My Submission stats presently:
So Far December - 19 sent
Number Presently pending with publishers - 73
Total Sent last 12 Months - 145
My Poem "The Answer" appears in the latest edition of AvantAppal(achia)
December arrived and with it typical Missouri weather. Cold one day and a record high for one day of 72. You can never judge Missouri weather by a one day experience.
Had an open mic reading recently on zoom and read my new poem, "lost & Found" from the fall issue of 34 Orchard.
It's been a busy year evidenced by my submission stats.
Still got more days left this month.
A short time back I mentioned on FACEBOOK I had a poem accepted by a journal that I was particularly excited about. I didn't name the journal but indicated I would soon. Soon has arrived the contacts has been signed and payment actually made already.
The Journal is 34 Orchard. My poem will appear in the Fall issue release date November 10, 2021.
Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Editor as 34 Orchard writes, "What I love about "Lost & Found" is, on a surface level, its universal message- we've all had days like this. Yet, in the end, it gets turned around, and, on a deeper level, speaks to healing. It's also entertaining and has a little bit of a sense of fun amid the darkness. In Short, "Lost & Found" is exactly what lives at 34 Orchard--visceral work, that illustrates the dark reality of our world; those internal things we cannot talk about. but we all know exist. I believe this piece is going to reach someone, and if you reach at least one person with your fiction, then you've done you job as a writer.
I'm very excited join the 34 Orchard family
So how is my month going? Thank you for asking...
Thought for the day.....
"Every secret of s writer's soul, every experience of his ( or her) life, every quality of his (or her) life, every quality of his (or her mind), is written large in his (or her) works." -- Virginia Woolf
OMG.... it's June Already... How did this happen.
Things going on:
But seriously, the year is nearly half over. The anxiety of it all...
AWP 21 has come and gone. It will likely be remembered as the Pandemic Conference. The conference that was to be in Kansas City, Missouri, and for me it was, but not in the way I had hoped or wanted. I did the conference from my living room on my laptop virtually. I would like to tell you it sucked, but it didn't. I would tell you it was great, but that too would be incorrect.
In the end, I benefited from it. It was cheap with no hotel or air flights. No meals out. No Uber rides to off site location.
It was in some respects a lonely event. It was harder to connect directly with friends and meet new people, although I was able on a very small scell to do so. There was no swag. There were no hugs. I did enjoy some readings and a couple of the panels i felt were very beneficial to me. There were quite a few instances where my mind seemed to be challenged in my thoughts about literature in various genre, not just my own. I also feel the conference suggested to me that I should try to move beyond to poetry in some ways. Memoir and essay most came to mind. But these thoughts were more like giving me permission to try, to explore a bit, not driving me to abandon poetry or even implying that I should follow such efforts seriously. I
I of course ordered books and they have started to trickle in. I missed not bring a suitcase full of new books home and promptly unpacking them and exploring them right away.
So far I have received the following:
Michael Allyn Wells - notes & musings