Poetry Quarterly Publication


I’m very excited to announce that my poem “Hope” has been published in the beautiful print publication Poetry Quarterly.  This is the slightly delayed publication of their Fall 2020 edition.  This Highly Selective press is packed with 119 pages of beautiful poetry.  If you would like to support this Indi publisher, you can purchase a copy of the book HERE .

I am also honored to share this publication with a very prolific and talented writer, Megha Snood!  Megha’s work can be seen in quite a few publications and online literary magazines as well.  Megha tells about her publication in PQ HERE.

Prolific Press publishes a number of different books & magazines, including Poetry Quarterly.  They promote writers, poets and education through these different venues. Please enjoy browsing through their many publications HERE.

Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson

 

Saving Money on Books


If it’s books, it’s not hoarding, right?

I have always had a love of books. My mother taught me to read long before I started school. I developed a love of reading that has never diminished.

I also have a love of books. I love seeing their spines all in a row; different colors; different titles to entice one. I also love the feel and scent of a book. I love holding them in my hands and that thrill when you crack open the cover page for the first time!

I have books that I have packed and unpacked for decades; carrying them with me as I moved from place to place. Beloved books that I just cannot part with. These very special books have different reasons for staying with me all these years. Some because of the contents of the book, the story, etc. But others, I keep just because they evoke a memory; something special or someone special in my life.

I do listen to audio books frequently these days.  They just fit into my schedule better.  I have not gotten into e-books. I have had e-readers, but I don’t use them. It is just not the same for me.

I LOVE the library! I spent many hours in the library growing up. I still love to browse the isles, looking at the colorful spines and searching for some hidden gem just waiting for me to discover it!  But I do not visit the library unless it’s virtually to download an audio book.

So with this immense love of books, how do I get my fix for books if I must own a physical copy of one? What if that book is out of print? What to do?  Used books!  You can save yourself a fortune by purchasing used rather than new.

There are SO many wonderful places online to purchase used books now!  These are some sites that I have used to purchase books:

Thrift Books.  https://www.thriftbooks.com/  If you purchase $10.00 or more, your shipping is free! I find it pretty darned easy to spend more than $10.00 on books!  Their books start at just $3.99!

An example:  A friend recommended a book on Amazon new, which was $16.00, I found it on Thrift Books for $3.99!!

Better World Bookshttps://www.betterworldbooks.com/  For every purchase made, a book is donated to someone in need!  They also give you a great deal on your first purchase!

Abe Books. https://www.abebooks.com/  Abe Book’s selection is enormous!

Powell’s Books.   https://www.powells.com/  They have a lovely website.

These are the ones I usually use.  My first go-to is usually Thrift Books because of the free shipping with a $10.00 purchase.  Most of these sites will also give you the option of selecting the “condition” of the book you are purchasing.  These range from “like new”, to “acceptable”.  The price will vary as well, depending on the condition of the book.

If you simply Google “buy used books online”, you will come up with a list longer than what I have shared with you here.

So the next time you simple must ‘own’ a particular book, look online before you spend full retail for a new book!

Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson

Books to This Point… — Trent’s World (the Blog)


REBLOG:  Be sure to look at my friend Trent’s blog and check out his books!  Quite the accomplishments here, Trent!  Way to go!! 🙂

My time for writing and blogging disappeared half way through the week, but I wanted to do a post. Hey, why don’t I talk about my books?! So here is a list of books with their blurbs in order of publication: Seasons of Imagination Trent P. McDonald’s Seasons of Imagination contains an eclectic mix of […]

via Books to This Point… — Trent’s World (the Blog)

Make Those Books Work!


So what do we do with All those Books?  You know what I’m talking about.  There are the ones on the nightstand (like in the picture above) that are waiting to be read.  There are the ones on the book shelf shelf that need to be read, or they are too precious to turn loose.  Then there are the ones that we need to pass along, donate or whatever, but we have not gotten around to doing this.  So what do we do with all of these?  I say PUT THEM TO WORK!

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Cleaning house


I mentioned in a previous post that I could not seem to get interested in reading anything.  I decided that i needed a fresh start.  The stack of books in the picture above used to be on my nightstand next to my bed.  My To Be Read Pile.

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Reading Habits


My reading habits have changed a lot over the years.  When I was a kid, I read All. The. Time.  Every chance I got, I had my nose in a book.  After I grew up and moved away from home, I still read quite a bit, but not to the extent I did as a kid.

