I've loved writing a small stone a day and adding it to the river, and have benefited greatly both mentally and spiritually from doing so. At the same time, I wrote up my small stones in my Mslexia Writer's Diary: a diary I bought for the first time this year and am so glad I did; highly recommend!
I've also enjoyed stopping into other stoners' blogs who I may not have found if it wasn't for this challenge, and I thank you all for sharing your stones. I look forward to submitting my ten best stones this month, and eventually reading many others' in the book to be put together by Fiona Robyn.
January saw me make a goal of submitting poetry to a publication or competition every week for 2011. Here's how I'm doing:
- week one - submitted six tanka to Eucalpyt (first time submitting here) won't hear outcome until after March 31st submission deadline for Issue 10
- week two - submitted one senryu to Haiku News (second time submitting here) was accepted, you can read it here
- week three - submitted five haiku and three tanka to Kokako; had two haiku and one tanka accepted for Issue 14, April 2011
- week four - submitted to Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar Competition (first time submitting here) results will be announced March 31st
- Four and Twenty (online short form poetry journal) - my image was chosen as the cover art for the January issue
- The Bay News 'Weather Photo' Page
- The Bay News 'Holiday Photo Competition' - closes Feb 4th
- And I'm very excited to have been asked to provide cover art for the next issue of Kokako (Issue 15, September 2011) Many thanks, Pat :)
I had the opportunity to show them to my local fellow haiku writers at a small gathering in Tauranga on the 29th, which resulted in some good feedback. I'll carry on with this project while it still has meaning for me and the creative process brings me great joy.
January is extra special too because I made it to my first 100 blog posts! Thanks again to all those who have come along for the ride :)
So as you can see, there has been lots of great things happening for me, alongside my continuing treatment for leukaemia. Roll on February!