I love Every Day Poets. I truly do, not least of all because they work magic. Seriously. They publish a new poem every day. Every. Day. And what’s more they supply incredibly helpful feedback with every submission.
I might also love them because they’ve recently accepted my poem, Sort of Like a Cat, for publication in October 😉 Yay!
Well, actually, I’m “officially” back to work tomorrow, but because I expect to be completely swamped with Niteblade stuff and some pressing writing deadlines I have, so I’m blogging today.
One of my goals for this year was:
Figure out what to do with Shadows…and get to work on doing it. This can mean looking for an agent, a publisher or any number of other things. I can’t be specific until I’ve made a decision.
Well, the good news is, I’ve made a decision. It was very difficult because I’ve spent so much time working on it (years) that I’m really close to it, too close, to make a clear and rational decision. Unfortunately, most of my critique partners are also too close to it to give me unbiased advice. Happily, there are people who make a living out of giving clear, unbiased advice about these sorts of things LoL
I hired Kate and Taryn from Teen Eyes Editorial to take a look at the current version of Shadows and tell me what they thought. Their feedback was insightful, in-depth and incredibly helpful. It helped me see that it’s time to put Shadows on a shelf.
Their comments were very positive and encouraging overall but they definitely showed me that Shadows still needs a lot of work before it is ready to go out in the world. And the thing is, I’m kinda tired of it. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the story but I really need some time away from it.
Dudes, I’ve been working on this story off and on for several years. Honestly, I don’t even know what version this draft is. I have learned a ridiculous amount of things about character development, plotting, revision, pacing, dialog (and more!) while I’ve been working on Shadows, but it’s time to move on to something else.
I have a finite amount of time I can spend writing and several other projects demanding my attention. So, at this point I’m going to file Shadows under ‘Learning Experience’ and let it sit in my Dropbox gathering virtual dust. Someday a few years from now I might decide to come back to it, but I rather doubt it.
For now, I’m looking forward to seeing how awesome I can make Twixt and Hollow Children 🙂
If I may quote the Imaginarium webpage from the ChiZine Publications website:
“Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing is a reprint anthology to be co-published annually by ChiZine Publications and Tightrope Books, collecting speculative short fiction and poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, etc.) that represents the best work produced by Canadian writers.”
I am so, so honored to have one of my poems included in this collection. It feels kind of surreal, actually, but in a very good way. Once I get home from vacation I’ll definitely be placing an order to ive away as gifts. You can pick up a copy now too, if you’d like. Imaginarium is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters/Indigo etc. etc. etc. but if you pick it up directly from ChiZine you’ll save 30% off the cover price. I dunno about you but that’s where I’ll be shopping from.
Yay! Three of my poems will be included in future issues of the awesome twitterzine Seven by Twenty. My poems Lost Miners, Lovers and Change is Good will all be published on their twitter feed over the next few months.
Lovers and Change is Good are reprints, but Lost Miners is a new poem I wrote as part of my April Poem-a-Day challenge. I’ll be sure and share the news as each one is featured.
My poem, Lizabeth, which I wrote as a part of the April Poem-a-Day challenge, will be published in a future issue of The Glass Coin. I’m very pleased that it found a home and am looking forward to sharing it with you all.
I’m on vacation for the next eleven days or so. I’m decompressing, destressing and recharging my emotional and creative batteries. I’ll be back after the 21st (ish LoL) all renewed, invigorated and ready to go.