The Fen, Late Summer
A unique ecosystem, a gem. Fen-only plants and flowers along with what’s found in Illinois elsewhere. I don’t know the name of these plants and flowers, but I do know:
The colors have changed since we last visited. More reds, blues, purples.
We need rain. Toads looked too dry and searching for water.
All around us we heard skittering animals. Didn’t see them. Just heard hints of animal life.
The red winged blackbirds are no longer dive bombing from behind as we walked. Their wee birds must have flown the nests.
Next visit: early autumn.
Thanks for reading.
Spelling in English? Oh, my!
A big thanks to Thoughtco.com for this humorous yet helpful article about some of the ways spelling in English can be tough.
Speaking of the word TOUGH– notice different pronunciations for the “OUGH” pattern:
Enjoy our interesting language!
The article may be found here:
After a Rough Summer of Submissions–Finally Positive Publication News
After a rough summer of submissions and many “declined” (rejections), I am pleased to learn my poem “Herstory Lesson” will be published by Coffin Bell Journal on October 1st. I’ll put up a link when it’s published, but for now, the journal can be found here: https://coffinbell.com/.
I don’t write in the genre they publish, dark literature, very often, but I did my research, read there (fun!), and decided some of my work does fit. Phew, because I was correct. While I wrote this poem as feminist poetry, about killing women, it did fit the genre of dark literature.
(And now this post is longer than the poem!)
Lesson learned? Read before submitting, read more, think creatively, and keep on submitting!
Thanks for reading.
When to Write Using a Formal Style
I’ll sure share with my students. Thanks again, Thoughtco.com!
Favorite Quotes? Feel free to add on and share
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~ Lau Tzu
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” –Frederick Douglass
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So needed a nature walk today! Couldn’t wait to post these pictures, so I created this blog from my phone. I am learning. Enjoy, and thanks for reading and viewing.
Math Tips To Blow Your Mind—Thanks to Thoughtco.com
What a fun and interesting website! Today Thoughtco.com presents some math tips. As someone who hasn’t taken a math class in decades, I appreciate this information.
Perhaps you will as well.
Enjoy your numbers. And thanks for reading.
To read the article and the math tips, go here:
Crack the Spine Literary Magazine: a Mini-Review
Yes, people still read. Yes, people still write. Don’t forget that on days when you feel discouraged.
I know I am holding on to this knowledge when the news gets too awful, when I feel my own writing is not going well, when I wonder about the world.
But where there is a love of literacy, I sense hope. And I sense a lot of hope when finding so many earnest and passionate literary journals, including one that is new to me, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine.
When I first heard the name of this magazine, Crack the Spine (CTS), I was put off a bit–no cracking spines, please. But I kept going back to CTS, intrigued by the name and wondering just what is this magazine all about.
I’m delighted to find out “Crack the Spine loves the written word. Some might say we’re in love with the written word.” (from their website) Furthermore, the process of submitting to the magazine is full of kind humor, encouragement, and wit. CTS publishes flash fiction, micro-fiction, poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction, sponsors a themed print edition, biweekly digital editions, a “best of” and yearly anthology.
In addition, CTS has a cute “shop” where you can buy their published books as well as literary gifts such as mugs and tee-shirts.
While being a serious literary magazine, Crack the Spine emotes a kind and playful attitude that is welcoming to writers, even down to making submissions easier by using Submittable.com. I highly encourage writers to read there and consider submitting to this magazine.
As to the name? I’ve learned not to judge a magazine by its title–but I’m still watching out for my aching back.
Thanks for reading.
Poem Published Today
Pleased my poem “Stopped” was published here today:
This was quite a departure in style for me.
Thanks for reading!