begin..."

Repeat, ad nauseum.
kellyrfineman
Oct. 27th, 2016 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: And now it's time for a new story...
Good point. Have to change that tape.

But egads, "slowly" sure doesn't seem to convey the snail's pace of progress I'm making. Once upon a time, I felt poised to set the world on fire. And then it didn't happen. And now it's years later, and still no flames. Then again, can't exactly flame out this way, either. Guess it's about tenacity after all.
boreal_owl
Oct. 27th, 2016 06:08 pm (UTC)
So much of publishing isn't under our control. Enjoy what you can control: writing and submitting.

And congrats on your publications!
kellyrfineman
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:00 am (UTC)
Very true about what I can and can't do. Love your icon. Thanks!
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kellyrfineman
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:01 am (UTC)
That is a wonderful way of putting things!
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