Weekly Writing Reflection

Good News, Bad News

The blog section of my author website, here, has been rather quiet lately. Please accept my apology for that! The semester started about five weeks ago and teaching five courses (four in composition!) is quite the load. Between course preparation, grading essays, and attending countless committee meetings, service opportunities, and etc., I’m still amazed that I manage to find time to do anything else.

That being said, I have been trying to keep up with my writing, somewhat. I use physical journals most of the time, at least for musings and idea generation, which is why not much has appeared here. I also developed an online writing group which got started on September 1st. My first contribution went through last week and the feedback that I did receive (only three out of eight members responded, unfortunately) was mostly positive. I received some great thoughts and suggestions, too, particularly about where things can be cut in order to get to the point, and where things are confusing (the conclusion, which I knew I was struggling with!)

Despite being mostly stalled on major writing goals, however, I have received two pieces of good news: publications! In the last week, two of my pieces of creative nonfiction have been accepted for publication. The first, “I Still Believe in Words” will be appearing at Brave Voices Magazine in mid-October. The second, “Five Years, Thirty: A Reflection,” is being anthologized in a print edition titled, Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction. That title will be available on October 30th.

I also recently submitted a more experimental piece of short/flash fiction, and I’m hopeful for another acceptance (of course, my track record shows, as most writers’ records probably do, that the rejections far surpass the acceptances.) Still, I’m very proud of this piece; it is, I think, a provocative statement on racism, abuse of power, and immigration in the United States. It took a long time for me to get it “right,” at least as far as I’m concerned, so I hope someone else finds it interesting enough to share with an audience.

Anyhow, if nothing else, my two recent publication acceptance emails have truly stoked my writing flame, as it were. I get so bogged down in the day-to-day that, much of the time, I forget to do what it is I need to do, which is to write. Hearing from publishers who think your work has value and meaning does much to reinvigorate the spirit! Onward!

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3 thoughts on “Good News, Bad News”

    1. Technically, we are required to teach 15 credit hours; since most classes are 3 credit hours, that usually comes to 5 classes. (But not always. I often teach developmental writing, which is weighted heavier and meets more often, so I teach fewer sections.) My fifth class this semester is one of my own design, Narrative Adaptation Studies (literature and media.)

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      1. Yeah, it’s the same here (re: credit hours), but our comp classes are 4 credits, so I teach 4 classes. At my previous institution, I taught 5.

        Narrative Adaptation Studies sounds awesome! I’m using adaptation as a frame for my comp class, so they’re writing about adaptations. Now is really the time for it, yeah? (Always is really the time for it, but you know what I mean.)

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