Not really sure how to close out the year, but I thought I should at least start with the numbers. These sub notes are actually from a few weeks ago as I haven’t subbed since before Christmas!
- Submissions: 3
- Acceptances: 0
- Rejections: 4 but one with very encouraging ink about submitting again
I can’t really go in and give final numbers on what I had accepted since I submitted so late in the year. I usually do a post around summer that gives you an idea of how my submissions went because, by then, I’ll have all the rejections back or at least pulled the rest after six months as ASSUMED declined.
Instead of those particular numbers, I want to look back to previous years on my blogs to see what I have done.
Last year I ended the year with a Thursday Poem Share. I like that! The poem isn’t still up but there is a link to a poem of mine online and some interesting discussions if you want to visit the PAST.
In 2008, I had some very simple resolutions noted. I really like them. And you can take a peek at an item I published back in my Shape of a Box days if you click over.
My first year of blogging, 2007, has kind of a sad post almost. Sad because I look back and a lot of that same person is there with the same weight loss goals. But, I think the 2010 version has a much better head on her shoulders.
Maybe I shall do a post at some point with “resolutions” or goals or other looking back, but really right now I just want to look forward and to say thank you to everyone who keeps me blogging. You guys a gift!
Happy New Year!
I know you all have been eagerly awaiting the results of my Wait of Atom contest!
It wasn’t easy (as our judge would surely tell you!) but the final winner is:
–and the winning poem is gone!
by Doggy Bloggy! DB (CG) drop me an email so I can get your copy of Wait of Atom out to you.
Thank you SOO much to everyone who entered!!
Now on to the final Thursday Poem Share of 2010!
What do I have to share for you in my last Thursday Poem Share? The second draft of a poem (meaning, I wrote the first version in my journal a little less than a month ago and I only typed it up earlier this week so it really hasn’t been revised!
–and my poem is gone: in need of much revision!
As always, please feel free to comment on my poems and/or to post your own (or links to your own – although if you post just a link please put some other detail in there or wordpress might spam ya!). Let’s have a great end to 2010!
This is just a quickie post to think a little bit about reading. When writers ask me what they should do to be successful, the first thing I say is: READ.
The semester of teaching did crimp into my “pleasure” reading but I wanted to update you guys on a few things I have recently finished and/or to mention some things I want to read.
- First up: I wish I had a Kindle (or one of those devices) because Paper House is now up on Kindle for only $2.99! What I’d really like is an iPad. Anyone have a class I can teach real quick so I can get enough money for that?!
- Next I finished Keep and Give Away by Susan Meyers. This is a prize winning collection and you will see why if you pick it up (as I am recommending!) I won’t spoil anything about the book for except to say that Susan does such a terrific job of building this book and made the perfect choice to put the title poem at the end of the book. No peeking at it first! It is such a nice way to close a collection.
- I haven’t had time to read this yet but I received a copy of Magnapoets in the mail. I have a poem in it! And I don’t think I realized it was a Canadian publication so I think this is my first out of the US publication!
- Speaking of lit mags, I finished another issue of The Main Street Rag. I really enjoyed a lot of fiction in this particular publication as well as running across poetry by Scott Owens, Jim Valvis, Lynn Stanton and Richard Allen Taylor (great interview with him in the issue and I just put up his contributor page at Referential). I was also pleased to see Barbara Crooker in this issue. I published her back in my Shape of a Box days (her name will link to the poems in Shape they are pretty funny).
- And finally, although this means I’ll have no shout outs for Monday probably!, I finished the fiction anthology Surreal South from 2009. This is a real intense collection of stories that are surreal and often quite dark. I really loved most of them but this is definitely a dark collection so if you aren’t into that you may want to steer clear but man even the dark ones were fun to read!
See you back here tomorrow for Thursday poem share where we’ll share some poems and I’ll announce the winner of the contest we ran earlier!
So, what are you reading? Or have you recently read that you’d like to mention?
Yes, this blog is mostly about poetry but I thought I’d take a moment this morning to discuss some fiction issues that you, dear readers, have had questions on.
