Don't be fooled by the grim-faced picture. It was the only unblinking one. For me, words are worth a thousand pictures. I'm looking forward to saying hi to all of you.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


REGISTER NOW FOR MY SUMMER CLASS, EMOTION INTO ART Emotion into Art: Infusing Your Writing with Feeling (Online)English X 406.252.00 unitsOpenonline6/24/2009$375Add to Cart-->How do writers make you laugh and cry? Designed for beginners and those who would like to spike up their writing and gain mastery, this course begins by exploring emotion-packed fiction, short prose, and poems to discover trips, tricks, and strategies for making readers ache, cheer characters on, reach for the Kleenex, or hold their sides with laughter. Through stimulating writing exercises, you are encouraged to find your own voice to create short writing (prose or poems) about yourself and/or fictional characters that can grab the attention of both readers and editors. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Online CourseJune 24 - July 29 6 meetings total$55 nonrefundable.
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

A Terrific Opportunity to Publish and Earn Creidits as a Critic!

I've published in MEMOIR (AND). It's a wonderful journal that actually appears in bookstores. I have the poem published there in an earlier post. I hope you all try it!

Become a Reader for Memoir (and)
The editorial board is currently seeking qualified individuals to help read and critique the submissions we look forward to receiving during the current reading period.Readers work offsite using our online Submission Manager, creating their own schedules to fulfill a minimum commitment of three hours per week. They receive masthead credit, a complimentary subscription, and an invitation to attend a celebratory dinner upon each issue's release. (Not to mention our sincere thanks!)For more information, contact:
Kathy GuisAssociate Editorkguis@memoirjournal.com

Dear writers, poets, artists and photographers,Mark your calendars! The reading period for Spring+Summer 2010 (Vol. 2, Iss. 2) opened on May 1 and extends through August 15, 2009.
What We're Looking ForMemoir (and) publishes memoirs in many forms. The editors strive with each issue to include a selection of prose, poetry, graphic memoirs, narrative photography, and more. No submission is too unusual or traditional to be considered for publication.

The editors select the most outstanding submissions from each reading period and award four prizes: the Memoir (and) Prize in Prose or Poetry (Grand Prize, $500; Second Prize: $250; Third Prize: $100) and the Memoir (and) Prize for Graphic Memoir (Grand Prize: $100).
There is no entry fee. Submissions that do not win a prize will still be considered for publication. See our Contests page for more information.
How to SubmitPlease review our Submissions Guidelines regarding special formatting requirements that enable us to do blind reading. Then, submit via our website using our online Submission Manager, or mail to:
Memoir (and) PO Box 1398Sausalito, CA 94966-1398
We look forward to reading your work!
Joan E. Chapman and Candida Lawrence
Memoir (and)
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The "I Love Lucy" Caper

Do you remember the Lucille Ball episode when she got a job in a candy factory and mistimed everything on the assembly line so that the chocolates ended up passing on the conveyor belt unwrapped or mummy-wrapped or in Lucy's mouth?
Well, last night I sent out a batch of poem to be (hopefully) snapped up by editors for publication. I used self-adhesive envelopes to keep a glueless tongue and facilitate the process.

The paper that covers the self-adhesive ended up curling on the carpet like marauding sea creatures or blanched snakes. I had stamps stuck to my toes and halfway through I discovered that I had a cover letter with an editor's name on it in an envelope addressed to a different journal. I had to peel open quite a number of envelopes to discover where the glitch was.

This morning, after I mailed them in the corner mailbox, I had a champagne-y sense of satisfaction at having gotten through it. I came home and turned on the news. Stamps had gone up 2 cents the day before. All those poems might be headed back to me!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Place to Submit Essays about Online Dating

Deadline: 06/15/09.Submit to: Lifebytes Book. E-mail (via Word attachment) to: bookeditors@lifebytesbook.com.Entry fee: None. Theme: Online dating. See URL for more information.Type: True stories (300 - 2,000 words).URL: http://www.lifebytesbook.com/guidelines.html