Tagged: literary life

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Greetings, Exalted Editor

Rejection sucks, right? I know. I’ve been there (and will be there again, and again, and again…). The annoying this is that the more you submit your work, the more rejections you get back. At least until you hit that magical point of literary fame where no magazine would dare refuse your work! But then,...

My favorite books from 2018

I wanted to do a round up of the best books I read last year, but choosing my five favorites was predictably difficult. I decided to set myself a few parameters: No books I reviewed, no books that are part of a series I started in previous years, no Star Wars, and no more than...

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Happy 2019! Or, a year for practice and process

I love New Year’s Day. It’s not the drinking (although don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good drink), or counting down to midnight, or setting off firecrackers and noise makers. No, I love New Year’s Day because it’s a fresh start. Ultimately, it’s a completely arbitrary fresh start. It’s a psychological trick that we...

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My old “friend” imposter syndrome

Do you ever feel like a fraud? Like you’re faking it and you just know someone is going to find out? I do. All the time. At least once a day, usually more often, I think things like: Am I really a writer? Am I a real creative writing teacher? Is my writing any good,...

Why don’t you get a real/better/higher-paying job?

Why don’t you get a real/better/higher-paying job?

Coming out of a writing retreat or conference is always difficult. The transition from being surrounded by writers who understand the struggle (of writing, of creating a life conducive to writing, of getting published) to people who don’t feels like an extreme version of jet lag. (It’s the same when I come home from a...