I seem to go through phases where I read a lot and then I don’t read at all.  Right now, it’s like NOTHING holds my attention.  Or I just cannot get interested in a book.  They ALL bore me!  Craziness!

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Books, Books, Books!


My Dear, Dear, sweet friends, PLEASE stop giving me fabulous books to read!  Dear, writing community, will I ever catch up?  Dear Self, Please, Please Stop buying books!! 🙂

I have a terrible addiction.  I know I share this addiction with many of you.  When I’m in the grocery store, I have to be sure to NOT go down the aisle were the magazines and books are at.  I tell myself, “I’ll just look at the covers and see what’s new.”  Female authors are really hot right now (yay us!) and I like to see what’s hot, what’s new, etc.  I love looking at the cover art.  After all, some day I will have a book in print.

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Works in Progress


 Please check out my new page!  Works In Progress!

This is a little sneak peek into other things that are on the horizon for me.

Please note that these things are still in their infancy.  So names and content may change.

You can find my new page by clicking on the Tab above.

Let me know what you think!  Thanks!

A Trip to the Library


I’m sitting on the floor, deeply engrossed in a book on Witchcraft.  The city library will be closing in 20 minutes.  I need to hurry.

This book has me mesmerized.  Spells and incantations.  I must have it.  I add it to the stack.

I stand and look down at my stack of books.  There are 12 of them.  I pick the stack up with a little grunt.

On the 2nd floor of the library, way back in the back;  I discovered this isle I had not seen before!  I have been pouring over the books on the shelves.  Magic and witchcraft!  How titillating, how forbidden!  Some of these books are old and yellowed.  This is all the more exciting to me!  Words from the ancients!

Carefully looking around the large stack in my arms, I walk down the steps and toward the front counter.

I’m 10 years old and it’s summertime.  School is out and I have spent the last couple of hours on this beautiful summer day in the library.

I love the summer months.  This means that I can read as much as I want to without the interruption of school.  The 12 books I am loaded down with will probably not last me a week.

But not all of them are for reading.  Some of the books are just for browsing; like the one on witchcraft.  I also have a big picture book on travel in Italy.

The other books are for reading.  Real reading.  I have a variety.  One is a biography on Abraham Lincoln.  One is a fanciful fiction about a little girl by Beverly Cleary, a favorite author.  There are others too that will be devoured this week.  I average reading about a book a day in the summertime.

I set my books up on the counter and present my library card to the lady working behind it.  She smiles at me, a familiar face here.  Quickly, the books are checked out and I happily walk out into the sunshine.

I hurry home so I can once again study and pick over my selection and decide which one to devour first.

***

Mom grumbles at me and tells me to go play outside.  Remember “outside”?  I do spend a lot of time outside and my skin turns as brown as bread in the summer sun.  But I’m drawn to a quiet spot to lose my self between the pages of a book.

A new book, was a new adventure waiting to happen.  I would read the book cover, a tease of what waited within the pages.  Nothing was more exciting!

 

 

 

 

Writing about Writing


I find that my time here on WordPress has become therapeutic.  Those of us that write have this inner voice that pushes us to the keyboard.  I do.  For me it’s a need, an itch I must scratch.

What I write here doesn’t amount to a hill of beans and there are times that I am surprised by the people that still follow me.  (kind souls)

What I write here is an extension of me.  It’s a way to express myself and to tell my story.  MY story.

Writing affords me the freedom we mortals do not normally get in the real world.  In my writing world, I have the power to do anything I wish.   I can fly, sing, die and rise again.  People are created, perish and do as I please them to do.

As a child I devoured books.  I always had my nose in a book.  It was my entertainment.  It was my way to travel and experience the things I knew would never really happen to me in the real world.

I think this love of reading and love of books (thank you Mom), is why Writing is so important to me.  I am now the one on the other side of that book cover, providing the escape, the entertainment and the fantasy to any who care to look.

Those of you close to me, I do want to caution you.  What you see here is written For Me.  If you don’t like it, fine.  I didn’t write it for you.  🙂

This post has taken shape in a way that I did not expect.  It always surprises me at what actually ends up on the page.  I started out thinking about going down a very different path.  But that’s alright.  That “different path” can be another post at another time!