Sorta–A Poem for Day 3 of the PAD Challenge

Poetic Asides 2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3 |

Here’s my third poem in the Poem a Day Challenge. If you want to join in, and it’s still November, 2011, the link is above. Lots of fun, and, unfortunately, a way to put off working on my book. Bad, Linda, bad!



I’m sorta

out of sorts

this morning,

sorting out what

I should sort

through first

or get to second

or second next.

There are, after all,

so many has-beens

and wanna-bes

among the bins

in my closets,

so many beings

unworn and hardly loved.

It’s sorta hard to toss them

or even sort them,

sorta hard to sort

out one

from the other,

if ya know what I mean.


Poetic Asides 2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2 |

“I am soft sift in an hourglass–” Gerard Manley Hopkins

from “The Wreck of the Deutschland”

This single-lettered self

has been busy coning

on a contained glass plane

past sunsets that once seemed

much farther apart, It is the widening future

at the top,


into narrowing presents,

shining moments facet as they fall,

each catching the light and slowing

into the years of insects who cram

lifetimes between a single dawn and dusk.

Linda Armstrong

This was my poem for today. I don’t know whether I will make it all the way through the month, but it is fun right now. Check out the prompts and join in.

My Trip to St. Simon’s Island, GA

I have deleted the pictures of my trip to St. Simon’s Island (formerly displayed as a slide show here) from Flicker to make room for newer adventures. Let me know if you would like to see some of them. Many are available as postcards and posters in my shop on Zazzle.


St. Simon’s Lighthouse

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For those who could not attend, the August Retreat and Conference was held at the Sea Palms Resort on beautiful St. Simon’s Island just off the coast of Georgia.

At the southern tip of the historic island is a village with a beautiful park and a spectacular lighthouse.

Writer’s Resources for “Finding Your AUTHORity: An Interactive Workshop”

From Linda J. Armstrong

I am excited about leading a workshop at the Scribblers’ Retreat Writers’ Conference at 9 AM on Friday, August 14. 

This blog post features resources from my handout. If you are unable to attend, watch “One Way to Wonder” for selected hints and inspiration from the session.

 Resources for Writers


Predators and Editors

The Association of Authors’ Representatives

Writer’s Guidelines Database

Magazine Guidelines Database

Colossal Directory of Children’s Publishers Submission Guidelines

The Children’s Book Council

The Children’s Book Writing SuperSite


Stealing Fire from the Gods by James Bonnet

Story by Robert McKee

The NOW Habit by Neil Fiore

The Chicago Manual of Style

Children’s Writer’s Word Book, 2nd Edition by Alijandra Mogilner

The Writer’s Market (Annual, also an online service)

Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript,  Writer’s Digest Books


Magazines and Newsletters

Poets and Writers

The Writer’s Digest

Writer Magazine

Children’s Writer: Newsletter of Writing and Publishing Trends

Children’s Book Insider Publisher’s Weekly



Authors Guild

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Editors

Poets and Writers

Romance Writers of America

Mystery Writers of America

Sisters in Crime



Pike’s Peak Writer’s Conference (Genre writing)

CENTRUM (Port Townsend, WA)