Thursday, December 30, 2010

Quote for 12-30-10

I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.

-~ Joan Didion

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Quote for 12-29-10

Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing... the rest will follow.

-- Jane Yolen


It's been a moment, huh?

The bear business. Every waking moment.

I'll be updating shortly.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Quote for 12-09-10

Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.

--F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Quote for 12-01-10

The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.

--Edwin Schlossberg

Got brave

Sent a work to Highlights.
Oh, please, oh please, oh please. . .

Yes, we like you. No, we don't.

A rejection. An acceptance.

Don't know the exact # and I'm too whatever to get an accurate count (I really need to get back to this evening's writing) but I think I'm under 20 subs which doesn't make me happy:(

Made the deadline yesterday for an anthology. That made me quite happy. Like I said in an earlier post, that story has been about 6 years in the making.

Forgot about collecting stories to enter into the contest I always enter. They accept reprints 'cause no publication is involved, and I have always won something when I enter. I guess this year I'll have to let someone else win;-)

Maybe I'll do that

The event in New Jersey said that poets can sell their CDs there.

I don't have a CD, I thought. But I could get one. I love to read, have been told that I read well and a CD would be fun. Self-publish a chapbook of poetry, make a disc of me reading them. Use the cover photograph for both. Sell them at the event which is in Feb.

That's time enough.

My daughter has recording equipment.
Hmmmmm, I just might.

well, that is a bit of a problem

Today is a deadline for another anthology and I had THE PERFECT STORY to send them. It fit the anthology theme and the publisher accepted reprints. I was going to have to write 800 words to flesh out the piece and make it reach their minimum word count, but that seemed a breeze.

I went to the publisher website to get the email address and start creating my submission email. There, I read the guidelines again and this time MUCH MORE CAREFULLY and now my story is a no.

It has a scene where a young girl has sex on her fourteenth birthday and underage sex is not acceptable. I can make reference to the incident, but I cannot use the flashback where it happens which is too bad because it means I have to probably write more than 800 words to get the story to 2000 and also because the scene was quite gorgeous and when a certain revelation is made, that scene resonates.

But it doesn't matter because I can't use THAT scene.

It is going to be a loooooooooooooooooooong night.