Reading at Art & History Museums Maitland


I had a lovely time reading at the Art & History Museums Maitland this past Friday! Thank you to everyone who came to support me. A special thanks to Naomi Butterfield for inviting me. It was a wonderful night!

Ready. Set. Write! Check-in (Week 7)

Hello all! I'm checking in today for Ready. Set. Write! My summer goals are posted here, if you missed my post a few weeks ago. If you'd like to participate in Ready. Set. Write, you can find out more information on Jamie Morrow's blog. Below are my answers for the check-in questions.

1. How I did on last week's goals.

I have almost fulfilled my goal for Black Fox submissions. I'm almost done reading submissions for the period and we're on schedule for the next issue! Woot! Exercise wise, I only exercised once (I have to do better). Revisions: pretty much nothing, but I did hunker down this morning and currently I've analyzed 16 scenes.

2. My goals for this week:

  • REVISION: Analyze more scenes/rewrite my first chapter. 
  • Finish up Black Fox Literary Magazine submissions and be ready for the launch! 
  • Exercise at least 3 times. 

3. A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

Still identifying/analyzing scenes at the moment.

4. The biggest challenge(s) I faced this week.

Would I sound like a broken record if I said time? I've been out of town for over a week helping my sister move states, so it's been tough trying to balance work, writing and life. 

5. Something I love about my WIP.

This probably won't change. Again: my protagonist. Even when I get frustrated with the story, she keeps speaking to me. She won't let me rest until I get her story right.

Ready. Set. Write! Check-in

Hello all! I'm checking in today for Ready. Set. Write! My summer goals are posted here, if you missed my post last week. If you'd like to participate in Ready. Set. Write, you can find out more information on Jamie Morrow's blog. Below are my answers for the check-in questions.

1. How I did on last week's goals.

Mediocre. I read a lot (especially submissions wise) and exercised, but revisions could have been better.

2. My goals for this week:

  • Identify ALL my scenes so I can address what needs to stay and what needs to be cut. 
  • Rewrite my first chapter.
  • Read more Black Fox Literary Magazine submissions.
  • Exercise at least 3 times. 

3. A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

I honestly didn't revise as much as I wanted. And I'm really just identifying/analyzing scenes at the moment.

4. The biggest challenge(s) I faced this week.

TIME. Always time.

5. Something I love about my WIP.

My protagonist. Even when I get frustrated with the story, she keeps speaking to me. She won't let me rest until I get her story right.

Goals: The Ready Set Write Challenge

Hello all! As writers, we can sometimes be intimidated by our seemingly endless to-do lists. That may be the very reason why I've been avoiding revisions on my novel. There is some work to do and to be honest, it seems daunting. Enter Ready. Set. Write. Some wonderful writers created this lovely accountability system for the summer to hold us all accountable! You can find the details on Katy Upperman's blog. Ready. Set. Write. started two weeks ago, but I'm joining in on the fun (it's week 3) and this will be my first official week. Better late than never, right? You can also follow the hashtag on Twitter: #RSWrite. And if you're not on Twitter and your're a writer, what are you waiting for?

My goals for the summer:

1. FINISH revisions on my YA contemporary (this will be the fourth draft) and be ready to restart my query process.

2. Read at least 3 books (preferably YA novels or poetry collections).

3. Write at least one new short story and five poems.

4. Finish planning Writer's Atelier events for through August.

5. Exercise at least 3 times a week.

6. Finish reading Black Fox submissions and get the summer issue published!

Now, who is with me?


March 2015 Reading List


I'm still keeping track of my reading every month. Here's what I read in March:


2 published books:

Shhh by Mathieu Cailler
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

2 client manuscripts

9 academic essays for clients

40 student papers

Examining the Scriptures (daily text, March 1-31)

5 Chapters from They Say, I Say by Gerald Graff & Cathy Birkenstein

4 classic short stories that I'm too lazy to list

3 classic poems that I'm also too lazy to list

Articles:



"Children's Sales Soared in 2014" (Publishers Weekly)



"Third-Party Queriers or 'Agent-agents,' and Sapsuckers" (Agent, Jennifer Laughran)

"Top Ten Grammar Myths" (Grammar Girl)

"Emperor Franzen Twitter Account Suspended" (Washington Post)

"On the Radar: An Ember in the Ashes" (Publishers Weekly)


"A Lifetime of Student Debt?" By Robin Wilson (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

"Family Guy and Freud" By Antonia Peacocke

"Income Inequality: Too Big to Ignore" By Robert H. Frank (The New York Times)

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World - March 30, 2015

Hello all! It has been a very busy month in terms of both writing and editing. BUT I could not let the month go by without at least one opportunities post. I hope that you are still finding the motivation to get your work out there in the world. If not, what are you waiting for? 

