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Sunshine
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200 posted 07-13-2005 06:49 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

MartyJo...you're a treasure!  Thank you for pulling out so many lines that mean something to you! As for sitting down with Serenity?  NOW THAT...would be one heck of a time! Because you see, I would most likely keep my mouth shut, and just listen!!

Kacy...numbers were only something I used, fractionally, for baking.  And checking accounts.  They put me in a chair once to manage a department's budget...Yikes!  Don't you know I had to use a system each and every time to get that danged thing to balance. So I don't put much stock in what folks are numbered...by others. But...I AM smiling

at my friend Ali.  Thank you Sir.  And, I do believe you've said it quite diplomatically - I do sell myself short. That very fact has been pointed out a number of times - and if I knew a way to change that fault, I would.

~*~

I hope to have some "good book news" soon.  In giving the publishing house 3-4 months to comb over the pages, I am expecting the proof back within the next few weeks.  Now, it was my choice, due to the move and all, so there's no gritching on my part - until the end of the fourth month.  Then you might hear some thunder...LOL...

I did, however, have an idea for a cover [if you have seen a recent posting in prose, you'll know!] and that idea has been passed on to the art department.  Whether they will think on it as a possibility is now in their hands. But wouldn't it be nice...

Now, did anyone take up that link?  Did you enjoy it?
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201 posted 07-13-2005 09:52 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Sunshine, You and I have to set a date to sit by Serenity's feet and just listen LOL.. Now to that "link" I usually open anything that looks intriguing, putting on my thinking cap as I type. best,  martyjo
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202 posted 08-17-2005 07:16 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

An early note of Thanks….

A little over four months ago [yikes!] as stated above, my publishing company gave my baby [manuscript] to the editor[s] who would “have the proof back to [me] within three to four months”.

Suffice to say, it is rather apparent they do not work in legal or news publication worlds, where deadlines are deadlines. Except, perhaps, when they are up to the infernal “contract [cutoff date] time.”

I have learned a lot at this site.  I thought I knew, and I thought I had, “patience” and knew  “stuff”, as in “stuff happens” and “patience is bought here by the pound…” before I lucked upon Passions.  I have learned so much more. And where to find more…

I know from previous experience through Passions that what we want isn’t always necessarily going to happen when we wish, especially when it comes to birthing a book. Oh, yes, there are exceptions, but those exceptions never really make the “rule”. Call those exceptions, “a moment” or even “fate”.  Yep, that works.

Ron’s idea [with some pushing and shoving from friends] gave those of us who were here a few years back the courage, movement, impetus, moment…to say, “Yeah, I think I’m good enough to submit my poetry/prose” for an anthology. And then there were two. And then, three.  

While Ron may need to be nudged, now and then, into realizing just how much good he has done over the last few years to poets and writers who dream of someday being an author…I doubt he really doesn’t think about what HE did…he’s more in tune, [I sense] of what he can do for others, how to make the site more computer/people friendly, how best to SERVE those who all have a common bond….

writing.

But he always takes things a few steps further.  In those ways, he has widened not only his world, but all of ours.

By taking those initial few steps further [some three/four years ago], I found out that not only did I really want to write more, but that I had gained the courage/heart to receive more pink slips. You see, several DECADES ago I sent my work in to publications, and received the “thanks, but no thanks!” letters and sometimes, one, two, even three or more times was, then, enough.  Let’s face it.  I was skinny, had always been kidded about my low self-esteem, and figured that “those folk” probably knew what they were talking about.

Being the person I was then, versus the person I have evolved into [if Ali is reading, let’s talk about evolution of all natures… ] has changed, so other things must have changed, too.  

But I think the guiding light was [again] Ron. When a few of our wonderful members saw my “prose/story” in Ron’s Prose Forum, they wrote, and I ad-lib, “take that “bleep” story OFF the internet so it isn’t stolen” and words to that effect.

God bless them!

Knowing that we have specific rules about making requests to remove our work, and given that most of those entries had dealt a great deal with responses, and such, when given the reason behind the request, Ron kindly “poofed” all of my 20 or so “chapters”.

Clicking in to the prose forum the following day/evening, I was…hollow.  My work…was gone. LOL… But it was gone at my request. Still, this very hollow, aching feeling continued.

Sometimes, the receiving of praise is how we go on, how we subsist in the every day world. The words of praise, encouragement, excitement, belief, enjoyment, etc., all of that was gone.

I felt as if I had stripped others of something.  

It later dawned on me that I had followed their request; that their belief in me was so great! that they, too, wanted to make sure that, regardless of copyrights on PiP, my work stayed with me, and that I carry it forward to its conclusion.

So, to those poets, readers, mentors, and friends, I say, thank you.

To Ron?  An early Thanks….

I received word today that I may probably see my proof by the end of next week. [Don’t even ask about the timeline – I think I covered that above.]  That my work is not “lost” among the masses of people who all wish a chance to succeed, or even just get published, is vindication enough that I’m supposed to be in this place, at this time.

I have been blessed with a great number of family, friends, poets, acquaintances, and co-workers who have asked about the book’s progress.

