There is something so wonderful about opening your mail and finding a bit of hope from a perfect stranger. Thank you, Lola. I surely needed it this week — Love, Melissa
Are you writing every day? Or taking a photograph? Or doing one creative act that stimulates your mind outside of the routine?
20 Lines a Day is about feeding that creative part of you, to keep you writing, even a little, every day.
Whether it’s a prompt, or an image that moves you, write it down and share it with us. It does not have to be a finished work — not at all. The point is to keep writing.
I’ll share an image today. What will you share?
In today’s publishing climate, many authors are turning away from traditional publishing houses because they wish to have more control over their own work.
But it takes time just to research the other options, and they are many and varied, and can be confusing. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the decisions that need to be made, especially for those with little experience working with publishers and printers.
… so quietly that you don’t even realize it. There was no alarm. No bell. Not even a ringing in your ears. Nothing lets you know that the moment that just got by you was the one that you should have reached for and held onto. That it won’t come back again, even if you beg. That you are left in a permanent state of watching her walk away.
That’s okay, you tell yourself. There will be another one.
You silently hope. You wish it to be true. You hope that life will be kind and you will keep on getting chances just like the one that kissed your cheek, then turned away.
The truth is, we never know, do we?
I am blessed by this community and by the gifts you share of yourself every day. Coming here always makes me smile, and I know I’m not the only one that feels that way.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Just took a peek at the stats, and while this is something I usually never do, it feels like a milestone and I thought I would share it with you.
Happy 50,000+ visitors to 20 Lines. I thought I’d let you know.
Cheers, and happy everything,
My dear friends and community,
This morning I am very sad to have to tell you that our dear friend and contributor weedlewom has left this life last week following a sudden illness and hospital stay.
Part of me didn’t want to believe it, I think, so I am a few days late with this news.
I was very lucky to know Susan in my own community here in North Carolina, as last August I’d joined her writers’ critique group that met once a month. I will tell you that she was as gentle and magical a soul as you find her voice to be in her poetry.
I didn’t know her nearly well enough, but I hold each memory dear. Rest in deepest peace, poet.
You can read the poems she shared with us here.
And take good care of each other out there, please.