Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Did a lot of writing in Ojai over the weekend. My wrists are in agony from all the typing. Made a few friends. Good vibes all around, despite the spidery tent and the Scooby-Do caretaker who made us put out our awesome marshmallow-roastin' fire.
Will be liberating another short story soon. Standby for the new countdown! The other one is still going on, but we're stalled at 14. Ready to move on.
Monday, March 21, 2011
But there is a writing retreat coming up Friday. So there's that. Perhaps I'll dream of some publishable stories while I'm there.
Friday, March 11, 2011
#10 arrived today, but at least it was a nice rejection. The emailed ones usually are.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
And, rejection #8 came in yesterday's mail. If you wanna know the truth, this is starting to feel, if you'll excuse the term, shitty.
Friday, March 4, 2011
If rejection slips can be lucky, maybe #7 is. Ten more to go. Guess as I get closer to the middle, I should actually do some revisions on other stories instead of writing blogs about each and every goddamn rejection I receive. Welcome to my neuroses.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
I've noticed that my on-deck book pile is getting a little out of hand. There are 2 library books in there, most were gifts, one or two I bought myself. When my first few writing teachers told me writers should do a lot of reading, I obviously took it to heart.
I just started Steve Almond's "Not that You Asked" this morning, a recommendation from my bro-in-law. Oh man. Is that guy hilarious. I mean it. I could barely contain my laughter in carpool this morning reading his letters to Oprah.
The rest of the deck is a mix of novels, short stories, nonfiction fun and one on finding one's voice as a writer. That's something that's always mystified me, the concept of the writing "voice." I know what it means, or I think I do. Guess I'll learn more when I start that book.
But what I really want to know is, will more reading spell less TV watching? Where in my schedule should I make cuts?