It’s been a strange phenomena over the past week or so that I’ve been feeling rather vulnerable. In a way, this feeling could be directly correlated to how much I’ve been putting myself out there lately, submitting more work, trying to participate more with the local writing community, attending open mics and readings, and being more socially active in general. The higher I hold my head, the more I leave my throat exposed, unprotected. It’s an act of trust â€” someone could come along and sink their teeth in, but I’m trusting that they won’t and that I’ll be strong enough if they do. It’s unsettling, but I also feel it’s a necessary part of my personal growth right now â€” not to withdraw, not to retreat, at least not all the way and not completely.
What Iâ€™m Reading
I’m loving The Hours by Michael Cunningham, which is filled with such pretty writing and is a loving tribute to Virginia Woolf and her book Mrs. Dalloway.
I’m almost finished with Everyone I Love Is a Stranger to Someone, poetry by Annelyse Gelman, and I’m just trying to think about how I want to review it.
My Short Story Month challenge petered off at Day 21 (and thus 21 stories). I may try to read the final
What Iâ€™m Writing
Most of my writing over the past week involved completing a poem that turned out to be much longer than I expected it to be. But I finished it and submitted it and the universe is good.
Published! Two publication announcements this week. My new poem, “Sacred Ways” is up at Then and If, which is a great lit journal with a cool concept â€” each published poem is written in response to a previous poem. Mine is in response to Helen Losseâ€™s â€œAfter a Mid-December Wedding.â€
And as previously noted, “Eve and Pandora” has been published by Nonbinary Review.
Rejected! Three of my poems have been rejected by Poetry Magazine, which just means I’ll be resubmitting this week.
Goal(s) for this week: Submit the chapbook to a few more publishers.
The Mechanics of Preventing Procrastination shows how thinking in terms of days instead of years helps you stop procrastinating.