|Posted by email@example.com on July 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM||comments (0)|
Either I am submitting more or publishers are getting short of material to use!
My poem, Poppy Seed, was accepted by The Green Silk Journal. It will be published in the fall! I wrote Poppy Seed in response to an email and phone call from my daughter-in-law, Lauren. She was pregnant with Henry (now One Year Old Henry!) She was sharing some of her awe, concerns, and jubilation at pregnancy. I tried to capture her warmth and love, my own maternal feelings at having been pregnant with my son, her husband, more than thirty years ago, and, my still unabashed marvel of how something as small as a Poppy Seed becomes a grown man!
My short story, Fixity of Change, has been conditionally accepted by Untreedreads! This is an audio and eBook group that actually pays royalties to authors when a book or short story sells! There's a novel idea! Jay wanted to know if I would make a few changes to strengthen the story. Let's see, if I make changes and it sells more copies - would I argue with him? Nope!
I'll let everyone know when The Green Silk Journal and Untreedreads are available for purchase.
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on June 2, 2010 at 1:38 PM||comments (0)|
The editors at Halfway Down the Stairs have published my poem I Scan the Obits in their June 2010 issue. You can find it at www.halfwaydownthestairs.net. Look for a poem attributed to P.A.Bees.
This is a rather dark piece, but I thoroughly enjoyed the way the words went together. I guess I was just having a cheerless, brooding, begrimed day!
This is the second piece that Halfway has published for me. If you look in their archives section, March 2008, you will see George and Chocolate Ice Cream. That is a short story based on a reminisce of my husband's childhood. Not nearly so gloomy!
One of our daughters, Macey, was home for Memorial Day weekend along with her partner, Angie, and friend Joe. It was fun to have the notification come from Halfway when they were here to celebrate with me.
It was a gorgeous weekend weather-wise which was just the setting for our 20th Anniversary Party. With daughter-in-law, Lauren, coordinating (Thank you, dear!) we had a house full of children, spouses, and grandchildren. They presented us with a framed piece holding individual pictures of each of the seven children and their families -- all posed and smiling directly at us! It is going to hand over our liviing room fireplace mantle!
|Posted by email@example.com on May 25, 2010 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
A small yellowed clipping has stayed in my resume file for many years. The older it gets (i.e. the older I get!) the more the words ring true. I wish that I could contribute these thoughts to a particular writer - to give them their due. Let's just say they are salient words to live by and that anyone with life experience could have scripted them.
There are seven all together. Let's ponder one at a time so the full measure of the words can be taken.
Be Proactive. Accept responsibility for your life. Behavior should be a product of your conscious choices, based on values, rather than outside conditions or feelings.
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on May 1, 2010 at 12:09 PM||comments (3)|
The Spring Issue of The Toucan is now for sale! (Or FREE to view on the web at: thetoucanonline.blogspot.com)
My essay, Cenophobia, is eight or nine pieces down the page, so you'll need to scroll to read it.
While I don't consider myself Cenophobic -- having the fear of new places or experiences -- I think there is a little bit of hesitancy in all of us for the unknown. I had the idea for this piece while walking down the beach in Charleston, SC a few years back. I turned to look where I had been. The waves had not yet washed away my footprints and, with the sun on a low early-morning slant, the sandy indentations looked like perforations. I thought of a ticket stub and of tearing it loose, going for a ride.
If you check out my bio on The Toucan site, you'll see that they allowed me to plug a poster that Aimee Brown (Brian's fiance) illustrated around one of my poems. (She has it for sale on her Etsy account.) We gave the posters to Max and Hank at Christmas! It was a ton of fun to see the two boys together!
When you purchase your print copy, (tho I"m not sure why you would when you can read it for free!) let me know and I'll send you a virtual autograph!
|Posted by email@example.com on April 30, 2010 at 10:42 AM||comments (0)|
When I open the door I know that I am overdressed. At last I can shuck the jacket. At last there is more green than brown for my irises to absorb. Tree limbs wave to me in a sultry, come hither way. Their fresh, light leaves flutter in spring's breeze. Who could resist? Not me.
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on April 23, 2010 at 12:42 PM||comments (0)|
The Twinsburg Library Writers Group is a small band of dedicated people led by Cari, one of the Twinsburg librarians.
We gather once a month to review each other's work, hear a speaker, or improve our skills. I recently submitted a piece for critique. It is soooooo hard to wait for the answers to come back to me!
I know there will be grammerical changes to be made. It seems no matter how hard I try to place all of the commas - I never get it quite right! Then, there is that pesky POV! Point of View is usually a very consistent entity in short stories and novels. Pick one and stick with it - you say, "How hard could that be?"
Somehow, I get caught up in writing (then rereading and editing) and I still miss the occasional POV change. Guess I just want all of the characters to have a say.
