80º ~ seriously cannot believe how lucky we have been with the weather these past weeks, all sun, breezes, and green today, windows open, open, open!
Monday, I took the day off from reading/writing and spent time with C. We aren't really holiday type of people, so this meant going out to lunch and running a few errands. I ended the day with drinks with a good friend. Perfection.
Sadly, this all translated to yesterday being a total disaster work-wise. I couldn't concentrate on any one thing. I was fragmented. The time at the desk was near to torture, but I kept my BIC (butt in chair) and muddled through.
The pay off? Today was great. I already knew my goal when I sat down: Submissions or Bust! I did manage to get three submission packets put together and sent out to three journals. I've definitely scaled back on the number of poems I send out, and I'm okay with that. Slowly, slowly I've learned which journals are the best fit for me and which journals I really want to see my poems appear in. All that accrued knowledge means I'm more apt to shake off a journal I once might have submitted to because I now know my chances are slim to none, my work simply not matching the work of the journal. I'm also always open to submitting to a new journal if the mission statement/call for submissions seems to fit. I know a lot of folks like to re-submit to journals that have published them in the past, and I do some of that; however, I like the broadness of being in many different types of journals, scholarly & independent, online & in print, magazines & anthologies, etc.
After I ran out of steam on submissions, I turned to book #2, which has languished in semi-finalist, finalist, "great manuscript but we have to pass" purgatory. One of my missions for the summer is to split the manuscript into two chapbooks. This morning was my first pass. I approached it with this attitude: I'm not going to labor over this. I'm going on pure instinct. With that in mind, I flipped through the pages and pulled (yes, I have to use hard copy for this!) all the poems that fit the fairy tale & saints profile. Then, I did one more pass, asking myself if any others felt like they belonged with the tales. Now, I have two stacks of 20 and 30 poems each. Next, I'll re-read and re-order before creating new computer files. Luckily, I've already done a lot of research into chapbook publishers, so I should be ready to send soon.
As for the fever book (book #3), it's out there. I've sent it to a dozen publishers. Now, we wait. And wait. And wait.
And the angry sisters lurk, scuttle, and plot on the sidelines.