Shawn L. Bird

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poem-circles October 24, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:52 pm
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I’m

circling

I’m

adding,

growing, and

learning.

I’m

becoming

the dream me

I see her

in

laughter

applause

award

I’m

circling

up to the prize

it’s closer

and

closer

with every

word.

.

.

I just came back from the annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference.  My first year there, I successfully pitched to a publisher.  My third time I successfully pitched to an agent.  When I first started attending, I admired the amazing writing of the winners of the $1000 Storyteller Award and the humorous writing by the winners of the 75 word Silly Write contest.  I dreamed of winning those contests. I’ve entered a couple of pieces 5 or 6 times over the years.  This year I didn’t have a project to pitch, but I submitted to both contests.  I was short listed for the Storyteller (3rd year in a row short  listed for a writing contest at SIWC!) and my entry came second in the Silly Write.  I was thinking “Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.”  🙂  On the other hand, I feel the precipice I’m standing on- I am appreciating the fine line of difference between good and great.  

When several hundred people are laughing at your jokes and cheering when your name is called, you can’t help but feel inspired.  

You know how there comes a time when the craftsman requires particular tools to create true art? Because of the amazing craft workshops I attended (Donald Maass, Diana Gabaldon, Susanna Kearsley, Shari Green) and meal conversations (Larry Brooks, Nephele Tempest, Jack Whyte) I feel like I’ve been given the master tools that will make the difference to leap off the precipice and FLY.  I feel that intangible sense that things are about to change, and I’m excited!

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13 Responses to “poem-circles”

  1. Congratulations!! Sounds like you’ve met many goals and accomplishments!! Go for the Gusto!!

  2. Melody J Haislip Says:

    Shawn, I believe in you. Seriously. Next year will be your year. 🙂

  3. chris jensen Says:

    Awe, sorry Mrs. Bird, you know, try, try again!

    with love chris

  4. erbiage Says:

    This is such a delight to read! You *are* a great human being, the writer is just an expression of that. You have the tools, and everything you need. Let go. Uncross your fingers, relax, and let yourself shine!

  5. How awesome! Best of luck with it!


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