Anyone who has checked into this site hoping for inspiration and conversation will have been disappointed. It is more of an ill-used bulletin board than a blog so far.
I have been busy with recovering from cancer (ALL CLEAR) editing, writing, submitting, planning for a son's wedding, preparing for teaching a new course, preparing for some supply preaching and worship leadership, practising for a drama that will welcome the CFB military back from Afghanistan and . . . you have the picture; I've been too busy doing to also be busy blogging about it or my ideas. Sorry.
Now that the dust has cleared and I can find my computer and much of the study floor, I have some good news:
AN EXCITING PROJECT HAS BEGUN.
People have responded to both the topic and the cause. Some top-drawer pieces of poetry and prose have already been received.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS GRANDMOTHERS' NECKLACE DEADLINE: Midnight, May 15th
Are you a grandmother? Have you had/do you have, a grandmother? This, then, is for you.
What is it? An anthology of poetry and prose — gems written by and about grandmothers (hence, the plural title) including some from those in the sub-Saharan African countries. This title stems from the beautiful Emerald Necklace Trail system in Petawawa, Ontario, Canada.
Wanted: A variety of pieces from men and women of diverse ethnic and experiential backgrounds — amusing, touching, encouraging, up-lifting anecdotes, short stories, letters and poetry.
Editor: Patricia (Anne) Elford, B.A., M.Div., editor of various genres of books for adults and children, of newsletters, individual pieces and articles, an award-winning professional poet and writer, frequently published in periodicals (e.g. The Presbyterian Record, Artspaper, Glad Tidings, Esprit, The Link), newspapers and anthologies, as well as on line.
e-mail attachment preferred. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org, after March 15, 2009, with “MY GEM” in the subject line. For answers to questions as yet unanswered, please use the same address and “QUESTIONS” subject line.
√Microsoft Word or Word Perfect √12-pt Times New Roman √ one-inch margins
If hard copy: One side only, Address: “The Pines”, 614 Airport Rd., Pembroke, ON, K8A 6W7, Attention: My Gem
Prose: Short fiction, creative non-fiction or brief opinion piece, double-spaced
Word Count: 500 to 650 words maximum (excluding title)
POETRY: (non-rhymed preferred but not required), single-spaced
Limit of Lines per poem: 40
PHOTOS: If submitting related photos (e.g. the grandmother, a special item which belongs/ed to the grandmother), use the camera as an external device and cut-and-paste images to a folder. When e-mailing, attach the image directly from its folder to the email; the way you would a Word document. Preference: digital photographs, 300 dpi minimum, high quality uncompressed JPEGs.
Please do not send originals through surface mail.
A brief bio and photo will be requested from all whose work is accepted for publication
ALL PROFITS WILL GO TO "GRANDMOTHERS TO GRANDMOTHERS", Stephen Lewis Foundation.
REMEMBER! ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE, AT THE LATEST, BY THE IDES OF MAY. EARLIER WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED.