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Poet's Corner / Tuesay's Towers - A Sad Poem About a Terrible Day
« on: September 08, 2019, 05:33:21 AM »
I wrote this about the 9/11 World Trade Towers bombing. It's dark and sad, just like the day it recalls.

Tuesday's Towers

Tuesday for two

towers with a view.

Rattled awake.

Alarm, denial, grief

stare into the serpent's eye.

Humans falling from the sky.

Debris rains in gray, black billows

churning guts, clutching pillows.

No mistake

lives taken by a thief.

Time stands, still,

a dusting of September chill.

Blown apart,

airplanes, pieces of your heart.

Fallen icon's wake.

Staring, crying, disbelief.

A sea of blue

two towers taken out of view.


Ask a Question / Submission Guidelines
« on: September 05, 2019, 11:00:53 PM »
I've been looking into submitting one or two pieces of my poetry and have found that many magazines will not consider accepting anything that has appeared online.   

"Does (insert magazine name here) accept previously published material?

No. We cannot consider anything that has been previously published or accepted for publication, anywhere, in any form. Work that has appeared online is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted."

If I remove the poetry I am considering from the two forums I belong to, is there a certain amount of time I can wait to make my work eligible again or am I sunk? Not that I would choose to be dishonest but how would a magazine know if I removed my content?
Or, could I alter my work to renew it, so to speak?

Thanks for your feedback.


Poet's Corner / Tides
« on: September 01, 2019, 07:01:39 AM »

Mindless games
of Solitaire and Mahjong -
weak levies
against the turbulent tides
of an incandescent ocean
bursting with life.

Sanity ceases the gentle lapping
on the shores of my memories
as a tempest
threatens to break my grip
from the rocks I cling to.

I lose my grasp
on these thoughts
in a tumultuous
waterspout of words.
Snippets splashed away.

Logic escapes
in churning angst.
Thoughts remain
dancing in kelp gardens
awaiting the next storm.

I welcome the antagonistic,
ireful, rising swell
because I know
when the seas settle
an upsurge of anguish follows.

Then the ocean calms
to reclaim
its rhythmic push and pull
of memories
in tiny grains of sand.

The sunken ships
of my regrets,
recovered in the haunting depths
by luminous corals and tropical fish
wearing stained-glass wetsuits.

Low tide creates
a mirror
on the shoreline,
an orange and yellow sunset
with blushing clouds.

I find a sand dollar
and marvel at its wonder.
Catch a glint of well-traveled sea glass
and appreciate the undercurrents
that smoothed its sharp edges.

An intricate, empty seashell
held to my ear,
I listen to the ocean of my life
echoed back to me,
resonating in my soul.

~Deborah Manning-Galarza

The Bar & Grill / Mid Summer Poetry Fest 31 Jul- 10 Aug, 2019
« on: July 31, 2019, 11:43:48 AM »
At The Tangled Branch.

Here is the link with the info you need to know;

Yes, I know I'm being obnoxious but you don't want anyone to miss out on the fun, do you?

Ten days only, so get a move on and spread the word.

Well, what's the hold-up? Go get your poem sandals on.

Hope to see you there!


Word Play / Mid Summer Poetry Fest ~ July 31- Aug 10, 2019
« on: July 31, 2019, 11:41:17 AM »
At The Tangled Branch.

Here is the link with the info you need to know;

Ten days only, so get a move on and spread the word.

Well, what's the hold-up? Go get your poem sandals on.

Hope to see you there.

When all is said and done, perhaps share a favorite or two here.


Poet's Corner / Mid Summer Poetry Fest ~ 10 Days ~ Begins Now
« on: July 31, 2019, 10:54:03 AM »
At The Tangled Branch.
Here is the link with the info you need to know;

Well, what's the hold-up? Got get your poem boots sandals on.

See you there!

When all is said and done, maybe share a favorite or two here as well. ;)


Poet's Corner / The Overview Effect
« on: July 27, 2019, 04:45:30 AM »
The Overview Effect

Hi Folks,

I don't know who frequented this poem but I do appreciate your interest.

I'm removing it because I am submitting it to a magazine. If you have copied and pasted it anywhere, please remove it, as this will make my chances at acceptance even slimmer.

Wish me luck.

Thank you,

Brain Pickings put together a comprehensive list of writing wisdom. <----Click it.

I promise it's not SPAM. Even if I were tempted, which I am not and will never be, do you really think Laura or FireFly would let me get away with something like that? ::) :o ;)

If you've read any of these books, I'd love to know your takeaways.

~Deb :)

Word Play / Bad Thing/Good Thing
« on: April 17, 2019, 06:56:33 AM »
This is a twist on a simple game.

The person above you posts something good then you follow up with a post that will taint their good thing. Then you post a good thing for the next person to ruin.


The person above me posts,  "I won the lottery."

My follow up post is...
Bad thing:
"But in your excitement, you crashed your car on the way to cash in and the lottery ticket burned in the resulting fire."

Have fun with this. Let's see where it goes...

I won the lottery!

We used to take the kids to the Santa Barbara Film Festival to watch the Animated Shorts. Several make it to the short list of Oscar Nominations.

Typically, one ticket would give you from 7 to 14 or so short animations, some with intense, emotional subject matter but entertaining and well crafted nonetheless. You'd have to go two or three of these to see the entire lineup of shorts but the tickets are expensive for families on a budget, so we had to choose one. We all loved them.

