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Meaningful Acceptance

Black and white photo of me (environmental portraiture), with an umbrella, taken by Ramin Izadpahah during a photography class he was running.

Black and white photo of me (environmental portraiture), with an umbrella, taken by Ramin Izadpahah during a photography class he was running.


 
So, I just got the heads-up that two of my poems have been accepted to an anthology. I’m not saying which one yet. I don’t tend to make those announcements until the magazine/anthology/chapbook/etc actually launches and, anyway, the author contracts haven’t been sent out, let alone had time for the ink to dry.
 
But, you guys… Look. I send my poems out to places that are likely to find them relevant and appropriate for what they want to publish. Everybody does this. It’s good sense.
But sometimes the submission process feels a little more vulnerable, y’know?
And this particular anthology is one of those times.
I wasn’t sure I had a chance of getting a Yes from them. They got hundreds of submissions, and can only take so many, right?
It means so much that they found my work worthy. That it was relevant. That it fit.
 
I’ve seriously been sitting here, crying, since I opened the email.
I get to be in a book with one of my heroes.
 
So I’m just going to go be a weepy mess for a little bit.
Oh my gods, you guys,, this is such a big deal. ❀

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Augur Magazine – I’m Not In It (Yet)

Augur Buzzard in Flight - Matt Edmonds - Via Wikimedia Commons

Augur Buzzard in Flight
Matt Edmonds
Via Wikimedia Commons


 
So. As-you-know-bob, I’ve been submitting to a bunch of journals and periodicals and magazines. My goal, which so-far I’ve mostly been meeting-or-exceeding, is to submit to three places per month.
A while back, I submitted five poems to Augur Magazine which, as a paid market with a huge slush pile, is kind of more at the long-shot end of my particular submissions spectrum.
 
Unsurprisingly, none of my pieces made it through the final cut BUT! One of my pieces DID make it onto their long list, which I am pretty damn chuffed about in and of itself.
I’m taking this long-listing of my work as an encouraging sign, and I’m looking forward to submitting to them again in the future.
 
Gotta admit, though. Getting the news that a different publication has accepted one of my submissions – a poem that is part of my in-progress chapbook manuscript – on the same day that I got Augur’s rejection letter? It softened the blow a little bit. πŸ˜‰
More on that when the piece goes live.
 
 
TTFN,
A.

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Rag Queen Periodical – I’m In It!

Blue Topaz - Translucent blue polished gem, rough-cut, on a black surface with a black backdrop - Photo Didier Descouens - Courtesy of Wiki Media Commons

Blue Topaz – Translucent blue polished gem, rough-cut, on a black surface with a black backdrop – Photo Didier Descouens – Courtesy of Wiki Media Commons


 
Hey, all!
I am massively excited to announce that my poem, “My Body Is A Spell”, has been published in Issue Two of Rag Queen Periodical! πŸ˜€
 
You can read it here.

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Bywords.ca – I’m In It! :-D

So, okay, yes, my submission to Room Magazine’s Queer Issue got rejected. (Alas! But also: Hey, fellow 98% of people who submit to Room, I just joined the club!)
BUT the poem to-which I alluded earlier is now up and published and I can therefore crow about it and post links all over the place, and so here we go. πŸ˜€
 

“Compass Rose” drawing by Seamus McGill


 
I am delighted to announce that my poem, Compass, has been published at Bywords.ca (and I admit I am weirdly chuffed that it’s up the week that VERSeFest kicks off, even though I know those things are not at all related).
Bywords.ca has published my work before, back in May 2011, and was both one of the first times my poetry got published AND one of that last times I sent my poetry out until this past December.
Oh, and kittens? It’s a paid market. \o/
So, y’know. Send them your stuff!
 
 
Cheers,
A.

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Poetry Is Dead: Coven Issue – I’m… not in it.

Alas.
I got my rejection letter this morning.
On the plus side, the editors let me know that the rejection wasn’t about the quality of my own work, which was nice to hear BUT I’m still a little sad about it.
 
It’s funny how getting an early rejection for Prairie Fire’s Love Issue was, like, “Meh. No big deal” but this is like “Oh… My heart is here tho…”
 
THAT SAID! I can now send those poems out elsewhere! πŸ˜€
I’ll find a home for my something-like-a-sonnet bottle spell poem yet. πŸ˜‰
 
AND, as I tweeted the other day, I did get another poem accepted for publication. I’ll post about that, with a link, when it launches. πŸ˜‰
It’s nice to be sending my work out again.
It’s nice to HAVE a volume of work to draw on for those submissions.
 
