January 29, 2010

Too hilarious not to share

So a bit of an embarrassing story, but I kind of have to share it anyway.

A few months ago, I submitted a piece of erotica to Lucrezia Magazine. I finally got a response last night. The editor said that despite the piece's "economic relevance," it wasn't right for the magazine. I was a little confused as to how an erotic story about ballroom dancers was at all economically relevant, but I was busy with other things at the moment and didn't have time to mull it over too much.

A little while later, I got another email from the editor, noting that the document I had sent did not match the piece I described in my cover letter. I checked the attachment and sure enough - I hadn't sent in my erotica at all - I had sent her my entry for the Real Simple essay contest.

Out of curiosity, I went and checked the email I had sent to Real Simple for the contest entry. And what was attached? Not the essay. But my ballroom erotica. I bet those editors were quite surprised when they read my entry . . .

Anyway, the Lucrezia editor invited me to resubmit the correct piece, which I did, with apologies and gratitude.

I could be annoyed with myself over this, but it's far too good a story. I can't help but laugh at myself.

Anyway, the editor invited me to resubmit the correct piece, which I promptly

January 25, 2010

Fantastic news

Huzzah! I just received my first acceptance of 2010! A poem I wrote entitled "Northern Phoenix" (about my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio and the Cuyahoga River) has been accepted for the forthcoming River Poets Journal anthology. http://ping.fm/DOmKD

I'm absolutely thrilled and can't wait to see it in print!

January 22, 2010

Gloom Cupboard #115 now online!

The poetry section of Gloom Cupboard 115 is now up! Check out new work by Brandon J. Courtney, DB Cox, John Fleming, Shannon Pell, Echezona Udeze, and Anurag Rudra.


Have a great weekend, everyone!

January 19, 2010

Confession Tuesda

I confess I haven't blogged much on Tuesdays recently.

I confess that learning to manage my creative writing time with my influx of freelance work is challenging, but I'll figure it out. I confess that today, between the bookstore and freelance work, I worked 11 hours, and am too tired to do much more than laze around and watch Comedy Central. I confess I feel guilty for wanting to veg out rather than work on stories, even though I have half of Thursday and all of Friday entirely to myself, and I'll feel like doing creative stuff then. I confess I feel the need to be working constantly, even when I'm really tired.

I confess I've gotten nothing but rejections so far this month (and as it's January, so far this year). I confess that after the generally good year I had submission-wise in 2009, it's a little discouraging to start the year without an acceptance in sight.

I confess that I wish I had ice cream right now.

I confess that I'm really looking forward to skipping some of my dance classes tomorrow night to hang out at my favorite bar with friends.

January 18, 2010

Busy, busy, busy

What a hectic new year so far! Since 2010 started, I've been writing, revising, and sending out work. Plus, my freelance career has finally taken off! I'm still at the bookstore part-time because I'm not making quite enough from freelancing yet, but I don't have to worry about my savings running dry in April anymore. I'm very busy (last week I worked much more than 40 hours, and that doesn't even count my creative writing), and thrilled about it. I'm really grateful that things are looking up for my career. So I'm short on time for things like blogging, and when I do have free time, I'm wanting to get away from the computer screen instead of sitting in front of it even longer.

But one thing I'm really excited about is my upcoming erotica class. (Because with a freelance career, a part-time job, and dancing 10-20 hours a week, I totally have time to take a writing class.) It's called Sexy on the Page, hosted by author Shanna Germain, and it's all online, meaning it's going to fit into my ridiculous schedule. I'm looking forward to learning from Shanna and my fellow classmates, as well as having something motivating me to keep up with my erotica as I adjust to a busier work schedule. Plus, one of my good friends is taking the class with me. I'm looking forward to upcoming nights in coffee shops, working on our stories. Unfortunately, the class is full, but Shanna might offer it again at a later date, so send her an email if you'd be interested.

January 8, 2010

Social Networking in the New Year

Despite knowing that social networking can be a major distraction, I'm beginning to see the value in networking online. To that end, I'm now on Twitter and I have a Facebook account. Feel free to add/follow me at one or both! And yeah, I know I don't have a real profile picture at either yet. I haven't found one I want to put up on the internet yet . . .

I won't be Facebooking and Twittering obsessively, but hopefully these tools will be useful for making connections with other writers.

January 6, 2010

Gloom Cupboard Poetry #114

The poetry portion of Gloom Cupboard 114 is now online! New work by Alan Catlin, Walter Conley, Joseph M. Gant, Colin Gilbert, Ananya S. Guha, Michael McAloran, and Ag Synclair. Check it out! http://ping.fm/2c7MT

January 3, 2010

Just a test post from my ping.fm account. Yay for experimenting with social media! Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.

January 1, 2010

First Post of 2010!

It's just before 9 in the morning on New Year's Day, and I've already made my first submission of the year! Hooray!

The first book I will read in 2010 is Barbara Hamby's Babel.

My planner for the year is the Texas Poetry Calendar.

And today I begin using my One Line A Day five-year memory book. I can't wait to see what I decide is worth remembering today.

I hope 2010 is a happy, healthy, and productive year for all of you.