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Hello, I’m Nina :-) 

I have been dipping in and out of poetry since I was very young - in fact one of my most treasured possessions is a book of poems I wrote when I was six. (That and my copy of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes - which I still love to this day!) As a teenager I used to gift little rhymes to my friends to cheer them up but I never seriously continued my scribbling into adulthood.

If you’d told me a year ago how much poetry I’d be writing today, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. My brain was fogged by baby brain and, unbeknown to me, an undiagnosed illness. Towards the end of 2017, the baby brain began to improve, I got the illness under control, and with a burst of joy at its new-found clarity and creativity, my brain started to spew forth poetry as never before! I seized the moment, started a blog (called “It All Rhymes”) and with that going down well, joined Poetry Soup in January 2018. So far, I’ve not looked back!

In “real life”, I’m a Marketing Manager and I live in Wiltshire, UK with my fabulous husband and two wonderful, exhausting boys. 










First Contest!

Blog Posted:7/29/2018 4:07:00 AM

Good morning lovely people!

Back in March, a heart-stoppingly wondrous human gifted me a Premium Membership. Since then, I've been plucking up the courage to host my own contest - just to give a little bit back. Well, finally, and following a motivational speech by a fellow Souper this morning, I've gone for it. 

So, one of my absolute favourite things in a poem (a rhyming poem at least) is cracking good metre, and my first contest puts heavy emphasis (excuse the pun) on this. So if you like a good tum-tee-tum-tee-tum-tee-tum or ya-ta-ta-ya-ta-ta-TA, please take a look!

I will put all poems fulfilling the metre criteria and other rules through to the second round, and after that go with my own personal enjoyment of the poem. I hope to be a fair judge!

Also, I won't be reading around the site while the contest is live - I'll just read other contest winners to avoid reading entries by accident. So, if I'm quiet for a while, bear with me! If you miss me terribly, enter my contest so it fills nice and quickly! ;-) 

While I'm here, another thing a PM gives is the ability to post pictures and finally, FINALLY I have worked out how to do this consistently - yay! Frankly, there have been moments of shoutiness about this - I had managed it a couple of times, then just couldn't get it to work again. Well, the answer is, it works on my laptop, but not my iPad. Nothing more satisfying than overcoming techno-issues, and in case anyone was having the same problem, I thought I'd pass the tip on.

Well, look forward to reading your entries, you clever lot! Not sure how I'll get on being a host - if I enjoy it, I'll host more; if I don't, I won't! 

Nina x

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Date: 7/29/2018 7:39:00 AM
Congrats, Niina. Every advancement we make, big or small, is progress. Line xx
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Date: 7/29/2018 6:29:00 AM
Woohoo great to see you diping your toe in the contest sponsoring water. I'll have to wait and see if the muse is willing to come up with a fun poem for you Nina. I wish there was a way that the sponsor couldn't see contest poems when they are posted and they can only see them in their contest in box . That way you could still be on the site. Having a generic title is a good idea. Hope you have some fab fun entries:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 7/29/2018 7:04:00 AM
Yes, would be good... I think even if you accidentally see a title, then you see an entry coming in... you’re going to know! So I shall still read contest winners, and if there’s something you’d like me to read, just send me a link :-) Also hoping to take the opportunity to read more well-known poets which I haven’t really done for a long time!
Date: 7/29/2018 6:22:00 AM
Nina, I am so gloriously proud of you for doing this! It is a giant leap of "this is going to be so much fun!" and if it is not, I will eat my bathroom rug with a chaser of Prune juice. I am beyond proud, and so is my muse. We are jumping up and down on the bed clapping and shouting with glee that you are taking this giant step of faith and willingness to do it! Sophie is bouncing up and down, mad, because my muse is on the little couch where she was sleeping. Love, You Know Who
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Date: 7/29/2018 6:57:00 AM
Hahaha you really make me laugh Caren, sorry Sophie! I think maybe the identity of the person who talked me into it has been revealed?!?! I’m sure your bathroom rug is safe!!
Date: 7/29/2018 4:15:00 AM
Well done Nina, good luck with your contest. ? , re pictures on Ipad, have used my wife's a couple of times and never had problems putting a picture on. Tom
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Date: 7/29/2018 4:30:00 AM
I know Tom - it’s weird but just doesn’t work on mine. I’ve read other people saying they just cut n paste them in too - they almost always just disappear if I do that! I have to upload them somewhere else then link to them. At least I know what works for me now and can stop gnashing my teeth!

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