Your Serendipity at Thursday Thoughts

12 Jan

8:04 a.m. — Atlanta

Good day and my sincere apologies to all who have received a blank post, except for a weirdly spelled Atlanta, in their inbox and have now received a second mailing. My blog went rogue. I still don’t know what happened other than it published itself.

I am still not sure about the format of this samples bin [thank you, Barb] — any input about what works, what doesn’t, let me know. It occurred to me that the announcements sound nice coming from the recommenders, rather than me, although I will often add a comment. (I’m not italicised.) That does not mean you have to say something when you ask me to put an announcement in, but if you do, I will include it, as I have below.

Hot off the presses:

Issue #2 of Curio. Visit Joseph’s and Tessa’s sophomore effort. They have many more poets for us to read. And, don’t forget: for issues to keep coming: submit.

James Brush, whom many of us know from Poets United and Writing Our Way Home, has a collection of poems coming out, Birds Nobody Loves, about two birds he holds dear to his heart. You can read what he says at his blog, Coyote Mercury. I will be doing an interview/review with James sometime in the next couple of weeks.

From you:

ViV says of the first, Not a poetry site, but beautiful photos and art for inspiration. I am sending you to the home page of The Hazel Tree, but check out the post on the wildflowers of Carn Ban Mor.

ViV also came up with the title for Thursdays. May they be full of serendipity.

From Pamela: 1: Now available in PDF file is William Zinsser’s On Writing Well, which was recommended to me by a friend a long time ago, when I “thought” about writing poetry. I have gone over to check [it has been a long time since I read the book]. Scroll down and check out the Table of Contents.

2. I think this is a relatively new site for short story and photography enthusiasts. Indie Ink has a weekly challenge for both, (I have taken on the writing, but I am not sure if it is my “cup of tea,” yet) I shall see.
The link is to the home page. From there go to the Challenge tab.

3: There is a new site calling for poetry submissions in text, and or audio. The girl running the site is aiming for multilingual poetry, but for better info, go to ayu’s poemcast.

jpenstroke: This is one of my favorite sites – for Haiku and for listening to writers answer three questions …check it out. Visit Blogging Along Tobacco Road and explore. The site’s Curtis Dunlap has quite a collection of poets and their answers to three questions.


Poets United has snuck one in under the dark of night: Every Tuesday you will find either “Vice/Versa” or “Midnight Snack” (they will alternate)posted here at 12:01 a.m. For “Vice/Versa” two random words will be posted along with their polar opposites (Otherwise known as antonyms). Write something using all four words.It can be any form of writing; poetry, prose, short stories or whatever else. For “Midnight Snack” a simple photo prompt is posted. We will guide you in no direction. It is just you and the photo. If it inspires you, then write about it, if it doesn’t then go back to bed. I will be checking this often. I am always awake in the middle of the night.

You can see we have a variety. I thought of a few more items that can be announced: videos you come across to do with writing; or a vlog of you reading your own work; an interview you think we will enjoy, and/or learn something from; good online courses, or recommendations for workshops [that might entail a bit more of your opinion, if you have attended]; and if you just want someplace to be excited about a poem, or chapbook, acceptance, then for heaven’s sake, announce.

Send announcements to me, anytime, at margoroby[at], or leave your announcements in the comments of Thursday Thoughts. If there is a deadline, let me know, so I can put the announcement at the front of the queue.

Let me know how this works. I think of it as an agora [assembly place] where we can meet, stroll through, sample different things, so it’s our creation — think of me as a benign despot. I might hijack it occasionally for a Thought.

Happy exploring.


Posted by on 12/01/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing


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6 responses to “Your Serendipity at Thursday Thoughts

  1. viv blake

    12/01/2012 at 12:43 pm

    A lovely serendipity. Thank you, Margo. I shall dip in and out regularly.

    • margo roby

      12/01/2012 at 3:58 pm

      Exactly what I hope happens, ViV. Now if I can find a way to offer tea and coffee.


  2. James

    12/01/2012 at 3:59 pm

    Hey, thanks for the shout-out!

  3. Julie Catherine

    12/01/2012 at 10:06 pm

    Very nice post, Margo, I enjoyed reading it, and will be back again to check out more. ~ Julie 🙂

    • margo roby

      13/01/2012 at 7:31 am

      Good to have you here, Julie. I look forward to seeing you around.



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