- What is a mosaic novel? This question came up recently when I mentioned that I might try to put together a mosaic novel. Here is how Wikipedia defines a mosaic novel. Their definition doesn’t quite describe what I think of as a mosaic. For me, the mosaic will be all me but will be more snippets instead of a regular narrative; more like a linked short story collection. The best example I can give is a novel I previously recommended called Dear Everybody which uses things like letters and journal entries to tell the story. Hope that clears up the issue, a bit. I decided to work on one after I realized a few of my flash fiction pieces seemed to have the same character…so..we shall see what she is up to..
- Fiction Chapbooks. This is kind of a fun topic to google but I’m going to link to this article over at H_NGM_N. I really want to publish a Fiction Chapbook at some point because I have a group of stories I wrote early this year (well at least one was last year – the longest in the bunch, ironically) that I feel are essentially DONE. As I researched Fiction Chapbooks, I came to realize there weren’t a lot of people publishing them and I can kind of understand that because you already have, for fiction: novels, short story collections, novellas..so how does a chapbook fit in? To me they are shorter than the short story collections, essentially the length of a LONG SHORT STORY. Say all together the stories equal about 10,000 words or perhaps think of it at about 20-40 pages double-spaced? Because there are so few people publishing them it is very difficult to give definitive numbers so not really sure how I’ll ever go about getting this particular project published but I’m still working on it. Several of the stories have been published and I feel there is one more I need to write to reach that low 20′s mark on pages and to finish off the “story.” These flash fiction pieces aren’t connected by character or place but are connected by theme.
So those are the two main questions that came up on the fiction front but I’d be happy to take other questions. I have only published a few fiction items, including my first print publication in Moonshine Review but I don’t feel, in anyway, that I’m an expert on writing prose. I’d actually like to study it more. I have taken quite a few seminars and I completed Intermediate Fiction as an undergrad. I may not write a lot of it, but I READ a lot of it; I’ve been told I’m a pretty decent editor of prose as well. It can definitely be easier to revise the work of others, rather than your own!
So prose writers and/or fans of prose writers, pose your questions and/or leave your thoughts.
-per chef e talk about the term mosaic novel as well as fiction chapbook issue
It’s Monday! Hope everyone had a great holiday. I’m still not back on a regular schedule but at least I have enough time today, I hope, to update a few things on the computer before braving the snow for a dentist appointment. I hear the roads aren’t too bad though.
- Check in with Folded Word about work flow for making e-books.
- I don’t read the New Yorker often but this will link through to an essay I quite enjoyed.
- Finished an issue of The Writer Magazine. I picked up because there was an article by Lori A May about low-residency MFA’s. She completed a book about Low-res programs and I was interviewed for it. I’m not mentioned in the article but it is very insightful. There are also quite a few other good articles in the issue. So if you have a gift card and/or see it in your local bookstore. Pick it up!
Short list to start your week, but I’m playing catch up like I’m sure all the rest of you are! Have a great week and let’s party like it’s the end of 2010…cause it is!
I’ve been wanting to make a post about this for a while (and further prompting by Andy and other readers here, made me really want to get it done!) but I decided instead of typing up a bunch of items: I’d show you what I’m up to when I submit. So I made a video. Granted, it isn’t edited and there is at least one cat trying to cause me problems but I think you’ll get the idea!
Have a great holiday weekend!
Happy Thursday Poets!
I’m compiling the contest entries now and I’m going to forward them to our judge. I hope to announce the winner (or winners) in next Thursdays post.
But, now, on to this week!
I received good news from the publisher of Paper House because I found out it is now available on the NOOK for $2.99! It is also supposed to be up on Kindle but at last check I couldn’t find an active link. If you guys find one please let me know. If you search for me you will find that my chapbook The Wait of Atom is available on Kindle already.
I have to give another shout out to RATTLE poetry magazine because they have such a terrific publication! I not only enjoy the poems but they always do a themed section as well as interviews with one or two poets at the end of the magazine. So much to learn from this quality publication (yes, high on my HOPE TO BE PUBLISHED IN SOMEDAY list)
I really wasn’t sure what I was going to post today because, once again, I don’t have much that I’ve typed up from my notebook but I’ll really need to get on that once my hubby gets back to work! So I’m posting a poem that was recently rejected which I hope will be in my 2nd full length collection (if I can ever settle on what that collection is finally going to be!)
–and to REVISE
I always welcome comments on my own poems and I want to read and comment on yours so post and/or link your own work or the work of others that you admire.