sylvia plath, submissions & camp updates

Note: This is an update from my Patreon, it’s a few days old but I liked it so I thought I’d republish it here. 

Last night I finished reading the Journals of Sylvia Plath. It was a long read and at times hard, but it was also very interesting because I found myself relating to her so much. It was like looking into a mirror. Like Plath I’m also married to a writer, like her I have depression and anxiety, I write poetry and want to be known as a writer. I loved reading her honesty, it was somehow comforting to know that even a well known writer like Plath could get writer’s block and fall into depression after rejections came in. I loved her life and vitality, I loved her love of people. It was such a great experience to read her journals, I recommend it to you all.

Because I was reading about Sylvia Plath I was inspired to write a few poems this week, and I even sent two into a magazine. Fingers crossed! I hope that at least one of them gets in. It’s been awhile since I’ve sent poetry out, but I have hope that my writing is getting better.

Camp NaNo is now in it’s 5th day.  This weekend has been crazy. I had no time to write, save a few hundred here and there. It was kind of depressing, but at the same time I was too busy to be bemoan it too much. I am now at 18k, and I have high hopes that I’ll make it to 20 before the week is done.

Cauldron Anthology – Submission Date Moved

We, at Cauldron Anthology, are extending the deadline for submissions. This gives us, and our readership more opportunity to receive a larger variety of work.  The editors would love to see more art submissions, and some essays as well.
This month we have some short stories that we can’t wait to share. We love our poetry, but we also love seeing the different directions you have taken the topic of Sphinx.

As the Editor-in-Chief, I am very excited with this theme.  I have been inspired by the research I’ve done.  I like the idea of Sphinxes being watchers and guardians and how that correlates with women in familial households. Whether you are actually a mother who protects her young, or you are the person in your friend group who looks out for everyone, I’m hoping you are inspired by this topic as well.

We look forward to receiving more submissions! The deadline is now July 16th. 

Submitting Poetry To Magazines

Since my goal this month is to submit at least 5 poems to magazines and blogs, I decided to get started on it right away.  Today I sent in a poem to a blog and I’m crossing my fingers about it all. It’s not that I don’t think the poem is good, it’s that I always feel unsure about myself.

I like the poem, it’s titled “Chainsaws”, it’s good. But at the same time the rejections of the past (15+) make me feel nervous.   I fill out the submission, follow all the guidelines, and then I wonder…Am I a good poet? Should I send less or more?  Should I even send this in?

At this point in my life I’m used to always second-guessing myself. I just have to keep telling myself to plug along. Eventually I will get accepted! And from each rejection  I can learn something.

Busy Week

This week has been pretty busy for me, writing wise. Besides my short story goals, and random poetry writing that I can’t seem to hold back, I’ve also decided to submit poetry to online magazines and journals.

Eek.

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As of today I’ve submitted to 10 different places online. It’s been quite the adventure. 🙂 9 poems and one flash fiction story.
It’s been a learning experience, writing cover letters, deciding what each place might want.
I’ve loved seeing the differences, the cool ideas people come up with. One magazine I’ve found only publishes found or blackout poetry. How cool is that? Another publishes poems and experimental/modern art.
It’s made me want to form my own online journal of experimental writing. But we’ll see if that ever happens. 🙂 If anyone else is interested in this idea drop a comment and I’ll be in touch.

How was your week?