Accepted at SHINE

My poem, Sandcastle #5, has been accepted for publication in the Summer issue of SHINE.ย  This is the second time this haiku will have been published, which, as you can imagine, makes me very happy ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll link directly to the poem when it goes live in June ๐Ÿ™‚

Nerdy

I just heard back from a publisher who asked me to make a few changes to a story and then re-submit it.ย  How nerdy is it that that makes me very happy?ย  How about that I said ‘that that’? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Accepted at Static Movement

My poem, Vampiric Fluff, has been accepted at Static Movement ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’m not sure when it will be published because they have an automated system for submissions, so I’ve not actually spoken to anyone directly yet.ย  Yay!ย  There is something really awesome about having a story or poem reprinted — it’s very satisfying to know that someone likes it well enough they don’t mind that they aren’t the first person to publish it ๐Ÿ™‚

Submission Tracking Update

I sent an email to Writer’s Market support on March 7th about not being able to add markets any more and on the 9th I got a reply, a very personalized, polite reply. I will share part of that here:

We’re currently fixing a huge customer database/customer service application tied to WritersMarket.com, which will significantly increase the customer service aspect of the site. When that is finished and tested (currently projected at 4/15-4/20), Add-a-Market is the very first thing on our list. It’s a much smaller job compared to the customer service application; so it should be done fairly soon after that mid-April customer service deadline. I know that still feels like a very long time (at least it does to me), but we are working to get it on there asap. In fact, we’re planning on adding it to the favorites folder part of the site, so that you only have to “add-a-market” one time, even if it’s one you submit to multiple times, and that will also allow you the ability to keep all your favorite markets together, whether they’re listed on our site or not.

That seems more than reasonable, so my current plan is to renew my Writer’s Market account and use it — but also report my stats to Duotrope and make donations there, because I really enjoy being able to see each market’s average response time and acceptance ratios.

Submission Tracker

I’m going mad trying to find all inclusive submissions tracker.ย  I used to love the one over at Writer’s Market, but then when they re-did their site they took away the ability to add markets that weren’t in their listings.ย  Then I started using Duotrope’s system, which totally rocks, but alas, doesn’t list all the markets I use and doesn’t seem to add new ones very quickly once I ‘suggest’ them.

My desk is getting covered with little bits of post-it notes as I try to record all the submissions that neither system will accommodate, andย  all the rest of them are split between two systems — making it necessary for me to continuously cross-check everything before I can send something out.ย  It’s very tedious.

I think what I need to do is just create something of my own, but unfortunately I’m a bit of a technical moron.ย  I wouldn’t even know where to start.ย  I’m going to hit up my husband and see if he can whip something up for me, but he’s really busy teaching right now, so if anyone knows of a third system that might work better than the two I’m using, I’d love to hear about it before I lose my mind.

Vampiric Fluff

My poem, Vampiric Fluff, is online at Adventures for the Average Woman.ย  You should read it — really.ย  It’s pretty lighthearted and funny.ย  I wrote it on a lark, but when I re-read it months later I went, ‘Hey, people could read this and interpret it to mean blah blah blah’.ย ย  What’s on the surface was my intent, but hey, if you can find more meaning to it than that more power to you ๐Ÿ™‚

When Laurie Notch emailed me this morning to let me know the online version of the magazine was live and the hardcopies in the mail, she said, “ was down in DC and Philly plugging for the magazine and already I got some wonderful commentary on your work.”

Double yay!

This is a great way to start a day ๐Ÿ™‚

And the Machete Falls

I just heard back from Mr. Boven at Twenty3 Magazine regarding which poems of mine he’s accepted.ย  One of my poems about the genocide in Rwanda, ‘And the Machete Falls’ was accepted and another, far lighter, rictameter entitled ‘Coffee’ is also potentially going to be printed as well, to “bring in a lighter side to your page as well”.ย  To my page — how sexy is that?ย  I’m so excited!

My Rwandan inspired poetry is some of my best work in my opinion and is definitely the poetry I am the proudest of, and the happiest to see find an audience.

And I get a page!

Dude — instant win ๐Ÿ˜‰

‘The Whip’ Accepted!

My poem, ‘The Whip’ has been accepted for publication at WildChildPublishing.com and ‘Snowflakes’ was accepted there as well. The Whip has not been published anywhere else, but ‘Snowflakes’ was printed in Storyteller magazine a couple months ago.

I really love it when my work is reprinted because it means that more than just one editor enjoyed it, which for obvious reasons, holds no small amount of appeal ๐Ÿ™‚

The Whip is one of my fetish-y poems so I wasn’t sure if I ought to announce its acceptance here or not, but since I’m not exactly overflowing with publishing credits for children’s literature, I think it’s safe ๐Ÿ™‚ In fact, I’ve really stopped writing stuff for kids that have an intended audience other than my daughter, nieces and nephews — I need to focus on my Haven stories or they’ll never get finished.

Back to the topic at hand however, yay for more acceptances! At this rate I’m going to have to stop referring to myself as a freelance writer and start calling myself a poet ๐Ÿ˜‰

Vampiric Fluff

More good news!ย  My poem, Vampiric Fluff, has been accepted for inclusion in Adventures for the Average Woman.ย  Yay!ย  I’m not sure when it’s due to be published, but I’m pretty happy just the same.ย  I really enjoy being accepted by publications that offer contributors copies — I still get a huge thrill out of seeing my name in print.

I think it’s interesting that I am having so much success with my poetry, it’s something I thought I did well in junior high school but then as I got older my faith in my ability to write poetry faded.ย  It’s quite surreal to see that other people like what I write, and very, very rewarding.

I write, I edit and I take a lot of naps.

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