Update

Hello everybody,

I know I haven’t been on here as much, but I’ve been taking a break since I went back to school this semester, and of course working on top of that. Plus, I have been looking into other creative projects that’s been preoccupying my time, so prepare to see some new stuff.

Also, I’ve decided that I’ll be deleting some of my old poems on here. Everyday my writing is changing and growing with me. I just…don’t care about them enough to keep them. Hope you understand.

 

sincerely,

To’Wednesday Sibley/ Day Sibley

Update

See your name listed online with other poets on Poets & Writers and Winning Writers!

Trish Hopkinson

Looking for ways to promote your writing and get your name out there? I recently was listed with two major writing resource sites:

My listing on Poets & Writers

– My listings on Winning Writers: 

  1. Markets and Contests for Writers
  2. Recommended Authors (pg 2)

If you are listed on other sites or have recommendations on other online listings for self-promotion, please add them to the comments below.

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See your name listed online with other poets on Poets & Writers and Winning Writers!

When You Get the Rejection Letter

Rejections, after Lauren Elma Frament

 

In a year of taking a break from submitting, I almost forgot how tedious sending your work to publications can be. You put blood, sweat and tears in revising your work to death before sending it out, and boom! You get the big “no”.

Sending my pieces to lit. journals had come in small blessings, usually unexpected. There were times my pieces fitted the theme of the journal and I got the boot. There were times I would cry and question if I should write at all, some I didn’t care.

Which is to say, you shouldn’t question whether you’re a good writer or not, there’s plenty of journals worldwide. It’s one of the scenarios where you have to push yourself. It’s not going to be easy–it’s really frustrating to be honest, but it’s part of the journey being a writer.

 

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When You Get the Rejection Letter

13 Ways to Support Poetry – guest blog post rewind by Dick Allen

Trish Hopkinson

Great guest blog post rewind up today from Dick Allen… the 13 ways to support poetry below include what to ask your local library, how to support poets you like, and quotes from others in the lit mag industry.

“It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men [and women] die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”—William Carlos Williams

1. Ask your local public libraries and college and university libraries and even perhaps public school libraries to regularly order and display books of contemporary poetry. A first guideline to encourage them might be to ask these libraries to make sure they have available the current year’s Pulitzer Prize winning book of poems, and probably the current year’s National Book Award book of poems, the current year’s National Book Critics Circle Award book of poems, the current year’s Poets Prize book of poems, the…

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13 Ways to Support Poetry – guest blog post rewind by Dick Allen

Why YOU Should Support Authors With Small Businesses

Day Sibley

So I recently came across this post while I was browsing through my Facebook, and thought whoever was thinking about writing their own book should know this. Can’t keep all the information to myself, now can I?

Authors are not rich. In fact, most make less than $10,000 a year. Being an author is a SMALL BUSINESS. If there are fifty reviews, Amazon lists a book in its newsletter and other promotions (also boughts). Reviews are the easiest way to say “thank you” to an author and tell their publisher to produce more books. Reviews can be short: “I Liked It”. It’s the number of reviews that matters the most.
http://www.TallPoppies.org

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Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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Today it rained in Vegas
aside from the floods
the city looks beautiful like this.
I don’t know why
but my mind keeps racing back to my childhood.
I remember
not eating in front of homeless people
unless I could share my food with them.
I used to love pigeons
now they make me sick.
I wanted to save the world to
but then I grew up.
How awful.

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Where Does Slam Go From Here?

Click here to read the full post.

Poetry would improve if it was not an option to tour for a living, if poets didn’t consider “slam poet” as an encompassing identity, and if being part of a clique was considered less important than producing beautiful work. We need to worry less about feelings and more about craft. If only poets realized that slam is a tiny, tiny pond, that being a big fish in it is absolutely meaningless.
—Alvin Lau

Where Does Slam Go From Here?

Bless the Mic

It takes a bold character
to bare its soul on the mic

I only have these words
when you get the chance,

say something with love
—mean it!

Do not do it for the applause
you have an important cause

do it—you have something to say
when the world tried to hush you.

Most importantly,
say it with love.

Always with love.

Bless the Mic

Sometimes Writers Annoy Me!!

So in my latest post, I asked how do you deal with arrogant writers? As I was surfing the web I found other recounts on how people experience this, and it’s not going to go away anytime soon–obviously, but I don’t have time to put up with that bullshit as an editor, I tell it like it is. Here are some articles I found on them, I think they’re important to read to remind folks like this to stay in check, or they’ll lose themselves in their own ego. I always recommend having confidence in whatever content you’re creating, but it doesn’t warrant you being an a-hole. If so keep your thoughts to yourself if you can’t say thing respectfully.

1.) The Problem of Entitlement by Steve Almond
2.) The Arrogant Amateur Writer by Jeffery Williams

3.) The Difference Between Good Writers & Bad Writers by Jeff Goins
4.) The Top 4 Reasons Arrogant Freelance Writers Fail by Karen Marston

5.)  The Selectively Arrogant Writer by Jill Nagle
6.) Arrogance, hubris and writers behaving badly by Amanda Craig
7.) Confidence vs. Arrogance – The Writer’s Temperament by Natania Barron

Sometimes Writers Annoy Me!!