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Catching Up with the Times (and all the other writing birds)

So I’ve finally decided to get on Twitter, an idea at which I’ve cringed for a long time. And like publishing short fiction and poetry on the web–more for the sake of directing people to my blog than directing blog readers elsewhere. But if you happen to be a Twitter addict, click the bird to follow!

I’ll be announcing each new post I publish,  but also lots of little things I fail to mention on the official blog. I hope that this venture from Internet rube-ishness accomplishes my goal of wider readership. And speaking of such lovely things as gaining more readers, check out these 40 Twitter Hashtags for Writers.

Do you use Twitter to promote your writing? What are your favourite hashtags to use and why?

(Hint: I’ve found Writers’ Digest’s #storyfriday to be a great way to warm up the writing muscles and get new readers and followers.)

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Upcoming Projects – May

The semester is finally over and I have no classes left for which to study. It hasn’t quite hit me yet, but I’m sure when it does, I will be as excited as all get out. Because the end of the semester means the start of the summer, which means no more studying, and that means more writing.

I’ve already been compiling a list of projects to pick up again in my mind, and now here they are in lovely bullet point form:

  • Publish creative non-fiction. I’ve been looking at essays I’ve composed for various English classes and have also been working on more articles to publish in places like Unschooling Now and bigger journals.
  • Write more prose every day. Now that I have more time out of the classroom and a lovely little pocket size Moleskine (it was a gift, I promise!), I have more incentive to constantly write things down, and this summer I want to train myself to write little bits of prose and flash fiction throughout the day. That way, I can work up a stash of material ready to be molded into marketable writing.
  • Write more poetry. This summer, I want to experiment with free verse and blank verse daily. Something good always comes out of daily poetry sessions. Last night, I wrote a rough sonnet in one hour’s time, something I’ve never done before. And it wasn’t that bad, either. So this May, my habit will begin–one poem per night. Whether it be a haiku or a limerick, or even a single couplet, this practice will reap heaps and heaps of material for later alteration.
  • Get a job. I am currently seeking work in the English field, whether that be a teaching, editing, or tutoring job, or something else altogether. Craig’s List, here I come with my modest resume and minuscule list of publications. 🙄
  • Read more good writing. This break, my shelves shall be occupied with Ray Bradbury, Victor Hugo, Hans Christian Andersen, and the Brothers Grimm. Oh, I can’t wait. 😀
What are you reading this summer? Do you have any writing projects to keep you busy these next few months?

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Cinnamon Roast Almonds Are My Cup of Tea

I feel lucky to have the time to be typing a blog post right now. (These minutes are coming out of my study time, actually, but we all have our priorities.)  My weekend is only just now slowing down; being a bridesmaid in my brother’s wedding last Saturday, I was swamped all weekend with formal dinners, dress rehearsals, and so on. I tried studying for finals (this week!) at Dave & Busters, and even brought my Precalculus book to the beach to study, but all in vain (I failed the test yesterday).

*sigh* I still have one more week to plow through and finish the semester with flying colours (in the English department, anyway).

Speaking of English, here’s what I’ve been up to lately in the writing world…

  • Finishing my first biblical retelling. As listed in my this month’s projects, I rewrote a biblical event. For the first one, I chose to retell I Kings 17:1-16 as a fairy tale of some sort. I finished the first draft some time last week, but read over it and made final changes last night.
  • Reading submissions for Whispered Vespers. I am pleased with the turnout of submissions we’ve had for the magazine. Already, Brandon and I have read the work of several talented poets. We still have plenty of room in the first issue, however, for both poetry and prose. Cover art submissions are especially welcome as we have yet to receive any illustrations.
  • Hustling for scholarships. I’m transferring to another school over this  summer, so I have had a load of applications to fill out and letters to write. It is not the fun kind of writing.
  • Reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It is such a great read, and I’m sure there have been many to revisit it several times. I’ll be posting an article about writing techniques to be learned from it soon, so keep an eye out for that. 😉 My goal is to finish the entire series before the release of the last movie this summer. 😀
  • Switching from coffee to tea. This has not been an easy transition. I also try drinking decaf, but coming across a pretty little tea set in my garage has impelled me to start experimenting with new flavors of tea to drink while writing. Oh, and cinnamon roast almonds? Best reading snack ever. I munch on these while reading Harry Potter. Yes. I do.
That about sums up what I’ve been up to lately. Not studying for finals. I’m getting there. Oh, and doing some research for a couple of new stories I’ll be writing this summer. (After finals, I suppose. :cry:)

This will all be over soon. Until then!

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Recent Projects – April

I love being busy, at least when it comes to writing. I have so many different projects going at this time that the minute I put one down for a rest, I remember another one I’ve previously set down, and then several others I’ve also forgotten. For the sake of working more efficiently, (and keeping you guys in the loop), I’ll start keeping track of things here rather than in scattered sticky notes and crumpled index cards all over my desk and who knows where else (although I’ll probably keep using those as well).

Starting off with projects already in the making…

Current

  • edit The Elixir of Winefred, a novelette I wrote in 2008; I already have my eye on the perfect market which opens to submissions July 1st.
  • the sonnet series; this is a slow one. My goal is to have an entire chapbook’s worth of sonnets by the August 1st deadline of a certain market I have in mind. So far, I have two complete sonnets and five written ideas for following sonnets (all numbered, of course) compiled in a Word document. Complete with lists of rhymes and themes.
  • write a biblical retelling; this one is important to me. Looking back on my past collections of writing, I find a lot of shallow, feckless writing–good writing, even, but shallow nonetheless. Shedding new light on biblical events will feel more worthwhile, I think, than writing about ghosts or garage sales.

And now some exciting projects yet to be begun…

Forthcoming

  • fairy tales; this one will require quite a bit of research, but is the project I am most excited about. I have several markets in mind for these stories (I find it effectual to pick out markets before I start a given project, if you haven’t noticed) and already have several ideas to work with. More about that soon.
  • poetry; pretty self-explanatory; in addition to sonnets, I’ll continue to experiment with different forms, such as haiku and blank verse (I also love rondeax and I might try my hand at vignette as well…but now I’m getting carried away).
  • widen publications; instead of publishing more work in the same magazines, I’d like to try publishing in more journals. I already have several in mind, some online markets such as Victorian Violet, 50 to 1, and Six Sentences, as well as senior and fledgling print magazines such as Quite Curious, Full of Crow, the Penwood Review, Cabinet des Fées, and many more. Which only means one thing–more writing projects for me. 😀

As always, I’ll continue to post updates as I make progress on these.

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Goals for 2011

Since I’ve gotten serious about writing, I’ve done a lot of work building up a portfolio of poems and stories as well as marketing my writing, but much of this has been done under another name. This year, there are a few things I want to accomplish as a writer, such as:

  • triple my publications. (So far, I have eight publications under my own name, so by the end of 2011, I expect to have twenty-four publications in my bibliography online and in print.)
  • publish a chapbook. (I am currently endeavoring to beef up my poetry portfolio with a focus in sonnets. More about that later.)
  • publish at least one work of fiction. (Pretty self-explanatory.)
  • explore other fields of writing. (Examples? Blogging, of course, book reviews, articles, etc.)

Things that would be nice to accomplish:

  • Write a complete children’s book.
  • Edit NaNoWriMo 2010 novel.
  • Start a literary magazine.

Stay tuned to keep track of these objectives as they are achieved. 🙂

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