2015 Goals: August Status Report


1. Work towards getting The Muse published.

All rewrites and adjustments are officially finished! The Muse has a new beginning and all plot holes in the epilogue have been plugged. Yes, I did quite the little happy dance!

The process took much longer than I would have liked, but cutting an entire chapter was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Ultimately, I know I made the right decision and I don’t regret taking my time to get it right.

Armed with my reconfigured novel, I’m looking to start the query process once again. I pulled up my query letter tracker (i.e. spreadsheet) and updated it with possible targets. Let the games begin!

2. Start writing Lineage.

While plugging plot holes in The Muse, I added to my notes for Lineage. This month was all about world-building. Lineage will take my characters to a place that exists somewhere between myth and reality, (more so than already established in The Muse).

I’ve been doing some really fun research to determine what this pseudo-reality might look like (the colors and textures of Kartchner Caverns and Mammoth Cave are tickling my muse right now!), while also figuring out the characters who live there. Ever heard of a rogue muse? Well, you will! Stay tuned!

3. Submit poetry.

It was a good month for poetry! Partial results for the 2015 April Poem A Day Challenge (via Poetic Asides on Writer’s Digest) have been posted and I was thrilled to see my name listed in the Top 10 for Days 6 and 11. Considering the sheer number of entries (upwards of 900 to 1000 each day), I am both humbled and amazed to be included among the finalists. Results are still coming, so stay tuned!

Once again, I participated in the Poetic Asides community via Writer’s Digest. As always, I find the prompts challenging and the community inspiring.

I also completed another month of National Haiku Writing Month’s daily prompts via NaHaiWriMo’s Facebook Page. August prompts all started with the letter T and they were so much fun! I completed the month with at least one haiku a day.

4. Don’t give up or get distracted.

Despite the start of a new school year, (the busiest time of the year for teachers!), I managed to keep my muse focused on writing when I wasn’t at work. No matter how tired I am, the day isn’t over until I’ve written something!

5. Be flexible.

To close out August I decided to experiment with the haiku form, yet again. While I love the three line format in both traditional and contemporary haiku, I am intrigued by the single line format. It’s tricky and requires precise word choice. The examples I’ve seen are either amazing or weirdly abstract, which has left me leery of trying it out for myself.  Well, I finally jumped in and started playing with single line poetry. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m loving the challenge.

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And let’s not forget the word of the year:


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How are you doing with your 2015 goals?

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c.b.w. 2015

Another Top 10!


The results for the 2015 April Poem A Day Challenge (via Poetic Asides on Writer’s Digest) continue to roll in little by little. Last week, I came home from a long day at work and decided to check out the results page to see if any new finalist lists had been posted. I didn’t think I’d find my name anywhere – I’d already made the Top 10 for Day 6 and I’m still quite ecstatic about that!

To my great surprise, I found my name in the Top 10 for another day in the challenge!!! There it was under Day 11, third from the bottom!


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When I saw what prompt and judge was associated with Day 11, I got even more excited. This is the one I wanted the most! The judge, Michael Dylan Welch, is a poet I greatly admire. His haikus are beautiful and so is his philosophy regarding the practice. In addition, he runs National Haiku Writing Month, of which I participate in every month.

When I saw he was judging Day 11, I worked incredibly hard on my entries. I think I wrote twenty haikus, before settling on just three to enter. To see one of them selected by a poet who has inspired me so much is nothing short of amazing.

I feel incredibly honored to be included among some insanely talented poets – Walt Wojtanik, De Jackson, and Daniel Ari are prolific contributors on Poetic Asides and I love their work. They also happen to be some of the most encouraging and kind people I’ve ever encountered. Congrats to all!

Last but not least, here’s the haiku that made the cut:

monsoon wind
answers the 
cicada’s call

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c.b.w. 2015