The Publishing Story You Rarely Hear

The Publishing Story You Rarely Hear

The story of the publication of my first book of poetry, if you are new to getting your poetry published, is something that you don’t usually hear. What happened was, I sent my manuscript of poetry into a publisher’s prize, and I didn’t win the...
How To Deal with Overwhelm: 3 Easy Strategies To Try out!

How To Deal with Overwhelm: 3 Easy Strategies To Try out!

I’ve been feeling overwhelmed for the past 2 weeks. There just seems to be so much going on, creatively, personally, and professionally. When I feel overwhelmed, I can get into a state of analysis paralysis, where I just turn things over constantly in my brain. Which...
Chaos And The Love Machine

Chaos And The Love Machine

I was talking to a good friend today after our initial chat about writing mentoring and the conversation turned to chaos and the love machine. No, it’s not a new band name. Though that could work too. What we’re talking about here is love and art....
What is in the way of your writing? Are you an avoidant writer?

What is in the way of your writing? Are you an avoidant writer?

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve been an avoidant artist for much of my life. I’ve carried a guitar around with me to different sharehouses over about 10 years with no impulse to play it. This is one of the saddest things to me. Sometimes my dreams are so...
Why is it so hard to get published & what to do about it?

Why is it so hard to get published & what to do about it?

I remember in my earlier poetry days, some older male poet said something to me about how I was too young to be published or something along those lines. I didn’t say much at the time, but inwards I thought to myself, yeah, we’ll see about that. Maybe 6 to...
What is Poetry? 33 Personal Definitions of Poetry!

What is Poetry? 33 Personal Definitions of Poetry!

Sometimes people want to know what makes a poem a poem. I decided to demonstrate the complexity of completing such a task like defining poetry by putting a call out to my poetry peers and acquaintances to decide what is poetry to them. Wondering what makes poetry...
3 Habits That Will Make You A Better Writer

3 Habits That Will Make You A Better Writer

Habits are powerful. Especially as they are so darn habitual, meaning, we do them all the time. If you can start new habits that support your writing aspirations, then it’s like you can put part of the improvement process on autopilot. As your habits get repeated and...
Writing Poetry – The Beginner’s Guide

Writing Poetry – The Beginner’s Guide

Writing poetry has been a popular pastime during various points in history – from the Romantics to the Beats – and today poetry is experiencing a resurgence with the rise of social media. Now more people have a platform for their poetry. Perhaps...
9 Ways to Have Fun Despite Coronavirus COVID-19 Precautions

9 Ways to Have Fun Despite Coronavirus COVID-19 Precautions

Photo by Daniel Tafjord on Unsplash During this period where people are either being told to self-isolate or are choosing to as a precaution, there are some limitations on what we can do. Pubs and clubs are no longer operational, cafes are take-away...
How to Live Your Dream Life

How to Live Your Dream Life

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash Keep your body healthy As a basis for living a good life, keeping your body healthy is vital. Someone once told me your health is your wealth. Without it, you can’t do anything else. So eat your fruit and veg, make positive...