Sunday, September 7, 2008

Writing and Music

These last few weeks have been busy and productive. One of my favorite magazines is Glimmer Train because its stories are well written and entertaining. Many of the stories are written by authors who have not been published before, and the magazine thrives on submissions to their monthly contests. I met my goal of writing a story titled specifically for Glimmer Train and submitted it in their open contest for September. It is about a woman who comes to terms with a childhood event that has shaped her for life. Of course, as any writer does, I am hoping for the grand prize. I will hear back in late December if my story becomes one of their winners.

A well known editor and author over at the Writer's Digest website writes often to "submit it and forget it." This is a hard lesson for me to learn. I submitted a short story to Ellery Queen in late June but have not heard back. Their response time is four months. It could be good news that I have not heard back, though. Perhaps they are considering my story.

Next weekend is the Old Time Bluegrass Festival at Anderson Marsh State Park in Clearlake, California. Don is one of the people who helped to create this festival with the goal of raising money for local schools. Besides the many smaller things he does for the festival, he is the musical director who brings in all the talent. I am glad he includes himself on the list of performers at the Bluegrass Festival because he is a very talented musician. This will be my third year of volunteering at the Festival, and I am pretty excited.

I am currently creating a website for construction defect paralegals. My first order of business is to provide links to Internet resources that construction paralegals use every day. However, I hope my website will also be useful to new paralegal graduates who are considering working in this field. I work with some amazing people who have taught me much, and I want to be able to give back to others what has been gifted to me. I am a true believer that we must share what we learn.

I hope you all have a great writing life...see you next time!

2 comments:

Linda said...

Waiting is the hardest. We send our little darlings out into the world and it seems a venal sin that editors and agents don't care as much as we ;^)

Good luck with your submissions. I've met this year's goal of making it into a print lit mag, now plugging away (still) at revising my first novel. Let's hope the editor likes the changes - I've waited a month and am going insane. Here;s hoping we both have good things to celebrate soon. Peace, Linda

Susan Littlefield said...

Linda,

How are you?! Thank you for posting to my blog here. I feel so good to be writing and submitting. I don't do it much, but I only when I feel a piece is polished enough to send into the world.

I really appreciate your comment here, as well as your comments at the writer's forum.

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