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In the past week, I:

Wrote 5K+ words (not as much as I wished, but I did a lot of editing)

Finished 3 stories

Submitted 3 stories and 4 poems

Wrote almost every day (not today so far)

Worked on organizing my writing, including putting old on-paper-only writing into my electronic documents
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I've decided to take Thursday nights off from the Resistance Manual work, partly because Friday is my early day and I am wiped by the end of the week, and partly because I just think it's good practice to take breaks from things to keep from burning out.

So I spent the evening submitting poetry instead. Partly because of the following conversation I had in email yesterday, but I mean, I've been submitting stuff a lot anyway. Still.

P = Professor at the college where I work who was also my English professor twenty-odd years ago
M = Me!

P: P.S., are you related to the Sandra Vannoy I taught twenty-some years ago, who was a really good poet?

M: I'm Sandra! And thanks so much. I loved your class, but I was too timid to bring it up before now.

P: Oh, wow! I still remember your poem about puddle-jumping. [goes on to be chatty for the rest of the exchange.]

My writing professor knew the name of one of my poems. Twenty years later. I was blown away. (I don't actually care that much for that poem now, of course, but still.)
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The numbers )

A ton of my time is being devoted right now to the Resistance Manual. At least a couple of hours a day, and more on the weekends. It is what is keeping me from despair, but I also think it's what's making me feel productive enough to get some writing done and some pieces submitted.

I am trying to be careful not to burn out, but being busy with something that matters is so enriching. I used to pine for something like this when my friends like [personal profile] wild_irises were out meeting and marching and paying off people's home loans and stuff, and I could barely get out of bed. Now I have something I can do that doesn't actually require getting out of bed (or comfy chair), and it's something I really believe in, so I feel so good about it. Plus, working on the disability stuff means I'll be providing resources so that more people with disabilities will be able to resist without feeling like they have to be able to march or get arrested or do things their bodies don't want to do.

One thing I want to make more time for is a big chunk of time per day to really work on improving my writing. I consider myself a writer of medium competency and very little... giftedness? or something? But I know any writer can get better by really working at it, so I want to do that more in the weeks and months to come. I have a lot of writing projects in various stages of completion: my finished but unedited NaNo novel, a few chapters each of two other novels, a first draft of a nonfiction book, and so many early drafts of poetry that I can't even tell you. This is me pep-talking myself into making that stuff more of a priority.
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Happy Lunar New Year!

I spent the first half of the day just sleeping or staring into space, but I'm a lot less sick now as a result, so that's a good thing.

I was just made disability team lead on the Resistance Manual, and I would love it if some of you came and joined me in building those pages to be really great, as well as checking to make sure other areas on the RM are intersectional with regard to disability.

I have been writing every day and submitting several things a week, and I still don't know where the energy is coming from, but I'll take it. Maybe the cold weather really is my friend.

The debt-elimination project is going well. I'm blogging sporadically about it, but the best result so far is that after 2 months, we paid off 10% of our highest-interest card, and it's only going to get better.

And I got a stellar performance review at work, and applied for a better job on campus.

Let's see, is that it? Well, other than my mom possibly having a MRSA infection, yes. I think that's it for now. Now I'll go read your journals to see what you're up to.
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I'm lucky that my bosses give me comp time when I work at home. "Lucky." :-)

Last night, I came home and spent a couple hours catching up on a project that I have a meeting about today, so it'll be nice and clean when I hand it off. Then this morning, I ran a report for my director so he doesn't have to wait for me to get in at 10, and did a little more on the meeting stuff. And I really enjoyed myself. As my mother sometimes says, I'm not wrapped too tight.

After the paid work, I then spent an hour on the Resistance Manual, and now I'm getting some writing in before I go to my actual day job. I wish I were always this energetic and productive, but I'll take it when I can get it.

Yesterday, got my first rejection letter since I started submitting my work again. I genuinely love them (but not as much as acceptances, of course) because (a) I know they are part of the package, so they don't bother me because I know some acceptances will be there, too; and (b) it reminds me I'm putting my work out there, and that's my goal, when I get down to it.
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progress )

I should start getting the rejection letters soon. I've got a binder I'm gonna keep them in. They help me remember I'm sending in my work, which makes me feel like a real writer.

I have been energized by my work on the Resistance Manual this week. I'm learning a lot about both editing wikis and the impact of the impending Obamacare repeal, which is the issue I'm currently helping with, in addition to helping add contact information for everyone's elected officials. If you have any interest in helping out, I've been really happy with the helpful/welcoming/collaborative environment over there so far. Those of you who have been doing this sort of thing for a long time will probably have an even easier time of it than I'm having. And even though it's a very small task in the grand scheme, my little contribution makes me feel like I'm doing something concrete to help the Movement, and that's important to me.
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Read more... )
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Gonna start tracking my writing progress here. I'll try to always remember to use a cut tag.

Read more... )


Feb. 15th, 2016 12:25 pm
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Are you on Wattpad? I'm going to be sharing some of my writing there, and I'd like to follow yours, as well.

