I can finally tell you!

Some while ago, I wrote a poem and on a whim submitted it to a contest. I think I may have spoken about it on here, and I know I’ve talked about it on Twitter, during various chat events. Either way, the time has come that they’ve posted it on their website, and thus I can share it with you all!

The contest was about social issues, and I chose to write about the mandatory testing and how it’s more harmful than good. There are a few people that I have shared it with. The last guy was one of them, and he laughingly said that it might be something we talk about 20 years from now…

At least he believed I had a bit of talent.

Or he could at least joke about such a thing.

I don’t really believe he had any positive feelings or thoughts about me at all. I really wanted him to tell me otherwise, with his own words, without me having to ask for some sort of validation, but he never could. Whether that is me not able to see it in the way he was showing it, or just proof that it never existed, I couldn’t tell you for certain, but this poem at least was good enough to win third place in a contest that is outside of my home country.

That is something worth celebrating and sharing!

You can find it on the site of the magazine which is publishing it here: Wax Poetry and Art. In theory, they will have someone read it and post that on Youtube. If it comes to be, you know I’ll post it here!

Thanks for following along and being supportive of all my trials and tribulations, be they romantic or creative!!

 

Time to Refocus

Sometimes it takes a change of scenery to realize that your world has become out of focus. Spending the last few days at home has helped me to realize that I haven’t had my priorities 100% in the right place. I’ve been spending too much time trying to figure out what was going on with a man who didn’t even see me as a person, so I’ve let important things, like my writing, sit on the back burner.

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The Timelessness of the Cinderella Story

Cinderella romance stories have been popular for centuries, and they show no signs of dying out. Why do writers feel compelled to put their own spin on a tale that has been around for hundreds of years? Why do readers keep responding to these rags to riches books and movies? Members of the Glass Slipper Sisters share their thoughts on the subject below. The Glass Slipper Sisters is a group of fifteen authors of Cinderella-themed romance novels covering subgenres from chick lit and sweet romance, to steamy romance and fantasy.  Readers are invited to download the Cinderella Treasure Trove, their free collection of excerpts, recipes, and party tips, as well as to interact with the Sisters on their Facebook group.  Continue reading

Mentors Make a Difference

Often in the business world, and even in books about how to be successful in the business world, like Lean In, they often talk about having a mentor. In education, beginning teachers are paired with a mentor teacher who can show them all the things that you aren’t taught in education classes. Sometimes, moving to a new school will get you a mentor teacher as well.

I was given one when I moved to my new district.

But what is the purpose of a mentor? Are they really necessary? How do you find one? And do they work in all fields? What about if you’re an author? Continue reading

Two in one on a Tuesday

This weekend was insanely busy, so I missed the weekend coffee share (if you don’t know what that is, go check it out at ParttimeMonster.com). But, since what I was planning to share was the same as what I’d talk about on Tinder Adventure Tuesday, we’ll combine them here.

The basic rules of the coffee share are this: you imagine you’re having coffee with someone, and then tell them what you’d say. It’s meant to be more conversational for people who don’t keep a conversational blog style. I’m pretty conversational already, so it may be a bit redundant, but I like the idea of a day just to check in with how I feel and such.

Of course, this weekend, I was busier than a one armed paper hanger… which is not my favorite variation of that saying, but the most PC…
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