New Book Release – Piccola Poesie

Constance/ October 15, 2019/ Books, Publications/ 1 comments

My new poetry book, Piccola Poesie, A Nibble of 100 Short Form Poems, is now available!  Piccola Poesie contains a variety of Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and American Sentences that explore human relationships, our relationship with nature, and with everyday objects around us. The poems wheel through the seasons and incorporate observations and commentary in appreciation of everyday life. These short,

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Revising 101 (Housekeeping)

Constance/ September 28, 2019/ Essay, Writing

The most important thing to revision? Buy lots of ink cartridges and printer paper. You might be tempted to skip this step. Don’t. This applies to both novels and poetry. Print that sucker out. I know, I know, it seems like a PITA to use all that ink and paper on something you just know is perfection.  Trust me, it’s

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Poetry Submissions for the Rest of Us

Constance/ September 2, 2019/ Essay, Writing

So, I’ve been reading submission guidelines while I search for places to home my poetry. A lot of them leave me scratching my head.  “We want poetry that makes our heart go POW and our head pop off the stem of our neck spouting blood like a geyser. We want work that zings our strings and causes a rabid dog

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Genre Reading and Writing. Arithmetic Free.

Constance/ August 5, 2019/ Essay, Writing

When it came time to choose a genre to write in I chose fantasy. As a longtime reader of Fantasy, Scifi, and everything in between, it seemed a natural fit. I was a latecomer to women’s literature and romance. It didn’t hold me the way fantasy did, although I like some romance in my fantasy, and not just Mage/queen/plucky necromancer

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Philosophy Class Refresher Course

Constance/ July 13, 2019/ Essay

What is it in human makeup that makes us go looking for the answer we want? When did confirmation bias become the norm, rather than something to guard against? Despite my best intentions, I find myself reading Amazon reviews and if I’m iffy on a purchase I read the 3-star reviews and talk myself into not buying the book or

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New Gyroscope Review for July

Constance/ June 30, 2019/ Gyroscope Review

The summer issue of Gyroscope Review is out! A perfect lazy-summer-day read. You can pick up a copy on Amazon. Please leave us a review after you’ve read through the awesome work by our summer poets. Submissions for the Fall Issue open today also. Last fall’s Crone Issue was so well-received that Gyroscope Review has decided to do it again.

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Digging Weeds from the Story Garden

Constance/ May 19, 2019/ Essay, Writing

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where my story is? There I was, skipping merrily down the path, sun shining, the birds maniacally tweeting, and my brand new sneakers soft and bouncy. The path ended abruptly. I smacked face first into a brick wall, bending my nose 20 degrees out of joint. Where did this brick wall

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And I Quote—

Constance/ April 23, 2019/ Writing

Quotes to feed your writer’s brain Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. George Bernard Shaw Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Seneca Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that

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On Berating My Obstinacy and Resolving to Try Something Different

Constance/ March 30, 2019/ Essay, Writing

I reread my last blog post and thought, man, what mule-headed stubbornness. Is that really me? Turns out it is. So my goal the past few weeks was to do some research into what I disdain in writing advice, and find a way to give it a try. I researched some authors I like, that offer classes and books on

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