#IWSG – Embracing the Familiar

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The Insecure Writers Support Group  is where writers can share their insecurities and encourage one another. IWSG was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh and we share our posts the first Wednesday of the month. The awesome co-hosts for the April 6 posting of the IWSG will be Megan Morgan, Chris Votey, Viola Fury, Christine Rains, Madeline Mora-Summonte, L.G. Keltner, Rachna Chhabria, and Patricia Lynne! If you’d like to join in, just click the link above for the IWSG sign-up!


Last month at this time, I was feeling all insecure and riddle with anxiety as I embarked upon a long writing project, namely my 31 day Noir-style WhoDunIt serial, The Stacked Deck. I’d only written one other lengthy project before, and I wasn’t sure I would survive the whole month and keep the story interesting. I am pleased to announce that not only did I complete the 31 parts, but I gained some lovely readers in the process who kept me going ’til the end.

This month, I am embracing some familiar territory – the world of Science Fiction. This is the genre that I most enjoy reading and writing. I’ve joined the A2Z Challenge and tasked myself to write 26 prompted flash fiction pieces. I am feeling pretty good about these.

The best advice I can give to anyone out there, after that harrowing month of March, is to step outside of your comfort zone once in a while and try something new. Not only does it challenge you as a writer, but it also frees up your mind so that when you do come back to the familiar, you are refreshed, renewed and ready to go at it again.

Hump Day Poetry – Week 9 – Where the Fantasy Lives.

Sharing some beautiful Hump Day poetry…
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Looking forward she thought it was good.

Then again, yesterday was a good

Or so she thought

Of cakes and whistles and whirly gigs,

Of snakes and flakes and strange furry bits.

The old lady thought it couldn’t get any worse

Or was this as good as it got?

It was the half way mark

So from here on it had to be easier

At least one thought so

If the demons and screamers

Could be kept at bay

Who knew what might be achieved

As life wound its way to its illogical end.

In the early morning light she heard it again

The unmistakeable sound of the dawn

The mindless chatter of birds

The scurrying for position

As the food source opened up

The screeching and wailing of the hungry

As she settled in against her pillow

Felt her lover roll over into her

As the heavens opened once…

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Hump Day Poetry – Week 9


Hump Day Poetry is a weekly poetry blog-share every *Wednesday*

Here’s how you can join in

The rules:

1. Write a poem (any type of poetry, even for other challenges) You have from Wednesday to the following Tuesday to link up!
2. Grab the badge and display it on your blog to show your support.
3. Link it to my poem of the week with a pingback or by leaving the link to your poem in comments.
4. Visit other bloggers’ poetry for that week. Like, leave a comment, and share! (Please try to visit as many other poets as possible. Keep the community love flowing!)

Note: to create a pingback, simply include the url of this post somewhere in your post. Please check my page to ensure your pingback has posted. If not, it is either awaiting moderation, or the pingback failed (happens sometimes!). To ensure your post is seen, you may want to just add the link to my page. I would rather have duplicates than not get to read your poetry!

Click HERE for further information.

And now for my poem of the week….


Awaiting Your Return
~for Lisa D.

this deafening silence grows
hour upon hour, day upon day
and I wonder what offense
struck a blow between us

maybe I’ve read this wrong
a chapter in our lives
where the verbiage is foreign
too strange to comprehend

or am I getting what I asked for?
I can’t take those words back
only pry open the window
to let you back in

I shrug off this bitter chill
await the sunshine I know will come

©2016 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.


Happenings in the World of Poetry

Each week I will list 5 poetry (and fiction!) bloggers who I follow and enjoy their work. I hope you will take a few moments to check out their blogs. Here is this week’s offerings:

  1. Busy Mind Thinking
  2. Sue Vincent @ Daily Echo
  3. Captain Q
  4. Svelte @ Blase’
  5. Keith @ keithgarrettpoetry
  • Paper Plane Pilots is an amazing group of poets and fiction writers. They also host a free literary magazine and are currently accepting submissions for issue eight of In-flight Literary Magazine. The deadline to submit is June 1st.
  • At the NPM Daily blog, you’ll find a new interview with a poet each day during April.
  • Maybe you’d be interested in making a guerrilla poetry video!
  • If you live in or around Northern Georgia (USA), try getting out to Blue Ridge on Saturday, April 9th for the Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference. Robert Lee Brewer of Poetic Asides will be there leading two sessions focused on poetry.
  • The WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook contest is hosted by Writer’s Relief, Inc. The chapbook contest runs to May 25, 2016. The winning poet will receive a $500 cash prize; publication of the poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print; and 25 free print copies. The contest is limited to poetry chapbooks 24 – 48 pages in length, and the entry fee is $20. Click the link above for complete contest submission guidelines.

REMEMBER: April is National Poetry Month and and you can still join the fun over at the April PAD Challenge and NaPoWriMo Challenge!

Are you looking for weekly poetry (and sometimes fiction) challenges? Never fear! Check out the following:

If you know of other happenings in the world of poetry or  blogs that host poetry challenges, let me know in comments and I will include them in next week’s Happenings!