A Lot of Contests, Celebrations, Poems

Post Number 499! I'll be celebrating 500 on Friday, with lots of flashbacks and prizes.

Meanwhile, check out these other celebrations and exciting events:





Zan Marie is celebrating her 100th post and 200th follower, with prizes!

All The World's Our Page have a new interview, with Elizabeth Loupas, author of literary mystery and historical novel, The Second Duchess. With prizes!

Brenda Novak's annual auction (raising funds for the search for a cure for diabetes) is on! So many exciting items to bid for, including revisions and reviews by agents and editors, drinks and dinners with authors (including Diana Gabaldon), all sorts of ARCs, crafts, etc. Bidding starts at two dollars and goes up from there.

Mahtab Narsimhan is blogging from TD Canada Book Week!

Theresa Milstein has a rundown of all sorts of exciting stuff happening this month, including the publication of 100 Stories for Queensland (featuring a story by herself, one by Jessica Bell, and so on), proceeds of which go to Queensland Premier's Flood Appeal.

And, oh yes, A Round of Words in 80 Days. I've signed up for Barbara Rogan's Revising Fiction Workshop! As part of that, I've begun work on the synopsis for Out of the Water (eep!). Meanwhile, I've been reading Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled and practising writing poetry for the first time in years, all because my hero sends a few poems to my heroine and I want to match his level of beauty and passion.

Which verse form should I choose? Ghazal? One with an Arabic metre? A Spanish Redondilla or Serventesio? I tried to title this post in iambic pentameter, with a feminine ending. Not sure I have the ear necessary to create poems (though I had a few not so bad specimens back in the day when I was writing poetry more regularly). You should see the silly stuff I've been writing as part of Fry's exercise. Today I tried sixteen lines of iambic pentameter, with extra points for every enjambement, feminine ending, and trochaic or pyrrhic substitution. I might post a few lines on Friday, just so we can all laugh together.

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