Category: writing

Boiling

Boiling

Whenever I finish a big writing project, like a book, I feel completely spent and empty. The only things I can write for months afterward are flash fiction, (bad) poems, or blog posts. Sometimes only blog posts, and sometimes not even that. I have heard other writers describe this feeling of being empty and raw,...

But it was true for me…

But it was true for me…

No one likes being lied to.  Especially by a memoirist.  If even one event in a memoir is made up, it makes the rest of the story suspect. In autobiographical fiction, though, it’s okay if the author “lies” to us, because we go into the reading experience expecting, well, fiction.  Not real events. An article...

2015 by the numbers

2015 by the numbers

Writing 5 short stories published 1 essay published Approximately 56 blog posts published on TheRumpus.net Approximately 12 blog posts published on EleventhStack.Wordpress.com Submitting 4 stories accepted for publication (2 that were published this year were accepted in 2014) 10 submissions withdrawn because of acceptances elsewhere 73 total submissions to literary journals and chapbook presses Reading...

NaNoWriMo, obligation, and me

NaNoWriMo, obligation, and me

I’ve been hibernating for the past few months, thanks mostly due to a string of awful, seemingly never-ending migraines and the depression and hopelessness that always come along with them. But I am feeling better, and happy to get back to my normal routines and activities. Maybe this will sound familiar: It’s October. That means...

Writing magazines

Writing magazines

A few months ago I  posted about my decision to read writing magazines on my lunch break on the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh blog. Since then, I have been faithfully reading Poets & Writers, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, and Publisher’s Weekly each day (though obviously not every title every day). It’s been a successful exercise....