Category Archives: Performing

New Year, New Blog Goals

Hoping to better serve all of you by changing my goal to do just that! Will try to write a blog on the writing and performing process at least once a month. I have found blogs that discuss the creative process for a particular piece to be helpful and will apply that here in IMG_3029the hope that what I do may encourage you. These will happen around the third week of the month. I hope that like the picture of a hidden corner in an alley in Rome, these pieces will offer a platform for delving into your own hidden, unexplored creative corners.

At least once a month, starting in February, I will host someone , again on teh creative process, who will provide a different perspective.

Whenever, I find them, I will post market opportunities and or performance and writing links that I have found useful to share them with all of you!

May 2015 be healthy and full of work satisfaction for all of us!

Joan

I’m a Guest!!! Rainy Day Party

Dear readers,

Elaine Stock is hosting me today, so please hop over to her blog

The direct link is: http://bit.ly/1wiMnL7

to find out what I have to share with you about writing.
So, despite the rain today I am having a party, “meeting” new folks over there.
There is a book giveaway on the site for those of you who want more of my work.

Where do you submit?

How do you find the sites?

Many ask me this. I spend a lot of time looking at magazines, reading, and reading newsletters that list magazines that have calls for work.

Study

I study the submission guidelines and often review the bio of the judge in contests. If the work of the judge is fabulist and I am a realist, then….. chances are slim I will be chosen.

Respect

Never submit to a journal you do not respect. Why would you want your work there? A woman in my poetry group once noted I had published a short story in a journal that had rejected her poetry. “My work is so much better than what they use,” she told me. “I was very insulted when they rejected my poems.” Aside from the fact that she managed to insult me while also “dissing” the publication, she was wrong on many levels. Her work is very traditional and very “literary”. This magazine is more of a populist in its selection of pieces to publish. Its not a matter of “good” or “bad” but of different styles.¬† However if you do not respect the style the editors chose to print, why would you submit. You will not win them over to your more literary approach and vice versa. I don’t expect the Literary mags to publish my genre works. So, take a breath, study, read, and submit–to journals you respect

Another poem–why republish an old poem?

A wonderful market opportunity for writers is Righter publications. They take previously published and it offers you a chance to widen your audience for that piece if they accept. Readers. That’s what it is all about.

A poem of mine will go live in Righterpublications,com on September 1
I have one in the August issue as well.

This September poem, which has appeared in print elsewhere, is about apple picking in upstate New York.
Hope you enjoy it.

Learning from Others

Thought I would share this link. I am either late or early with this blog post, depending on how you calculate it all.

http://savvyauthors.com/blog/index.php/weather-by-lourdes-venard/

Remember Kennywood’s Carousel?

I loved that carousel.

and the one at the Smithsonian Mall

well, every carousel I’ve ever seen. So, I put that into an essay and it will soon by published by¬†kindofahurricanepress:

“Your flash piece, Carousel Ride, has been accepted for the anthology, Life is a Roller Coaster. If you have not already provided it, please forward me your most recent bio by Friday, September 5, 2014. You will be receiving a free electronic copy of the anthology. In addition, print copies will be available for purchase. I will contact you again when both become available.”

Amy Huffman and April Salzano

Hard work

Writing is hard work. The basic idea is only part of it.
A few years ago, I wrote a piece about an incident we had encountering a collards farmer.
The story is a great anecdote at dinner, but as a written piece, it kind of flopped.
Then, I saw the publication, Microfiction Monday. The piece was already short, only about 500 words, but they wanted even smaller. So…I revised it downward which forced me to analyze the story arc and simplify–eliminating parts of the actual experience and transferring only the basic idea that others might find interesting.
Voila! acceptance!
If any of you would like my recipe for Italian Collard greens, let me know in the comments

The story will run on August 4 in the online mag, Microfiction Monday.
http://microfictionmondaymagazine.com/

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