My Daughter Wrote a Book of Poetry!

Photo of book cover for "Summer's End"
Laguna Woods, California
August 2, 2017 10:02pm CST
From the time she was a young teenager, one of our daughters loved to write poetry. She even won a couple of poetry contests and one of her poems was printed in a national publication. Over the years, however, she grew up, got her Master's Degree, and became a mother and teacher. Her life is full of a number of activities. As a result, I was surprised when she told me she had found her notebook of the poems she wrote as a teenager and published them on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions. The book's name is "Summer's End" and you can find it on Amazon by searching Summers End Collection L.C. Thompson The poems are a journey of self-discovery, as she grew from her early teens into a young woman. They deal with far ranging topics which preoccupy most teens ... young love, death, disappointment, pain and more. I'm so proud she has chosen to share her poems with the world. On a number of occasions, I have encouraged @jaboUK and some of the other writers on MyLot to publish their poetry, too. Perhaps this book will spur them all to give it a try!
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@vsai2008 (9857)
• India
3 Aug 17
we need to share all the positivity that is there in the world, it is the real need of the hour. I am glad you even encouraged others to get their published You did awesome !!
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• Laguna Woods, California
3 Aug 17
@vsai2008 - Yes, we need more positivity in the world. I really hope this does inspire more people to share the things they write with the world.
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@vsai2008 (9857)
• India
3 Aug 17
@DeborahDiane I too hope so :)
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@1creekgirl (11952)
• United States
3 Aug 17
I know you must be very proud of your daughter!
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• Laguna Woods, California
3 Aug 17
@1creekgirl - I am. I know I'm her mother, but I did enjoy reading the poems.
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@sallypup (28533)
• Moses Lake, Washington
3 Aug 17
Congrats to your daughter on the birth of her chapbook. I will look for her on Amazon. Welcome to the fold!
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• Laguna Woods, California
3 Aug 17
@sallypup - Let me know what you have on Amazon. I will check it out!
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@sallypup (28533)
• Moses Lake, Washington
5 Aug 17
@DeborahDiane You're sweet. My chapbook is called Sunset Reflections. My daughter added her illustrations so you get a double bargain if you buy it.
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• Laguna Woods, California
5 Aug 17
@sallypup - "Sunset Reflections." I will look it up. Thanks!
• China
3 Aug 17
Congratulations! Your daughter has a real gift for poetry and has achieved considerable success as a poet.I like @jaboUK's poems too.
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• Laguna Woods, California
3 Aug 17
Thank you! I am really proud that my daughter put her poems in print. I hope that someday @jaboUK will do the same!
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• Laguna Woods, California
4 Aug 17
@changjiangzhibin89 - Yes, this is the first time she published any of work, although she had a couple of poems published in other books when she won contests as a teen.
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• China
5 Aug 17
@DeborahDiane Hope she will have more collection of poems published!
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@Marty1 (36177)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3 Aug 17
I am very proud of her also! What does your daughter teach? I hope she is still writing poetry so she can publish another book of it and become internationally famous!
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• Laguna Woods, California
3 Aug 17
@Marty1 - I don't know if she will be internationally famous, but her poems can now be read by generations of our family! She teaches emotionally disturbed special education elementary students. It can be emotional work, so poetry is a nice release for her.
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• Laguna Woods, California
3 Aug 17
@Marty1 - I don't know if she will be internationally famous, but her poems can now be read by generations of our family! She teaches emotionally disturbed special education elementary students. It can be emotional work, so poetry is a nice release for her.
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@Marty1 (36177)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4 Aug 17
@DeborahDiane yes poetry would be a great way for her to release. I never thought of generations of family having those poems. Good for her! Good for her on her teaching career choice of students!
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@RubyHawk (29322)
• Atlanta, Georgia
5 Aug 17
That's wonderful. Congratulations to your daughter. I would like to publish my poetry. I've had several published in books and magazines. But it's so much work and I don't have the slightest idea how to go about it.
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• Laguna Woods, California
6 Aug 17
@RubyHawk - If you can use the computer and the internet, it is very easy to print your poetry in a book on Amazon. You set up your Word document, put a page break at the end of each poem, and go to CreateSpace.com to download the book to their site. They also have formats you can fill-in to create your cover. It is easy and completely free! Best of all, you can make a little money if you sell your books.
