Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I'm happy to say it isn't going to snow this Christmas in my neck of the woods. I'm not a fan of the white stuff. I'd like for it to be June all year long.
We have an unusual arrangement with our tree this year, thanks to Tucker, our terrier-hound mix we adopted last year. He's a wild boy---more rambunctious than the three poodles. Tucker has few fears, but he is quite afraid of my African masks. So guess what surrounds our tree this year to keep Tucker from tearing it down? Yep, we circled the tree with African masks! Okay, so the animals run things at my house. You mean you didn't know that? Now, should we sing carols, or maybe paint our bodies and do a tribal dance around the tree?
A few more poems have been accepted for publication. "Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio" and "Census of Seagulls" are forthcoming in Anti-, which is a new and exciting literary journal. Eclectica Magazine has accepted three of my poems, which were written in response to a word challenge: "OCD Patient Narrates the Picnic," "Nights in Apt 14," and "Hotel Prayer." And my poem "Oject Trouve" will appear soon in qarrtsiluni. The editors suggested some fine revisions to that poem, which I was happy to make. Thieves Jargon, which publishes fresh, innovative, and provocative work, has accepted two of my poems: "Armand" and "Applicants to the Garden of Eternal (more or less) Rest." I'm thrilled!
I hope everyone has a blissful holiday---and please don't forget all the homeless and abused animals in need when you consider holiday giving. While Christmas is not typically a good time to bring home a new pet, it is always a good time to volunteer and/or donate money and goods to help them. Check out the Activism Page on my Web Site for some organizations you might consider. These groups rely on donations and support to do their work. Please help where and when you can.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Six Little Things has accepted "Found Coins." This will be my first appearance in this journal, which features prose poems.
"Starving Artists" will appear in the next issue of Mimesis, a beautiful print journal.
And I'm especially thrilled that Allison Tyler has accepted three erotica submissions for an upcoming anthology to be published by Cleis Press.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
If I had even two paranoid bones in my body, I'd swear the gods were timing things to test my reserves. My fiction manuscript was returned to me for some re-writing and proof-reading at the same time my poetry manuscript proofs arrived. Today, I received an acceptance for an erotica anthology, but was asked to rewrite one small section of one story (yes, I do go over the top once in awhile). All these things need to be finished at about the same time. Yikes! Will I make it? Somebody needs to sing the "I think I can...I think I can...." refrain.
For all my complainin', I love writing and enjoy being busy with projects that are coming to completion after hours of elbow grease, head-thumping, and chewing the end of my pen.
I must also add that I'm eternally grateful for the work my editor (Chuck Adams) and copyeditor (Janet Patterson) have done on my novel, Tomato Girl. Mayapple's Judith Kerman (publisher/editor) and her assistant, Amee Schmidt, have been invaluable in making Forms of Intercession (Poetry) the best that it can be.
Arlene missed her plane to the Phillipines, but that gave her time to drop her chapbook in the mail to me. What she doesn't know is that if she had mailed my copy before her first attempt to leave, she wouldn't have missed her plane at all. I want that chapbook in my little hands.
And some good news... I heard from the UK based journal FuseLit. They've accepted my poem, "Fox in Daylight," for their sepcial issue on foxes. I can't wait to see it!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I also heard good news from Ariel Journal (published by University of Calgary Press) this week. The editors have decided to include my poem, "After a Miscarriage," in the next issue. This is my first Canadian publication. I'm delighted!
Monday, November 5, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
The Taj Mahal Review has accepted my poem, "Scheherazade," for their December issue as well. Published in India, I have yet to have the pleasure of reading this journal.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
My poem, "Red Gloves," has been accepted for publication in the UK-based magazine for women writers, Mslexia. I'm very pleased with this acceptance, because I love the magazine. Very hip and fresh. Arlene introduced me to it. She's also hip and fresh, and has a new chapbook, Secret Love Poems, forthcoming from Rubicon Press. I can't wait to read it!Today marked my completion of round two of 30:30 at Inside the Writer's Studio. I decided to take a break from the workshop for the month of November to participate in NaNoWriMo. All I can say is this: IS IT DECEMBER YET??????!!!!!!!!!!! I feel the need for a lobotomy or an exorcism coming on strong.
Speaking of novels, I just finished making revisions to Tomato Girl, which is forthcoming from Algonquin Books in the Fall of 2008. Chuck Adams, the editor who worked on my manuscript, did an amazing job, bringing out the best in my story by showing me where to cut what wasn't essential. Now, if only he made house calls, I could nail this novel writing thing.
Not two hours after I returned Tomato Girl, I received edits and suggestions on my poetry manuscript, Forms of Intercession. Judith Kerman, the publisher/editor at Mayapple Press, is incredibly perceptive and energetic. Mayapple has produced quite a number of fine books this year, which is no small feat for a press this size. Judy has made many excellent suggestions, and I'm particularly excited about this book, which is scheduled for release in January, 2008.
My mother always said, "There is no rest for the wicked." I'm living proof.
Tomorrow is an exception, because it is Halloween. I intend to eat a lot of chocolate, drink a substantial amount of red wine, and scare myself by watching Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist. I'm not dressing up, as my kids are teenagers and there is no frightening them now. I did threaten them recently, that if I kept finding them online looking at naughty pictures (okay, porn), I would have my face installed as the screensaver on their computer. That seemed to frighten the little darlings a bit.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
I spent much of the weekend working on new poems and preparing submissions. So much of the past year or more has been consumed by the writing and rewriting of my second novel, leaving little time for the making of poems. I'm working on my third novel, but have arranged my schedule to include more time for reading and writing poems. Participating in the 30:30 workshop at ITWS helps keep me focused on writing a poem each day.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Megan Karlen is an abstract expressionist painter residing in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. Her work can be viewed here.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
"Ghost Child", the nominated poem, can be found at The Dead Mule, or on my web site:
Check out the other fine nominations for both poetry and fiction:
According to the rules, each poem or story must have been first published or appeared on the web between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
All my thanks to Arlene Ang for her hard work, wit, and technical know how (expertise I completely lack.) I love the images we've used and hope others will enjoy visiting there.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
The Marks We Leave
Sunday, August 5, 2007
$100,000 FOR MASTERY IN THE ART OF POETRY
given by the Academy of American Poets
To read a 1998 interview with the poet:
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Dorothy Parker once said that the cure for boredom was curiosity, and that there was no cure for curiosity. I live by those words, and try to write by them, too.
Okay, now where is the damn spellchecker on this thing?
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