Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I don’t get sick very often. In fact, I think the last time may have been in 2006. However, it seems my luck has run out and what appeared to be just minor sniffles and sneezes is turning into a full-fledged summer cold. You know the kind that almost feels like the flu, with the achy headaches, stuffed sinuses, slight fever, and general worn out feeling? Yeah, that’s the one. That’s what I have. I’ve even named it. Fran. (Perhaps because of the ever-so-lovely nasal voice I have acquired in the process.)
It’s in moments like this I like to think of all the perks of working and writing from home. There’s the general assumption that we writers are able to luxuriously lay about, thinking of stories and poems and strange characters, only putting pen to paper when we’re so inclined… er, inspired… and yet… that’s only partially true.
Like anyone who is self-employed and works under the guidance of self-generated discipline, there are certainly perks but there are a few not-so-perky parts of the job as well. Such as, meeting deadlines even when one is under the weather. Such as, finishing up handouts for a class because tonight’s students are incredible and I don’t want to disappoint them. Such as, checking things off the to-do list even though I’d love nothing more than to curl up with a bowl of chicken soup, and drowse off while watching some mindless movie from the comfort of my couch.
Alas, the luxuries will wait. I can’t call in to my boss (the bossier version of my writer self) and request the day off. Not today. Maybe this weekend, but not today. Today I will finish preparing for tonight’s Intro Creative Writing class. Today I will clear my to-do list of a few journal deadlines I promised to meet. Today I will make notes of what else needs to be done to get the summer issue of Poets’ Quarterly out *almost* on time next week. It’s what we writers do.
We write when we’re less than inspired, because the habit is a choice and a commitment we must give our all to. We write when we have a deadline, because we don’t always have the luxury of having a deadline. We write because, even when under the weather, words just feel good when they form something beyond us on paper.
This weekend? Yes, this weekend I will take a breather. That is, if my sinuses clear.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Speaking of new issues… If you haven’t already, please do visit http://www.ambassadorpoetry.com/ to see the Summer 2010 Issue. In addition to a number of regionally based authors, there are some guest contributors from states far and wide who have all come together to share poems about the MI and ON region. Submissions are accepted year-round, too, so if you have something that might fit, be sure to check out the Submission Guidelines.
Finally, I’d like to thank Bernie at BerniE-Zine for the lovely review of stains: early poems. Here’s a link to the full review.
Happy reading, writing, and summering! Until next time…
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
I'm in The Deadline Cave. I'm wrapped up in the joy of seeing each chapter edited to satisfaction (which is a feeling that can vary throughout the day, depending on how much sleep and/or coffee I have had).
As such, I regret my usual blog schedule is out of whack and will be until I type "The End" and send this ms out the door.
When I come back to the real world, I look forward to sharing my wonderful experience of presenting at Spalding University's MFA residency last week and catching up on all sorts of literary news.
Thanks for your patience! See you on the flipside of The Deadline Cave.