Posted in Poetry, Stories, Writing

Where the Crawdads Sing-Review

I so love this book, I am sure that it will be a classic read well after I am dead and gone. I’ve been wanting to write about this beautiful book for some time, but wanted to be sure that I had enough time to devote to it. To say that this book is Beautiful, is an understatement. It’s like reading poetry. But the story is so compelling that it pulls you in and carries you along for this achingly deep and gorgeous adventure right away. I was taken aback by the language used. I would gasp out loud and the eloquent way Delia Owens described things in this book. Lines that were so beautifully written, they will leave you in awe.  

This is what Amazon says about this book: 

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps. 

Where the Crawdads Sing was written in 2018. I have no idea how I missed this book back then, but I am sure glad that I found it.  I haven’t had a book touch me this deeply or this profoundly in ages, if ever. I could gush on and on about this amazing author and book, but I have a better idea. READ THE BOOK. You will be glad that you did. I found this to be a little slow at first, but once the story got going, I couldn’t stop and finished it quite quickly.  

Enjoy! 

 

Posted in Poetry, Writing

When Dreams End

Image by Enrique Meseguer from Pixabay 
*By Penny Wilson And Charles Robert Lindholm

Deep asleep 
and dreaming 

The vision 
of your face 

Came to me 
last night 

With sweet lips smiling 
and your eyes sparkling

You came to         
hold my hand                   
and walk with me
down memory lane     

I felt your touch 
and saw our love  

I can't wait until
the dreams end
and we can be 
together again

Dancing with the angels

where we have a 
never ending future
to share 

Copyright © 2021 Penny Wilson And Charles Robert Lindholm
All Rights Reserved – 05-26-2021 

*My Dear Friend, Chuck over at The Reluctant Poet collaborated with me on 
this poem. We bounced the piece back & forth via emails until we came up with
what you see here. It was a joy to work with Chuck. I hope you enjoy our
endeavor and that you will take a moment and visit Chuck's blog too!

Posted in Poetry, Writing

REBLOG: The Poet’s Prayer — Walt’s Writings

REBLOG: Please visit Walt’s blog to see more of his lovely poetry. This is a sample of one of his works. Please enjoy. ❤

The Poet’s Prayer I pray that my words have meaningthat they are of help to the reader that my mind always has ideasand that my pen never runs out of ink I ask the Lord Of Poetryto guide my handand to help me make suremy words have meaning I pray that He watches overmy fellow […]

The Poet’s Prayer — Walt’s Writings
Posted in Life, Writing

Ah, the Joys of Publishing

No, I won’t go off on a rant here. Although, that would be easy enough to do, considering the subject.  But, I will spare you. 🙂

Those of you that have your work published in places other than WordPress are familiar with the need to give the publishers UNpublished work. I do have a problem with accomplishing this. 

I’m not as prolific a writer as many of my friends here at WP are. I consider it a good week if I can post something here 3 or 4 times a week. But this doesn’t mean that I was necessarily write what you see here on each of those days. I share quotes or other people’s work as well. 

This brings me to my point. (I hear you saying, “Finally!) I am going to spend more time compiling some UNpublished work in order to submit for publishing. Therefore, you will not be seeing as much of my own work here. 

I have been very fortunate to have had some of my poetry published online as well as in print.  You can check out my Publications Page HERE if you would like to know more. But my efforts have been hit & miss.  

My intention is to be more focused in that pursuit. You will still see me here.  I can’t seem to stay away, even when I want to!

Thank you to all of you that follow me and put up with my sometimes rambling, nonsensical posts!  

Penny ❤ 

Posted in Writing

Duotrope? Use It or Lose it?

Duotrope.  Have you heard of it?  Do you use it?  I’ve heard of it here and there but have had no experience with it. 

From my understanding, they offer a Submission Tracker as well as listings of publishers.  Their site says “We help you save time finding publishers or agents for your work, so you can focus on creating. Our market listings are up to date and full of information you won’t find elsewhere. We also offer submission trackers, custom searches, deadline calendars, statistical reports, and extensive interviews.” 

Duotrope’s fees are inexpensive enough, $5.00 per month or $50.00 per year.  I do feel that we writers get nickeled & dimed to death by everything that costs us though.   

So give me your honest feedback.  Is Duotrope worth it?  Have you had any success with them?  Or is this just another money drain?  

I appreciate your input! 

Thanks! Penny ❤ 

 

Posted in Writing

What the Heck?!

Maybe one of you can help me with this.  

Sometimes when I insert a picture into a post, and then publish that post, I get the strange Icon you see above, rather than the picture I was trying to post.  

What am I doing wrong?  I thought I had this issue figured out, but obviously, I don’t. 

Help! 

Posted in Life, Writing

My Writing Buddy

Here we are in the month of May of 2021 already!  It goes so fast, doesn’t it?  

I participated in the NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writer’s Month) last month.  About half way through the month, I was wondering if my decision to participate was a good one or not!  I did struggle making my ‘deadline’ on several occasions, but managed to pull something out of the ‘ole grey matter just in time.  

One thing that helped tremendously was that I found myself a writing buddy.  An “Accountability Buddy”, if you will.  Chuck over at The Reluctant Poet agreed to this.  This was great!  I knew I needed someone to poke me and encourage me to write Every Day! Chuck has become a Dear Friend and we write back & forth quite often.  So it was pretty easy to fall into a routine where I would send him a sneak peek of what was going to post the next day and he would share with me what he had written as well.  We bounced ideas off of each other and shared Writing Prompts that we found to be worthwhile.  We even collaborated on one poem that we jointly put together.  You can see that one HERE.  

I’m really glad that I participated.  It got me back into my writing groove, which has been needing a boost lately and this is just what I needed.  

Another plus to participating was that I discovered a few new bloggers along the way that were also joining in on the NaPoWriMo challenge.  So I have made new friends and have wonderful new posts to look forward to reading! 

This is a lesson I will try to remember the next time I find myself in a writing slump.  I will find myself a writing buddy!  The WordPress Community has been so amazing to me, I’m sure I won’t have any trouble finding someone!  Right?  

Right?  🙂 

Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

Posted in Poetry, Writing

#NaPoWriMo – Day 9-A Few Simple Lines

It’s nothing but 

a few simple lines 

 

Words you’ve

strung together 

 

They seem innocent

without depth

to the non-discerning

eye

 

But to me

you have painted

a tapestry

a masterpiece

for the senses 

 

With your words

I experience

your world

 

The textures and

colors come to life

 

The words

are transformed

into your voice

your whispers

and yes

even your touch

 

With a few simple lines

 

Copyright © 2021 Penny Wilson

*This was inspired by my Dear Friend Chuck over at The Reluctant Poet.  His “seeds of inspiration” was all I needed to write this. Thank you, Chuck, for your kindness and encouragement. Big ‘Ole Hugs! ❤ 

Posted in Poetry, Writing

#NaPoWriMo – Day 8 -Darkness

Materializing 
from the darkness 
of a hollowing 
sadness 

Insistent 
and desperate

This lifeless 
labyrinth
born of an 
aching emptiness

The broken pieces
you left 
behind 

To seek 
the light 

Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay 

*I know this is quite dark. I was having a hard time finding 
inspiration. For a prompt, I pulled out a book, opened it and 
just started writing down words or phrases that caught my eye. 
This poem is what came from that. hmmmm...