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My family, especially my daughters Libby and Mandy
My job
being by the sea
walking in the country
dancing in the rain
writing (wouldn't be here if I didn't)
being with friends
dark nights by the fire with a good book and wine
long soaks in the bath
the wind through a windchime
the sun on my face
all wildlife

nothing but a few things irritate not worth mentioning

Has had to re-invent myself following the death of my husband 2 years ago and I've learned that I am a stronger person than I thought and that true friends stand by you when others walk away.

I have had to learn to do things by myself and I've made solo journeys, surprised how happy and content I can be with my own company.

My philosophy - CARPA DEUM (seize the day) - for there may never be a tomorrow

Lost muse and short fuse

Blog Posted:8/17/2011 2:50:00 PM
Hello again my fellow soupers

As we know - sometimes we writers get writers block and I for one lost my muse for about six months and found it hard to even pick up a pencil let alone put one to paper (even after a few glasses of wine!).

However, the break gave me time to concentrate on putting together my anthology - 'There's Enough Blue in the Sky' - not an easy task as I am hyper critical of my work (basically I think I'm rubbish) and struggled to put 10 pages together at first. But after a few weeks of filtering (and a lot of wine), I finally thought I had what I thought was ananthology to be proud of and sent it to an editor who suggested a few changes (thanks Ian) before sending off.

Changes completed, I looked in the Writers & Artists Handbook and sent it off to reputable publishers niaively thinking that was all I had to do to be a fully bona fide poet (who was I fooling???).

Week after week I recieved rejection after rejection. They said it was 'good' (good its flipping wonderful), but not they were looking for at the moment (lie), they weren't taking on any work at the moment - try again in a couple of years (another lie), they didn't publish anthologies by single authors (what?????) or I had to get published in a notable magazine first (does that include the People's Friend?).

I bet if I was some celebrity they would have no problem publishing as they seem to put out their shoping lists if they thought it would bring in the ready's.  I also bet that there are a lot of talented writers out there whose work is overlooked in favour of a 'tell all' by a b-list bimbo (not that I'm jealous....or bitter!) It's sooo annoying!!.

Has anyone else had the same problem....or does anyone know of a publisher who would be willing, nay biting at the bit to put my anthology into print.

So....what happens now.....I guess it's the self publishing route for me....if it was good enough for John Keats....then it's good enough for me.

Well enough ranting....I'm off to have a glass of wine before looking through the names of publishers who will be more than willing to put my name in least for a rice they will.
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  1. Date: 8/18/2011 5:06:00 AM
    Thanks all for your comments - I shall take all of your advice and publish no matter what - you can't keep a good arian down - my writing group had an anthology published last year so I am going to contact the publisher to get prices and do it myself.

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  1. Date: 8/17/2011 9:57:00 PM
    Carolyn got it right down here. The best we can do is get published in a good magazine. (buy a Poet's Market for name of magazines and contest magazines). Often you must subscribe to a magazine to get into it, or maybe they will pay you a tiny sum of money, if it is a super good magazine or just give you a free copy of it! that's been my experience with the magazines. Luv, Andrea

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  1. Date: 8/17/2011 9:52:00 PM
    Janette, I don't think poets are a "publishable commodity" and only a very famous person or some professor of literature or someone hugely popular in a state poetry circle will ever have the fortune to have a publisher want to publish their works. Just go to any bookstore and you will rarely find modern everyday poets' books, only some famous eggheads with very hard to understand poetry that got published in the New Yorker or something. And of course the classic poets. I wonder if any of US will ever be able to appear as a "classic poet" a hundred years from now. I can't imagine we would ever have that chance because the world is too filled with internet poets now. Oh, and if I were married to a famous actor, I am sure I would finally be able to find a publisher eager to sell my books!

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  1. Date: 8/17/2011 8:06:00 PM
    You go girl...I wish i had enough confidence in my writing to even consider of luck with it xxx Tracie

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  1. Date: 8/17/2011 7:45:00 PM
    I had writer's block for 4 years.. wanted to write, but there was nothing there... so I wrestled with angels and street bums, with whirlwinds and demons and ledger sheets and applications... and then one day it started to spill. Best wishes in your endeavors, Janette!

