Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress: Midrash on Happiness
So, last week I asked which of three topics you’d all like to hear more about. This week, I respond to (some of the) popular demand. Several of you commented that you’d like to hear more about the fiction workshop I’ve enrolled in. And that’s the real focus of the piece.
But we’ll also tiptoe into discussing “writing for free” here. And that’s because when you click on the image to try to read the text within it (the image does become legible when I click on it), you’ll see a piece that I’ve basically “written for free.”
Allow me to backtrack.
A few days after an in-workshop exercise generated the first draft of the text that you see in the image’s center column, a new idea came to me.
I had on my hands (or so I thought) ideal material for what the Journal of Compressed Creative Arts describes as its “Triptych” feature (as a reader, I’d been captivated by one of the recent Triptych offerings). So after figuring out how to format the piece, I worked on it. And sent it in.
The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts responds quickly; within 12 hours, a rejection had arrived. It stung, even if the journal–a paying journal, incidentally–says that it accepts only one percent of the submissions that come its way. Which kind of gives new meaning to (not) being among “the one percent.”
But I really, really liked the way this triptych (“Midrash on Happiness”) turned out. I didn’t think the center text really worked so well by itself. I wanted to share it. But I couldn’t come up with very many ideas of other homes for it (paying or not). So I’m posting it here. For free. I hope that you enjoy it.
P.S. I do have more to say on “writing for free.” Just not sure when I’ll get around to saying it. Or where.