Pantheon, my chapbook of poetry based on a series ofÂ Our Lady poemsÂ has been accepted for publication and it forthcoming from ELJ Publications in August 2017! Each of the poems speaks to a female pop culture character, examining their hidden stories and the ways these characters can sometimes feel personal or sacred to our lives.
This will beÂ my first collection of poetry and I’m so excited!
In related news, I just learned that three of theseÂ poems â€” Harley Quinn, Ursula, and Rogue â€” will be published in Issue 8 of Yellow Chair Review!
What Iâ€™m Reading
I’m still working on bothÂ She Walks in Shadows,Â the anthology edited byÂ Silvia Moreno-GarciaÂ andÂ Paula R. Stiles, andÂ The Dragons of Heaven by Alyc Helms. Both are thrilling in different ways, the one being dark and strange Lovecraftian short stories and the other being a fun action adventure fantasy romp.
What Iâ€™mÂ Writing
The 31/31 challenge hosted by Zoetic Press wrapped up yesterday. I finished a total of 23 poem drafts for the challenge, which feels kind of awesome because now I have 23 new things that can be edited and submitted.
During the course of this challenge, I managed to put together first drafts for all the prose poems in my Twelve Dancing Princesses collection â€” something I’ve been meaning to polish off for a long time.
So, now it will be all editing, editing, editing and submitting for a while.
Goals for the Week:
- Submit chapbook collection to YCR contest.
- Start editing
Lynne M. Thomas on How Creating Inclusive Sci-Fi/Fantasy Sparked a Culture War: “We all want to find ourselves in stories. Finding ourselves in stories should be easy. No one should ever have to feel grateful just to see themselves.”
The Lake Monsters of America (which is just begging for a series of poems)