Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Poetry Writing Update

I read no excuses by Grace Lin at Blue Rose Girls this morning. It inspired me to write up this post for Wild Rose Reader today:

Back on June 2nd, which happens to be my husband’s birthday, I posted Time to Write the Poems. Yes, I finally realized I had to commit more of my time and energy to writing poetry. My good friend Grace Lin had decided that helping me to get published would be one of her New Year’s resolutions for 2008. Grace thought she and I could work on a poetry project together. At first, we didn’t have an idea for a book. Then, in April, I thought of a subject--which is to remain top secret for now--for a collection of poems that Grace could illustrate. I began work on the book immediately. Then Grace and I went on a research field trip together in late May. We were inspired. We returned to my house and talked about all our ideas. Grace gave me some great suggestions. I’m happy to tell you that I finished writing that collection a couple of weeks ago. Grace’s agent is now looking for a publisher who’d be interested in our project.

Grace Lin

Since I finished that collection, I have gotten back to work on another book of poems that I began writing last fall--at the suggestion of Grace and another friend, Janet Wong. I’ve done lots of research for the book and have now completed thirteen poems.

That’s the update…and one reason why I haven’t been writing many book reviews or posting as often here at Wild Rose Reader.

I have to admit it’s fun writing poetry when I’m inspired and focused and excited about a subject. I just hope I can continue writing at this same pace for a long time.


jama said...

Wow, I am so impressed and happy for you, Elaine! What a beautiful book that will be -- your poems and Grace's pictures! Have fun writing your second collection this summer :).

Elaine Magliaro said...


Thanks so much for your encouragement. I just hope some publisher is interested in the project. Grace is one of my favorite illustrators. It was because of my love of her picture book art that I came to know her. We became fast friends. She's a wonderful person--as well as being a very talented author and illustrator.

gail said...

Great news! Best of luck!


Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks, Gail! I know children's poetry isn't an easy sell--but it's what I love to write.

Sara said...

How exciting! I'm crossing my fingers for you and Grace.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks so much, Sara! I've got my fingers croseed, too.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Elaine. You weren't kidding when you said you were going to be busy writing poems. Hurray for you! I'm already thrilled that you've been taking your talent seriously enough to complete manuscripts. And I will be even more excited for you when you share the news of a sale. You rock!

Elaine Magliaro said...


Thanks! Yes, I've been busier than usual writing poetry. I also need to start sending out the other manuscripts I finished writing years ago. My problem is that I rarely think my poems are as polished as they could be--so I keep tweaking them to try to make them better.

Jules at 7-Imp said...

WAHOO!!! How exciting!