Day 151 – Submitted

My short story is officially submitted! I kinda wanna barf, but I kinda wanna dance too. So far, I’ve submitted to 7 journals: American Short Fiction, Tin House, The Alarmist, Driftwood Press, Tephra Magazine, Used Gravitrons, and Zymbol. One of the journals I wanted to submit to, Sperm Whale, didn’t renew their domain yesterday so I’ll be looking for an alternative journal on Duotrope tomorrow. In addition, I’ll be submitting my piece to Camera Obscura when submission opens tomorrow. It’s strange, yesterday I felt ready for this and today rereading my piece my confidence started to fray. It’s safe writing in secret the way I used to. Rejection is scary. It hurts. It will hurt more with this piece than the picture book because...

Day 150 – Boom!

Ok kids. My final draft is done. Final edits have been made. We are submission ready! Why you ask has it not been submitted then? Well, in an irresponsible moment of celebration I went to our neighborhood bar and had one too many (read 3) $2 margaritas and seeing as I have a dinner party tonight, I doubt I’ll be sober enough to avoid silly mistakes. Like putting the wrong name on cover letters and suck. I am so stokes. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read and critique my work. Your input is invaluable and one of the reason I keep growing as a writer. Thank you, thank you a million times over. Now, a nap then more celebration. You gotta celebrate the small wins because there is so much rejection in between. The difference between the right word...

Day 149 – Agony

Still waiting on my final two critiques for the short story. In the meantime, I am revising my picture book and doing a little memoir exploratory work. I’ve been reading memoirs in different styles chronological vs. thematic formats etc. Two very different memoirs that I’d recommend reading if you are interested in memoir are Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson and The Duke of Deception by Geoffrey Wolff. Both are very different book and both knocked my socks off. Anyway, it’s late, way past my bedtime. Hopefully the magic will happen tomorrow. My first literary journal submissions. Squee! There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou Prompt:  Write about a sexually frustrated...

Day 148 – Cover Letters

My final critiques are not in yet. So as I wait (patiently), I looked up references on how to write a cover letter to literary journals and was pleased to find that pretty much all the websites agreed that short and simple is best. I hate cover letters. HATE THEM. They always seem stilted and phony, first dinner at the in-laws polite. Plus, having worked at an academic journal and talked to a few people who work at literary journals, I know how seldom those cover letters are actually read. So what is the point?!? Why not let the work stand alone? I don’t know either. However, I did find this site in particular helpful in explaining how to best construct a cover letter. Definitely check it out if you need help. In addition to writing practice cover letters...

Day 147 – So Close It Hurts

My short story is so close to done it hurts! What I hope is the final draft (aside from minor changes) was completed this morning. It’s out for 3 critiques from 2 people who’ve seen previous drafts and 1 person whose eyes are fresh, all of whom are good readers. Barring any major negative comments this puppy will be sent out into the world for better or worse. Tomorrow will be dedicated to researching more journals and learning how to write submission letter. Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life. – Hunter S. Thompson Prompt:  Write about seeing the sun after a storm.

Day 145 – The Final Countdown

Current Project: Short Story/Picture Book Revision Status: In Progress/Final Revision Stage Time Spent: Writing: 12  hrs. Blogging: 4 hrs. Networking: 3 hrs. Reading:  6 hrs. It’s official. The short story is going out by Wednesday of this week. I did some preliminary literary journal research on Duotrope and found 5 good candidates for submission. The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. – Bertrand Russell...