It’s the beginning of December and I’m writing this curled up on the sofa in front of the fire. It may be dark and cold outside but I can definitely feel the first flickers of Christmas spirit warming my heart! I love the festive season and although it can get completely manic, I also think it’s the perfect time of year to snuggle up with a good book or – as the case so often is with me – a laptop and a blog or two (or twenty) for a good read. So it seems the ideal time to be taking on my new role of co-editor (alongside the fabulous Victoria Welton) of the BritMums poetry and prose roundup.
Before I share the gems of poetry and prose I’ve discovered this month, I should probably introduce myself: I’m Maddy and I blog over at Writing Bubble. I post a fair bit of my flash fiction and poetry there and, as a mum-of-three, my kids are the inspiration behind many posts, both fact and fiction, fond and frustrated! My older two also regularly prompt me to write silly limericks (see below – you have been warned…).
My blog is also home to the linky ‘What I’m Writing’, which I co-host on Tuesdays along with Chrissie at Muddled Manuscript. It’s for sharing any and all writing-related posts and – although it’s only a few months old – has built up a lovely, supportive community of writers and bloggers. New linkers are always welcome to join, so feel free to pop over!
November appeared to be an inspiring month for many, making my task both enjoyable and tricky: how to narrow down my list of posts to a manageable size?! Remembrance Sunday prompted many heartfelt posts, from Story Scavenger‘s touching flash fiction ‘For King and Country‘, to Mummy Shambles‘ imagined (but very realistic) A Letter From The Front. Redpfeffer wrote an affecting piece in memory of her Grandfather, while Leigh at Headspace Perspective wrote a beautiful and heart-wrenching poem.
One of my favourite linkys, The Prompt over at Mum Turned Mom, also proved inspirational with the word ‘Smoke’ prompting Muddled Manuscript to give us a window into depression in a fabulous poem and Sam at And Then The Fun Began to write this heart-thumping piece! The word ‘Thankful’ prompted another great selection with Morgan’s Milieu writing a nerve-jangling piece of flash fiction, Emily Organ sharing a gripping real-life drama and Sara writing a funny poem based on what her kids were thankful for (Lego, snow and dragons would be on most people’s ‘thankful’ lists though… wouldn’t they?). Vai at Rambling Through Parenthood also shared a wonderful positive poem.
And carrying on this up-beat theme… our very own Verily Victoria Vocalises wrote a fab poem about turning negative to positive for her linky Prose for Thought. If you like writing (or reading) original poetry or prose this is an excellent linky to take a look at – it’s full of all different types of fiction and creative work. For example, Collecting Moments linked up with this beautiful poem about a difficult day, Reneé at Mummy Tries wrote a short piece of fiction about never giving up on your dream and Lisa’s Life wrote a piece with a punch! Meanwhile, over at Virtually All Sorts, Carol used poetry to effectively ponder a blogging dilemma (answers on the back of a postcard please!), Panto Mum wrote the funny poem ‘Seven Sundays till Christmas‘ and Louise at Little Hearts Big Love made me chuckle with her poem about an all-too-familiar situation… gremlins in the laundry (I’m glad it’s not just me!).
Another linky that I’ve recently discovered is #FridayFiction over at Nikki Young Writes. This is somewhere you can share not only completed pieces of short fiction but also extracts from longer works. It’s also great for getting helpful feedback from other writers and bloggers. Here, Nikki’s extract from her novel was a fascinating read of a work-in-progress and Sophie is… shared this compelling short piece (a snapshot of a mother/daughter relationship which spoke volumes) featuring characters from her next novel. John from Dad Blog UK also linked up with a powerful short story on homelessness.
Finally, there was more great fiction to be found over at Paper Swans through their monthly flash fiction competition (and it’s worth checking out their website for other creative – and submission – opportunities too!). Oh, and and I can’t end this post without mentioning this touching piece by Judith Kingston and this gorgeous poem ‘Would you? Could you?’ (both the spoken-word and written version) from Rachael at Honest Speaks.
Phew – what a month! All that remains is for me to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and I’ll leave you with a little festive limerick of my own:
A beautiful, green Christmas spruce
Had needles surprisingly loose;
They’d drop into chairs,
Catch folk unawares
And shock them a deep shade of puce.
© Maddy Bennett 3rd Dec 2014