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March Madness

…and I’m not talking about basketball. (Cuz I mean, who am I kidding? Basketball isn’t really my thing, but if you take me to a court, all bets are off)

But before I talk about what is happening in March (and there is a LOT more to talk about than normal), I have to reflect on the first two months of 2019.

In January, I completed a 31 in 31 challenge with one of my littles. I came to I think 32 or 33 poem drafts, some I love, some that are going in the trash, some just depend on if I feel like revising it or not. I was a hard month for writing though, partly because some of the prompts from the list we chose to follow weren’t so friendly. We did, however, choose another prompt from a different list if we really got stuck. Only happened about two or three times though, so not bad for the most part. And I find that I circle around the same themes, but I am slowly exploring and expanding my topic list. Weird prompts do help though, so I’m grateful for the internet.

In February, I was still writing, but not as much; I’ve been focusing on studying for an exam I will be taking this Saturday. Pray that I pass because I do NOT want to pay another $146 if I fail, but Also because I’ve been really studying since January for this test. I need to pass; it’ll open up better opportunities for me. Aside from that, I have also been preparing mentally for March.

Some more great February news! I have a microchap out with Damaged Goods Press that you can find here. I’m not going to tell you what it’s about because the title makes it quite obvious, but I will say it is very blunt and to the point, but I adore these pieces due to their rawness. It’s an eight chaplet bundle, though, so not only will you get my work, but the work of seven other people as well! Sounds like a great deal to me.

And finally, we get to March. I already told you that I have an exam this Saturday, it’s the Praxis for English/Secondary Education. It’s kind of a big deal. I’ve been studying SUPER hard for this, and it would crush me if I failed.

Next up, I have a reading on Tuesday, March 12 at Charmington’s in Baltimore. You can find the facebook event here. I still have yet to come up with a set list (Sue me), but I’m sure it’ll be amazing regardless of the work I pick. It will be me and three other writers. This is my first reading of the year, so I definitely have the energy for it. It’s free, so come on down to Charmington’s!

My hubby’s birthday is also in March, and I have a few fun things planned for him.

Last, but certainly not least, I will be hosting a writing workshop called “Confessionals: Writing the Hard Stuff” on March 27th at Greedy Reads in Baltimore. I was excited to pitch the idea, let alone teach it! Last year, my big sister and Managing Poetry editor of South85, Mel, challenged me to write more confessional poetry. I’m not going to say it was easy, but it has helped me big time with some of the pieces I’ve been working on, not just poetry either.  It was also featured in a magazine!

I think that’s all for now, but let me know what your plans for March are in the comments. Hopefully your month is less stressful (albeit all good stress that I signed up for) than mine.

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