WRITING & LITERATURE & BLOGGING: A Tiger’s Worth of Excuses

Yes, I’m STILL reading Confessions of Nat Turner and will post on it soon, but it’s obvious that I haven’t been the twice-a-day poster girl here for a while. Well, there are some good reasons for that. I’m writing. And, I’m getting quite a few stories published.

So in this age of me-me-me, I’m focusing on my own writing more than reading someone else’s–though I am reading about fifteen stories a day on the writers colony site fictionaut. There’s a sense of enthusiasm and support from the writers gathered here that I’ve not found elsewhere at this high a level of quality writing. These people aren’t wannabes, they’re for the most part, published authors and editors so they have that burning fire and unrelenting drive that makes writing a big part of their lives.

In the past few months, I’ve realized my own ambitions of being published or forthcoming in literary journals such as The Blue Print Review, elimae, Bewildering Stories, The New River Journal, fourpaperletters, metazen, Litsnack, Istanbul Literary Review, and others. A Valentine’s Day Challenge turned into a group of 25 stories and poems that will be published in chapbook form and I’m glad to say that my story is included. But it’s taken me a long time to get to this point and I can’t sit and rest on my laurels. What pleases me very much is that a couple of the stories were written in hypertext and that I’m finding publishers willing to work with me on this and include it in their journals.

So that’s where I’ve been and that’s where I’ll be for a while, particularly now with many of the submission deadlines closing before the summer. I’ve got a whole batch of new stories that need endings, and a long way to go before I can rest, but Spinning and its sister Hypercompendia are not dead, just holding their breath while I play on the railroad tracks.

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2 Responses to WRITING & LITERATURE & BLOGGING: A Tiger’s Worth of Excuses

  1. Loretta says:

    What great news, Susan! Congratulations! Let me know when they are published, I’d love to read them!

  2. susan says:

    Thanks, Loretta! You may be interested in joining a group called fictionaut (http://fictionaut.com) that’s an online community of some top quality writers and I’d be happy to issue an invitation if you check it out and are interested. It’s really kept me on the right track with my writing. Meanwhile, if you click on the “My Work” page to the right, there are links to some of the stories that have already been published.

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