Solstice Blessings and Ychydig / Little

 

Recently I’ve been collating some of the shorter poems from here on the blog with some new ones I have been scribbling away for a poetry competition on Sweek (which is still open by the way, for any budding poets out there!).

The result is Ychydig / Little, a collection of small poems, which can be found and read for free here.  There are 40 poems in all, none longer than 9 lines – I think.  The poems cover many topics; nature, the moon, stars, dreams, and more besides.  The Sweek stats magicians claim it will only take 4 minutes to read it from beginning to end.

And, in case you didn’t know, “ychydig” is a beautiful Welsh word (and one of my favourites) meaning “little”.  Though the title is Welsh, the poems are all in English.

If you do have a spare minute – or 4 😉 – and decide to take a quick look at the collection, please let me know what you think.  And, if you do enter the competition yourself, post a link to your entry in the comments below and I will gladly have a read.

Wishing you all the Brightest of Summer blessings! Or, if you’re in the southern hemisphere, Wishing you the Brightest of Winter blessings 🙂

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Weekend Writing Prompt Anthology – the submission guidelines!

 

A random photo…

Two weeks ago I asked via this post whether anyone would be interested in celebrating a whole year of Weekend Writing Prompts by putting together an anthology.  From the response I think we can say that there is plenty of interest! Yay!  Thanks to everyone who responded.  I think this is going to be really exciting! 🙂

I think we know enough from that original post to get the submissions rolling right away, but there are some details that will need to be worked out over the coming weeks.  Here’s what we need to know now: the submission guidelines…

Weekend Writing Prompt Year 1 Anthology Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions must be inspired by any of the first 52 Weekend Writing Prompts. An index with clickable links to each prompt can be found here.
  • If you’ve not participated in the Weekend Writing Prompt before it doesn’t matter.  You can join in now.  Check out the Index for links to each prompt and then get writing!
  • It’s your choice whether you send over your original responses to the prompt or write new ones.
  • All submissions should be within the body of an email.  No attachments please!
  • Please submit up to five of your favourite responses (either poetry, fiction, non-fiction or a combination of all three), each one inspired by a different prompt. Alongside each, please state which week it is from.  For example, WWP #5.  The maximum word count for each piece is 1000 words.
  • You can submit anything you like: either responses to poetry or prose challenges or something else inspired by the prompts as long as each piece is below the maximum word limit.
  • If you want a biography alongside your work, please include one in your email.  All submissions should include a link to your blog or website and the name you want your writing attributed to (real name, pseudonym, name of website, etc).
  • Format is simple: easy to read font and left justified, with that which you want in italic or bold, in italic or bold.
  • Unfortunately I won’t be able to pay writers for their submissions because this will be a free-to-read project and no-one will be making any money from it.
  • Provisional deadline for submissions is 1st July 2018.  Note: this is not a hard and fast deadline; late submissions will be accepted after this date.  (This might be extended; it would be great if we could have at least one piece of writing for each prompt so we might need to open a second round of submissions).  UPDATE: deadline now extended to 10 August 2018.
  • Submissions to be emailed to: deardreamingspirit@gmail.com

If you have any questions about this anthology, please feel free to ask.  Post a comment below or send me an email at the address above and I will hopefully be able to answer it.

I’ll also post these guidelines over on the Dreaming Spirit site.

With the guidelines set out, the next question, is where to publish the anthology.  As many of you who have been following my blog for a while will now, I usually use Wattpad for this type of project.  However, another idea is to create a magazine-style wordpress site.  Both are great in terms of being interactive (like / vote buttons, comment sections, adding in of media – pictures / photos / videos) etc.  So my next question to you guys is this: do you have a preference?  If you could pick only the one, which one would you chose for the anthology: Wattpad or WordPress?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Another random photo…

A Secret Romance (Tanka)

This is for the Weekly Tanka Prompt / Poetry Challenge, hosted by Kiwinana at Ramblings of a Writer.  Below is my effort for week 94; the words are “moon” and “romance”. The prompt can be found here.  Go and check it out!


In the dead of night
I sneak away to find you
A secret romance
With nothing to guide me but
Love and the light of the moon

Weekend Writing Prompt – Year 1 Celebration and What’s New for Year 2

Just a random photo…

So, if you caught yesterday’s post or the most recent Weekend Writing Prompt, you will have seen that this little writing challenge has now been going for a full year!  Yay!  Before I get to explaining how Year 2 of the prompts are going to differ from Year 1, I wanted to spend a few minutes celebrating all the amazing responses to the first 52 word and picture prompts…

Year 1 Celebration

Then I had an idea…(It’s even possible someone else suggested it to me, but I can’t remember…) what if we put together an e-anthology of some of the pieces of flash fiction and poetry written for the prompts.  Currently, this is only in the brainstorming stage, but I think the process would work something like this:

  • I set a deadline, probably 6-8 weeks from now for submissions to be emailed over to me
  • submissions would consist of no more than 5 pieces of fiction, poetry, or combination of both
  • submissions would only be considered for responses to any of the 52 weekend writing prompts from the first year, and only one response per prompt per submitter
  • it would be up to you whether you send over your original responses to the prompt or write new ones
  • if you haven’t participated in the Weekend Writing Prompt before, it wouldn’t matter.  You could pick up to five prompts (all Weekend Writing Prompts can be found here) and write a response.
  • responses written to the weekly poetry and prose challenges as well as free write responses would be suitable for submission
  • I would imagine most, if not all, submitted pieces would be accepted and included in the anthology, but of course, until all the submissions were in and I could see what we had, I wouldn’t be able to guarantee it.  Not only do we want to celebrate the first year of the Weekend Writing Prompt but also make the anthology a good read.  If we end up with a dozen responses to the same prompt and nothing else, we might need to rethink this project!
  • And finally…Unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to offer payment for submissions as no-one would be making any money from it.

