This art is cobbled from five sources.
Not exactly mine, but not not mine either.
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Sandy has dropped a mention of defenestration.net. I have not yet explored the site, but I love the look, and I love the humor. The postings, several years of them, demand exploration. An off-balance outlook permeates the site, including when you sign up to get their newsletter. It makes me eager to see what the newsletter consists of. When have you ever felt that about a newsletter? Refreshing! The people behind the site are screwballs. I love screwballs.
The ‘Lengthy Poem’ contest really caught my eye. I’ll read the winners, and the also-rans if they are available to be read. I have the lengthy poem of lengthy poems. I missed this year’s deadline. I’ll enter next year. They run a variety of contests, something for everyone.
What else inspires me on this dreary morning? (No gardening for me today.) A new post on Facebook by Carl Reed, in the celebrated Carl E. Reed style, ruminating about his recent poetic struggles, is great fun. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100083651138503
We’re short on Oomph here, at the moment. Except for Sue’s Showcase. Showcase is endlessly inspirational. Thank you, Sue.
I understand that. I’m in a slump myself. I’m finding it hard to get excited about too much. I’m in more, or less, pain most of the time. And I just had a health scare (that turns out not to be anything serious).
A.I. fascinates some of us, but does not beguile me. At least, not yet. Those links that GD has given us, I’ll have to explore them as well. I’m going to concoct some kind of experiment, and see what I get from it.
Who knows of quirky sites that will shake up our thinking? Sandy, did you hear of defenestration.net at the seminar you recently attended? What else did you learn there?
Defenestration is, above all else, playful. AI may be (perhaps unintentionally) playful. I haven’t given him/them a fair chance. Shame on me. GD, you’ve spent a good deal of time with the critter. Does he have a sense of humor? Is he capable of snark?
I’ve submitted Sly to three agents, got not a word back. This is for the birds. I’m waiting on an opinion from an old college friend. We’d lost touch around 1980, and reconnected on Facebook two-three years ago. She’d gone back to Catholicism, became an editor at a Catholic journal, then spent thirty years at the National Geographic Society.
She always had a dynamite sense of humor. Will my priest-banging-a-whore-dressed-as-Virgin-Mary offend her? I’ve handled it tastefully, with my sly sense of humor. I could water it down, but it stays, it’s key to my story. And, it’s hilarious. Catherine emailed me two days ago that she’s been sick, and apologized for not getting to it yet. I hope to have her reaction before long. This should be interesting.
All in all, I’m worn out. I’ve waited several months to hear back from those agents. I can wait a few weeks more. Catherine will come through for me. I’ll consider what she has to say, then I’ll self-publish.
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