3 Poems Published

Earlier this year, I submitted three poems to a literary magazine called The Furious Gazelle.  They contacted me several months later to inform me that they loved all three.  The editors published these on their website yesterday.

The titles of the poems are “A Childless Dream,” “Insomnia,” and “Immortal.”  The first two poems are quite personal for me.  I used my imagination to write the third.

I have done well lately with getting my poems published.  I’m really excited and so proud of myself.  I’m thankful for so much.

My Manuscript

Recently, I finished rewriting my manuscript.  It was the first and only completed novel I’ve written since I began pursuing my dreams of becoming a published novelist.

I’ve begun querying agents again.  There were a few I queried in the past, before this rewrite, that never responded.  I assumed that they had no interest in my book, so I didn’t follow-up on the submissions.

I hope to gain someone’s interest after all this hard work and perseverance.  Here I go again!

My Poem Published by Yellow Chair Review

I recently had a poem titled “Legend” featured in a print publication.  The anthology was a tribute to Prince published by Yellow Chair Review.  This is my seventh poem published by a literary magazine.

While it is the second time a poem of mine has made it to print, it is the first time one of my poems has ever been printed within an actual book with an ISBN number and sold on Amazon.com.

I’m so happy and proud of myself!

Query Rejection Letters of My Novel

I wrote a semiautobiographical novel about a difficult period in my life and my daily struggles.  It’s classified as contemporary fiction/realistic fiction/women’s fiction.  After working on it for four years, I completed the manuscript’s final draft late in 2015, and I began querying literary agents for representation.

I did receive several form rejection letters and a few more personalized ones.  One agent said that there wasn’t much of a market for my story, but others might feel differently.  Another wrote back declining representation after careful consideration over a lengthy amount of time.  She explained that she wasn’t drawn into the material as much as she had hoped.  This query rejection implied that my story had promise if I could improve upon it.

Now I’m back to rewriting this manuscript for the eighth time.  With each new draft I create a copy of the file before making changes.  This way I have the last version saved without the new edits.  It helps if I need to restore something I deleted.

For the eighth and final draft of my novel, I’ve cut out much of the original first two chapters.  I found the writing sluggish.  The beginning could very easily lose a reader’s interest with such a slow-moving pace.  I hope the changes I’ve made to hold a reader’s attention will encourage him or her to continue reading the book and finish it.

I’m still writing for one reader as all the famous writers suggest.  I’m writing for myself.  I’m writing what I would want to read.

I would like to have the final polished work ready by the end of the summer (at the latest).  Then I’ll start querying literary agents again.  Wish me more than luck.

A Dream

 

A Dream
by Edgar Allan Poe

In visions of the dark night
       I have dreamed of joy departed—
But a waking dream of life and light

       Hath left me broken-hearted.

Ah! what is not a dream by day
       To him whose eyes are cast
On things around him with a ray

       Turned back upon the past?

That holy dream—that holy dream,
       While all the world were chiding,
Hath cheered me as a lovely beam

       A lonely spirit guiding.

What though that light, thro’ storm and night,
       So trembled from afar—
What could there be more purely bright
   In Truth’s day-star?

 

Edgar Allan Poe was a creative and talented writer who used precise language and imagery in his work.

In his poem, ‘A Dream,’ he wrote it in the first person, using short and simple language expressive of his emotions.  It’s a lyric poem, which is melodious like that of a song.  Each of the four stanzas is a quatrain–having four lines.  While there’s no discernible pattern, he used iambic rhythm throughout the poem, which consists of a metrical foot having a short syllable followed by a long syllable.

The narrator dreams of losing happiness.  When he wakes up from this dream, he realizes that he’s already suffered heartbreak.  He can’t let go of the past and reflects too much on it.

He compares life to dreams as if his experiences did not measure up to his expectations of life.  This truth is the narrator’s real awakening.  The truth, or his ‘waking dream of life and light,’ is the brightest in the sky even during the daytime.  The poem ends with a question about the brightness of this reality for emphasis.

sesquipedalian

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Photo from Merriam Webster’s dictionary.

One of my favorite words is sesquipedalian.  It is a great polysyllabic adjective.

Sesquipedalian’s first word definition is having many syllables: long.  Like the sesquipedalian technical terms used in medicine.

Its second word definition is given to or characterized by the use of long words.  The sesquipedalian prose of medical journals.

I love the sesquipedalian nature of the word ‘sesquipedalian.’