I wanted to take a moment to congratulate my writing friends Laura Maylene Walter and John Frank on their recent publishing success.Laura's story "Live Model" appears in the most recent issue of the Crab Creek Review (issue 2010, volume 2).Laura's article "Why We Write: The Pressure of Young Promise" appears in the November/December 2010 issue … Continue reading I’m surrounded by talent
I've had an interesting week. Last Sunday I broke my foot. There is nothing quite like being 4.5 months pregnant with a broken foot. Nothing quite like the amount of lead they drape over a pregnant woman before they take x-rays, or the joy of chasing after a 2 year old while wearing a super … Continue reading Week in Review
I've read many blog posts by publishing folks about rejection. Rejection is a hot, juicy topic: dealing with it, decoding it, moving on from it, etc. There are whole sites dedicated to rejection. In some ways, rejection and the tally of these missives are a badge of honor to the aspiring writer. I've had my … Continue reading Acceptance
First, I just finished the incredible Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (I know I'm like 2 years late in coming to this book, so I'm not claiming what I have to say is relevant) This is one of those books that I loved: prose that enthralled and surprised, characters that come alive on the page, … Continue reading Things that made me think
Check out Laura Walter's story "The Second Rule of Yoga" at Northville Review.
Stories that blew me away and made me insanely jealous because I wish I had written something that awesome: "The Mountains of Instead" by Edward Mullany - in the Northville Review. "Of Time and Wind" by Meaghan Mulholland - in /One/ "Allison Trainor is Talking to Strangers, 23 minutes ago " by Lori Walker - … Continue reading Week in Review: Stuff worth reading
For the acronym challenged, that is Virginia Quarterly Review, one of the best. My new theory is to start out with the top tier publications when I have a great piece of writing -- that way I am not really expecting to be accepted, and the rejection can be softened with well, it is VQR … Continue reading Submission to VQR