Rambling, Rambling…Revision

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First, before we get to REVISION, the results of my internet rambling this morning: a few links for you.


I’m curiously drawn in by this visual description of Chopin’s Nocture, Opus 27 #2.  I’m not skilled in music, but I did take several music classes in college, studied piano and flute as a girl, so I get the idea of intervals that this project uses.  I wonder if there is some way to diagram a poem this way?


This one has been around the blogs lately, but if you haven’t checked it out, it’s worth it for a laugh.  SlushPile Hell is a blog where a “grumpy agent” posts an excerpt from a query letter that failed and then his lovely, sarcastic remark.


I’ve been reading Jim Brock’s blog, God’s & Money, for a few months now.  Today’s post concerns applying for a Florida Arts fellowship and also contains some musings on the NEA fellowships.  It’s a great straight-forward post, but it’s the ending that got me laughing in agreement.  Brock writes, “And what of the usual of not getting the money?  I always eagerly read the list of fellowship grantees, and yes, I am most often Miss Congeniality, really happy for these poets because we so seldom get this kind of recognition, and sometimes I am Susan Lucci, wanting to kick the winner in the groin all the while I smile bravely.”  Hee Hee.  I’m usually Susan Lucci, especially in the book contests, and I totally agree with this statement.


Oh, I don’t have the link or remember which blog it was on, but yesterday I read a post in which the author complained a bit about the use of “Dear Reader” in blog posts, after having watched Julie and Julia and noticing its use there. It niggled at me a bit, since I do often use this construction.  However, I stand by my use because when I do include that direct address, it happens naturally and is heartfelt.  A bit too sentimental, Dear Gentle Readers?  So be it. 


And now to the meatier bit here, my revision process has begun.  A bit delayed by health issues, but begun nevertheless.  As many of you know, I spent two weeks in June doing a draft-a-day.  I ended up with 12 successful and complete drafts.  A great result…much self-congratulation ensued.  Now, the work of revision begins.  I read over all of the drafts yesterday and found some of them weaker with more soft spots than I remembered during the rush of creation.  When I began the project I hadn’t really thought about what would happen after.  It’s a bit more daunting to have a dozen drafts needing attention, rather than my normal two or three that might be waiting for help.  I did a quick shuffle and piled them from “best” to “worst” based on yesterday’s read.  However, nothing jumped right out in terms of revision.  I think I’ll have to simply select one poem and cull it from the herd.

I must admit that I was not feeling in the revision mood this morning.  However, two bloggers have come to my rescue.  Fiction writer, Danielle Newton has a post up about working on revising her novel.  Just reading about her process provided some much needed motivation.  Also,  Joanie Strangeland has a new post that complements an earlier one with some notes for revisions.  If nothing else, this is a tangible place to start.  Many thanks to both Danielle and Joanie for taking the time to blog and share their experiences!

Posted by Sandy Longhorn


Jessie Carty

Thanks for the links 🙂

Sandy Longhorn

You're welcome, Jessie. Thanks for stopping by!