Beware the Iris!

Grape Kool-Aid Iris (at least that’s what I call it!)

I love the way these irises smell…just like their color. Grape Kool-Aid.

Their blooms blossom and fade quickly, two or three to a stem, but oh the heavenly scent while they are open and beckoning to the fat bumble bees that crawl into and out of them spreading pollen from plant to plant in that glorious symbiosis of nature. Sometimes the bee’s buzzing grows alarmed, higher-pitched, as she struggles to escape the perfumed interior of the flower.

Today, I crawled out of a similar enticing trap, and I’m hopeful I will make a clean getaway. A year or so ago, in order to enter a contest, I wrote a short-short story and published it on an e-publisher. What I didn’t consider at the time was that the story was “out there” forever. Published but not doing anything. Just sitting there. I couldn’t revise it and submit it anywhere, and the thing was, I wanted to revise it. I’d grown attached to the storyline and the character. It could have been so much more!

So, today I canceled my account with the e-publisher and tried to “retire” the story. It is still coming up when I type the title and my name into a search engine…the image for it anyway. The content is unavailable.

Now the question is…am I free to revise and resubmit? I don’t know. I think I will revise it for my own pleasure, and if it is worthy, I will send it out with full disclosure of its checkered, e-pubbed past.

Lesson? Be careful when you enter contests. Sometimes a contest isn’t a contest. Sometimes it is a marketing tool to lure potential “clients” close–like the sweet smell of the iris, luring bees into her velvety, purple petals for her own purposes.

10 responses to “Beware the Iris!

  1. I think you should revise it and send it out. I really liked it. The imagery was fantastic!

  2. I really look forward to your blog! You always have such interesting things to compare- this one esepcially! I still have to revise that short, short and enter it. Maybe I’ll take a second look at that fine print:)

  3. Oh! I would have never thought of that! This is very helpful to know, as I was just considering submitting an entry to a writing contest. I will certainly read all the details carefully beforehand. Thank you for the good information…and the beautiful photo, too!

  4. Forewarned is forearmed! Thanks!

  5. Do those Irises really smell like Grape Kool – Aid ? I added the pic to my Pinterest board for Grape Scented Plants … I’m looking all over for grape scented plants, I gotta find some of these …

    • Yes! They really do smell like grape Kool-Aid. I will try to get in touch with the place I bought them (six or seven years ago) and see if I can find out their Latin name for you.

      • I have “googled” it extensively, and this is what I have come up with so far: Iris pallida ? Does that sound right ?
        Thank you so much for your help !

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