Friday, November 22, 2019

Wild Fridays: Roving the Web


I'm introducing a new wild card – er, feature – into our Wild Fridays: links to good stuff for writers, which I notice online. It will be very subjective and eclectic; and I trust useful, or at least entertaining. Here is the first one.



I had not heard of Allison Joseph (aka Allison J.) until she posted in a facebook group I’m in:

Many of you know that for decades, I ran the CRWROPPS list-serve. Yahoo has decided to no longer support its Groups function, so CRWROPPS as a list-serve is no longer.
But CRWROPPS the blog is now at
creativewritersopps.blogspot.com


I will be posting several times a week. Thanks for your support!


Apparently a lot of others did know of her, and maybe that includes some of you. I do too, now, having checked out this and her other blogs, and am impressed

At her profile she introduces herself as,'runner, writer, poet, professor'.

The blog she refers to (see link above) is full of all sorts of opportunities you may like to take advantage of – contests, awards and prizes, calls for submissions to various publications....


Please note:

I am constantly thrilled by the high quality of poetry I read in this community, and surprised that you yourselves don’t always seem to realise how good you are. I’ve been a publisher, an editor, a teacher of creative writing at tertiary level – and more recently a slam winner, lol; you can trust me when I say this.

Yes, we are all at different stages of development. I watch some, who are obviously beginners when they join, develop rapidly through our interactions – and surely also from the habit of writing regularly to share here.


So, if you're interested in these opportunities for greater recognition – go for it, do! And keep trying. You DO have what it takes.


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Speaking of people who have what it takes, last night there was another poetry slam in the town where I live. 13-year-old Jasmine (recently featured here) and I were competing again. 

'It's either you or me,' I told her beforehand. 'Between the two of us, we've got it won.' 

Cocky or what? But I was right – even though there were other excellent contestants too (wouldn't want you to think we had nothing much to beat). As it turned out, there was only one point between us (a slightly larger margin than last time). This time, I came second and she won. J




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26 comments:

  1. This is wonderful Rosemary. Thanks for sharing the link as well as your story!

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  2. I envy you watching Jasmine close up as an emerging writer. In fact, she is more than emerging, she is already flying. How very cool.

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    1. Yes, she's an absolute star! A very nice, well-behaved kid the rest of the time, behind the microphone she becomes feisty and powerful.

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  3. This is quite an encouraging post: Taking ourselves seriously. Even if we choose to remain only "poets who blog" we have many options and great writers to watch as they grow into their power. I love that you are out there reading your work, Rosemary!

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    1. Yes, nothing wrong with being poets who blog! It's been my choice for years now – but then, I already achieved recognition in some of those others ways in my youth. I wanted you-all to be aware of other possibilities too. Really, it's not even a matter of acclaim (though that's nice when you can get it) so much as how widely we want our words to be heard/read. Art of any kind cries out to be communicated.
      It's great to be involved in spoken word poetry again after many years. (One of the ways to communicate our words, and for me a wheel coming full circle.) And it's amazing what a wealth of talent there is in just this little town!

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  4. This is absolutely amazing, Rosemary!💖 Thank you so much for introducing Allison and her blog to us! It gives me joy to learn that there are opportunities out there. Also, I am thrilled to know that youngsters like Jasmine are passionate about Poetry! There is hope after all! Sigh ... Long live Poetry and Poetry writers!💖

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    1. Yes, it's quite the service Allison is doing, gathering so many ongoing opportunities together in one place. Hope you'll try some out, Sanaa!

      Jasmine does indeed have the true poetic passion! And she has plenty to say, and is not afraid to tackle big issues. It's exciting to watch her develop.

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  5. Thank you for sharing, Rosemary, and for being so encouraging!

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  6. Love the interaction between you and Jasmine. The quoted exchange made me smile.

    And thank you for sharing Creative Writers Opportunities.

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    1. You're welcome! And yes, the interaction between me and Jasmine is a joy.

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  7. Really so inspiring and encouraging, will go through the website for sure!!

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  8. Submittable is also one such portal , where we can submit our poetry to various journals.

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    1. Thanks, Vandana; good to know. (Which I didn't until your mention.)

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  9. Allison J. sounds like a good find. I'll check to see if our library carries any of her work.
    It is good that you have locals to write with. Our slams are more centrally located in Houston, our suburban community is about a 30 minute drive from the closest and I don't drive at night anymore unless I have to.
    Congratulations for doing so well in the slam competition. Your participation reminds back when my friends wanted me to enter my motorcycle in a drag race as I'd be the only one in my class and would win a trophy regardless of how my time was. I did not enter.
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    1. The local slam has only been going this year. Before that I too had opted out of long drives at night to get to the others around here – all more than 30 minutes away. But Sarah Temporal, whom I have also featured here, researched what made other slams successful, and proceeded to make ours successful too. And we do have heaps of local talent, so it's all very exciting.

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  10. Thank you, so much for sharing with us! I glanced...she is amazing! I will go dive in, when time allows. Rosemary, thank you!

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  11. This is an awesome idea, Rosemary … I'm excited to read more installments.

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  12. Thank you!! I like this idea and I have added her blog to my "watch" list.

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  13. Thank you for the link, Rosemary. I have bookmarked it and will get back to exploring it soon.
    I was absent from the scene for a while because i was in Japan for holidays for 2 weeks. The land of haiku, mazes of train stations, quiet temples and shrines, bullet trains that arrive on the dot, and courteous people. It really was an eye-opener. Maybe the trip will inspire me to write more haiku, maybe not. :)
    i hope to be posting again soon.

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