On Writing and Finding Homes

I love words, their meanings and the concepts and emotions they can elicit. Yes, I know it’s weird,; but sometimes I enjoy reading the dictionary. I knew a “panzer” was an armored tank, but did you know it’s first definition simply means armored and is used as an adjective? So, you might have a panzered car? Wow! Who knew that? Okay, I see the eye-roll, “Who even wants to know that?” Me!

I realize, writing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. For some people it’s pure torture and there is no understanding as to why I would want to write when I don’t have to. I can’t explain it. It’s just who I am. 🙂 I love spending bright spring mornings sitting in front of my computer, looking out at the beautiful Utah mountains–and thinking about what I want to say and how I want to say it.

And speaking of weird writers, I recently read Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss. This is a grammar book and an absolute “hoot” to read. I was working at the library when it was first published and made it onto the best seller list. But when I heard it was a book on grammar I just couldn’t bring myself to read it. Really? A fascinating book on grammar. Yes, absolutely!

When you combine grammar with a large dose of witty British humor, you have a winner! I was fuzzy on the use of the semicolon and checked out the book for a quick reminder on the rules, but ended up reading and enjoying the entire book. For the rest of my life, I will see a comma as a busy sheepdog. 🙂

When we writers do produce something worthwhile, we begin to worry about finding a proper home for our poem, essay or short story. Will it resonate with someone besides our mother? Will someone be willing to publish it? Will it find a home?

I was very happy when the League of Utah Writers chose my short story, “Healthy Heart” and my rap poem “Hush,” for inclusion in their 2016 anthology, titled Volatile when Mixed. Imagine, me, writing a rap poem. Yes, it produces a smile. But I did write one and got it printed. Huh!

Then this last spring, the editors of Sand & Sky: Poems from Utah, chose “White Gloves, Deseret” and “Spring in Southern Utah” for their anthology. I am always happy when my poems, short stories and essays find homes. It makes a writer happy.

I am including “White Gloves” in the poetry section of this website. Hope you enjoy it.

 

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About Lorraine Jeffery

Lorraine Jeffery earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her MLIS in library science, and managed public libraries in Texas, Ohio and Utah for over twenty years. She has won poetry prizes in state and national contests and has published over thirty poems in various publications, including Clockhouse, Kindred, Calliope, Ibbetson Street,and Rockhurst Review. She has published short stories in War Cry, The Standard and Segullah. Her articles have appeared in Focus on the Family, Mature Years, and Utah’s Senior Review, as well as other publications.. She is the mother of ten children (eight adopted) and currently lives with her husband in Orem, Utah.

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