Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress

Writing practice goings-on from the past week:

  • Within the past week, I’ve received the first two rejections in response to the literary humor piece I mentioned here awhile back. So, said piece is now off to find a possible home for the third time. Will that be the charm? One can hope.
  • Last Friday–the first of our six-week summer schedule at the day job, whereby we work longer M-Th and get Fridays off–I spent a chunk of time revising my newest poem. I think that it is improving (slowly).
  • I’m making slow but steady progress on my next essay-review for The Missouri Review. Still rereading/taking notes on the books; hope to begin writing over the long holiday weekend.
  • I have renewed my Paris Review subscription. (Thanks to @mathitak for cluing me in to the fact that the summer 2014 issue was already out; that made me check on my subscription, which had expired. And thanks to the NBCC for the cool membership benefit of a 25 percent subscription discount for this particular magazine!)
  • Yesterday I awakened to discover that this here website was down. To make a long story short, my amazing webmaster saved the day with a new strategy (which includes a new hosting service).
  • And, last but not least: I sent out the July issue of The Practicing Writer this week. I’m delighted to feature a Q&A with Celeste Ng in this issue along with the usual range of no-fee contest info and calls for work from paying litmags & presses.
  • And how about you? Anything you care to share from your past week’s writing practice?

    4 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress

    1. Clive Collins says:

      Dear Erika,

      Most of the “progress” part of my “work in progress” is all due to you and the links you post on Mondays and Fridays. I wrote a very short short story based on something I was told a couple of years ago. I tried placing it, failed each time but then read about Hippocampus magazine on one of your Monday Markets for Writers. I sent the piece off and it was accepted for this month’s issue. Anyone interested can find it at

      Thank you again, Erika and good luck with your own projects,


      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Clive, thank you for posting! Everyone, I hope that you will go read Clive’s piece (it’s wonderful) and check out Hippocampus more generally. I’m not sure exactly when I mentioned it–I don’t think they pay, so it may not have been on a Monday–but I’ve published with them, too.

    2. Jean Cogdell says:

      My WIP is a short story I’m reworking due to a recent rejection, with an attached critique. I learned a valuable lesson, listen to my critique partner before submitting, she’s most often right. At least she was this time. Love your blog.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        As with my poem, Jean, revising is so key to work-in-progress. Good luck, and thank for the kind words re: the blog.

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