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@RubyHawk (29322)
• Atlanta, Georgia
6 Aug 17
@DeborahDiane Thank you. I should be able to do that. How many poems does your daughter have in her book? And must they be on the same subject? Mine are about everything. I really appreciate your help.
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• Laguna Woods, California
6 Aug 17
@RubyHawk - She has about 30 poems in her book. They are on a variety of subjects. I think the books need to be at least 30 or 32 pages long. It is your book, so you can organize it anyway you want. No one will censor your book or tell you to write it differently. CreateSpace is great! Just take your time, read the instructions and you should have no trouble. You don't have to do the whole thing in one day. You can start it and then go back another day if your run into a problem or you are not sure what to do.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Aug 17
That's wonderful. Good for your daughter. Does she still write poetry now?
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• Laguna Woods, California
3 Aug 17
@JudyEv - She mostly wrote poetry while she was a teenager. However, this may inspire her to start writing again! By the way, a friend of mine has been on a cruise and she is currently in Australia. She messaged me that she went to the Sydney zoo and had her picture taken with a koala bear. I can't wait to see it. You have probably seen a picture of my friend. I sometimes post pictures of her and me walking in Laguna Beach.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Aug 17
@DeborahDiane How nice to cuddle a koala! And yes, I'm sure I've seen photos of your friend, She is there in our winter,
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• Laguna Woods, California
4 Aug 17
@JudyEv - Yes, when they took this trip, they knew it would be winter in Australia, but they got a really good deal on this trip (less than $2,000 a person for a month-long cruise which included Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia). Today is their last day and they have really enjoyed the trip.
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@Jackalyn (6856)
• Oxford, England
7 Aug 17
This is so great. I am sure your support helped. My best wishes to your daughtee for success with her book.
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• Laguna Woods, California
7 Aug 17
@Jackalyn - I just downloaded a copy of it on my Kindle and ordered five copies of the paperback version. I think our family should have several copies for the future!
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@Jackalyn (6856)
• Oxford, England
9 Aug 17
@DeborahDiane We have a fair few books written by myself and my Mum that will probably be just family heirlooms. It is a nice way of preserving things. My mum made my first book in an exercise book when I was a little girl of 8 and we still have it.
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• Laguna Woods, California
9 Aug 17
@Jackalyn - Having them printed by a professional, like CreateSpace, is a nice way to preserve them ... and it is free. You just pay for however many books you want yourself. Occasionally, someone else may even buy one. It is pretty cool!
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
3 Aug 17
Congratulations to her! It is nice she had her book published.
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• Laguna Woods, California
3 Aug 17
@Shavkat - Now that it is so much easier to get books published, I hope this inspires lots of people to publish their poems and short stories.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
7 Aug 17
@DeborahDiane I have a guide book and haven't published yet.
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• Laguna Woods, California
7 Aug 17
@Shavkat - You should publish it. You never know how many people might buy it!
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@velvet53 (17418)
• Palisade, Colorado
6 Sep 17
This is wonderful! I had one poem published and I received a hardback book with it in it. I gave it to my son and over the years it got lost. I hope her writing will inspire others.
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• Laguna Woods, California
7 Sep 17
@velvet53 - I hope you write and publish more poems in the future. Never give up on your desire to write.
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@velvet53 (17418)
• Palisade, Colorado
7 Sep 17
@DeborahDiane I have given up but it is coming back.
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@LPort2017 (692)
• United States
22 Apr
Sounds wonderful - Thanks for sharing!
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• Laguna Woods, California
23 Apr
@LPort2017 - Thank you for reading my post about it!
@SHOHANA (7167)
• Bangladesh
4 Sep 17
wow so cute, as a mother you must feeling proud for her right?
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• Laguna Woods, California
6 Sep 17
@SHOHANA - Yes, I am very proud of my daughter's accomplishment.
@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
3 Aug 17
That's excellent news, I hope her poems do well.
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• Laguna Woods, California
3 Aug 17
@jaboUK - I will let you know if she sells very many books. That may inspire you to put your limericks in a book, too, so the whole world (or at least your descendants), can enjoy your creations!
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
3 Aug 17
You should be proud of her. This is a great accomplishment.
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• Laguna Woods, California
3 Aug 17
@poehere - Thank you. I was so happy for her!
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