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Yes I Am (Going to Do it)!

I’ve taken the plunge and nailed down a date for introducing my book, Broken Consciousness: Reflections of an Epileptic. On Thursday, March 28, at 7:00, at our local library, I will be talking about how I came to write poems about the epilepsy I’ve had since I was twelve years old. Our library director supports local authors and she has been gracious and generous in arranging this event for me.

A student I taught when she was in fourth grade (a talented writer even then) contacted me on Facebook and said both she and her mom are coming.  That is very satisfying. I’ll have to count my books to make sure I have enough for a nice book table for selling.

Since my book is rather short (80 pages), I think I’ll read only one poem from the book itself, and share other poems I have written about living with epilepsy.

Keep your fingers crossed for me that I can be calm as I talk, and answer people’s questions with confidence.

March 28…I have more than enough time to plan.


Valentine’s Challenge — 14 Words

A challenge in time for Valentine’s Day —

Enter as many times as you wish!   This is a carryover from a Facebook Virtual Event by Jodi Barnes which you are invited and encouraged to join … either posting here on 20 Lines, or Facebook, or BOTH so that we can all share and gorge ourselves on love.  For the Facebook project, the poems will be distributed on Valentine’s Day to strangers who may be in need of love and poetry.  And you can also do this project similarly where you live.

Here are Jodi’s rules:

Write a 14-word poem (doesn’t need to rhyme or take a specific form). Because “14 words” has a repulsive association with white supremacy, I’m ready to help turn “14 words” into one unifying hopeful piece of love for ONE WORLD, ONE RACE, ONE LOVE. Write 14 words about love–anything related to love, kindness, peace–and post it/them here, let them go, and know that another human being you (probably) don’t know will read your little poem(s) and then, who knows?!


List your poem here, as part of the challenge and mention if you’d like for me to share your poem with Jodi for her beautiful project, OR join us over there and post along with us!

Wishing you much love in all things,



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Peace and Love



Melissa Hassard:

This just felt so great to stumble upon as I’m reading around different blogs. Be very proud of the community we are all creating here.

And if you’re not familiar with The Poets’ Billow, you should be:  HERE.

Much love,


Originally posted on the poet's billow:

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… to Maggie Mendus and Anne Sikes,
now Co-Editors for 20 Lines!

Maggie and Anne, as two voices of constant support, dedication to craft, and encouragement here within our community, I appreciate your willingness to step into this new role as a consistent voice of assistance, welcome and encouragement.

This community is such a rich place of personality, craft, and talent.  I absolutely love looking in and finding the many interesting and diverse pieces that become a beautiful montage.

I am working behind the scenes to both write and pull together a few more elements and resources for us.  I have plans.  Oh, yes, I have plans.  

New contributors have joined and are joining us soon.  Watch for them if you haven’t spotted them already!

And NEW!  The 20 Lines Calendar 
Coming soon will be writing and photography contest deadlines along with links to the supporting websites for more information.  My goal is that we can channel what we are doing into many opportunities for those who seek them.  Take a look and forward contests to me as you find them!

Much more fun ahead.  Many challenges and opportunities to flex your creative muscle.  And as always, if you have ideas or thoughts and would like to share them with me, my door is always open.  Mi casa es su casa.

Cheers!  And Happy Everything.



The Ocean (weekly challenge) submitted by writerwannabe763

Thank you Diane for your lovely work , Please visit Diane’s blog


I love to visit and to see

Places where I love to be

Along with warmth and shining sun

My joy has only just begun

I travel where I know it’s there

And because of this I do so care

For the waves and color blue

But sometimes it is also green

Prettiest sight I’ve ever seen

I rush down to the water’s shore

The Ocean finally I have reached

And sun myself while on the beach

I revel in the peace I feel

And wonder if it’s all so real

I linger there, the day does pass

And ne’er is there a blade of grass

The sun is changing color now

Shades of red and orange…wow

Sunset has taken o’er the sky

Time to go and say good-bye

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Cheers, and happy writing,



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