August 2019 Round-Up

It’s been a while since I’ve written an actual blog post. In fact, other than announcing published works and updating some of the pages, I’ve neglected this blog over the last couple of years. Since it will probably be some time before my next publication, I decided to try something new with this blog: a monthly summary of my writing activities. 

 

Writing

I started my latest short story in late July, and I’m currently working on the second draft. At the moment, it’s a little over 8,900 words, but I’m hoping with a few more rounds of edits, I can get it between 7,500 and 8,000. Considering that over the last few years, I’ve written mostly poems and flash fiction under 1,000 words, this new story is rather long for me. I don’t want to give too much away, especially since I’m still working on it, but this project is both a “return to roots” and a personal challenge, as I tackle a subject I’ve never written about before.

Because of the length and the subject, it will probably be a while before I’m ready to send this story out to the world, but that’s okay. One thing I’ve learned as a writer is that it’s about the quality and not the quantity. It doesn’t matter how often you get published. What matters is that you write pieces that leave lasting impressions on readers, and that is what I hope to accomplish with this project.

 

Submissions

I sent out three submissions in August and received two rejections. One was a standard form, but the other was a personal rejection, which, despite not being a win, was very encouraging. The editor wrote that my story was “well written” and he “really did enjoy it.”

One of the other submissions was to a market I’ve been trying to break into for the last year and a half. To date, they’ve rejected me four times. Also, I had to withdraw from them once. Maybe the sixth time’s the charm?

So far for the year, I’m at 24 submissions for the year. Not a lot, but not bad considering I haven’t had much to submit this year.

 

How about you? Please feel free to let me know what you’ve been up to lately in the comments.

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Oops! How did I forget to mention this?

This morning, I was doing some updates, and I realized that I forgot to mention something that was published back in April.

Earlier this year, the poet Ryu Ando invited me to contribute to the Operating System’s 8th Annual NAPOMO 30/30/30 Series. I chose to write about the nineteenth-century poet Edwin Arlington Robinson and how his poetry influenced me as a writer.

It was a huge honor to be a part of this, so why I forgot to mention it on this blog is a mystery.

Anyway, if you haven’t read it yet, you can check it out here.

 

New Fiction: It’s Me, Your Imaginary Friend

My story “It’s Me, Your Imaginary Friend” is now in the new issue of Perspectives Magazine.

Perspectives is a literary magazine that publishes stories and poems told from the point-of-view of animals and inanimate objects. My story (as you can probably guess from the title) is about an imaginary friend.

Check out the story here, and consider submitting to this great publication.

“Golden” and “The Price Tower” available again

Sometimes, publications close up shop, and works that they published are no longer available. This happened with several of my poems, including two of my favorites, “Golden” and “The Price Tower.” They were published two years ago in WOLVES, a great e-journal that went defunct sometime ago. Sadly, none of the issues they published are available online anymore.

Fortunately, RL Black, former editor-in-chief of Unbroken Journal and Unlost Journal, recently started a new venture, Defuncted, and has reprinted the two poems.

Golden

The Price Tower