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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Writing Wednesday

Since I talked to you last Wednesday, I have received a rejection from Magination Press for my chapter book titled, Ollie Belle Brewster and notification by email that my poem,  Summer's Melody, will be in the summer edition of Holler.

I looked through the 2011 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market and picked out more publishers to send my manuscripts to. It is a hair pulling experience, to me the worse part of writing, this thing of trying to get our works published, but if we give up, it will never happen.

Cross your fingers and wish me luck and I will wish you luck!

Summer's Melody was the poem that took second place on the  Writer's Wall at the West Virginia Writer's Convention in June. I couldn't find a hard copy of it and it took me forever to find it on my computer. At least, I hope this is the latest version of it. I guess I will find out when I get my copy of Holler in August. I REALLY NEED TO GET ORGANIZED!

I wrote this poem in early summer, when the weather was really weird. She just couldn't make up her mind what to do.

Summer’s Melody

Like dew upon a sleeping flower
Summer crept upon us.
She floated in like a seed in the wind
Blissful as a hilltop meadow.

Like fog upon a sunken valley
Summer crawled upon us
She frolicked in like a newborn fawn
Refreshing as a babbling brook.

Like storms upon a mountain ridge
Summer rampaged upon us
She swirled in like a tornado blast
Excited as a raging river.

Like dust upon a country road
Summer drifted upon us
She settled in like a muggy day
Content as a weeping willow.

Happy Writing!


  1. Congratulations on having your poem published!! Isn't it frustrating to know you have a better story than some being published? It's almost like one needs to know the right person to get published. My daughter is having a terrible time with her work and it's really a good story.

  2. Congratulations Janet, It can be very frustrating sometimes but well worth it other times. I absolutely love this poem. It fits summer so and the way it came in. Not surprised at all, it was chosen... Have a nice Wednesday..Susie

  3. Hi Janet, I'm so happy for you! Congratulations on getting your poem published. Your hard work is very inspiring to me and I have learned a lot from reading your blog. Your poem is beautiful, I love the line about being as "content as a weeping willow"! I look forward to reading your posts on Wednesday too. They always give my writing energy a good boost! Have a lovely evening ahead. Delisa :)

  4. Congratulations, Janet! Your poem really captures summer in the country, and you know how I love the country! So sorry to hear about the pass on your manuscript.Fingers crossed for success the next time out!

  5. I'm querying, too. Fingers crossed!

  6. Good luck! As you know, being a writer is all about persevering. And many congratulations on your poem being accepted!! And thanks for sharing!

  7. I like your poem, Janet. Congratulations on getting it published!

  8. Janet-you are a great writer-I loved the poem.


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