Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer
Three quick things:
1. Sure, maybe, in this hazy, hot, and humid city everyone is simply in search of an air-conditioned refuge. But I was filled with happiness upon seeing a crowd waiting for my local NYPL branch to open on Monday morning. (You can’t even see the entire crowd in this picture! Or the many strollers—yes, let’s get ’em all while they’re young!)
2. Motivated by a no-fee contest deadline, I spent a fair amount of time this past week trying to carve out a chapbook from my full-length poetry collection. Spoiler alert: I failed.
Part of the problem, I suspect, rested with my awareness that this contest requires a fairly significant portion of the submission to be composed of unpublished poems. I might be able to make a chapbook work, but I am fairly certain after my failed efforts that I won’t be able to do it and meet that particular guideline.
In any case, as I told my accountability partner when I reported this to her yesterday, meeting that contest deadline is now off my priority list. It’s simply not going to happen.
3. In more optimistic news, though, over the weekend I did send out a couple of batches of unpublished poems to journals that I discovered fairly recently. Here’s hoping for some good responses!
What’s new with your writing practice?