Writing My Way Into Summer

Saturday, May 26th, 2007 • 1 Comment on Writing My Way Into Summer

I have been writing like a fiend since I got back from London.  My writing projects include:

My last NaNoWriMo novel.

I haven’t read it since I hit the 50,000 word mark (56,000, actually) back in November 2004 and it is—surprisingly—not half bad.  It needs another 25,000 words or so, plus a stronger subplot, but it’s coming along.  I think I may even have it finished by the end of summer.

Literary short fiction and creative nonfiction.

I have been reading a stack of literary magazines this week, including Glimmer Train, Tin House and The Iowa Review.  (The current issue of Tin House is particularly interesting because the theme is evil.)  For those who don’t know the literary market, the formula (generally) is this: high prestige for low pay.  So why am I interested?  It’s a tremendous challenge to write “literary” (I’m still trying to figure out what that means) and it would be nice to add a literary magazine (or two) to my list of credits.  I started a story this week called “The Mockingbird’s Song” which is based on two events from my childhood.  In fact, most of my ideas for literary fiction and nonfiction are stories about my childhood and my mother.  I think I probably have enough stories to tell to make a book.  It’s a project I’ve been wanting to work on for some time and I think I’m finally ready. 

Erotica, of course.

There are only a handful of forthcoming anthology deadlines, but I’m trying to keep up with them as they come and even hope to get ahead.  There will be a slew of new calls for submissions by fall and it would be nice to already have a few stories in the works.

This blog, and the still-secret-project-blog.

You may have noticed I’ve been posting more frequently here.  I hope to continue the trend.  I’m also working on posts for the new blog.  I’m having second thoughts about it, whether I really want to commit to another blog when I could be writing other stuff.  I think it might turn out to be beneficial in more ways than one, so I’m forging ahead.  I’ll reveal the link soon (though I know some of you have already found it!).

Ideas for upcoming projects.

Right now, this list includes a new novel idea, an anthology I would like to edit and a few ideas for the local alternative paper.

It feels so good to have so many writing projects and ideas.  It feels good to be writing and creating again.  Not that academic papers aren’t challenging and rewarding in their own way, but it’s just not the same as writing creatively.

It’s nice to be back.

Posted by Kristina in Writing
  • Alana says:

    Hi K,

    To date, I’ve received three rejections from Tin House, two from The Iowa Review, three from the New Yorker, four from The Missouri Review, two from the Atlantic, and seven from Glimmer Train. Oh, make that eight. (All these generic addressed “Dear Author” type things, save the first rejection I received from The Missouri Review in which Speer Morgan wrote me a hand written note praising what I’d done right with said story and a way to improve it.)

    What I do is paste all my rejections in a photo album and then let my son stamp each one with our “Bull Shit” stamp from Cool Stuff for Writers. Haha. He loves to give em the stamp.

    What does it mean to write “literary?” I don’t know. I have an MFA. Everyone in the program was dying to get into The Paris Review. So I guess I jumped on the bandwagon a while too. Shrug.

    What I do, K, is stay true to my creative instincts. I’m driven to write particular kinds of stories, so that’s what I do. grin

    Good luck with your book! Do you say your “finally ready” to write it from an emotional stand point? Memoir is tough. I admire your desire to write that. Way cool.

    Hey, btw, what did you think of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night?” 


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