Contests:

1. Dămfīno Press is pleased to announce its first annual “Afternoonified” Poetry Chapbook Contest. Entry fee: $15.00. Deadline: April 30, 2015.


2. Autumn House Press is now accepting submissions for their 2015 full-length manuscript contests in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Each winner receives publication and $2,500. Entry fee: $30. Postmark deadline: June 30, 2015



Calls for Submissions:

1. RESTLESS is accepting short stories, poems, visual art, photography, or hybrid work for their Pride Month category on Submittable. They are also looking for novella-length stories and epic poems to serialize.


2. Backbone Press is currently accepting chapbook submissions. Please submit 20-30 pages of poetry.


3. Lime Hawk seeks original short fiction for their spring issue. Submissions are accepted year-round.


4. Gingko Tree Review invites submissions of up to six poems/short prose pieces or a single longer work of up to 6,000 words. Deadline: May 1, 2015.


5. Compass Literary Journal is currently accepting submissions that focus on various interpretations of loss.  As this is their first issue, they are particularly interested in hearing from new and emerging writers. Deadline: April 15, 2015.



Residencies:

1. The Associates of the Boston Public Library is currently accepting applications for its twelfth Children’s Writer-in-Residence. The program was created to provide an emerging children's author with the financial support and quiet space needed to complete one literary work. Eligible projects include fiction, nonfiction, a script, or poetry intended for children or young adults. The fellowship provides a $20,000 stipend and an office at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square from September 2015 through May 2016. Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2015.

http://www.writer-in-residence.org


As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing!

February Reading

I got the idea from one of my Twitter writer pals, (Evelyn Alfred) to keep track of the things that I'm reading each month. This list may not be fully inclusive, because there were times when I felt too tired to write down what I read. Some items also don't have links for this very reason, or because they were read in print. In any event, this activity has taught me that I shouldn't feel bad about not fulfilling my Goodreads reading challenges! I won't ever beat myself up again. This doesn't even include Tweets or Facebook posts. (Ha!) I am looking forward to compiling everything at the end of the year to see just how much reading I do (outside of published books). Below is a list of everything I've read for the month of February. Disclaimer: I am attempting to learn all sides of publishing, hence all the publishing articles!

2 client manuscripts (one novel, one nonfiction book)

10 client papers (academic)

10 Black Fox Submissions (I'll get better, I promise!)

8 classic short stories (as review for teaching purposes)


Examining the Daily Scriptures February 1-28






I Made the Mistake of Starting a Small Press and So Can You by Spencer Madsen (The Toast)

So You Want to Start Your Own Micro-Press? Center for Fiction

A Guide for New Literary Publishers (CLMP)

Lessons I've Learned Starting a Micropress by Roxane Gay (HTML Giant)

Why Small Publishers Fail by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

How to Create, Register, and List Your New Publishing Company by Joel Friedlander 

Should I Start My Own Publishing Company? By Jillian Beegsma





Anatomy of a Small Press Company By James Roy Daley
Books of the Dead Press


Bookstores and Getting Into Them (Starting a Small Press Publisher) 
Devoted Love Press 


How to Find Out Everything You Need to Know About Self-Publishing by Catherine Ryan Howard

How Self Published Books Are Made: Start to Finish (Part I) by Catherine Ryan Howard

How Self Published Books Are Made: Start to Finish (Part II) by Catherine Ryan Howard


Self Printed Preview #3: The Minefield That is Self-Published Cover Design
By Catherine Ryan Howard

Self Printed Preview #4: What Does the Dream Book Look Like? By Catherine Ryan Howard


The Pros and Cons of Publishing with a Small Publisher by Robert Lee Brewer
Writers Digest 


Guest Post: On Writing Realistic, Flawed Parents in YA by Bryan Bliss


"Progressive Walmart. Really." By Sebastian Mallaby

"Don't Blame the Eater" by David Zinczenko

"In Defense of Cheering" By Jennie Yabroff

"Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter" By Tom Bissell


6 chapters in the book The Say, I Say (in preparation for teaching)

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Be My Valentine Peter Rabbit
Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight
Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation
Haiti Glass
Don't Kiss Me: Stories
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
Some Churches
Life on Mars
Smash & Grab
The Sea at Truro: Poems
The Black and White Factory


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