Posted in Stories, Writing

A Review of Lion Scream by Robbie Cheadle

REBLOG: PLease read Charles’ review of Robbie’s new book!

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I received this book and read it in one sitting. It is staggering in its beauty and message. Robbie Cheadle has crafted an excellent book, filled with syllabic poetry, commentary, and a short story. Taken as a whole, this text is an important lesson on the impact of humanity on the wildlife of Southern Africa and, by extension, the rest of the world.

“Lion Scream”, the title of the book and one of the poems within, is my favorite. It is short but deeply impactful. Cheadle shows her talent with words as she creates this poem, and then many others in a fascinating form called the Double Enead, which has 99 syllables.

Cheadle’s book is a masterpiece! I do not use these words lightly or easily, but this book moved me emotionally and intellectually. I was shaken and in tears while I read it. As a man of my age…

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Posted in Poetry, Writing

Poetry Quarterly Publication

I’m thrilled to announce that publication of my poem Creation has been included in the beautiful Summer addition of Poetry Quarterly’s latest journal.  If you’d like to read my poem, you can find it HERE Thank you to all of you that have encouraged and inspired me in my writing. 

If you would like to check out Poetry Quarterly’s website and possibly purchase any of their publications or submit your own work, you can find their site HERE. 

Thank You for joining me on this journey.  Penny ❤ 

Posted in Poetry, Writing

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


Posted in Poetry, Writing

Printed Publication By Z Publishing

I am delighted and honored to have one of my poems featured in this beautiful book from Z Publishing!  This particular book features poets from the state of Texas!  If you would like to get a little peek at the book, it’s for sale on Amazon HERE.  It’s also on Z Publishing’s website HERE.

Thank you, always, for the amazing encouragement, love and support I find every day here on WordPress.  Thank you for being part of my journey.  ❤  Penny


Posted in Writing

Submission Hell-A Rant

We writers all go through the same loop when submitting our work 
for publication.  We write, submit, get rejected and repeat.  
I can handle that.  Rejection is part of the process.  
Rejection makes you try harder and you learn 
from every rejection.  

The thing that gets under my skin is the Vast amount of 
differences for submissions!  There are almost as many WAYS 
to submit as there are publications that accept them. 

*Some accept previously published pieces, others do not.  
Some consider a blog post as being Published, others do not.  

*Some charge reading fees, others do not.  

*Some places do not accept simultaneous submissions, 
while others do.

*Some want your submission in a Word document, others want a PDF.  
Still others want the submission to be a copy and pasted into 
the body of the email.  

*Some have very specific requirements as far as font size 
and type, others do not.  

*Some want your submission to be blind.  No name on it anywhere.  
Other want your name on each piece.  

*If submitting short pieces, poetry, etc., some places want just 
One document with ALL of your pieces.  Others want each piece 
attached as a separate document.   

*A LOT of submissions go through Submittable.  With others you 
must email the publication directly.  Still others have their own 
online form you must fill out to submit.  

*Some places want a bio from you.  These can vary wildly.  
Anything from a short piece, limited to 50 words or less to 
something longer.  Some places want the bio written in the 
3rd person, other do not.  Then some places do not want a 
bio at all.   And remember the requirements for font 
size and type!!

*Most publications seem to take a lifetime to get back to you 
with an answer, 6 months or more is not uncommon.  If this is 
the case, you’ve got this unpublished masterpiece (in some eyes) 
sitting there and you can do NOTHING with it.  Because if they 
do not accept simultaneous submissions or previously published 
work, you cannot let it be seen anywhere else until the 
Publication Gods that you have submitted to have given 
it a pass or fail.

*Then there is the whole legal mess of your rights as the author.  
Do you retain your rights?  Do they?  You need an attorney to 
read the leagalese on some of the websites.  

It’s all maddening!!  Why do we do it??  

I get so frustrated at times that I just throw my hands up in 
the air in defeat.  I close down the website I’m on and crawl 
back to my little cave of self-pity to lick my wounds.  Then 
that spark will come.  That “ping” that tells me “This time!  
THIS will be the ONE that will get me seen and the publishers 
will take notice!!”  So I go at it again and submit 
more of my work.

I do offer some advice in this mad, mad world of write, 
submit, reject and repeat.   

*I Print Out the submission Guidelines and keep them next to 
me as I’m preparing my piece for submission.  This way, I’m sure 
not to overlook anything.

*FOLLOW the submission guidelines to the letter.  
No matter how brilliant your piece is, if you did not follow 
the rules, you’re out on your ear often before the 
piece is ever read.  

*Proof your piece.  For heaven’s sake, you don’t want to be 
rejected because of a spelling error, do you?  
Proof, proof, proof!!

*Lastly, take time to vent.  Cry, yell and curse the 
Publishing Gods.  Shake your fist and stomp your feet.   
Scream into your pillow.  Cry yourself a river, if that makes 
you feel better.  But when it’s all said and done, take a deep 
breath and climb back on that horse and give it another shot.  

Why?  Because we are writers, that’s why.    

© 2018 Penny Wilson
Posted in Poetry, Writing

From Writer to Author

I’m in print!  For the first time ever!  Z Publishing has published several anthologies on poetry and one of my poems was chosen to be included!  I submitted 3 poems and they chose one.  Just one poem per author.

If you would like to see the book and all of the amazing, talented poets included, you can find the book on Amazon HERE:

I’ve been published online several times and I am ever so grateful for those opportunities!  But this is the first time that I can actually hold something in my hand and say “I did this”!  It feels amazing.

Thank you all that have been here for me on my journey thus far.  I thrive not only because of my love of the written word but because of the continued encouragement and support I find here on WordPress.  ❤


Posted in Life, Poetry, Writing

A Rant About Submitting to Publications

I don’t know about you, but I am awfully tired of the Merry-go-round that publications have us on!!  I’ve been fortunate enough to have several of my pieces published.  All of them online forums, nothing in print.  I keep submitting, but it’s SO frustrating!!

You write from your heart.  You’ve poured your soul onto the page.  You’re sure that THIS one is the jewel that will finally be in print.  You proof and edit until your piece is perfect.  You select THE perfect place for it to appear.  You send your precious baby out into the webisphere to be critiqued, analyzed and criticized.  You wait and wait and WAIT, patiently for a response.  Until one day, you receive that email that says, once again, that (they are very sorry, but) this piece was not chosen for publication.

This is all well and good.  I DO understand that maybe that piece was not for them, they didn’t like it, whatever the case may be.  I can handle that.  What GETS my dander up Continue reading “A Rant About Submitting to Publications”