My response?

“Soon”.

How could it be, any other way?


[This message has been edited by Sunshine (08-18-2005 10:42 AM).]

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203 posted 08-17-2005 07:28 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

"may probably ???"
groan...and all of us will have to sit tight a bit longer before we can delve into this long awaited book

Patience may be a virtue...
but I'm really tired of being virtuous!
(LOL, don't anyone dare say anything!!)

We shall wait....even impatiently.
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204 posted 08-17-2005 08:26 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

God bless your ever-lovin' heart, Kacy!  
SOON!
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205 posted 08-17-2005 08:32 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

As the saying goes, "good things come to those who wait."  

...and wait...and...
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206 posted 08-17-2005 08:34 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Ah Chris...my sis...thank you sweetheart. I know you are stringing out summer as long as you can!  But you know what?  When you appear?

It's summer all over again!
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207 posted 08-17-2005 09:34 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

  It was good to read this sissie...good for me....and good for you to write it.  You give me hope ...if you can do it, then so can I!!  
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208 posted 08-17-2005 09:52 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Yes, Sissie...it's always been my belief; if I can, you can!

Please...do!
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209 posted 08-17-2005 09:57 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

ok, so two can
OMG, now I may have to tell a story about a toucan! LOL
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210 posted 08-17-2005 10:38 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Kacy?

M'friend...be our guest!  We're waiting!
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211 posted 08-18-2005 01:38 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

For some reason the words "before the ice cream melts" popped into my head as I read your latest post. You analize it.....Maybe it means before you think it will be, it will be..... Hope to be hearing more real soon! martyjo
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212 posted 08-18-2005 10:50 AM       View Profile for LeeJ   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LeeJ

I'm always amazed upon reading you how alike we think...and are...as I've found a lot of poets to be, upon meeting them...it's like a link, joining, and you, my dear lady are a part of that link, always and forever...

How can you properly thank the owner of this web site?  For his dedication and encouragements to others to do as you have accomplished...just look at where we've come?

I've been overwhelmed at the outpoor of friends in this site, not to mention, even though a rookie amongst a big league of wonderful articulate writers...well, I've been blessed in so many ways...

I'll probably be pushing and shoving all the Pipsters to be first in line for a copy of that book, so don't forget to let us know when and how.

Hugs dear friend, and thank you for all the encouragement you've blessed me with...if not for you, we would not be.

I'm so lucky to have met you and so many others here.

Your book will be very very successful...I just feel it.  

thanks
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213 posted 08-18-2005 04:51 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

Oh my goodness Sunshine... I just realized I never replied to this topic!

Am I too late to congratulate you and tell you how happy I am for you... not to mention how proud? Way to go girl. You shine!
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214 posted 08-18-2005 07:25 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

MartyJo, I like the way you think...
what can be better than ice cream...
and not missing a drop of it!

LeeJ - the more we get to know each other,
the better I like it...

Munda...honey...as long as you read, and nod,
and enjoy right along...it's ok that you
haven't commented...just keep smiling, and
PLEASE...keep writing!

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215 posted 08-18-2005 08:34 PM       View Profile for SmartChick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit SmartChick's Home Page   View IP for SmartChick

Hey Karilea, I need some hummingbirds. They are so facinating to watch. I don't know what this thread is all about, but just thought I would say "Hi".
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216 posted 08-18-2005 08:54 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Hello Sue!  It's just a journal of things,
and everyone can participate with anything
they wish.

Come back, Sue...

tell us what's been going on with you!
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217 posted 08-18-2005 10:15 PM       View Profile for SmartChick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit SmartChick's Home Page   View IP for SmartChick

Hi Karilea! I just been trying to get my head above water (so to speak). Sigh! It's not easy. I have also been trying to write a poe,, but my muse seems to have left me again. She sure takes alot of vacations. Wish I could take as many as she does. I sure need atleast one.
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218 posted 08-24-2005 09:26 AM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

sitting here,
smiling

and waiting.  

HUGSSSSSSSSSSSS
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219 posted 08-25-2005 11:27 PM       View Profile for kayjay   Email kayjay   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for kayjay

Not last nor least, I hope, but I'm as pleased as can be!  All of us here have such faith and pride in you.  KJ

Through rubble and trouble and dark of night
The yawn of a dawn will hasten the light

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220 posted 08-26-2005 11:09 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine




The Proof Has Landed....

And the two week review begins.

Color me your choice of happy...

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221 posted 08-26-2005 05:14 PM       View Profile for SmartChick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit SmartChick's Home Page   View IP for SmartChick

I am happy for you, Karilea!
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222 posted 08-26-2005 07:48 PM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

Well, I'm pretty sure that's anything but blue!

Big hugs for you dear lady.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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223 posted 08-26-2005 08:29 PM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Terrific News. martyjo
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224 posted 08-26-2005 11:02 PM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

Karilea- You already know my thoughts on this, girl... however I know that the reading of the proof is the last step before Nirvana, and a HUGE moment...
Now, if I could only get this smile off my face at your closeness to achievement...

http://www.mysticwicks.com
  (try the after dark section)

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