Monday, 29 June 2009

Wax Lyrical

On Friday I attended the Wax Lyrical event at Cockermouth's Kirkgate and hosted by Ann The Poet.

I cannot possibly express how much I enjoyed the event. To say that it exceeded my expectations would be an understatement.

The audience was fairly modest and the atmosphere was relaxed. Ann immediately put everyone at ease and livened the mood with her wit. She is certainly a good host for this type of event.

The event opened with Ann reading some of her own poems from her own book 'Synesthetic' and then she introduced the Open Mic. As yet, Open Mic is not something I have ever had the bottle to participate in and after Friday and seeing the talent on show, the growing of that bottle may take a little longer.

One of my favourite performers, Jesse, read a short story. I said read, she performed from memory and sang the song that was part of the story. The story was about a sea child and I found it very moving, and the fact she could actually sing made it all the more enjoyable.

Another poem read by a local gentleman was about growing old. The reader was obviously nervous and I felt the room hold it's breath, you could not help but will him to do well. I loved the poem and as someone with many years to go until I myself am old I think it was thought provoking.

The two scheduled poets performing at the event were Sarah Miller and Emma McGordon.

Sarah was introduced as a beautiful goth playwright, evident in her make-up. Her poems were modern and reflected real life. After listening to her session I don't think I will ever look at make-up counter women in the same way. The leaflet advertising Wax Lyrical stated that Sarah's poetry was 'infused with dark humour and influenced by youth culture' this was certainly evident especially in 'If I loved you I would burn your f*****g house down' which she read with some apprehension.

The final performer was Emma McGordon who I immediately fell in love with. Emma was born and raised in West Cumbria and her first poem 'Love Letters' based on the phonetic alphabet was inventive and raised several smiles.

The most moving piece for me was 'The Scary Thing About Those Who Jump'. Emma explained that she wrote the piece after a woman had jumped from the top of the Whitehaven multi storey car park. Towards the end of the poem I did struggle to hold my emotion.

At the end of the night I bought Emma's book 'Those Who Jump'. After hearing her work there was no way I could leave without buying it.

I think the event certainly gave a good representation of the exceptional talent we have in Cumbria and I will be looking forward to the next.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Marked Progress

So it has been a little while since my last blog and it is good to know that it is because I have been busy writing. Surely that is the best reason for a lacking blog on my writer's blog??!

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So looking over my 'current projects' from my previous I can contently say that I have done them all! Success and cheers! Of course number one is kind of an ongoing project.

After reading through numerous magazines (for research purposes) I did a short story for Take A Break which I am now waiting to hear back on. Fingers crossed. Because of the research I was able to write a story that I knew would fit in with their magazine and I sent it away with some hope.

I do not want to get my hopes up too high at the moment but it is a good feeling to be sending work out knowing that there is a chance of publication.

Once I had sent out that short story I struggled to flush it from my mind. Not to mention the manuscript of the memoir I am waiting on. My solution- research a different magazine and submit a short story to them!

I had several copies of Woman's Weekly which I read from cover to cover (including the adverts- a little hint I read in Della Galton's How to Write and Sell Short Stories). Then, feeling inspired and with a good feel for the readership I did a short story aimed at Woman's Weekly.

The submission to Woman's Weekly was posted today.

So that's two short story submissions since my last post. I feel all warm and glowing with pride. Now I just have to await the outcome which could be 4-6 and, in the case of Woman's Weekly, 16 weeks!
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How am I going to keep myself busy and not keep thinking about my current submissions? Well I plan to submit something else of course.

I do feel I have made real improvements on my short story writing and I partly must thank Della Galton. There were a few key aspects of submitting to magazines that I had not previously came across. Hopefully the proof in my improvement will be in the form of an acceptance.

Fingers crossed!
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