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  1. Date: 8/17/2011 5:45:00 PM
    Hey, Janette, don't go calling your work "rubbish." I've always loved your writing and you've given us much pleasure reading your poems. Finding a publisher in the UK might be hard. I know of one in the U.S., but they require at least 50 poems and one UK submitter did get rejected. Talk to Karen O'Leary about getting published in reputable magazines. She's had a lot of success - so has Iolanda Scripca. I think Souper Jack Horne (from England) knows a publisher there. Hope this helps. Very nice to see you back here! Love, Carolyn

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My Past Blog Posts

'Season's Contest' Judged - At Last
Date Posted: 11/30/2012 3:04:00 AM
Seasons of Mist contest
Date Posted: 11/14/2012 8:04:00 AM
New comp 'Seasons of Mist' posted
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When Fate Decides Contest Judged
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New Contest "When Fate Decides" posted
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WOW!!!! What a Weekend
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I'm Going to the Oscars!!!!
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Holding Out for a Hero Competition
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Hope 'Springs' Eternal
Date Posted: 4/8/2012 7:14:00 AM
Books a mile high
Date Posted: 11/7/2011 11:21:00 AM
The Seasons they are a'changing
Date Posted: 8/19/2011 3:16:00 PM
Lost muse and short fuse
Date Posted: 8/17/2011 2:50:00 PM
Long Time No See
Date Posted: 4/13/2011 11:41:00 AM
Happy Holidays
Date Posted: 11/22/2010 12:36:00 PM
Absence of mind
Date Posted: 10/4/2010 5:13:00 AM
Frost bitten
Date Posted: 7/6/2010 2:44:00 PM
Soup members leaving
Date Posted: 6/16/2010 9:44:00 AM
Sounds Familiar Contest Judged
Date Posted: 5/9/2010 7:52:00 AM
Thank you Constance
Date Posted: 5/2/2010 8:18:00 AM
What a busy bee!!!
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I can't see blogs either
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Sounds Familiar Comp
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Sounds familiar???
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Small glimmer of light
Date Posted: 3/1/2010 2:15:00 AM

My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/25/2012Music and MemoriesFree verselost love,music,me,song,m
9/25/2012It's About TimeLight Poetryfunny,growing up,life,tim
4/17/2012Loves BouquetRhymelove,romance,me,beauty,be
4/7/2012Unforgetttable MomentsRhymenostalgia,time,beauty,bea
4/1/2012The Day Before You CameLyrichusband,loss,love,day,lif
3/4/2012The Road Not TakenRhymelife,
11/14/2011A Clock Strikes ThirteenRhymefantasy,mystery,
10/31/2011Confession to a BartenderRhymehusband,love,world,day,
8/16/2011In My WorldRhymelife,world,day,
10/8/2010Autumn DayRhymenature,seasonsautumn,
10/2/2010Forbidden FuitFree versepassion,sensual,
9/25/2010A Kiss So SweetRhymeangst,death,husband,lost
7/23/2010She's LeavingRhymelife,lost lovelife,love,
6/29/2010FestivalLight Poetrysocial
5/26/2010A 'Twisted' Sense of PrideRhymepolitical,sportsworld,eng
5/19/2010Hear Me O LordAcrosticdeath,husband,loss
5/14/2010LibraryAcrosticon writing and words
5/14/2010Boat RaceHaikusports
5/8/2010Through the Looking GlassAcrosticangst,lost love
4/17/2010Speck in the UniverseHaikunature

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Fav Poems

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Devil's IslandRhymeadventureold,old,
Twelve MonthsCoupletnaturemay,
Moonlight On The BayRhymelove,passion,seawater,wat
WordsRhymeintrospection,on writing
A Well-appointed CowpokeRhymecowboy-western
Final DaysFree verseangst,death,loss,sadday,
In Strangler's WoodRhymedeath,
Summer Sounds Surround MeFree versenature,seasonsdaughter,su
Soul of a Poet Life of a ChildRhymesadlife,
Blazing With Heat and PassionFree verselove,teen,
Last CallRhymedeath,
Whenever A Poet CriesRhymeimagination,life,on writi
Share NotRhymefood,me,

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