Saturday, February 28, 2015

Editor's Thoughts/Mosaic--Karen O'Leary--United States

Dear Writing Friends,

This has been an exciting month for Whispers, with over 6500 and a new one day high of over 650 views.  This is a tribute to the talented writers contributing their gift of words.  We have eight new poets in February.  Thank you to everyone that has promoted our online journal in any way.  It's a joy for me to see everyone getting comments.

We had a wonderful response to this month's activity.  Thank you, Brian Strand, for sharing your poetry form and for being this month's Activity Editor.  I would like to invite anyone that has an idea for a future activity to contact me.  Trying new things helps us grow as writers.

If you have not submitted yet or haven't shared a poem in awhile, I will be posting the Submission Guidelines later today.  Thank you to those that share poetry on a regular basis.  You are the backbone of our online journal/poetry community.  Whispers feels like a family to me.  It is a joy to work with so many talented people.

Warm regards,

Karen
_______________________________

Mosaic

poet's
pebbles arranged
in intricate patterns--
each unique hue contributing
its piece

_______________________________

Karen O'Leary is a freelance writer/editor from West Fargo, ND.  Her poetry, short stories, and articles have been published in a variety of venues.  She released her first book of poetry in 2011 called Whispers... published by A.P.F. Publisher.  Their second project, Snippets...an anthology of short verse, contains poetry from 73 talented writers from across the world and was released in 2012.  Karen is a member of The Writers and Poetry Alliance and the Haiku Society of America.

28 comments:

  1. Dear Peggy,

    Wow! That was quick. You are so good about encouraging others here at Whispers. What a joy to have you a part of our online journal/poetry community.

    Blessings,
    Karen

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Peggy,

      Thank you for all the encouragement you give me. It is greatly appreciated.

      Warm regards,
      Karen

      Delete
  2. Thanks for your energy and leadership. Ron Grognet

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Ron,

      Thank you for your support and all the encouragement you give me and other writers. This is a journey of many coming together. What a joy it is to be a part of it.

      Blessings,
      Karen

      Delete
  3. For what it is worth, I link all my posts here, on my Facebook page. I wish everyone would visit this site.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Michael,

      Thank you so much. I know you do a lot to promote Whispers. I appreciate it more than I can express. You are a bright light in the writing community my friend.

      Blessings,
      Karen

      Delete
  4. Thank you, Barbara Tate, for the following--

    Looking forward to the next "Whispers". Everyone has made me feel so at home. The interaction is so inspirational to 'keep on keeping on'. Thank you for all the hard work you do for all of us. Sincerely and with much gratitude, Barbara Tate

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Barbara,

      Thank you so much for being a part of Whispers. Your encouragement and support are greatly appreciated.

      Blessings,
      Karen

      Delete
  5. Dear Karen,

    Posting this end-of-month column is a wonderful idea.

    One of my students, Rebecca Ferleman, was published in Brian's most recent poetic challenge. She really appreciated the experience of writing *and* being published. Does Brian have any other challenges planned for March?

    Best,

    Marianne

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Marianne,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I have an idea for March if no one else wants the experience as Activity Editor. I want to keep these opportunities going as I think it is good to try new things. I really appreciate all that Brian has done.

      Warm regards,
      Karen

      Delete
  6. Replies
    1. Glad to have you a part of this family ayaz. You are such a light in the writing community.

      Blessings,
      Karen

      Delete
  7. I could not believe all the comments I have gotten on my poetry. In turn, I have read many of the wonderful poems here and am very impressed. It is so good to have found you and that was through the advice of the fine poet ayaz daryl niielsen.

    I also like the idea of a monthly wrap up from the editor and also like your short poem, Karen.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Joan,

      Thank you for your lovely comments. I am really striving to make Whispers more than a poetry journal. One of my primary goals in starting this journey was to connect writers from different circles. I appreciate that ayaz is kind enough to promote Whispers. Glad to have you here.

      Blessings,
      Karen

      Delete
  8. Karen, as per usual your dedication targets all the right places and your great punctuation by adding a poem embracing and relishing the writers - is pure genius! Thanks for all you do! You are, as I always refer to you, an Angel, both on and off the podium, so to speak. It's almost as though you got some brand new wings that seem to be fluttering with energy! God bless, my friend, Sheri

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Sheri,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments and your ongoing encouragement my friend. You have been such a blessing to this poetry community. It's people like you that make Whispers possible. I appreciate all you do.

      Blessings,
      Karen

      Delete
  9. Thank you, Beth Winchcombe, for the following--

    There are so many words I could use to describe my thoughts on Mosaic. Magnificent, Brilliant, Fabulous....it's clever and I LOVE it!

    Best wishes,
    Have a great week-end,
    Beth

    ReplyDelete
  10. Dear Beth,

    Thank you so much for your lovely words and ongoing encouragement. So glad to have you a part of Whispers. Best wishes with your new book.

    Blessings,
    Karen

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thank you Karen for your lovely end of month mosaic & encouraging poets from around the globe to contribute here on Whispers! The talented poets are amazing! Congratulations, & keep up the good work. It's a pleasure to play a small role in something so grand & growing! Love to you, ~Chris

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Cristine,

      Thank you for your lovely words and ongoing encouragement. I appreciate all you do for our online journal. It's people like you that make Whispers possible.

      Blessings,
      Karen

      Delete
  12. Hi Karen! Lovely end of month message and poem. I am pleased to have contributed in some way to insert a pebble in your delightful mosaic! God bless! // paul

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Paul,

      Thank you for your kind words and ongoing encouragement. It's people like you that make Whispers possible. I appreciate all you do more than I can express.

      Blessings,
      Karen

      Delete
  13. Beautiful, Karen! Wonderful to be a part of this writing community, and thank
    you for all your effort and encouragement!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Dear Marlene,

    It is so good to have you a part of Whispers. People like you make this online journal a community. Thank you for your kind words and for all you do.

    Blessings,
    Karen

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi Karen. This site is a delight and blessing to all who come in contact with it. You are doing a good work and I am humbled to be a part of it all. And, by the way, nice poem. Continued blessings! -MJ

    ReplyDelete
  16. Dear Maurice,

    You are such a bright light in the community, always encouraging others with your kind comments. Thank you for these lovely comments today. What a joy to read them.

    Blessings,
    Karen

    ReplyDelete