Poetics Serendipity

28 Aug

8:39 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to the inner tics of the central air [I have not gotten around to turning on the music — too many tabs open]

Hi! Ready to stop for a few minutes and go wandering with me? I read an interesting comment in one of the Facebook poetry groups I inhabit. The writer commented that there is no need to read most of the ‘Ten Ways to…’ articles that come out, because they all say the same thing. I have two arguments against that comment. One is that they don’t all say it in the same way and as we all have different brains, one person’s way of saying something about poetry, or work habits, or life, is going to strike us more than someone else’s. Two, I don’t know about your brain, but mine files and forgets, so I never pass up an article that is going to remind me how to get through something because not only will it remind me of things I want to keep to the fore, but the writers might have something new to say.

1] Hence, the first place I am sending you, Overcome Procrastination With These Easy Strategies, by Gail Brenner, a psychologist and writer. Most of us procrastinate. We know it. We admit it. We look at tips to make us not procrastinate. But, I don’t think I have read an article that takes us to the roots of our procrastination. Brenner outlines three possible reasons why we put off writing and posits that once we know why, we can take care of overcoming the problem ourselves. As she says To say you’re procrastinating means that you’re living smack in the middle of the land of “should.” And when has a “should” ever served anyone? In essence, you’re saying, “I’m doing this right now, when I should be doing that.” You’re putting yourself down and rejecting this moment as not good enough.

2] The second article appears on Carve Magazine‘s blog and is something that all of us who submit should read from time to time. It’s one of those ‘Oh, yeh’ articles. Mistakes Writers Make When Submitting to Literary Magazines, by Eva Langston, is thorough and even if some points seem obvious, my brain kept muttering ‘right, right…’. I’m guilty of a couple of the points, but if I don’t remind myself of that, chances are I won’t change my habits. Brain muttering: ‘must submit more and to online journals’.

3] For all of us image people, this next one is pure fun, but might also provide new sources of inspiration. News gives us Ten Illustrators to Follow Now and some of them are really cool. Cheri Lucas Rowlands introduces her finds with From sketches to digital art narratives, here’s a visual journey into the worlds of ten illustrators on And, what a journey. I spent time with all of them, some more than others, but enjoyed my immersion. Go play.

I shall see you Tuesday for a prompt and Thursday for more links. Happy Labour Day weekend to the U.S.ers among you.

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 28/08/2014 in links, poetry, writing


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9 responses to “Poetics Serendipity

  1. Miz Quickly

    28/08/2014 at 10:55 am

    Thanks. Especially for the illustrators.
    If you plan to resume your prompt listing posts any time soon, would you mention that Quickly is up and running again? A couple of warmups now, and then there will be a month of prompts beginning on September 1.

    • margo roby

      28/08/2014 at 11:08 am

      Maybe I will do a baby one tomorrow, wet my toes. I need a shove and this might do it. Thank you!

  2. b_young

    28/08/2014 at 11:00 am

    When you do (submit), note that Misky and I are curating the RedWolf Journal’s Winter issue, about which more later (or when we figure out more than the umbrella)


    28/08/2014 at 11:15 am

    Thanks for these Margo. The Illustrators did it for me, specially Sketchcrawl. Do you follow Angie at ?

    • margo roby

      02/09/2014 at 7:33 am

      Hmmm. I wrote an entire comment to this just after you posted it, ViV. I wonder what swallowed it and where it’s sitting. I’m glad I wandered back by.

      I have not been following her, but I am now!

  4. Misky

    31/08/2014 at 5:27 pm

    The Carve post is excellent.


  5. Yousei Hime

    03/09/2014 at 11:06 am

    I really should read that article on procrastinating. Where can i fit it in? 😉

    • margo roby

      03/09/2014 at 11:24 am

      😀 I found it fascinating and will now forget I ever read it. Maybe when life slows down… you’re rolling on the floor, aren’t you?

      • Yousei Hime

        03/09/2014 at 11:28 am

        Me? Maybe . . . .


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