7:37 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Seals & Crofts singing Hummingbird [thought of you, Hannah!]
Hullo, everyone. Anyone else feeling enh? I suspect it’s a September thing. It made choosing links more difficult. I kept looking at things I had put aside and to each my brain said, Enh. The result may be odd.
1] The first offering can be an easy chew, like a gummie bear, or a hefty chew, like a steak. The article addresses the point that: the publishing industry that we talk about, when we talk about the thing that is existentially threatened in the digital age, is not the same thing as the book. It is one of those articles where I start to skim and then go back and then go back again and settle in to read. That article for which I have given you the link is the gummie bear, ‘The Swirl and Gurgle‘, by Mark Lane.
Lane, in turn, gives us a link to the steak, an essay by Richard Nash, ‘What Is the Business of Literature?’ For all of us concerned with publishing, the essay is an important one, but if your brain screams when it sees it, Lane gives a very digestible short version.
2] I haven’t put up places to submit, more than a couple of times. I may change that… Meanwhile, Revolution House has an intriguing annual issue, which they call their Resurrection Issue. The poems [flash fiction, creative non-fiction] that they are looking for are the ones you had published and then the magazine sank from sight. What a great idea. I often bemoan a couple of my poems where the e-zine not only stopped, but left no archives. Revolution House wants to give our work a second life.
The link is to their submissions page. The main website is undergoing a make-over, but they have links to the genres and their guidelines, as well as to back issues. Check it out. Then start Googling lines from poems that you are sure have disappeared!
3] The second site comes from my son who knows I collect such things. The article is titled: ‘The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do‘ by Colin Nissan. One of the things I love, aside from the intelligent advice, is the layout, which makes each admonition look bite-size, therefore accomplishable. The title says it all. Oh, and ignore the little bit that precedes the main article.
4] Need a laugh? How about laughing at ourselves and taking a poke at grammar? I thought so. Debbie Ridpath Ohi is such a tonic.
Enjoy and I shall see you tomorrow for the week’s roundup of prompts; next Tuesday for a prompt; and next Thursday for links and stuff.
Happy writing, everyone.