Current pub schedule is a poem on Mondays and a chapter of my new novel on Fridays.
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New vlog. So far, I've been able to do one a day. Not sure that will last, but hey. It's fun for now, and it's good task-avoidance when I need a break from my NaNo novel, which is on track, words-wise.

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This interview about writing -- with Stephen King and the "Left Behind" guy, of all people, got me a little choked up. Not at the stuff about writing, but at the respectful, ecumenical (if that can apply to a religious person and a pantheist/atheist/something) tone of these two men who clearly admire each other even though their work is, shall we say, aimed at different people.

I took from this an admonition to find the good in my opponents, and to focus on similarity over difference.
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My poem for the poem-a-day challenge today.

Warning: potential (okay, likely) child-abuse triggers if you tend to be triggered in that direction.

It's a bit long )
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From the Writer's Digest e-newsletter:

April Poem-A-Day Challenge

April is National Poetry Month, and Poetic Asides blogger Robert Lee Brewer is calling all poets (and even non poets) to take part in his annual Poem-A-Day Challenge! Last year, more than 400 poets posted more than 4,000 poems during the month of April and turnout this year is expected to be even greater.

Participants who complete the poem-a-day challenge will receive a certificate, an online badge (for display on your blog or website) and will be considered for publication in a free eBook designed by Writer's Digest's own wonderful designers.

Participation is free. All you have to do is show up to the Poetic Asides blog on April 1, write a poem a day, and have a great time. For more details, visit:

Who's in?
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Okay, folks. The preliminary website for 42 Magazine is up. (It will be located at soonish.) I'm very excited.

For those who don't know already, we're going to publish a print magazine in the spring of '09, celebrating meaning in life. This is something I've been dreaming about since [ profile] someotherguy's 42nd birthday, and now, with mine coming up, here it is.

Click here to see the call for submissions, which I've excerpted under the cut.

Whee! *bounce*

Call for submissions, Spring '09 issue )
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The ever-thoughtful [ profile] wild_irises found herself free tonight to go see [ profile] postmaudlin's reading at City Lights, and invited me along. Now, I had already put all the Fucking Daphne/Kissing Dead Girls events in my calendar, because, hey, Daphne, and who's a bigger Daphne fangirl than I am, but between the expense and the whole new-kid thing, I was letting it slide until [ profile] wild_irises pointed out, rightly, that I could probably use some time out of the house.

This got long... )

So anyway, I love the whole world tonight, and it's not just the caffeine in three glasses of iced tea talking.
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It's shameless of me to say it, but I'm really liking (so far) the poems I'm putting up in this thread. Writing these has proved to be a really joyful exercise for me, and I think that's in part because I am not pressuring myself to do them in a timely fashion.

There'll be new ones from time to time; bookmark 'em if you care. Oh, and it's never too late to add your comment and get a poem, even if you've already done so. I plan to keep that thread alive as long as I can.
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[posted to my LJ and to [ profile] kolkhozpoetry]

[ profile] firecat, [ profile] stonebender, and I are going to do the exercises from In the Palm of Your Hand (disclosure: the link gives me a cut if you buy the book) on Fridays for the time being. Under the cut is the first exercise. It is the first step toward writing the first poem. I *highly* recommend getting the book and reading the couple of chapters leading up to the first exercise (and the introduction, as well). But anyway, here's the first exercise ([ profile] firecat, do you want to include the next two steps: "Taking Notes for the First Poem" and "Poem 1: A Childhood Memory" as part of today's exercise, or take it a piece at a time?)

For now, I'll just type in the first part )
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If you're like me, it goes like this:

First you go here, to papersky's post.

Then you read the post she links to in [ profile] sfwa.

Then you decide having an LJ or two makes you by definition a pixel-stained technopeasant.

Then you glory in it on April 23rd.

Who's in?

(Truthfully, I sympathize with those who feel the internet is Ruining It All, and I have always loved the Lead Pencil Club, especially the line in their manifesto that says "If our computers develop a virus, we will not seek a cure." But I love those things hypocritically, because being online has been huge in my life, and has helped me create the life and the art that I love.)
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I love deep, quality poetry that astounds with its beauty.

But I also like poetry as a cooperative, political act. Poetry as performative core-dump. Poetry as a shout-down to The Man. Poetry as a way to bind people who have little else in common. Words as confessional and comedy, play and pretext.

Please join me in creating [ profile] kolkhozpoetry -- The Kolkhoz Poetry Collective. This is about poetry as a means of giving voice. There will be a blog; there will be monthly DIY chapbook-creation gatherings. But mostly there will be gathering together -- online and in person -- to find ways to use poetry as a voice, a way to shout to the world until it listens.

Don't worry if you're "not a poet". This is about finding your voice, whatever that means to you. C'mon.

(Oakland meetings will be the last Sunday of every month, beginning 3/25/07 -- you should feel free to start some up in your town, too.)

(What does Kolkhoz mean?)

work notes

Feb. 1st, 2007 05:00 pm
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1) Two poems rejected, at least in part because the publication is folding. I'll send them back out after I look them over and see if I still like them.

2) I have a lot to do tonight, work-wise, and tomorrow, and the next day... I think I need to clean off my desk and set up a system, or I'm gonna start drowning in it.


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