Summer is right around the corner, the deer are eating my garden, and darkness is lifting. Graduate school takes a toll – I mean, it is quite the time sink! The work is interesting and challenging. No new writing projects, but then, I have plenty of in-process projects to continue in between literature reviews, research, and assessments for Sport Psychology. Enjoy your spring – I know I am!
Still writing, though I’ve begun a new graduate program in Sport Psychology. Two projects I continue to work include updating the poetry book Literal: Defining Moments to reflect post election issues, and ready my MFA thesis (essays regarding my 33 year career including wars, peace enforcement, cold war, war on terror, and the era of persistent conflict ) for submission to an agent. The anthology writing projects are currently closed, and I may reopen them at a later date.
Postings here on the site will be occasional. Watch for an update regarding the Emerging Writer Prize coming soon.
This summer I wrote a poem that my workshop mates called a call to action! I was encouraged to publish it and since there was not time to send it to to any publishers, in the centuries old tradition of poets before me – I’ve self-published it. This being the age of the independent author, I went with a reputable indie publishing company. Only to be come up against technical obstacles. So the actual bound book and eBook files will be late. But thanks to a conversation with an old friend from high school, I’m sending the chapbook into the wild as a PDF. This particular version has a copyright notation that allows the PDF file to be shared. Share widely. Literal: Defining Moments.
Returned last night from AWP 2016. I’ll just say up front, I signed up for #AWP16 last spring, long before my year of horror erupted. I was invited on two panels, and both were accepted. Once the tribulations of this year from hell began, I pretty much forgot about AWP. Before I knew it, I had a week to get ready. I almost flaked and didn’t go. Things are still pretty tough even though moving a little forward.
I’m glad I didn’t flake.
The two panels were well put together and well received. I thought we’d be the only veterans panels and I was so wrong on that. A dozen or so veteran oriented panels and readings. I met some outstanding military writers, veterans and spouses.
More than that, I came to the realization that the more than a decade of procrastination on my book, the collection of memoir essays about my military service has been in part due to the muzzle of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell that I was subjected to for all but the last year of my career.
A big ol’ crack in that OD green/BDU/ACU camouflage Berlin wall closet was struck during #AWP16.
I’m coming out from under my rock. I’ve got my mojo back on. The juju is back. The ones who shall not be named be damned with their piddlyshitasshat meddling in my family’s life. If need be, I’m going back to da Nile so I can get my creativity back in play.
Back at it. One thing at a time. First….writing. The rest, in time. For the time being I’m concentrating on writing. Once that is back in sync, Three by Five will come out of hibernation. Book reviews will return later. There you have it. The pieces are being put back together.
If you follow this site, you know for the last six months or so, something has been off. Posts are late, Three by Five interviews are late or don’t happen, no reviews have posted, no blog postings.
The truth is life is getting in the way. We’ve had a lot going on in my family, and have been dealing with an unfortunate disagreement with a neighbor that resulted in a lawsuit, stress related illness, and an accompanying inability to concentrate on more enjoyable tasks as a result. I’ve been unable to engage consistently in other things or concentrate at work, which is tough when the work is creative writing.
So, I’m not getting any writing done and I’m overwhelmed with those writing tasks that keep me from creative writing too. Guilt and failure are overriding emotions related to this.
I’m putting everything on pause so I can regroup. And stop beating myself up about not keeping up.
If you are on the schedule for Three by Five, you’ll be first up when I come out of hibernation.
If you want to be on the Three by Five deck, still email and I’ll put you into the rotation. I just can’t say when the rotation will pick back up.
Current calls for submission noted on this site will continue but, I am reviewing their viability given the low rate of submissions. So if you’ve been thinking about submitting your story for Dress Right Dress or DADT, do it now or risk the project called off due to lack of interest.
This is a radical action, to temporarily abandon the hard work I’ve built into this site over the past ten years. If this torpedoes my “platform” so be it. Right now, it’s time to take care of myself and my family so I can return and hopefully get back to providing a useful, informative, supportive site for emerging writers and authors. And more importantly, start writing again.