Sunday, January 25, 2009

Good Listening

That title doesn't mean that anyone will agree that the music posted under "Good Listening" is actually good. It only means that this Good likes listening to it.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

In Need of Attitude Adjustment

Working but not whistling while I do it. The writing process. Are you a plodder? A sprinter? Do you prefer the dash? Or the marathon? Most of the time I feel like a plodder who's been entered in a sprint.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Acceptances & Rejections

I've been writing for a long time and with some success. I've published articles and books and sold poems (best price: $15; worst price: $1 -- of which 37 cent was deducted by PayPal as a service fee!). But I've also still get my share of rejections. Today was fairly typical. I had a prose poem, "Blood and Feathers," accepted by Dogzplot and a 10-page chapbook rejected by ml press. It doesn't matter that essentially the same material that was rejected by ml press will appear online in the magazine Bartleby Snopes. I still felt crummy. But not as crummy as I used to feel after a rejection. And not for as long. That's the biggest difference. It isn't that I don't feel discouraged and even humiliated by rejections. It's just that I don't feel so badly discouraged and humiliated as I once did.