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Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress

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Well, I finally finished and submitted that review-essay assignment I’ve been talking about. I’ve also begun sending out the new poem I mentioned here not long ago. And I’m still hopeful about that literary humor piece–waiting for news back from some editors on that.

Meantime, I’ve just returned from a few lovely days visiting family. We made multiple visits to a local bookshop, where I snapped the photo to the left. Thought that you’d all appreciate it.

More next week!

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Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees, Paying Gigs

dollar-sign-mdMonday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Continue reading ›

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Sunday Sentence

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

“She transferred at the toll plaza and rode all over San Francisco, past neighborhoods of small yellow or pink or cream houses shouldered together, and Asian people with shopping carts, and hulking warehouses, and tough-looking streets, and parks, and traffic, and stores selling the whole world, and big humpy hills, and fog that made the bus windows drip and then a few blocks later unraveled into sunshine.”

Source: Jean Thompson, The Humanity Project

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Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure ChestWriting-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.

  • Bonnie Tsui describes what happened when she “accepted a friend’s offer to share an office at a longtime writers’ collective and began writing in the company of others a few days a week.”
  • Speaking of writers in the company of others: Take a listen to this graduating speech delivered by Sophronia Scott at the most recent commencement ceremony of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.
  • How to Create, Publish, and Market an Anthology (and why you’d want to)”–thanks to @JaneFriedman for leading me to this one.
  • Lovely post by Ellen Meeropol on her favorite reads in 2014 (so far).
  • The New Yorker is overhauling its website and making all the articles it has published since 2007 available free for three months before introducing a paywall for online subscribers.”
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    Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress

    Well, what can I tell you? Since last week, I’ve indeed continued to submit my literary humor piece (and I’ve continued to have it rejected!). And I’ve completed a full draft of that essay-review I mentioned. So, there’s been some progress.

    But probably the most meaningful “event” of the week has been the calculation and donation of my quarterly contribution to The Blue Card. As I’ve explained, each calendar quarter since my story collection was released, I’ve given money to The Blue Card based on the quarter’s book sales.

    Admittedly, this quarter was a lean one for book sales. But thankfully, some readers are still discovering and purchasing the book. So long as that continues, the contributions will, too.

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