Friday, September 25, 2009

Finding Publications

One part of my life as a writer is that of a reader and a researcher. I love reading so that it is as natural to me as breathing.
I enjoy researching for short spots of time; it's always better than housework any day of the week.
To find publications where I might like to submit my work, I get to read and research, or research and read, as the case may be. Sometimes I know right away whether I like a particular market, and sometimes I have to think about it.

Here are a few I've found in the last week:
Alphabet Soup, an Australian literary magazine for adults who write for kids, and for kids who write for kids age 6-12. This is a "regular" magazine that has a sample copy online.
Anotherealm.com, a Science Fiction and Fantasy e-zine for adults.
Poetry Foundation, a site for poetry lovers, and poets, that also has print publications as well as online publication opportunities.

And then, I keep returning to some of my old favorites:
Mindflights.com, a Christian Fantasy and Science Fiction e-zine.
Everydaypoets.com, an online poetry publication with a new poem each day.
Everdayfiction.com, an online fiction publication with a new story each day.
Flashfictiononline, an online flash fiction site, just like it states, and it actually pays well, but I haven't been able to get published there yet.

Next week, I'll be returning to:
Flask and Pen literary magazine, to check out their site one more time and maybe submit.
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, an online e-zine of heroic fantasy fiction.
The Reader's Digest submissions page for funny jokes and stories.
Upper Room Ministries, a daily devotional online publication that also has a print version.

Some of these markets are ones that I love, some I like and some I think are ok. I just have to figure out where my stories, poems, and devotionals fit best.
Oh yeah, I have to get some writing in too . . . not kind as natural as breathing, but kind of like riding a bike, and I love bike riding.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Submissions log

Various thoughts on keeping a submission log:

Keeping track of my submssions this year with a submissions log has not only kept me organized but also kept me writing.

Twenty-one submissions for this year seems an amazing feat at the moment, especially since I didn't start being brave enough to submit my work for publication until April.

Last year, I only made three submissions to different publications.

Before 2008, I hadn't submitted anything for publication since 2001.

A seven year submission-less dry spell doesn't help anyone become a published author.

The more I've submitted, the more I've been published.

And the more I've submitted, the more rejection letters I've racked up as well.

But I keep all those letters, acceptance for publication, and the rejections.

And I have that log with 21 entries for the year. 21 submissions equals more confidence and courage with my writing than I've ever had before.

The year isn't over yet. I wonder how many submissions I'll have made by New Year's Eve.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

trip log day three

So I'm starting a few days late, but I've got the rest in my journal.
Yesterday we started our day waking up at the Embassy Suites by the Miami International Airport. We breakfasted with our gluten free cocoa muffins, and the fruit, drinks, and bacon provided by Embassy Suites for breakfast. The grapefruit was delicious!

After buying a map from a gas station, and getting a recommendation by the guy who worked there, we decided to visit Viscaya, an incredible mansion with beautiful gardens, that also happens to be the only National Historic site in Miami.

Built between 1914-1916, Viscaya was meant to evoke the history of Europe adapted to the climate of Florida. Amazingly beautiful, and interesting, we found touring ourselves to be more fun that listening to the guided tour. The girls even liked it, and Trisha said she would like to buy it someday, or build a mansion just like it, secret passages included of course.

After that, we found the Whole Foods Market in Miami, which turned out to be a "ToysR'Us" of health food stores type experience, and then after a 20 minute wait through an intersection, we made our way south to the Keys.

The drive made John and I realize that although we enjoy visiting Florida, the flat space and open sky make us miss the West coast with our mountains and varied terrain. Here, there is no guideline for directions, other than street signs . . . at least until we reached the Keys.

With water on both sides, we marveled at the views all the way here to Marathon, where we will stay for two more nights at the Gulf View Resort in an "efficiency" unit . . . which means it has a kitchen.

Last night we met the resident parrots, turtles, lizards, cats, and dog that live here at the resort with the family that owns and manages the property. It's a casual place, but pretty clean, and so we feel comfortable here. Although John has killed one large bug, and several small ones this morning and I could definitely live without that.

This morning I made a reservation at the Dolphin Research Center for a Dolphin Dip, a chance to meet a dolphin close up without swimming, and we are excited about that but we have to wait until tomorrow.

For today, we plan to kayak, play on the beaches, and maybe take a little drive to Key West, so we can say we've been to the southernmost tip of the United States.