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Merry Christmas!

BEST WISHES FOR A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Today was a whirlwind of presents, family, (naps!), and way too much food. I’m suffering from a post-Christmas-dinner coma. It is wonderfully debilitating.

Looking toward 2012, I see more Writing With Intent events at Charis Books in Atlanta in the upcoming year.

Peace to all and to all a good night. As nice as the gifts are to receive, the memories and the support of others are way better. Always remember that. Pay it forward. 😉

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Writing With Intent

I wanted to give a shout-out to the upcoming Write With Intent writing group/workshop, to be held Monday, December 12th at Charis Books in Atlanta, Georgia. Details available online.
Wish I could go! (Wake me when December is over and the holiday insanity subsides.)

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Identity, Expression, and Transformation–that was the theme of Getting in Touch with the Source, a Two-Day Writing Experience for Women held on October 21-22, 2011 at UUCA. (As a participant, I’d like to extend my thanks to the UUCA Women Writers Group, as well as all of the sponsors of the event!)

Highlights of the event included…

* = I attended.

Prior to the event, writers were able to submit their work for possible inclusion in the anthology, Inner Lives: Women Writers Explore Their Identity, Expression and Transformation (Volume 1). It was very exciting to see this book take shape! (I’m also pleased to announce that a short story of mine made the cut and is included in it. Squee!) I’ve started reading it and I love that it contains so many different female voices.

I have done the event a disservice by waiting so long afterwards to write about my experience–Apparently, I didn’t learn my lesson about making oneself write…and write some more…and write some MORE!!!

I hope that the organizers of the workshops continue this as an annual event. If you’re a woman writer  (or aspiring writer… dabbler, as I like to say), then I’d definitely recommend that you attend!

Attention women writers in/near the ATL: The deadline for Anthology submissions for Getting in Touch with the Source (see last post) has been extended to June 30th. A list of confirmed authors/speakers for the writing workshop has recently been circulated–it looks like it’s going to be a great workshop!

In other news, still plugging away at submissions.

I’ve been sick the past couple of days. I’m looking forward to when my motivation and inspiration finally decide to team up with a healthy immune system so that they can collide with the elusive force known as “free time” and I can actually get some new writing accomplished.

Getting in Touch with the SourceIt’s always nice to find out about writing workshops in the Southeast, particularly writing workshops geared toward women writers. The UUCA Women Writers Group and UUCA invite women of local congregations to join for a writing experience hosted at UUCA.

“Save the dates: Friday, October 21 and Saturday October 22 for a one-of-a-kind writing conference at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA). Meet, learn and participate in a workshop led by celebrated authors and poets. Also enjoy a Yoga and meditation session designed to fuel your creative energy, and an opportunity to perform for an audience. You will also have the chance to have a personal meeting with a professional editor to discuss your work. Lastly, submit your work to be published in the Getting in Touch with the Source anthology.”

I am looking forward to attending. I just sent my registration in the mail this week. The themes of the conference are Identity, Expression, and Transformation. I submitted some writing, as well. I’m looking forward to the workshop panels on fiction and memoirs–maybe even one on blog writing. There will also be a presentation on Self-Publishing with Ahmad Meradji, President, Booklogix. I’m curious about Booklogix and I’m interested in hearing more about them.

On a completely unrelated note, a book review of mine finally made its way into one of the peer-reviewed journals in my field. If you ever need help falling asleep, ask me about it and I’ll send you a copy. 😉

Horseriding

See?! I've been in the saddle before... Just gotta get back in it.

Still working at getting a small piece published… (Rejection #2 came recently. S’ok though.)  What I really need to be doing is writing new stuff, but working 40+ hours a week really puts a damper on my motivation! C’est la vie. I’m looking for that boost of “Attagirl!” to get me back in the saddle. I find myself worrying about diving into a big writing project without getting some positive feedback on some shorter pieces first. Also, frankly I feel rusty.

In the meanwhile, I am attempting to discern what is and is not considered flash fiction.

Toodles until I have time to post again (or until I decide to blog as a means of procrastination!) (The latter is more likely.)

 

Rejection #1

Unsurprisingly, I received a rejection e-mail for the writing submission that I sent to a magazine awhile back. Although it is of course mildly disappointing, I am okay with the decision since I figured it was a bit of a stretch in the first place… I think it will all work out for the best and I still have plans for the piece. I was heartened by the rejection’s wording though. Although the piece I submitted wasn’t a good fit for the magazine’s “vibe,” the writing itself was appreciated and I was welcomed to submit additional work. I’ll take that as a first rejection any day.

I’ve got my eye on submitting to another magazine/journal around the first of the year.

Also, I am itching to storyboard/write a children’s book. Once the insanity that is 2010 is over, I should be able to start on some new projects come 2011–I hope.