When I began this blog it was to work myself through the fear of sharing my writing, establish some kind of discipline, and explore myself through different means. I've done the daily blogging thing, the travel blog thing, the random thoughts thing...it's time to actually start not only sharing, but pushing for attention. As is often true of writers, I'm more comfortable behind the page - or the monitor - but if anything is to HAPPEN with regards to this love of mine, I've got to DO something more. So I've been spending time looking over old short stories, snipping and polishing, organizing and trashing, looking for something worthy of submitting for publication. The problem is nothing ever seems done, because you can usually add more, or shorten, or rake through one last time to sharpen things up. Letting go of something into which you've woven a little bit of yourself is a little terrifying, because letting go of that baby so that it can fly out into the world invites criticism and rejection. I'm no sadist, so this naturally makes me nervous. But without letting go of our darlings, as creative pieces are often called, we rob them of the opportunity to return to us in another form, preferably, published in my case.
I've searched writers' websites, scoured the internet and bookmarked like mad. I've started subscribing and reading to get a taste for each publication that called out to me, and I've carefully read over each one's submission guidelines. I have a stack of note cards on my desk, each one detailing one literary journal, magazine, or e-zine for quick accessibility, and this week I submitted to two of them already. By the time I hear from either of them I will likely have forgotten I'd even sent anything in, but no matter, because there are many to which I'd like to submit, but a lack of finished material to send.
One literary journal is all food related, though the stories need not be about eating. Since Chris and I enjoy so very much the experience of new and sometimes scary-sounding food whenever we travel, I bookmarked Alimentum. A few are travel-oriented, like the Literary Bohemian, but instead of travel pieces, per se, they're looking for quality stories that really transport the reader to another place. This feels familiar, so onto the bookmark list it went. Given the opportunity to travel I have, an international readership is attractive, so there are a few of those, plus the regular American big name magazines like the New Yorker, Cimarron Review, and Glimmer Train. I've also got an all woman journal in the mix and a few that seem a little dark in nature, both showcasing sides of myself. So a good list, I've got. Now I just need some new material.
I thought about posting some short pieces here, in hopes of getting some feedback. Would anyone read it and feel like offering some constructive criticism? I'm not sure, but it's a thought. I'm still (slowly) learning the ways of blogs, and am hoping to add more dimensions to this one. Like a section for fiction writing.
As I've been bad lately, NOT blogging regularly, this is me trying to get back in the habit without the pressure I've put on myself to recount life since July in order. This, I have little doubt, is the reason for my hiatus, but I'm working on getting over that. Thanks for stopping back in.