I subscribe to Indiewire and they sent links to a few of this year's Oscar nods. Enjoy.

Ask a Question / Alliance of Independent Authors - Feedback?
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:32:10 AM »
Pursuing through some old links at the other place, I found Xerica, remember our friend, Rob? Here is a link to his site:

Anyway, I saw the Alliance of Independent Authors on his site and wondered if anyone has had any experience and how it went? Was it worth the yearly membership fee?

Looks like Rob hasn't posted on his site in several months. Hope he is well.

Click here for the link.


The Bar & Grill / Top Ten Posters
« on: January 10, 2019, 11:00:29 AM »
Well, I must be doing something right. I feel like I'm in a special club.  ;D

The Bar & Grill / Alice a Country Girl
« on: January 10, 2019, 06:48:51 AM »
For those of us who knew and loved her, which is pretty much anyone who ever talked to her, I found this on Facebook today. It was posted by her son, Rick Copple in Sept of 2017 but it is such a lovely photo of our lovely Alice, I had to share it here.

The link: ]]

I wish I could say there has been incredible growth in my writing, but that would be a lie. Instead, I look at this as a second chance.

Here's what I wrote almost 12 years ago about my writing and the same holds true today.

"Hello Everyone!

This place looks and feels very warm, helpful and encouraging. Just what this writer needs, a good vibe. I absolutely love the Station Shorts idea. Brilliant!

I've been "lurking" at this site for a few days and it lurks like the kind of community I'd like to be a part of. Hopefully I will be a useful contributor without embarrassing myself too much.

I read the stickies but didn't print them out as recommended. No, not a rebel, just low on ink. ;)

At this moment, my writing interests are changing from where I originally began. Like college majors for a high school freshman...which path to choose? With the same amount of optimism and foolishness, I say, "All of them!"

I began about 20 years ago wanting to do a biography of my life until my husband recently pointed out the obvious...why would anyone want to read about me? Who am I, right? I have the natural answer, "Because everyone that knows or has heard my life story says I should write a book about it." HA! We all have a story, right? Perhaps I should update that idea and manufacture a fictional character who shares a similar story. This way, my family will still speak to me after it hits the shelves. If nothing else, it would be cathartic. As lives always do, mine has taken a few turns, so it's the book never written except in bits and pieces. It's a focus problem. The idea sits idly in the wings, thankfully the story continues.

I've written poetry for as long as I can remember. Although I give my poems as gifts to close friends and family, I personally think they would seem amateurish to a real poet and not fit for print. After attending a workshop with a performance poet where we had to write her form of a Praise Poem, she encouraged me to keep writing by saying, "You have a lot to say" and "You're just peeling the lid off the deep well within you." Being a praise junkie, I took this to be a good thing. Whether or not my poetry pleases anyone but myself remains to be seen but I can whip up a good limerick any day. ;D

After I had children I decided I could write a children's book and I have a few characters for a series for young readers. All of these are more "ideas" I've had for 12 years now. They are finally making their way to the keyboard. I did write a skit which was performed by elementary school children and very well received.
Then I went to a Story Tellers Festival, a children's writer's workshop weekend, then a writers fair. I've since decided to explore non-fiction, maybe romance novels and HEY! I could write just about anything except medical journals and auto repair manuals.

My dream is to send in my manuscripts, be published and make money. Big surprise huh? The thing is, I lack confidence in myself and my writing ability even though my mother-in-law thinks my writing is "wonderful!" Bless her heart. Friends and family offer encouragement and praise but I wonder...Do I have what it takes? I'm still exploring that notion. Besides that, I love to read the works and am inspired by the words of other authors, published or not and I'm amazed at what doesn't make it to the publishing house as much as by what does. "

To make a short story long, that's why I'm here.
I'm an intrepid writer roaring to get out."

Guess it's time to shut up or put up.

To all of my friends, thanks for putting up with me through all of these years. Where I haven't grown as a writer, I've grown as a person because of all of you.

 I love you all, beyond the internetty sort of way.

 From the bottom of my heart, my art, and my being, I love you all and appreciate your contributions to my life. You are incredible people and I feel lucky to have you cross my path and grace my life.

I wish you all the best life has to offer and hope your dreams come true.


Poet's Corner / No Critique- Silver Anniversary Poem I Wrote for My Husband
« on: December 14, 2018, 03:08:21 PM »
To the Love of My Life on Our Silver Anniversary
~ * ~
Silver threads hold us together
on a journey of silver roads.
Spared the silver bullet
we raced a silver train
and passed silver mines as we
drove through the Silver State
in a silver Nissan Sentra,
funded by a pickle jar full of saved tips of silver-colored coins.
We won some silver dollars
though not a silver bar.
Neither of us born with silver spoons,
nothing handed to us on silver platters
we don’t even own a complete set of silverware.
My foot too wide for silver slippers
no silver spurs on my boots.
Odd that silver fish exist without water (had to throw that in).
You bought me antique, silver jewelry in Yellowstone
from a silver tongued saleswoman.
We laughed and cast a shadow of keys, tossed in the air, onto a silver screen.
We camped under a silver-wood tree.
Got lost for hours on a logging road 'shortcut' in search of Silver Falls.
The years have passed like quicksilver
I still love to run my fingers through your now silver hair.
As a girl I wished upon a silver star for a true love
and on our Silver Anniversary I wish I had another lifetime to love you.

By: Deborah Galarza 7/11/17

The word, silver, is used 25 times in the body of the poem to commemorate the twenty-five years.

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