1. Being Fourth Runner Up. (At the beginning of November, I started this blog as a way to force myself to keep doing the regular exercise of writing a daily poem with Writer’s Digest blogger Robert Brewer’s prompts for the Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge. I gathered the poems from that month, formed them into a chapbook with help from some wonderful women, and submitted it to the contest. This morning I found out that I am the Fourth Runner Up! That’s sort of like Sixth Place. There’s no money or publication or fame attached, but it feels so good. And the poems of the Winner and the Honorable Mention that Brewer posted this morning–they were really wonderful. Now to prepare the manuscript to send to Finishing Line Press for their contest–deadline extended to the middle of March.) Happy dance!
2. Crows flying across the field in an Ursa Major formation
3. Jen Brant’s amazing chocolate raspberry flour-less cake deliciousness
4. Joy, joy, joy
May we walk in beauty.