Saturday, November 16, 2013

Woe Unto this Poor Abandoned Blog

65º ~ slate gray skies, about half of the leaves blown down from the trees

Oh, this poor blog has born the brunt of the suffering this semester.  If there are any readers left around out there, here's some news, in no particular order.

1. For the first time in my life, I have poems out to only one magazine, and those were solicited.

2. For the first time in a very long time, I have not written a new draft in over three months.

3. I have been invited to participate in a roundtable radio interview/podcast on Midwest regionalism on December 7, sponsored by Quiddity at Benedictine University at Springfield (IL).  Fellow panelists: Justin Hamm, Monica Berlin, and Chad Simpson.

4. After the roundtable, we will read at the Dana House in Springfield.

5. The Central Arkansas Broadside Project has a new broadside out, featuring a prose-poemish piece by Tyrone Jaeger.

6. The Big Rock Reading Series wrapped up for the year yesterday with Diana Reaves (poetry) and William Pittam (prose), both graduate students at the University of Arkansas.  Will and Diana brought along two other MFAers, so we had a great lunch where I pestered them with questions about all the goings on up on the hill.

7.  I continue to send out the sickly speaker manuscript, although I think it will undergo a title change today.

8.  The Girlhood Book of Prairie Myths is out there in the world!  There will be a Little Rock reading on February 11 at South on Main.  Wahooooooooo!


January said...

I feel your pain. My blog is limping along, too. The semester has been a killer for many of us. Hang in there.

Sandy Longhorn said...

Thanks, January!

John Vanderslice said...

Congrats on the book, Sandy. And don't sweat the decrease in your drafting. I have no doubt that in short order you'll be pumpng them out as always. That's just the writing life, a mixture of fallow and fertile. The main thing is to stay involved during those fallow times, as you obviously are doing. I'm glad you're back to blogging!

Justin Hamm said...

You've been absent for good reason, Sandy! A new book is cause to set some other things aside and celebrate what you've made with others. The blog will be here when you get back. :)

Sandy Longhorn said...

Thanks, John & Justin. I appreciate the support.

Kathleen said...

I'm glad you are feeling better, and I'm tickled that maybe I could attend your event in Springfield...?

Sandy Longhorn said...

Thanks, Kathleen! And, yes! I was looking at the map and hoping you might be able to make it.