Wednesday’s WIP: Highs & Lows, Or My Writing Year in Review
Much as I love Lisa Romeo’s idea of an annual “I Did It” list to summarize my writing year, I’m going to kick it back old-school here and simply list a few professional highs–and not-so-highs–that I will remember about 2013.
Applying to a seminar to study a subject that I’m passionate about, being admitted to the seminar, taking it, learning so much from it, and getting a byline out of it along the way.
Teaching at the August residency of the Whidbey Writers Workshop/Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program out in beautiful Washington state.
Entering my first poetry-chapbook contest–and making the quarterfinal cut!
Placing the remaining essays in my “Sunday in the City” sequence in wonderful “homes” and seeing them all beautifully published.
Receiving my first book-reviewing assignment for The Washington Post.
Spending $50 on writing residency application fees–and receiving two rejections in return.
Applying for an opportunity for “emerging poets”–and receiving a rejection. (At least this application didn’t cost me anything.)
Applying for what I’m convinced would have been a life-changing year-long fellowship, making it to the interview level–and then receiving a rejection (are you seeing a theme emerge here?).
Failing to make any real progress with my attempt(s) to learn playwriting.
Flailing at my (sporadic) efforts to revise two unpublished short stories (one of them is super-short).
For still more about my writing year, you’re welcome to check my archived midweek “Work-in-Progress” posts. And then maybe, you’ll share something about your year?