Author JL Huffman
3 min readAug 28, 2023



Today I am thinking about seeds. As a gardener, vegetables begin as simple seeds. As an author, writing ideas begin as kernels and either blossom into successful work or fail to grow into a completed piece.

Lao Tzu Quote

In both instances, one must have the foresight to recognize what is within the seed. Just as a gardener plans her plot, an author sees not only the night sky but a vision beyond.

Cold Moon Journal 5/26/23
Planting the Seed

But for either, the hard work must be done. The gardener tills the soil and plants the seeds, waters, and weeds. An author must be ever alert for inspiration, jot thoughts in an omnipresent pocket notebook, and sit for hours and days on end, writing on paper or inputting line after line in a word processing program.

Failure and Success are Part of the Same Seed

This summer has been incredibly hot and dry. Despite nurture and watering, some plants have failed to thrive, other hardier specimens are prolific producers. Despite buzzing bees, neither my zucchini nor squash have fruited.

The More One Sows, the Greater the Harvest

As an author, I must not only commit words to paper, but I must publish books and submit my writing to journals. I maintain a personal submission tracker for poetry. To date, in 2023, I have submitted 226 poems, 52 are still pending, 134 have been rejected, and (trumpets and fireworks!) 48 have been accepted; a little over 1/4 of my attempts at publication have been successful.

And the year is only ⅔ complete, I have much more writing to do and send out to readers. In addition to poetry, I have a novel in progress and a short story ready to go to an editor, and plan another poetry book before the year’s end.


On an exciting note, I have works in both print and online journals around the world: USA, Canada, England, Switzerland, Portugal, India, Indonesia, and Japan.

What seeds are you planting? What is your expected harvest?

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Author JL Huffman

I’m a retired Trauma surgeon/ICU doctor, a world traveler and gardener. I’ve published in the surgical literature; now I’m writing poetry, memoir & fiction.