It’s always a thrill to find out something I wrote will be shared with the world. Nothing beats receiving an acceptance. Writing requires patience and thick skin and endurance, and it’s nice to be rewarded once in a while. I’m grateful to each editor, judge, and small press who has given my words a home.
Lately, I’ve had the good fortune of placing several of my pieces in anthologies. Here’s where you can read my words, if you choose.
From “Teardrops and Watermelon Seeds”:
“Just as I rounded the corner, a ladybug from the garden flew across the grass, landed next to the teardrop-shaped mark on my left hand, and disappeared. All that was left was the shadow of her insect body on my skin, my freckles masquerading as her spots. I drew in my breath and blinked, but the image stayed.”
I’m so happy that my story “Teardrops and Watermelon Seeds” found a home in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Volume VII. This magical, coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old girl and a summer full of changes is a personal favorite of mine. I’m elated to finally be able to share it with readers.
My haiku “writing with a view” and my series of haiku titled “Get a Cat (or Don’t)” were published in the Poetry Society of Texas 2016 Book of the Year, and my poem “Underneath” appears in Encore: Prize Poems of the NFSPS 2015, which just came out.
“The Morning After” will be in the 2017 Texas Poetry Calendar, which is available for pre-order now at the Dos Gatos Press website. The poem takes a humorous look at holiday decorations after the holidays have ended.
I’m grateful to the judges of the 2016 Austin Poetry Society Annual Awards and the 2016 NFSPS Annual Awards who chose a few more of my poems to receive prizes. “Rooster with a Guitar” and “I Hate Those Poems” will appear in Best Austin Poetry 2015-2016 coming out later this year, and “Cicada Emerging” and “The Footprints” will be published in Encore: Prize Poems of the NFSPS 2016 next summer.
* * *
A big thanks to my friends and family who support my writing career, to my poetry critique group for all their wonderful advice and companionship, and to anyone who reads my work and smiles. 🙂 I appreciate you.
* * *
12 thoughts on “My Words in the World”
Congratulations, Carie! I’m so happy for your successes!
Thank you, Susan! 🙂
Congrats, Carie, what a big deal to get published and get recognition! Here’s to more of same.
Thanks, Jann! I appreciate the encouragement. 🙂
Congratulations. Getting published is always a big deal.
it IS always a thrill to find out your friend’s words that you loved have found their way into the world for everyone else to appreciate. Congratulations on all accounts!
Thank you, Ashley! And thank you for all the support and advice you’ve given me on my work. It feels so good to have someone cheering me on from California. 🙂
Big congrats on all accounts! You do humorous poems wonderfully. 🙂 I love your cat haikus and “The Morning After.” Looking forward to reading “Underneath” once I get Encore, too!
Thank you! I appreciate the compliments. My copy of the TX Poetry Calendar is sitting in my mailbox right now, and my hubby is at work with our only mailbox key. Grr! Can’t wait to get it tonight and read the rest. 🙂
Killing time on the 22 bus, saw your poem Summer Heat. Call me uncultured but ordinarily I disdain free form poetry. In this case after reading it for the 10th time I liked it, you captured that sound and feeling we all know so well.
Daniel, this comment made my day! 🙂 I’m glad your bus ride was lengthy enough for you to read my little poem ten times and that you gave it a chance to grow on you.