#IWSG – Seeking Balance

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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 May 4 posting of the IWSG will be Stephen Tremp,Fundy Blue,MJ Fifield,Loni Townsend,Bish Denham,Susan Gourley, and Stephanie Faris! If you’d like to join in, just click the link above for the IWSG sign-up!

Last month, I was all excited for the A2Z Challenge to begin. I’d planned to write Science Fiction flash fiction for the entire month and I am pleased to say that I succeeded. I also have a wealth of stories now to go back later as time allows and expand them into longer pieces.

However, somehow during April, I got thrown off balance. Along with the flash fiction, I’d also planned to write poetry. I started off well, but I began teetering along that fine line between poetry and prose. I soon discovered that I was having a difficult time switching back and forth between the two. And so, I lost my balance. It could also have been that I’d just taken on too many projects. I did, after all, do two blogs for the A2Z, was trying to do the poetry, plus keep up with all of the other writing challenges that I normally do. The 21st was especially difficult for me and I almost missed the net. Somehow, I regained a bit of balance and completed the A2Z, but not the poetry. I’m not going to beat myself up over it though. There is always next year where I may decided to combine the poetry and A2Z so as not to get too off centered.

So now I am back to writing stories again for the StoryADay in May. I am still writing a bit of poetry, but now I can pick and choose when I want to write it. And I am still seeking that balance between prose and poetry. Hopefully, I will find it.

Hump Day Poetry – Week 13


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….

This Place I Tread Alone
~for Lisa D.

What’s the worse that could happen
should I linger here too long
feel the inner trappings of madness
or the darkness of death’s desires

Would my absence even matter
should I not come back again
lost in my own mind castles
far from your gentle hands

there are demons and devils here
that feast on fallen angels
I’m not saying I want to leave you
but this is no place for tender souls

©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. Rosema @ A Reading Writer
  2. Pleasant Street @ Are You Thrilled
  3. Poetpas
  4. Marie @ The Syllabub Sea
  5. Cheryl-Lynn @ Tournesol dans un Jardin


  • 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.
  • 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.

Here are a few interesting articles:

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!