So there are my thoughts.  I thought it would be best to put the idea out there before declaring this a “thing” and then have to look on as nothing happens 😀  I know everyone is busy and many of you have just finished a very intense month of writing; I’m in the same boat.   The Weekend Writing Prompt feels like a community, and this would be a community project, so I really do need your input.  Please let me know in the comments below whether you would be interested in joining in with this e-anthology.  If we get enough interested writers and poets, I’ll then put together a set of submission guidelines etc.

Another random photo…

What’s New for Year 2

In Year 1 we had a word prompt and photo prompt, with the optional poetry and prose challenges all contained within each weekend’s prompt post.

In Year 2 there will be a single word prompt, with the optional challenge of writing a poem or piece of short fiction in an exact number words (the number will change each week).  Though the format and style of response you write will be your choice, I hope having an exact number of words to stick to will stretch your creativity and fire up your imagination.

There it is.  I hope to see you all over the weekend, checking out the first of the new style prompts.  And don’t forget to comment below if you have any thoughts / suggestions for the e-anthology idea.

Thanks for reading and take care 🙂

News from Camp (Camp NaNoWriMo April 2018)

So, Camp ended a few days ago after a busy month of trying to meet a self-set goal.  This time round I was aiming for writing 30,000 words over the course of April. The reasons for this was down to the challenge I set myself at the start of the year, “1000 words a day”.  As for that challenge, I’m a little way off the pace, though I’m getting caught up.  But, I digress…

Camp NaNoWriMo – April 2018

The Projects

I had planned to focus on two projects during April:

  1. A novella I was part way through come the end of March.  However, come the 1st of April, I switched projects, and decided to start a new novella.  The reason: the storyline of Novella #1 was moving in a direction I hadn’t expected or planned for.  I needed to decide whether I was going to allow the story to do its own thing or whether I was going to go back and write the story I’d planned.  It was a question I wasn’t ready to make a snap decision on.  So, I had another idea fully formed (like all writers, I have notebooks and files on the PC full of ideas and outlines), broke it down and started writing.  And this turned out to be my main project for April.
  2. With an ever hopeful heart, I was *planning* to get around 10,000 words added to last years NaNoWriMo novel.  Again, I realised that it would be difficult to just jump straight back into this project as I had not had the time beforehand (as I had hoped) to get reacquainted with it enough to add words to it.  Personally, I don’t like redrafting / editing until I have a workable beginning, middle and end so I can work on it as a whole.  So, although I didn’t actually need a second project because my Novella held most of my focus for April, I did work on an in-depth planning project at the same time.  This undertaking is another novel, and one I’m really excited about.  However, I’m holding off starting it until the first draft of the novella is complete.
The Numbers
  • Word count goal: 30,000
  • Validated goal: 36,647
  • Final total: I wrote an extra 1665 words late on the 30th, bringing my total to…drum roll, please…

38,312

My Thoughts

I’m really happy with what I achieved and am really looking forward to July and the next Camp.  The online writing group I’m part of, The Plot Bunnies, have a private cabin, and they are just a fantastic, supportive and knowledgeable group of ladies.  They are the best and I feel immensely lucky to know them. They also did really well on their own projects – so, well done, again ladies!

I wish Camp could be held every month because I just get so much done.  It forces me to focus on particular projects, but more than that, it makes me accountable.

As for my two projects, I’m still working each day on the novella and it’s coming along nicely.  I should have the first draft complete in a week or two.

All in all, Camp was a success and I’m sad it is over.  But then, if it didn’t end I couldn’t get excited about it starting up again, could I?

What’s Next?

I’ve seen glimpses of loads of posts I’ve missed for those who took part in the A-Z challenge and NaPoWriMo which also took place in April.  I hope this went well for everyone.  It’s such an achievement to post so many posts in such a short space of time, so well done, all!  Feel free to post a comment or two to tell me how it went.  I would love to know.

Those of you who join in with the Weekend Writing Prompt, will have seen that the most recent prompt was numbered “52” meaning we have just completed our first year of prompts.  Yay!  To mark the start of year 2, I thought it would be fun to mix things up…you’ll have to see tomorrow’s dedicated post to find out what I mean…

I hope for normal service to resume as of next week.  Until then, I’m going to go back and check out the responses to the Weekend Writing Prompts that I missed.  I know there are going to be tonnes of fantastic stories and poetry waiting for me to delve into.  Just so you know, I probably won’t be able to comment on each and every post I missed, but know that if I “liked” it, then I read and enjoyed it 🙂

Weekend Writing Prompt #51 – Raindrops

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take one of the challenges below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

 Raindrops

Photo Prompt

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a story on any theme, with an upper limit of 250 words, set in the rain.

Poetry Challenge – Write an acrostic poem, where the first letter of each line spells “Raindrops” as it is read from top to bottom.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!