First rejection of the year

Celebrate rejection, right? It means we’re trying. via GIPHY TRYING, not crying. No, really, it was actually a positive rejection (writer friends, you know what I mean). The magazine had rejected one of my two poems right away, but the other one they held onto…for 6 months. As a poetry editor, I know that sometimes […]

Coping mechanisms

When I’m stressed out about events beyond my control, I tend to make stuff. Over the past couple weeks leading up to today’s inauguration, I have: 1. Finished a first draft on a new kidlit novel 2. Knitted a Pussyhat for my sister-in-law planning to attend a Women’s March tomorrow Me modeling the Pussyhat. 3. Made my […]

One step forward…

…and a couple backwards. The thing about rejection is that sometimes they’re right. Which doesn’t make it suck any less. via GIPHY I recently submitted a manuscript I was really proud of to a writing professional I respect. Her response was quick, brief, and a little painful to hear. I rearranged deck chairs on my […]

Beyond “write what you know”

Every once in a while, I come across something offensive. via GIPHY I don’t, generally, offend easily. Mostly because I tend to avoid that which I know is going to be problematic. (Ahem, politics.) But as an editor, and a reviewer, I don’t get to filter before I read. I am the filter. And that’s […]

Learning from the masters

I’ve been feeling swamped. Pounding away at my book-in-progress almost every day, I reached a point where it Just. Wasn’t. Working.