Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

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

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

⌗IWSG-Wednesday 2nd June 2021,

 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  Read More section Poetry.

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

And for the publication of my poem CARTHAGE in ORBIS quarterly Literary Magazine June 2021, Issue 196.

Another writing day for the Insecure Writers Support Group

finally managed to catch the setting sun on the ocean.

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

Every month, The IWSG announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Please try to visit other blogs/sites on the master list, you may inspire/help others or find some outstanding insights into life and writing.

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some news:

Special heads up to Yvette Carol, check out her article "I'm Happy I'm not Neil Gaiman", on her website. And also discover her full trilogy of fantasy fiction for children (New Zealand culture and legends all woven into an exciting tale of heroes, villains, anti-heroes ... and in-betweens) with original ink drawings.

In French, we have a saying: "Vivons cachés, vivons heureux"

Keep small presses alive, visit CINNAMON based in Wales, for new pamphlets/chapbooks, short stories collections and novels. Visit ORBIS Literary Journal ( to see what they have to offer: subsciptions, submissions, poetry, translations, reviews....
my poem Carthage will be appearing in their June Issue 196.

Now for today's reflections.

To friends and family or writing workshops, I may show/ or read out poems or flash fiction before shelving and thoroughly editing.
When blogging in a secure environment, I may show drafts with slight edits or major cuts concerning flash fiction or poems.
When submitting, the short stories or poems have been written, shelved, edited, re-edited countless times. That's how insecure I sometimes feel.

if some ideas are taken, remodelled, added to, re-edited... and find their own way into print, then that's just how the cookie crumbles.... as the "Dude" or his "gardian angel/philosopher" might put it.

That's all folks for today.... please revisit some of the 60's-to-70's Tom and Jerry cartoons and fill the air with laughter to alleviate the general atmosphere...

Wishing you an exciting and fruitful month of writing.

Susan Rouchard.

my photos of the French Basque Coast,
morning light.


  1. Hi Susan - love the Basque coast ... only been there once donkey years ago - but I remember! Wonderful recommendations you've given us - I know if I was looking I'd be supporting a smaller press ... Stay safe and enjoy writing your poems - cheers Hilary

    1. Thank you Hilary for your blogging friendship and alleviating posts.
      Wishing you a sunny month of June.

  2. Well, with submitting, it does need to be darn near perfect.

    1. Yes, self-publishing seems to be the only way, sometimes … but I’m a bit of a stubborn ass… even though insecure…
      Thanks Alex for going through everyone’s posts so thoroughly.
      Happy inspiration .

  3. It sounds like you take a lot of care over editing your work, and it's paying off judging by your publications. Congrats!

    1. Thanks Nick for your kind comments.
      A lot of editing, and wondering , rewriting and self-doubt….. most of the time. Competition is so fierce these days in all walks of life…. and has been for the last century…..
      Enjoy the group postings this month.

  4. Hi,

    Your pictures are lovely.

    Maybe I misunderstood you but I don't see why you are showing your blog post to family and friends before you post them. Wouldn't it be better to get someone who loves your writing?

    It took my family some time before they saw the gifts that God has given me. They see the now but that wasn't always the case.

    Wishing you a lovely month of June.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Thanks Pat for your faithful readership. What I meant to say, was that what I post on my blog is seen first by blogging friends and family. What I submit for publishing goes through the hard yards of editing and rejections and rewriting….
      Have an enjoyable IWSG week. All the best.

  5. The writing journey is long and hard, even for the most confident writers. For the rest of us, I'm just grateful for blog hops like IWSG!

  6. Hi Susan. Nothing easy about the writing journey. I've thought about seeing out small presses, but like everything in writing, it is a minefield. So I've gone ahead with self-publishing. These days you can hire cover artists, editors, proofreaders, study marketing, so not like it was at the beginning of self publishing.

  7. Hi Susan. I get that bit about editing. Especially with submitting. You need to do it, don't you! Hope to see you at the WEP.

  8. Thanks Jen, Denise and Sonia for visiting. I agree that blogging helps to give us the courage to continue submitting, time after time. As to self-publishing, I’ve worked too long marketing brands …. So encouragement from bloggers and feedback from magazines and editors is very gratifying at every turn. Writing and reading are vital everyday, any day ….


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