Isn't that what we all want in life?
|Posted by email@example.com on March 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM||comments (0)|
My friend is a colored pencil artist. She emailed me recently about a piece she had finished and entered in a national show. The entries are juried. My husband and I have a personal interest in this piece. We are all golfers and last summer she took random shots of our feet and legs on the golf course. She translated these into a collage of colored pencil artistry.
I have not seen the piece yet, but my friend owns an art gallery, she attends seminars, and has produced commissioned pieces. These accomplishments speak to her ability as an artist.
She is waiting anxiously to hear if her piece has been accepted. We all are!
I know something about rejection. Agents have rejected my novel's first three chapters, various synopsis, first twenty pages, and my outline - over thirty times. ( It seems as if each agent needs a different form of submittal.) I have an account on Duotrope, a great website for aspiring writers to find online and print publications with open submittals. Seven of my poems have been accepted, two short stories, and in April my first essay will go into print. Considering that I have submitted over one hundred times, that does not put me in the Top Writers of America category.
Still, I feel that sitting idly by with my manuscripts piling up on my desk is not the solution either. My erractic key strokes are nothing unless someone other than myself appreciates them. They are everything when just one person does. I don't know if my artist friend feels this way about her random colored pencil lines. Perhaps she is not as harsh on herself. Either way, without submittals, without entries there are no acceptances. Do not sit idly by with your artistry on your desk. Submit.
Good Luck, Mary ann!
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on March 28, 2010 at 5:40 PM||comments (1)|
Saturday the sky was clear and the lightest blue, an almost transparent effect. It was a rare March day in Cleveland meant to be spent outdoors.
Instead I was sequestered at Lakeland College in Kirtland, Ohio along with other wanna be writers at the Western Reserve Writers' Conference. We gathered to interact with and learn from Annette Sheldon, Deanna R. Adams, Chris Lambert, Nora White, Peter Grondin, Holly Jacobs, Debbie Alferio, Alynn Mahle, Carole Calladine and John Gorman.
With four simultaneous seminars running each hour, we only had the possibility of attending one quarter of what was available. What a shame!
I am still curious about "Power Point For Writers!" even though I chose to attend "The Narrative Arc of Storytelling" by Carole Calladine and found her session immensely helpful. Carole's detective work into what makes a story great, (read into this 'publishable' and 'of great reader interest') are a testimony to her hard work to break stories down into their basic components.
Debbie Alferio was energetic and delightful in "Creating Credible Characters." Yes, we all should know how to use body language, a staggering gait, roving eyes, tics, and speech patterns to make our characters human, but she illustrated her depth of creativity by showing us how she 'gets into' her characters. 'Living them' as a way to understand what works and what guises her readers will reject.
We still had time at the end of the sessions to grab some of that ice blue sky and reluctant sunshine!
|Posted by email@example.com on March 12, 2010 at 10:39 AM||comments (0)|
Did anyone catch the article in the Plain Dealer on Sunday, March 7, 2010 by Motoko Rich titled 'The economics of the e-book'?
It was an attempt at quantifying the budgets and expenses for hardcover, paperback, Kindles, and e-books. A difficult thing to do as there are so many publishers of varying sizes and they are mostly unwilling to share comparative data.
He quoted Anne Rice, author of "Interview With a Vampire" and "Songs of the Seraphim' series saying, "The only thing I think is a mistake is people trying to hold back e-books or Kindle and trying to head off this revolution by building a dam. It's not going to work."
At the same time, his statistics say that e-books account for only 3 to 5 percent of all books sold today. One could assume that bookstores like Barnes & Noble, Borders, and independents will be working harder than ever to draw people into their stores.
Demographics also tell us that the Baby Boomer generation is and will be retiring in huge numbers over the next ten years. If the stock market holds or predictably climbs, they will have spending dollars. An older generation, and one that did not grow up with computers, but has begun to come into their own with them, may be spending money in bookstores as well as on the internet for reading materials.
Smart publishers and vendors will be taking advantage of these statistics.
If you are in negotiations with a publisher or considering electornic publishing, read Mr. Rich's full article for hard and soft number comparisons.
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on March 9, 2010 at 11:34 AM||comments (0)|
My essay, Cenophobia, has been picked up by The Toucan Magazine out of Chicago. It will be published in their Spring issue due to hit bookstores by early May. I'll update you closer to publication on where it will be distributed. In the meantime, you can visit them at www.thetoucanonline.blogspot.com
Don't we all feel nervous to try new things? Cenophobia is the irrational, excessive, and persistent fear of new spaces, new things. It may also involve the fear of open or void spaces. The essay tries to convey the longing for experiences that, unfortunately, can only be obtained by overcoming the fear. It shows small steps being taken, i.e. a trip to the beach, questions about foreign lands and foods. In the end, the fear is too great and a magic carpet ride (aka ticket stub) is not torn loose. We are left with the hope that one day the restrictive forces will be overcome.