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Andrea Dietrich grew up in Iowa and now resides in Utah with a spouse and two cats. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. Having graduated BYU with a Spanish major/ESL minor, she has spent most of her adult life teaching. It wasn't until 2000 that she began writing in earnest and discovering her "niche" as a writer of lyrical poetry. The internet opened up a new world for her, and she has spent nearly a decade now participating in poetry clubs, acting as a judge of poetry contests for various magazines and for the website Shadow Poetry, and also, entering poetry contests herself.

Ms. Dietrich has won numerous awards, as well as the title Poet of the Year 2008, from the Yahoo group, Poetry For Thought. In addition, she has won prizes from the magazines Lucidity, Bell's Letters, Art with Words, Poets at Work and SP Quill, the magazine for which she wrote grammar and poetry articles as well as movie reviews and for which she acted as poetry editor for the head editor Marie Summers for six years. Many of her poems have appeared in Shadows Ink, a yearly published series of chapbooks of award winning poetry as well as in numerous other anthologies. Her short stories appeared in many issues of SP Quill and much of her poetry is published in eight chapbooks (the most recent one soon to be published is called Prosies), which can be purchased at Shadowpoetry.com.


New Footles Contest/ Some Suggestions for Footle Writing


Blog Posted:8/17/2014 8:15:00 PM

I was very inspired by Judy Konos to do my own footle contest. I can't believe I have never done one yet. Or did I?? Anyway, here is part of what I posted at my contest description and I hope it might prove helpful to those who do not quite get the concept of footles yet:

First, the payoff in a good footle is actually not  just in the rhyming of two very short lines of 2 syllables each. It is also in the TITLE. Once you have two great rhyming words, just think up a really clever title to go with your footle! If you have seen Judy’s recent winners’ list, there are some examples for you right there. Also, you can type in footles in Soup’s search engine and view many other examples to get an idea how it is done.

I am noticing that some people are not quite getting the knack of it. Footles have to RHYME. I am seeing some people not rhyming them. Specifically the second syllable of line one must rhyme with second syllable of line two. However, even the first syllable of each line can rhyme! Here are a few examples from my collection:

To Flatter a Large Woman

Call ‘er
smaller

Theft at the Meat Market

Bacon
Taken

Finally, you don’t even have to rhyme them on both syllables of each word the way I do, but that has always been my style. You can also use two separate 1-syllable words on each line with only the second one-syllable word having the rhyme. I have never done any that way, but I saw a few like that in Judy's winner list. I can't think of an example right off the bat. Anyway, I hope this is a little helpful at least. Hope everyone had a nice Sunday!

 

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  1. Date: 8/22/2014 11:56:00 AM
    Hi Andrea....I see that the Footles craze has become a frenzy:) I keep seeing them everywhere. Even when I comment I get the urge to write in Footle form!! Here's one for the road:: ) Curviture: Limbo ~ Bimbo. // paul

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  1. Date: 8/19/2014 3:19:00 PM
    With all these annoying adverts popping up all over the place and the "The quote of the day", might I suggest to TPS that they rather feature some humour on the HOME page on a regular basis. Newspapers have been doing it for years and it is rather enjoyable. So, in keeping with it being a website dedicated to poets, lets feature a footle of the day/week/month. You will surely get more visitors - just to read the "funny" of the day on your pages. There are some great footles or even other humorous pieces to choose from among the ranks here. BTW Adverts are like living next to a railway line: You stop hearing them after a while and is only annoying to the new comer(s). Love, Su

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/19/2014 11:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Good idea to include humorous poems and footles on a daily basis. That could liven things up!!
  1. Date: 8/19/2014 10:17:00 AM
    Your first example is probably the funniest I have read - From: Tiny Timmy To: Dandy Andie...

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/19/2014 11:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thanks, Tim, that was one of my first footles.
  1. Date: 8/19/2014 8:59:00 AM
    Today first date footles and new baby... am inspired by these simple forms:-) Hugs jan xxx

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/19/2014 9:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Glad to see you like them, Jan. Hope all is well with you today! such busy days. I wish I had many more hours each day than I have!
  1. Date: 8/18/2014 3:41:00 PM
    Love the examples! Bacon/Taken is hilarious, Andrea. Let's see if I have "time" to write an entry!! LOL!! Im in!

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    O. Avatar Ruben O. Date: 8/18/2014 5:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    : D!!
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/18/2014 4:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hey, that's nearly a footle: better/enter
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/18/2014 4:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You better enter!!
  1. Date: 8/18/2014 10:52:00 AM
    Now I've written 'drinking footles for fun' lol am on a roll!

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  1. Date: 8/18/2014 10:18:00 AM
    I have written some 'ladies of the night footles for fun' - please drop by and see Tim and Eileen joining in and being SO norty!!! Jan xxxx

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/18/2014 2:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hahaha. I can only imagine!!
  1. Date: 8/18/2014 10:04:00 AM
    weeee.. :D like your samples Andie Hope i can make something lighter and funnier.. :D!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/18/2014 2:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm sure you can, sweetie pie.
  1. Date: 8/18/2014 5:23:00 AM
    Ohh Andrea I found the last footle challenge so so hard - just as testing as a longer poem - got some thinking to do now:-) Hugs jan xxx

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    Allison Avatar Jan Allison Date: 8/18/2014 9:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have now submitted them she says blushing LOL:-) Hugs Jan xxx
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/18/2014 9:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Look at Eileen's examples here! she is on the right track and I know you can do it too. I mean, come on, you have done some really funny poems!
  1. Date: 8/18/2014 2:25:00 AM
    I'm with Craig on this one! For the life of me...I can't get this little guy right! ;) I'll try!!!! Hugs

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/18/2014 9:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    THANKS! ;) I have one or two up my sleeve still, but I wanted to know your opinion on safe ones! ;) Humor is so foreign to me. That Husband's Nursery Rhyme should be...Or Hump me/Grumpy! Sheesh...too vulgar! ;) But a good take on Humpty Dumpty, no? Hugs
    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/18/2014 9:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Eileen, Don't give them all away. Remember I don't want to know who is doing what!! But some of those you said were good!
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/18/2014 2:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm SO MAD! I just wrote about six and LOST THEM! :( Pressed the wrong key....BTW...do you accept bawdy stuff? Need an example? Nursery rhyme for HIM... Humpy/Grumpy...Oh Goodness me...What about...Gift for Wifie....Racy/Lacy....Or Or....My Kind of Man...Hunky/Chunky....Or or...My kind of Man part 2 Teaser/Pleaser...Oh dear! Give me FEED BACK...I'm DYING HERE!
  1. Date: 8/17/2014 9:41:00 PM
    You "OWN" foodles!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Dietrich Avatar Andrea Dietrich Date: 8/18/2014 9:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I only wish I owned them. they are so simple that I bet eventually, if they catch on, they won't be able to be copyrighted since lots of people will be doing the same ones! (well, maybe titles will be different) I fully expect to see some of mine in the future, but with different titles on them!

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