It has been a jam-packed couple of months, so let me catch up here a bit.
Today at my (amazing, fun, inspiring) KidLit Mingle group through SCBWI, a friend asked how my Madness Poetry contest went. She had missed the previous meetings when I kept the other children’s book creators at the meeting abreast of my progress. I also realized that I’d updated my author news on my new-ish Facebook author page along the way, but neglected my blog. Oops!
So, when last I posted here, I had won Round One and had begun working on my new Round Two poem, using the word “ekes.” Well, it turned out really cute! Michael Mouse, Recycle Mouse won its matchup and propelled me on to the next round!
You can see the matchup here, including both poems, results, and comments.
The sixteen “authletes” remaining for Round Three ended up with a little extra time to complete our next original poems, which was good since it fell over Easter weekend. This time my challenge word was “parlance,” which I don’t believe I had ever used in a sentence in my life.
My competitor is a phenomenal poet and author, and defeated me handily. But my poem “People Perceiver” was well received and meaningful to many. One sweet little girl in the Poetry and Tea co-op class I was helping with said with emotion, “That is the most beautiful poem I’ve ever heard.” ❤
I pray you enjoy my poem, too.
Here’s the matchup page with both poems and results.
Be sure to click around and read the other fantastic and moving poems! It was an exciting, nail-biting final in Round Six!
I’m so honored to have been part of Madness Poetry this year. “Meeting” all the other poet competitors and then finding their books on the shelves of my local library has been inspiring, and now a whole world of publishing camaraderie and learning has been opened to me because of this experience. I am eager for next year’s Madness!