I wake this morning with a full heart for the various people living inside my computer. You, for instance, who are reading this blog and who have stopped to comment on something I've written here, or over at Facebook. Thank you. For the people who responded to my various pleas for help around promoting my … Continue reading Wonderful People Out in the Ether
Multi-function machines drive my husband a little crazy. We have one now--a television/DVD player combo--and I can see that he is just waiting for it to go blooey. The idea being that when you ask something to do more than is necessary, the design will be weaker than it might otherwise be and all sorts … Continue reading One Thing Well
I'm still fairly distracted--quite happily so!--by the news about my forthcoming chapbook publication from Dancing Girl Press. I realize I haven't said much about the content of said work, so I want to pause for a moment and do that. It's called A Woman Traces the Shoreline, and I wrote the first iteration of it … Continue reading Hawking my Wares
Apparently I really like these two-word imperative titles. They work! I am writing and I am dancing because I found out yesterday that the truly wonderful Dancing Girl Press will publish my chapbook, A Woman Traces the Shoreline, in December of this year! They put out beautiful, hand-made books by women and I feel like I … Continue reading Dance, Nancy!
I told Paul yesterday that I keep hoping I'm going to wake up and feel fierce and sassy again, but so far, no dice. Oh, ruts are wonderful, aren't they? They wash everything around them in a blah grey haze. The obvious thing is that the agent passed on the memoir. This shouldn't really come as a … Continue reading Where’s My Sassy?
It's submission season again, and as you all know, there are a bazillion first book contests for poets and fiction writers. And you also know I've got some ambivalence about all of that. Still, I was talking with a friend recently about publishing and we wondered aloud together, What about memoir? Where are all the … Continue reading Publishers of Memoir?
And her name is Bonné! So happy to share some exciting news: Kattywompus Press will publish a collaboration of my poems and Paul's images as a limited-edition artist's book in 2012! We're calling it Another Beginning (at least at the moment we are), and it comprises ten of Paul's original art photographs and ten of my poems, … Continue reading The Magical Publishing Fairy Lives in Cleveland
For now, anyway. Saturday morning, I woke up frantic and filled with self-doubt, all the terrible "what-ifs" on parade: What if she hates what I've written? What if this isn't really a book? What if it is a book but I don't have the stamina/talent to finish it? I made a couple of phone calls … Continue reading It’s Out of My Hands
Once upon a time there was a girl who won a national essay contest in a popular women's magazine. Besides some very generous swag (that included a year's supply of makeup and ginormous Publisher's Clearinghouse-style checks and real ones she actually cashed), she was gifted with a conversation in a swanky NYC bar with an … Continue reading Fairy Tale with Cheesecake
So, after my recent lament regarding poetry book contests, I learned today that one of my poetry chapbook manuscripts was a finalist for the Editor's Prize at Seven Kitchen's Press, and another reached semi-finalist status in the same contest! It was really lovely to get that news, of course. It always feels great to be affirmed. Does … Continue reading Magical Publishing Fairy Fly-By