Daily Archives: March 15, 2013

2 Birds – 1 Stone: Submissions in DOUBLE figures


I have recently spent the majority of my writing time on the laptop grafting poems on one of my favourite cities in the whole, wide world! (It’s a hard knock life huh!) I thought with so much love for the place it would be easy – not so… I even missed one of my now-rarely-scheduled-TV-programmes to complete my writing mission!

**** I have now made it into double figures! ****
**** My 10th submission fittingly poems about San Francisco****

WOW… 74 days into the year and 10 submissions made!

I hadn’t set a goal, I wanted to manage a monthly sub at least. Slam dunked! Along the way, I have learnt the art of filtering. I have FINALLY started to filter from source, rather than get thousands of words into a project to then abandon it.
I’m still working on my poetry manuscript and a short story, both due at the end of the month.
I also created my 1st ever PDF file (so easy!) and on a roll and from lots of late night, midnight oil writing from the past few weeks sent my 11th submission too!

To Be or Not… a Post from Rejectionsville


Before I write this next post I am going to remind myself of the quotations from the last one (written Wednesday)
Work on the right projects at the right time.

Just because I find it doesn’t mean I have to do it.

Beginning to hate the thought of firing up the laptop … is not good.

Keep building the collection.

It is definitely within my grasp, I will go for it.

I am feeling fulfilled and positive about writing, I love a daily tap of the keys, I think, dream & breathe writing, I always have done but now I feel it.
Yesterday (Thursday) as I checked my Inbox I was delighted to hear from a publication (the editorial pile ride can take a while), obviously I had high hopes as I opened the message and within the first few lines was aware of rejection No.1 2013. (As long as that number doesn’t exceed the submissions HA! HA!)

It’s okay. I am feeling okay about it. My material wasn’t suitable to that particular publication at that time, I know better than to discard it and on the plus side I have 6 unique poems which would never had been written if I hadn’t decided to rise to the proposal challenge.

Yesterday I was ill and slept most of the day, in the afternoon as I lay in bed I read articles, drifting in and out of more sleep, as I read, the process of the writer became of paramount interest. I read a Judith Spelman interview with Ken Bruce, he was talking about writing his autobiography. Which he did by using his 45 minute commute journey everyday. It took him 6 months to complete. I am currently working on my freelance career between 6 – 27 hrs a week – banking 2- 23hrs more than Ken, I have the time commitment finally, now I just need to keep the faith.

Often people’s main problem is finding the time. I started working part-time – gaining 30-50 hours of life back per week, I have also cut down TV and social media/internet time. (I have probably spent less time on housework and household chores too! Every minute counts huh!) I have realised that a writing schedule is essential and since the end of February instead of trying to follow crazy, scribbled notes in my writing journal I have been using a timetabled approach.

This is much better, easier to follow and if you have an off day you can clearly see what you have missed and then decide whether you need to readjust the next days work to accommodate the missing time or if the project meets the slush pile – as a few of mine have this month.

If I miss something I consider important I add it to my RESEARCH list to look up the same opportunity next year, hopefully by then I will already have a piece in mind that I can enter. The opportunities can still be chased, just in future time when better prepared. I don’t know many people who would attempt a marathon barefoot – although, strangely enough I know a lot of people who run marathons!

To make myself feel even better, I re-read the poems with a critical eye, as well as reading a section of W&A by John Whitworth.
‘If your poems are good they will find a publisher if you preserve.’
(Which I think sounds a little like I should let them out Free Range.)

I am not discouraged. I may use them for other submissions later in the month or as part of the collection I am writing as I am now nearly 1/3 of the way there and potentially have another 9 months or so to improve and develop ideas.

As far as rejection letters go I am no expert (having only ever received a few), I thought it was pleasant in tone and vaguely helpful and in this ‘modern submission age’ with the 1000’s of entries they must sift through I am surprised and delighted that they bother to send an email at all.

I post proudly, we have all been there, ‘Rejectionsville’ is just a place to pass through though, never think of applying for permanent residency!

Happy Writing x


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I am currently looking at tags and categories – apparently if you use more than 15 your post won’t appear in the WordPress Reader. Perhaps that is something I need to work on as I tag and categorise everything like it is going out of fashion!
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All’s Well that Ends Well (Weds)


Last night (Tues) I missed another deadline, I realise it is sometimes too difficult to produce the work fast enough in such small frames of time, especially as I have not written for 6 years! The lesson I learnt is the same lesson I was taught in February (turns out I’m not such a good student after all!) CHECK the schedule, keep up to date with the schedule and work on the right projects at the right time.

Work on the right projects at the right time.

I also learnt the rest of the ‘overload’ lesson, I am setting myself up for writer’s dips if I attempt to enter and submit every opportunity I find!
I now know I am a good researcher and I can use this skill to work on my m/s. Just because I find it doesn’t mean I have to do it.

Just because I find it doesn’t mean I have to do it.

I am been partially selective, on the grounds of genre, time allocation, word counts, global destinations, payment, even with a slush pile of my own I was pinning up far too many pieces of work.
I am an all or nothing type, it can’t be helped (believe me I’ve tried) I’m sure my initial expectation wouldn’t have been possible even if I wrote full-time.

So this month I listen to the inner me, who screams,
“Oh my goodness! (Or words to that affect!) Another piece? Seriously? And when will you have time to finish that proposal? Arrgghhhh! Can’t see the wood for the trees…”
Beginning to hate the thought of firing up the laptop when you are only just letting your second skin breathe is not good. Post-author depression…

Beginning to hate the thought of firing up the laptop … is not good.

Today I stop.
Today I give myself a fighting chance.
Today I rewrite the remaining part of this week on the schedule.
Allowing time for completion, editing and proofing.

Other projects will develop along the way (they always do) – they don’t need to be written straight away. With this in mind – ironically I completed my writing mission of 6 poems last night (I sat down at 10pm with only two)! I was two days behind schedule. Instead of rushing, spending money and in all probability missing the postal deadlines, I’ve decided to keep building the collection & work on a solid, polished submission that I am happy with for autumn, when this publication will call for submissions again.

Keep building the collection.

To make myself feel better, I looked over the poetry book I’m currently writing as my main March project. Even without these 6 new poems – which were written for a different publication and may/not be suitable. I am still 1/3 of my way to a full m/s. I have been writing it since beginning of the month, if I continue at this pace I predict it will be finished way before the end of 2013, allowing plenty of time to edit! Fingers crossed – if I accomplish this then I will finally have cracked this writing schedule mystery!
It is definitely within my grasp, I will go for it, either way there will be an abundance of poetry.
It is definitely within my grasp, I will go for it.

What better distraction from the spring cleaning/ packing!
It felt good that such a long, hard day ended with poetry and uplifted emotions!