My Magical Dreams Are Coming True!

Remember me? I can’t believe the time has finally come. I’ve done it! Today, I’ve sent The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy to my beta readers. I can barely breathe! I fluctuate between panic and elation… all at the same time.

Then, after missing RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge for the last few weeks, I am here to enjoy #114. The words this week are “Magic & Stars,” and must have been selected especially for me. Thank you, Ronovan!!! <3

I can’t help but question if the fairy nymphs aren’t looking down at me this moment, happy their stories will soon be told.

Happy weekend everyone! I’m going to take a few days off. I’ll see you on Monday! <3

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Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at

50 thoughts on “My Magical Dreams Are Coming True!”

    1. Most of them are published authors who I respect. Don’t be afraid to ask people to read your work. I know of no better way to learn than to write and receive feedback from my peers. <3

          1. Just read it, let me know it makes sense, let me know the voice is consistent. Basic stuff. Is it even enjoyable? I force it on my poor babysitter, most of my friends that I trust are too busy, though they have the best intentions.

    2. You can join groups on FB or Twitter pitch contests, meet writers who seem like a match, and ask to swap critiques or beta reads. Good luck!

  1. Susan Scott – South Africa – Happily living in Johannesburg South Africa. I enjoy reading, hiking, writing, walking. Married, two adult sons. My published book is: In Praise of Lilith Eve & the Serpent in the Garden of Eden & Other Stories ... a psychological (Jungian) take on life - the 'other stories' are personal .. the book is now available on Kindle and other downloads from for $3.50. More recently, "Aging & Becoming ~ A Reflective Enquiry" by co-author Dr. Susan E. Schwartz & myself was published. Available through various channels. My blog is
    Susan Scott says:

    May the fairies continue to smile down on you! How fabulous and verrrrry good luck with the next leg!

      1. That’s the life of the artist, Colleen. I think that having the jitters is very natural, but unnerving. You’ll be fine. We’ve read so much of your work and we’ve loved it. You’ll be smiling soon when the readers have wonderful things to say about it.

  2. dornahainds – Originally born in India, but raised in United States, I would consider myself an avid reader, and occasionally I write. Most poetic inspirations take root when I am walking with my four year old Chihuahua, Lola. Much of my other writing comes from my love of History, Mythology, from the vast fictional works of others and creations - Sci fi, romance, most genres.
    dornahainds says:

    Congratulations and such a beautiful poem too. 🎉

  3. Writing your first novel-Some things you should know – I'm an aspiring Author. I've completed my first manuscript and am in the process of getting it published. I haven't received that contract yet, but I have received positive feedback and recommendations to better prepare my work for publication. It is my hope that through this blog, I can share what I've learned and help others to avoid some of the mistakes that I've made, as well as strengthen my PLATFORM. What is that you may ask? Check out my first entry. You need to know.
    Writing your first novel-Some things you should know says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait until I’m finished 🙂

  4. I know the feeling! Loved the image of the fairy book.

  5. davidprosser – North Wales – Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
    davidprosser says:

    Congratulations Colleen. You’ll be fine. I’m sure the book will do well. Don’t worry about the mood swings, we were all like that with our first baby. Best of Luck.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  6. Colline – – I am an educator, blogger, wife and mother. I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, crafting, photography, and spending time with my family.
    Colline says:

    How exciting Colleen!

  7. Terri Webster Schrandt – Nine Mile Falls, WA – I am a leisure educator (former university adjunct faculty), self-published author, and retired recreation and parks practitioner living in Eastern Washington State. Second Wind Leisure Perspectives is my blog about living a leisure lifestyle that includes fitness, photography, and fun.
    Terri Webster Schrandt says:

    Bravo, Colleen! This is so exciting. I just love that fairy book graphic, too! Is that yours?

  8. EllenReadAuthor – Australia – I was born in Queensland in Australia. I have always enjoyed reading, even from a young age. Books took me into a world of wonder and enjoyment that the real world could never quite provide. As an only child, I made up stories about fairies and little people in other worlds. When I was eighteen, I started writing my first book. Several novels followed, which are now in the proverbial bottom drawer, and will probably never see the light of day. I love to read, fiction, non-fiction, poetry. I particularly love history and stories of ancient myths and legends. Authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, and Victoria Holt, the latter of whom wrote gothic mystery/romances, have influenced my own work. My other passion is photography. I love to photograph flowers, landscapes and architecture. My website features many of my photos. Other interests include music and musical theatre, and dance. I was a ballroom dancing teacher for many years and have also worked in Performing Arts administration.
    EllenReadAuthor says:

    Congratulations, Colleen! That’s wonderful. I understand how nerve wracking it is. But it’s very exciting too. xx 🙂

  9. Wonderful news! Sending the finished book to beta readers is an exciting step.

      1. I thought I was ready to query. More critique partners have me back to revising. Definitely plenty of work for me.

        1. I am sure I will be there with you also, Natalia. Writing is a learned skill. Never did I think that my manuscript would be perfect the first try. I know I will have plenty to redo and think about. That is how we grow. I can’t become better if I don’t know what I am doing wrong. I believe we are doing it the correct way. Keep your chin up. Remember, if our friends and peers see things in our writing our readers will see them too. I have had to swallow my pride and realize that I am a student of writing. I will just keep writing and learning. J.K. Rowling took 7 years to publish the first Harry Potter book. 😉 Hugs! <3

          1. Thanks. I feel excited about the changes I need to make. I know they will make the story stronger. I’m not really sure what the first try is 😉 What they’re reading has been rewritten many times. I am enjoying the process — even if I do get impatient. Love your approach and perspective. <3

          2. I have been through about 3 rewrites in the last two years. I have only gone through two large edits, so the feedback really helps. I agree. The rewrites make the stories stronger. Keep up the good work. Many hugs coming your way. <3

  10. Wonderful news, Colleen. <3 I love the fairy turning your book's pages. It is magical that you are at the end of one road and beginning another part of your journey.

  11. Congratulations Colleen!! Magical news indeed <3 Looking forward to the next step of your journey!

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