I’m thrilled to announce that I have two poems, The Thaw and Tempest to be published in Multiverse – New International Science Fiction Poetry published by Shoreline of Infinity, co-edited by Russell Jones and Rachel Plummer.
This is exciting on many levels… These are my very first poems to be published, EVER. I have self-published a few poems online – here on my blog and on Instagram and Pinterest, and will continue to do so – but to be included in an anthology with 70 authors, many of whom are accomplished poets, is amazing!
After a break of 3 years to concentrate on building my copywriting business, in 2018 I decided to focus on my creative writing and start submitting again. I’ve written poetry for years but had never felt confident enough to submit them. This year I also started writing sci-fi stories and poems because I’ve always loved sci-fi films and series, so I thought it’s about time I started trying to write in that genre (and read more sci-fi books, of course). Though I’ve written a few fantasy short stories, sci-fi is new for me and I’m loving it.
The success I’ve had with this submission has really encouraged me to continue exploring the genre. The lesson? You should go for it, even when you doubt yourself.
The Thaw was originally inspired by the phrase ‘cellophane eyes’ which I used in a poem inside an old story – many years later, it’s found it’s right place. Tempest was also inspired by a more recent sci-fi story I wrote but the poem, shaped like a tornado, is from the point of view of an active onlooker. I wonder, will I have to write a full short story for all of my most successful poems? 😂
📖 You can buy ebook and paperback copies of Multiverse on Shoreline of Infinity – a treat for both poetry &/or sci-fi lovers (international delivery).
I’m honoured to be placed alongside many talented emerging and established writers and poets, including Jane Yolen, Harry Josephine Giles, Sofia Rhei, Jenny Wong, James McGonigal, Fyodor Svarovsky, Joyce Chng, Vincente Luis Mora and Claire Askew. Go check it out. 👇🏽