April: National Poetry Month

April was National Poetry Month and to celebrate I set out to write a poem a day. I finished my 30th poem of the month today, April 30th. These are all first drafts. They will need a bit more refining before I submit them to markets. Nevertheless, I have 30 new poems.

Three of the thirty, I polished and submitted to Under Her Skin: A women in Horror Poetry Showcase. I’m honored that they were accepted and will be included in the showcase slated for release in April 2022.

I also enjoyed reading a few poetry collections this month: A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng, Cradleland of Parasites by Sara Tantlinger and Brothel by Stephanie M. Wytovich. All wonderful reads by fantastic horror poets.

For more poetry inspiration, though the women above provided plenty, I read two books on the craft of poetry: The Triggering Town: lectures and essays on poetry and writing by Richard Hugo and Poemcrazy: freeing your life with words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge. I learned something, or several somethings, from both of them and would recommend.

The above are my reads for this month. There are many more amazing poets and craft books I’d recommend, as well. Perhaps I’ll do some future blog posts on them, or feel free to email for personalized recommendations.

2021 Goals

So, I’m figuring these out as I write this. Not the way I’d recommend setting goals, but I don’t want to go into February without a plan.

Today I submitted the first 3,000 words of my novel to Futurescapes workshop. I was thrilled to be accepted and am both excited and nervous about workshopping my novel in March. My main goal this year is to have my novel ready to submit by June 1st.

Secondary goals are:

Write a poem a day in April for National Poetry Month.

Write, revise, and submit 12 new flash or short stories this year.

Revise and submit any previous stories that are worth developing.

Read 20 books. I’ve reduced this goal from previous years due to the hours of reading I do each week for Flash Fiction Online.

Still aiming for 100 rejections, and a handful of acceptances would be nice, as well. 🙂

Think that’ll do it for my writing life this year. Wishing everyone a productive and peaceful 2021!

These two little pen stealers haven’t helped my productivity, but they’re worth it.

First draft is done!

The shitty first draft is done! Coming in at 54,777 words, it has some growing and refining to go, but the bones are all there.

Thanks to my wonderful editor/mentor/teacher Richard Thomas and my comrades in his Novel in a Year workshop for helping me make it less shitty than it would have been writing on my own. Huge thanks go out to them for all their feedback and support along the way!

Also, so much love and gratitude to my wonderful friends Carina Bissett and Katherine Wagner, without whose support I wouldn’t have gotten words on the page as many days as I did.

And my amazing husband, Gary Slye, who has always been my greatest cheerleader and dedicated reader, I cannot express how thankful I am for everything he does.

Thanks to my mother, Donna Royer, who introduced me to Dr. Seuss and Stephen King and gave me a love of reading and horror.

Last, but not least, the ever-supportive writing community of which I can’t list all the people who have cheered, listened, and offered encouragement along the way. You all are the best!

And yes, you will see these again once I finish the final draft, again when I find a publisher, and again when my book is published lol.

Now on to revisions!

Long overdue update

The novel is coming along well. Nine chapters in and at the halfway point of the first draft. Richard Thomas’s Novel in a Year class has been great support, and this first draft is much tidier than it would have been if I’d written it on my own. Fantastic group of seven other writers who are turning in some fabulous stuff. So much fun to watch these stories develop!

Finished Carina Bissett’s fabulous Intersections: Science Fiction, Fairy Tale and Myth class last week. Ended with six new stories. Two of which are close to polished. And explored some wonderful fairy tales and science with another amazing group of writers. If you ever get the chance to take one of Carina’s classes, I highly recommend them!

Revisions are taking a bit of a backseat, but four from my list of twenty are now complete and out on submission. With simultaneous submissions, one complete story from Intersections, and a couple poems, I currently have twelve submissions out. No acceptances yet this year, but a couple nice personal rejections. Working on hitting that hundred mark this year.

Other than that, staying in except for my daily walks. Saw a woman walking two Capybaras! That’s been the highlight of my walks lately.

Stay safe and take care of yourselves! ❤

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