November 24th, 2006

Egrets Reading

Tales of the Talisman

My contributor's copy of Tales of the Talisman arrived today. This was my first opportunity to see an issue and I was duly impressed.

Tales of the Talisman is edited by David Lee Summers, is 8 1/2 x 11, 88 pages, perfect bound. This issue contains:

Stories by Alara Rogers, D'Arcy Ann Pryciak, Dawn Gray, Janni Lee Simner, Clinton A. Harris, Terry Bramlett, Marlo Dianne, James McCormick, Paul Lucas, Carma Lynn Park, C.J. Henderson, Daniel C. Smith, Uncle River, and Sonya Taaffe.

Poems by Christina Sng, Karen R. Porter, K.S. Hardy, Cathy Buburuz, Gary Every, Louise Webster, Bruce Boston, Mikal Trimm, Neal Wilgus, Deborah P Kolodji, Jim Dunlap, William Boons, Sharon Fotta Anderson, and Terrie Leigh Relf,

Illustrations by Brian Brennan, Mike Rooth, Liz Clarke, Nicola L Robinson, Tom Kelly, Jag Lall, April Martinez, Tracy Flynn, Russell Morgan, Jim Collins, Jeff Benham, Erica Henderson, Jesse Rissmiller, and Neil T. Foster.

I am just now starting to read through it - from my reading so far, I want to mention that I particularly enjoyed Terrie Leigh Relf's poem, "It is not yet the end..." which was constructed as a haibun, only the prose part of the haibun was written as a narrative poem.

Tales of the Talisman will re-open for submissions on January 15, 2007.
Egrets Reading

Revision....

Sometimes I wonder if the reason I enjoy writing in very short forms is that it certainly cuts down the time spent in revision.

It's not that I don't revise haiku. There's my very frustrating parking lot pigeon haiku which started off as

gray asphalt
on a gray day
pigeons


became

new car scratch
parking lot pigeons
on a gray day


which morphed into

parking lot pigeons
the shopping cart scratch
on my car


then became

pigeons
the shopping cart scratch
on my new car


then

the scratch
on my new car
pigeons


before I finally just put it aside before it became

the new gray
in my hair
pigeons


When it came to the 66 line poem time_shark published in Mythic 2, I spent several weeks changing words here and there and began to doubt whether I'd ever get it to the way I wanted it (but I did).

Now, that I've started to experiment with fiction again, all bets are off as to how long it is going to take me to finish a very simple story. It started at 660 words or so, grew to 850 words, and now, I'm thinking of slashing parts of it and adding others. I recently joined a fiction writer's workshop group and made some of the revisions based upon comments made last time. This time, they pretty much all said, "I liked the first version better."

I think I just need to start another story and go back to this one later.