The word for today is “Rejection.” I am told that actually receiving rejections letters versus no response is a good thing. I am receiving many of those, disheartening as it feels, I am at least testing the waters.
July 2014: I read and read, and I wrote and wrote. I was invited by the Teen Librarian to teach a Teen Fiction Writers’ Workshop at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton, NH.
August 2014: I wrote a letter to the editor of Seacoast Online in support of LOUD Portsmouth, which was published. You can read it under my AUTHOR tab. I submitted an essay to the New Yorker and Paris Review and received two encouraging rejection letters.
September 2014: I met Steve Marchand former, City of Portsmouth Mayor, for coffee and to discuss LOUD Portsmouth and other community ideas.
October 2014: I submitted essays and poems to Granta, Tin House, AGNI, The SUN, and Real Simple.
November 2014: I was a featured reader at Beat Poetry Night at the Press Room.
December 2014: I received rejection letters from the Essays and Poems submitted to AGNI, Granta, The SUN, and Tin House. I never heard a peep from REAL SIMPLE.
Here are the books I read:
Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Joyland by Stephen King
A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
Gwynne’s Grammar by N.M. Gwynne
The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White (1959 edition)
The Gotham Writers’ Workshop Writing Fiction by Gotham Writers’ Workshop
Eats, Shoots, & Leaves by Lynne Truss
A Guide to Writers Homes in New England by Miriam Levine
Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life by Charles M. Shulz
Webster’s New American Dictionary (1960 Edition)
The Transitive Vampire by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale
The Collected Stories by Ray Bradbury
Dancing Girls and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood
Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
Best wishes for 2015!