Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer
Three quick things.
1. Let’s start with the good news! Which includes my first appearance with The Offing. For which I thank T.S. Eliot and Sigmund Freud—as well as The Offing‘s staff, of course!
“ANALYST: Aren’t you being a bit hard on yourself?
PRUFROCK: A tedious argument of insidious intent! And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker.
ANALYST: The “eternal Footman”?
PRUFROCK: Oh, do not ask “What is it?”!” –@erikadreifus https://t.co/9okxnP1nik
— The Offing (@theoffingmag) October 16, 2018
2. Staying with good/publication news for the moment: I’m also happy to share two poems that The Sunlight Press chose for its “Your Tech Life” issue. All I’ll tell you for now is that one addresses Facebook, and the other deals with Twitter, and both, I think, suggest ways in which those platforms can connect with our life experiences.
3. In less glorious news: For the first time since my short story collection Quiet Americans was published in early 2011, I’ve earned too little from sales to offer a quarterly contribution to The Blue Card. (For nearly eight years, I’ve given a dollar from every sale that I learn about—that does NOT include third-party sellers on Amazon—to this important organization.) But evidently, during the July 1-September 30 period, there were fewer than five sales—and The Blue Card requires a $5 minimum donation.
Which is just to say: If you’ve been considering making a purchase, now would be an especially appreciated time for you to do so. Thank you!