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#OctPoWriMo2018 and more




October Write Poetry Month 2018 is coming up. I participated in the 2017 one and found it very enjoyable. At first it was daunting thinking about coming up with a brand new poem every day for 31 days. It was a challenge, and I discovered I was up to that challenge. The reminder notification came in an email, with a link to sign up:


OctPoWriMo 2018 Countdown!

Posted: 07 Sep 2018 06:56 AM PDT

It is that time of year again, for poets all over the world to write 31 poems in 31 days! OctPoWriMo begins in 24 days! We will be doing a countdown here on OctPoWriMo, sharing tips, books, and more.

Photo by MDragonwillow

If you are one of those brave souls who would like to volunteer to help write tips, prompts, read the participants poetry and leave encouraging words, message me on
Facebook or Twitter.

Head on over and link up for OctPoWriMo now!


*this post also on poetsonthepage.blogspot.com
Willow Althea, a.k.a. Morgan Dragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, is a Bodywork transformer, dancing poet, motivator of words, magical instigator and creatrix of #OctPoWriMo & #PoetsonthePage. Collaborate with your soul and get your words on the page. 

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Last year, during #OctPoWriMo, someone gave me a very handy link with forms, educational material, etc:


In preparation for October first, I went to the shadowpoetry.com site and started looking at more than just the forms. On one of the pages it talks about having a good dictionary, tips on how to find one, and tips on how to put it to work. As it talked about possibly having an older, dog-eared dictionary that’s been lying around the house, it reminded me that I do have such a dictionary and that some part of my memory bank was aware of exactly where it was. If you saw where in the haystack it was, you’d be impressed, as there are things packed into areas of the house while other areas are being revamped. I do remember using this dictionary quite a bit years ago, when I lived in town; however most of its use undoubtedly happened prior to when I started going on the internet in 1995. With online dictionaries, it’s just easier to google it these days.

The beast is The Reader’s Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary (RDGED), copyright 1967. My heart started to sink when I saw it was a Reader’s Digest (RD) version of anything. As most will probably remember, the monthly digest so many American’s had delivered to their homes back in the day. I remember both my folks and my grandparents received RD and I was an avid reader of some sections, particularly “Laughter is the Best Medicine” and “Increasing Your Word Power.” RD also branched out into Music boxed sets – before they were hip – and books. Both parents and grandparents also purchased these. I mowed through those books like they were going out of style. I can’t help but wonder if they didn’t contribute to my eclecticism when it comes to genres. Going to the usual generalist site, wikipedia, it was interesting and impressive to read of RD, past and present. Check it out:


Looking beyond what the table of contents gives, I found this blurb at a website:

The Reader’s Digest has combined the world-famous Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary with eighteen special supplements and three renowned foreign-language dictionaries to produce this 2100-page reference work. The result is an indispensable volume for every family library. Years of scholarly effort have gone into the creation of this important book, prepared by more than one hundred internationally known lexicographers and editors. The first section, the Standard College Dictionary…includes words, expressions & information…some of the outstanding features are: Complete, easily understood definitions of more than 150, 000 entries; Many 1000s of carefully distinguished synonyms and antonyms; A simple & reliable system of pronunciation; Word derivations based on new research; Additional words from the latest scientific, technological, social & cultural developments; More than 2600 idiomatic phrases & American expressions; Variant spellings & pronunciations of 1000s of terms; A Thorough system of cross-reference; One alphabetical listing, making it easier to locate entries of every kind: abbreviations, foreign words, biographies & words from special fields-such as law, art & religion; Maps; Scores of special charts & tables.


I’m getting primed for the 2018 #OctPoWriMo challenge. Afterwards, I hope to post again on how I put my RDGED to work for me.

Hey! all you poets out there, or aspiring poets, you may want to join in on the fun. It was satisfying to tweak the creative spirit spontaneously –every day you are given a prompt that you can choose to write from, or you can do your own thing– but it was just as, if not more, satisfying to read the works of the other participants. Poetry is community of spirit, and last year’s challenge showed me that.  Come on, and be part of the community!

4 thoughts on “#OctPoWriMo2018 and more

  1. I think my grandmother ueed to have a whole bunch of Reader’s Digest classic novels that I always intended to read but never did. They seem to have covered every corner of the print world, and for a very long time.

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  2. Having access to easy reading as a kid was a blessing, and you’re right, they covered just about any and every topic. I remember my grandma also subscribed to something called True Stories, that are remembered as true crime stories. When my family moved when I was 10, the what I’ll call my instant best friend, had a dad who loved to read risque pulp fiction. She was able to sneak the books out and she and I spent hours together, reading our pulp fiction. Remember Dark Shadows? There was a whole series of books that sprung up from the series. Add in the Scholastic Book Club selections and we had quite the variety of reading materials to choose from.


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