Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer
Three quick things.
1. I’m not going to lie: It’s feeling chaotic here at Practicing Writing HQ. It’s seeming as though I am richocheting from one task to another and back again. Most of what I’m working on is very behind-the-scenes at the moment, and every project seems to have a gazillion never-ending components (several of them tech-oriented, which, for me, means additional challenges), and it’s all requiring a lot of time and close attention. When I try to explain the nuts-and-bolts of what’s going on these days (as I did on Monday, during a lunch break with another writer who traveled up to my neighborhood because I am refusing to make many plans that add commuting time to time already “taken away” from my various projects), I don’t even sound coherent to myself. It’s disconcerting.
2. In the middle of all that: I received one very lovely rejection note a few days ago, for a handful of poems that I’d sent in for a journal’s themed issue. One element of the rejection that made it so happily memorable was a mention that one of the poems—oddly, to me, not the one I would have most expected—”was kept longer for rereading as we really admired it; thanks also for your patience during the reading process.” Anytime, Magma Poetry! Thank you!
3. As encouraging as it is to receive a nice rejection, ultimately, that’s still a rejection. Hoping for a better outcome for another poem I sent out over the weekend. It’s somewhat time-sensitive for the purposes of the website that I’ve sent it to, so I should know something relatively soon.