Snow, Sun, Submissions

So, winter break has been a bit crazier than what I would have hoped.  Anthony and I have been doing minitrips (2 – 3 hour drives) to visit family and friends.  Usually, these are no big deal — but we have driven through major blizzards and whiteout conditions.  Not fun.  We also have almost three feet of snow on the ground.  I can call the landscape pretty now because the sidewalks and roads are clear.  The sun is bright and shining today, even though it’s only about 15 degrees.  Brrr…

I haven’t done any new writing at all — I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather (no pun intended with the above paragraph) myself.  I really want this year to be the year where I can get a poem a week completed.  I’m just not sure that is going to happen.  The good news is that I have done a lot of revising. Some of my poems have taken a lot of deep cuts — which is very difficult for me to do.  I am like my students — I don’t want to let certain lines and images go.  But I did it.   I have also sent out poems to five different places, some postal, some through online submission managers.  Oh, I also got my first rejection letter of the year.  Let’s hope that is not an omen of what is to come!


  1. Karen, I also have the draft a week goal, but I am also trying to be gentler with myself about the weeks when this might not happen. Revision is key to the whole process and sometimes that’s enough. That letting go of certain lines/images is always a struggle. Congrats for getting there. Good luck on the new submissions!

  2. Boo on your first rejection of the year! A poem a week is generally my goal, with a week off for revisions every fifth week. Because I like the purposeful feeling of schedules. 🙂 Hope you’re feeling better!

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