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Saturday, April 01, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Monday, September 05, 2016
Saturday, September 03, 2016
We went to the Bay area this summer and we found this turret in the Marin Headlands. I knew I had to be inspired by this place, because it was super cool. I finally figured out how to use in it a story I've been stuck on for like two years. Score.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Well, hello there.
I've been busy this summer sending out submissions, writing a query letter, and organizing the upcoming poetry club at the elementary school I work at. And so many revisions. On so many things. Plus more on the newer-ish novel.
I've got four submissions out right now, a slew of poems which would be um... ::counts:: 10, and a short story. I just hope that the eventual rejection letters don't all come on the same day. That would be kind. Of no one's doing though but mine. Heh.
So query letters. They are a thing that may need more revision than the actual novel. Which also still needs some cleaning up, but I decided years ago that it would be a forever project. So I don't worry.
I'm also contemplating in a very small way, asking people to read it. Can you imagine the gall in that!? LOL Only a very tiny part of me feels that way.
Thanks for reading!
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Now that I have a phone I can trust, (shout out to Moto G!) I've started adding submission nsuggestions to my calendar, so I don't forget about them, and also so I don't need to keep 10 tabs open on my computer.
I've been plugging away at adding the edits to the 5th draft of the novel. I'm coming to the conclusion that there has to be an end point on this somewhere, though I don't know where that point is. I keep finding things to fix, some absolutely needed and others my preference.
The weekend "creative" group at my school has kept me on task. Plus it's a nice social situation.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Thursday, September 03, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Sunday, February 08, 2015
I've reached the point in revision, where I want to get some cash, and ship the novel off to someone who will do all this editing for me.
I started the fifth revision, and I'm so blah on it all. I'll put it away for a bit, and then start it up again.
What it did make me do, was open another file of the novel that would be up next. Haven't read that in a while, and see both opportunity and more editing. Tis the way it is.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
I'm thrilled to be included in this charity anthology, my first short story publication! Go check it out! Return to Deathlehem, An Anthology of Holiday Horrors to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Apparently Norman Mailer said, "Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing."
Maybe or maybe not.
Writing books is like having a 9 month pregnancy. Finishing the first draft is like the final push birthing the child. Editing and revising is like raising that child until he or she is 18.
I'm sure I could go on with this analogy...
Saturday, August 30, 2014
I'm on my fourth go round with the long story. I'm using Word for this revision, as yWriter seems be more cumbersome for editing. Most of the major changes are done, as far as I can tell so far so there isn't moving around of stuff. That is why I liked yWriter, it allowed easy access to the parts.
I'm using this link and this one too to help guide me. I'm sure there are several others that I can't find right now.
Still waiting on word about two story submissions. That'd be nice, you know.
I'm of the opinion that writing the first draft is the most fun, and then righting all the others is the work. Heh, see what I did there?
I'm hoping to get at least three more chapters done this weekend, then I won't feel so bad when I don't get any done after work because I'm so bone weary that I can't manage any. It is what it is.
I will end on a quote I found today, that is just yummy in so many ways:
And as I said elsewhere, that is why it is hard to kill your darlings.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
There had been a certain scene that I've been avoiding/not knowing how to handle pretty much since I started this thing. Last night it came to me. So I wrote it. Weird, adding stuff to the earlier parts of it.
Score, in more ways than one.
And I'm still mostly happy with it this morning. I finished the third draft recently, so a pleasant surprise.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
I woke up this morning with an idea for tying together my long story aka the novel, even tighter. It will tie a few characters, and their motivation. And probably other stuff too that I have yet to realize. And it won't take much time either. Probably could do it all today.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Typing that makes me feel like I'm living in the future.
January: 17/31 Indicates days I actually wrote something. A good portion of these were editing poems, the rest revising the novel that will never be finished.*
Also received Robert Peake's The Silence Teacher. If you want to learn how to title a book of poetry, read his first poem in this book. Seriously, on the money. Also, really good stuff. I've only read the first few, but I like how he weaves around the central theme without naming it constantly. Kind of like learning to live with what he has to learn to live with. It is always there, but under the covers. Plus that really works to strengthen the poems. Father-Son Conversation I'd read before, and again, tremendously touching. The last strophe is truth named, and...and a promise.
*It's done, but it will never be. (Also a good portion of this month I've been sick, so I'm okay with 55%. Rounded up only slightly.)
Sunday, December 29, 2013
I have to say, I just love all the cool poetry stuff that is happening on Tumblr. Women Poets Wearing Sweatpants is so much fun, and sweet, and touching, and mindblowing. [Insert your own adjective and adverbs].
No New Years Revolutions that I know of, because according to newish research, when you talk about your goals, they are less likely to happen, because your brain is tricked into thinking the good feeling you get talking about it, is the actual goal happening.
This makes so much sense in my life.
Either way you do it, happy new years!
ETA: Before I even got this post up, my lines were accepted there. LOL
Quick poetry too!!
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
I'm very happy to have one of my poems included in the new anthology Try To Have Your Writing Make Sense: The Quintessential PFFA Anthology! Participating at PFFA has done more for my writing than anything else. I really cannot recommend it more.
Go check it out, buy a copy or two! And more than anything, enjoy! Some really good stuff.
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Wow, I found this list of literary magazines retweeted on Don Share's twitter. Very comprehensive. 1500.
Update. I dipped back into the novel last weekend. It had been since June that I opened the file and worked on it.
In other news, there is no other news.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Last year I completed Coursera's Modern American Poetry course, and thought I would repeat it this year. Several Modpo people were doing this. I signed up, but have only had the chance to watch one video. This year, I'm just too exhausted by the end of the day to give the proper attention to the course. I'm not unenrolling, but will dip in when able. It's an awesome course, but I just don't have the energy that it deserves.
And people wonder why I don't get a PhD. Right there folks, right there. Something would have to give, and I know it would be me. Ain't happening. Boundaries and limits ftw.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I've gotten a few more chapters updated, and one slid into another. It was a lagging chapter that didn't fit on its own, so now it is in. Works for now.
I've also been updating a few poems, and have gotten good feedback for one at PFFA.
I've collected the genealogical ones I wrote two (?) Napos back now, into some sense. Still working on those. They need a stronger POV I think. Maybe, we'll see.
I tried revising with music playing in the background. I never do this unless a specific song has inspired the thing. I'm not sure this technique works for me. When I'm listening to the music, the lyrics are playing in my mind, in addition to the listening. But when I'm writing, my words are doing that. I can't work well with both happening at the same time. I wrote several short stories that were inspired by specific songs, and that worked, because it keeps the energy where it needed to be.
Oh, and on a local front, a poetry job. Who would have thought!
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Well, that took longer than I thought it would. First Napo, then May, then anniversaries, then a car accident, then finishing work, daughter's high school graduation, then figuring stuff post car accident, now here we are in June. Hello June.
I've got summer happening. Job is 9 months only, so this is very exciting. I've got a list, and I'm gonna work it.
Priorities shift, time allows, and there you have it, time to do what I'd like. I'm so jealous of the retired, time, health willing, to do what you please, and on your own timeline. Whoever said youth was wasted on the young is right. If you only knew when you were young.... Anyhoo...
So, list. Yeah, since lists actually do work for me, I'm planning on a fruitful summer. Here's hoping.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013