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by Gyppo
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Apprentice
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: Apprentice

As The Reaper takes the backswing I'll probably be whipping out notebook and pen to capture the details and impressions ;-)
by Gyppo
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: The Commons
Topic: Submission statregy?
Replies: 7
Views: 1574

Re: Submission statregy?

Tracy Mitchell wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:07 pm
Best submission letter I've ever heard of:

"I collect rejections letters; may I have one of yours?"

 
Any editor with a sense of humour, if still dealing with paper, would be tempted to put half a dozen rejection slips into an envelope for you.  "Certainly, be my guest."

Gyppo
 
by Gyppo
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: The Commons
Topic: Submission statregy?
Replies: 7
Views: 1574

Re: Submission statregy?

Sound advice from Wren. Some writers just rely on the shotgun approach.  Blast off countless submissions in all directions and some of them are bound to hit.   Virtually free email submissions have encouraged this approach.  But time spent looking at the market usually pays off.  Try for a 'best fit...
by Gyppo
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Apprentice
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: Apprentice

Colm, I read somewhere that 'a strong man never feels his knees'.  They're just there, doing their job unless you injure them.  By that reckoning I am no longer strong ;-)  Not everyday anyway. As for the 'insides protesting' mine seem to have settled down again, but after my prostate was removed I ...
by Gyppo
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: The Commons
Topic: Favorite Quotes
Replies: 31
Views: 5570

Re: Favorite Quotes

Tracy Mitchell wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:01 pm
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
― Louis L'Amour

Absolutely.  You can always tear it up if you don't like it.  Better to tip out bad lines and lose them than let them sit and fester, like a bad apple spoiling the whole barrel. 
by Gyppo
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Neighbors
Replies: 12
Views: 183

Re: Neighbors

I'm glad you took that bit out.  The 'slapstick comedy' moment didn't set well amongst the rest.  I did a 'theatrical walk-through' to see if I was reading it correctly.

Lots of words there which add to the mood of pending violence.
by Gyppo
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Island Fiction
Replies: 18
Views: 380

Re: Island Fiction

Sleepily evocative.

Fraying waves:  I would never have thought of them this way, but now you've mentioned it the image has stuck.  Waves along the shoreline sometimes seem more solid than liquid, despite their movement, so fraying is a good metaphor.
by Gyppo
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Accelerating darkness and broken protons
Replies: 2
Views: 62

Re: Accelerating darkness and broken protons

But in the back of my proton filled mind
I'm just waiting
for Hell to freeze over.


Colm:  I love the image this triggers.  How can anyone fear a shivering Devil wearing ice skates and a thick hooded parka ;-)  Especially if it has striped sleeves.
by Gyppo
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Post Your Poems
Topic: Double locking. (A lighter moment.)
Replies: 5
Views: 120

Re: Double locking. (A lighter moment.)

Hi, Wren,  thanks for dropping in. The lighter moment was just in comparison to a couple of my more recent postings. There probably won't be a sequel. Trouble is turned away.  Usually gently, sometimes more abruptly, but always quickly. Trouble usually, but fortunately rarely, comes in the form of d...