Late last year a friend posted a link on social media to Artemis Journal‘s open submissions call; they publish once a year, and are continuing the theme from last year of “Women Hold Up Half The Sky”. I was in a mood, so I reviewed some things I had and scribbled some more, and submitted three poems to them for consideration. I received an email from their publications editor that one of them was accepted. I’m still not sure which of them it was, though I know it’s likely one of two that were similar, an Italian sonnet and an Acrostic on themes of womanhood. When I know which one it is, I’ll post the other, and after it goes to print, I’ll print the one that is in the journal. Neither has been posted before.
I am excited to be included in the publication; they’ll send me one, and issues and swag will be available for purchase on their site this summer.
It was good news to start the year with. What I hope happens now is that the motivation for writing more persists, and I can put together a chapbook of my poetry while I am working on longer projects that always seem to bog me down. My first love is storytelling, whatever the format. It just seems difficult to discipline myself enough to complete things without active editorial and reader feedback… you know, like the gang you passed your notebook stories around to in school, who were always eager for the next chapter, and free with ideas for where you should go next. I hadn’t really considered serializing, since I don’t care to read serial novels with cliffhangers, but starting a beta group to read things as they emerge (I know at least one author who has a group she posts chapters in for feedback as she goes) may be an answer, as long as it is an intimate and trusted circle.
Those of you who write regularly, do you have a secret for that 75% slump as I call it, the doldrums of getting almost there but finding a wall or a dead space in the story?