She’s At It Again!

by Brian

Tired of hearing me ramble on about how bad life is lately?

Me too.

So today, I offer yet another cool publishing announcement!

In a recent “Lighten Up” post, I told you that my daughter Aryn had a poem published in Writer’s Journal. It’s a national magazine. The Big Time. Well, alright, maybe not as big as The New Yorker or some other literary gem, but a fine publication nonetheless. To say she was thrilled would be an understatement.

After a few days, letting it all settle in, my wife and I sat her down and helped her demolish the ceiling – the one people place over their head when they think they can go no further. We encouraged her to look around online for other avenues for publication. How about contests?

The next day, she told us she’d found one, to be judged by children’s poet Kenn Nesbitt, at the Time for Kids website and had written and entered a new poem. She’s savvy with the computer, so we weren’t surprised. That moment came about a week later when we learned she’d been selected as a finalist. Out of 3,000+ entries, she was one of the top five.


Yeah, we did a few back flips with her. Bumped the couch, but we survived.

In the end, she didn’t win the grand prize, but her poem is right here. For you to enjoy . . .