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What is a Story Cartel?

dinghy

…when it’s done, we’d connect our dinghies in an everlasting virtual cartel…

I’ve just entered Joe Bunting’s contest to win one of three memberships in his next Story┬áCartel group.

Here is my entry:

The writer’s group I belonged to disbanded a number of years ago. Since then, I’ve been afloat without a paddle in a small rubber dinghy with room enough for one. There is a teeny tiny hole in the bottom of the boat. Most of the time I am able to plug it with my finger and forge on with my writing. Sometimes the waters of self-doubt seep in and no matter how quickly I paddle, I cannot stave the flow. Belonging to a writer’s cartel would help connect me to a group of passionate, like-minded individuals. We would listen to each other’s tales and offer support, advice, and encouragement, patching each others’ dinghies. We would teach each other what we’ve learned about the world of publishing, make connections with fellow cartelistas, and build our readership. Then, when it’s done, we’d connect our dinghies in an everlasting virtual cartel and sail off to apply what we’ve learned, posting the occasional tweet about a fellow cartelista that reads “I knew him or her when.”

Wish me luck!

Yawping My Verse

Yawp your verse!

Yawp your verse!

I’m teaching poetry to my 11C students and the way I began the lesson was with watching “Dead Poet’s Society.” In the movie, Robin Williams’s character has the boys “yawp” to assert their power. He reads them a poem by Walt Whitman that was later used in a MacAir commercial. I showed them the commercial and put the words “The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse!” on the board. As an exemplar, I stood on a chair and yawped my verse. Here it is.

I’m going to be published.

I’m going to be published.

After all these years

–all these years–

It’s finally happening.

I’m going to be published.

I’m going to be published.

I’ll sell a thousand…

Ten thousand…

A million books…

Be on every best seller list.

I’m going to be published.

I’ll be interviewed for the papers–

The CBC…

Jimmy Fallon…

I could be famous!

I’m going to be published

And the world will read

–the whole wide world!–

What I’ve written

…oh my God!

I can’t believe I’m going to be published!

What’s your verse?

Look for The Revenant to be released on 10 July 2014!