A is for “April” and “Annabel Lee”

April is a significant month in my writing life.

Three years ago, on April 28, 2018, I published my first blog post — my first poem. Most of my following posts were opinion pieces, primarily on music. A few were short stories, usually between six and 500 words. Although I wasn’t publishing many of my creative endeavors, I was actually writing fiction almost exclusively. I took an online creative writing course through Wesleyan University, pantsed way through my first NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and completed my first writing year by earning Wesleyan certificates in each of their five creative writing modules.

Phew. Took a few months off, but in April, 2019, I discovered both diyMFA and the StoryADay May Challenge with its wonderfully creative and supportive writing community. Since then, I have another NaNoWriMo under my belt and quite a few short stories, thanks to StoryADay’s May and September challenges. I haven’t published my stories here because I’ve been submitting them to markets that won’t accept previously-published materials.

Which brings me to this April. Today, I’m rejoining the blogging world with my first contribution to the “Blogging from A to Z Challenge.” I figured choosing an “A” poem bookends nicely with my other first post in 2018. I’ve chosen both “April” and the Edgar Allan Poe poem “Annabel Lee” because this is a particularly auspicious April for me. My first short story, “The Heart Tells the Tale,” appears in the April 2021 edition of Love Letters to Poe.

11 thoughts on “A is for “April” and “Annabel Lee”

  1. Wow, you’ve done so well over the years! Congrats on your short story being published! I love A2Z, but hadn’t heard of the StoryADay challenge in May. Thanks for sharing that. I’d really like to try my hand at some more storywriting.

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  2. Thanks, Astrid! Join us in May for the StoryADay Challenge. It’s really a self-challenge. You can follow the prompts or your own path. You don’t have to write every day if you don’t want, and you don’t have to share/check-in with anyone if you don’t want. But it’s great stretch for the writing muscles. Hope I see you there!


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