Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting
April showers bring May flowers

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

⌗IWSG-May 2021- Thoughts for the day.

 Thank you to all my followers on Blogger and Wordpress for their support and praise for my poem Trapped by the Undertow, published 1st May 2021 on Bandit Fiction.com  Read More section Poetry.

See post, beginning of May, entitled Trapped by the Undertow, Bandit Fiction.


Another writing day for the Insecure Writers Support Group

Congratulations for all the A to Z participants and those who managed to finish, follow the roadtrip and more; also to the WEP participants for April 2021, quite a feat. Hopefully, I will be able to write a piece for June. This year Inspiration from Art.






Thank you to Alex J Cavanaugh for his patience and hard work

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The awesome co-hosts for the May 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone, and Cathrina Constantine!

May 5 question - Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn't expect? If so, did it surprise you?

Thoughts for the day,


Every day, a writer thinks, be it night or day, come shine or rain.

As soon as the thought, becoming an idea pops through our minds, we quickly jot it down on paper in a notebook at hand/diary/smartphone..... before it slips from our mind. 

Because, let's face it: we usually have more pressing things to do: get ready for our day job; get the children ready for school; take care of someone else, do the housework, shop, eat, sleep....

So these thoughts or ideas forming themselves in our heads, grow, change, are deformed, pile up if they are not written down.... even to be thrown away afterwards, discarded, torn up .... But then again, the most important ones have sunk back down into the unconscious, most often than not... to be sorted later .....or not.

What we finally manage to show to the world is sometimes very far from the original inspiration which was triggered by an event, something we saw, tasted, heard, touched, read... To please the world we go through all these stages of rewriting, editing, sending-off, being rejected, accepted, re-editing... or marketing.

Our readers are first readers foremost: family and friends, who aren't necessarily interested in what you would like to show the world. So in a community of bloggers the kind support and exclamations or praise are always welcome... even if they come as a surprise sometimes. Because it is a pleasant surprise, like someone knocking at the door, a delivery man with a package from someone special.


Those were my thoughts for the day.

Wishing you a pleasant month of writing.

Susan B. Rouchard

My poem Trapped by the Undertow was published on BanditFiction.com under the section Read More Project, Poetry on first of May.

(see my previous post).


photos from the garden:










Thank you for visiting and please feel free to respond and I will do the upmost to reply within a reasonable delay.

14 comments:

  1. I am not a writer, but I am quite sure that I too think every day, night or day, rain or shine. I don't feel compelled to compose something around them, that is perhaps the difference.

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    1. Thank you David for reading my post. If not a writer, you are a blogger, so putting your thoughts into words or expressing them in other creative ways. Sorry if you felt offended, my mistake. I was thinking this afternoon after posting that my first sentence should have included all human beings, of course.

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  2. Never thought of it that way, but an idea does go through so much change before anyone else sees it.

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    1. Thank you Alex, for taking the time to visit everyone, reading and responding to each of us insecure writers. Congratulations on the launch of the IWSG Dark Matter 2021 Anthology, no small feat.
      Take care and all the best for May.

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  3. Love this! So many of my story ideas swirl around in my brain for a LONG time before they get to paper. (Many never do)
    Getting reactions to our work is such a thrill!

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    1. Thanks Jemi, for your faithful companionship in writing. Wishing you all the best in your endeavours over the summer months. Take care,

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  4. It's always a surprise to get a positive response to anything I write. I don't think I would ever take that for granted.

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    1. Thanks Nick for sharing your experience. Spot on. Happy May writing.

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  5. Hi,
    Your pics are lovely. They symbolise hope. As for writing, for each individual, it's different. My family has been supportive with my writing and especially these last few years.

    Wishing you all the best.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. Thank you Pat for your positive feedback and encouragement at every turn.
      Happy spring writing. Take care. Susan B. Rouchard.

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  6. Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. Thanks Jayden for visiting. Take care and happy May writing.

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  7. That's a great burst of colour to start my Sunday off just right.

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  8. Thank you David. Have an enjoyable week.

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