 
Onwards and upwards.
– A.

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Conjuration – I’m In It!

So. This charming (see what I did thar) little book of magical micropoems dropped last night at the Coven Editions launch party.
 

A pocket-sized book of magical micropoems with a shiny ivory cover and the word CON JURA TION in black ink. Also in the frame: A pen shaped like a broom, A 1"x6" print of my poem, "Pathworking" on the same cover stock with an intention paper backing, and a selection of polished stones: rhodochrosite, snowflake obsidian, blue lace agate, bloodstone, and rose quartz.

A pocket-sized book of magical micropoems with a shiny ivory cover and the word
CON
JURA
TION
in black ink.
Also in the frame:
A pen shaped like a broom, A 1″x6″ print of my poem, “Pathworking” on the same cover stock with an intention paper backing, and a selection of polished stones: rhodochrosite, snowflake obsidian, blue lace agate, bloodstone, and rose quartz.


 
It’s tiny! It’s shiny! And it’s packed with pint-sized poems conjuring love, loss, memory and magic (of course magic). And one of those poems is mine! πŸ˜€
As you can see, I’m more than a little excited about this. “Pathworking” is one of the poems I sent out on submission during December and January – my first crop of submissions since, like, 2011, iirc – and it’s pretty great to see it accepted somewhere, especially by a publisher that’s so in line with my… life in general, tbh. Witchy Lady Editors? Sign me up!
 
In the above picture, you can see a book-mark-sized strip of paper. It’s a single-print of my poem attached to a length of “intention paper”. Intention paper, for those who don’t spell-craft on the regular, is basically a sheet of paper that you write something on that you want to make happen, or make show up, in your life, and then you do something symbolic with the paper to put that spell into motion[1]. Magic, like poetry, is a language of metaphor. The hearts-ease[2] and geranium I brew is both a literal recipe and a story about how to heal a broken, anxious heart. Write your will on the scrap of paper, plant it, and let your intentions germinate and grow with the seeds.
 
Anyway.
All this being said, I went to the launch party last night. Had a glorious, soul-feeding time listening to lovely poets Conyer Clayton, Manahil Bandukwala, and Ian Martin strut their stuff on stage (I missed the open mic – dammit – but I hear it was amazing), and geeking out about poetry and also witchy-woo magic, and I feel so freaking good!
I need to remember that Poetry Is Self-Care for me and that getting out with my peers is important and good for my heart. ❀
To that end, more scribbling of magical moon poems for me. πŸ™‚ I've got a chapbook manuscript to finish.
 
 
Cheers,
A.
 
 
[1] Here's the non-secret secret of how magic works: It games the odds in your favour. You still have to do the work, and if you pick a bad target (like winning the lottery, to pick a common example) you're not going to see the results you want (because when the odds are astronomically against you, pushing them in your favour is not going to do much beyond make them marginally less astronomically against you). BUT it can help. Good targets for magic are: small enough that a single well-placed point of connection can actually make a big difference, broad enough that The Universe, your favourite deities, and the ancestors who look out for you actually have some wiggle room to work with, and are something over-which you have some amount of control, but not a lot. (E.G.: Do the work of crafting and submitting excellent applications to your top six MFA programs. Do the magic to push the admissions committees to really see your skill and potential, and to remember your applications favourably when it's decision time). Now you know. Go to it, kittens.
 
[2] Which, in my case, is another name for Motherwort, but which is also another name for Violet. Not surprisingly, the intention paper my poem has been connected with is, you guessed it, full of violet seeds.

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Actual Story Sale OH MY GAWD

So I wrote an age-play story and I actually got paid for it.
Seriously.
It’s not my first time getting a story published, but it is my first time getting a story published for money. And not, like, honurarium money, either. “Pays for a week of groceries (if I’m careful)” money. I’m all a-squee about it. ZOMG.
 
Anyway.
So that’s fantastic, and now I need to find more work like that because, hey, I can do this. CLEARLY I can do this. πŸ˜€
 
 
TTFN,
A.

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Submission – Stone Telling

I won’t know for (probably) another two months, whether or not any of my work has been accepted. But I submitted an old poem (The River Speaks) and a new poem (the truth is that there are no witches) to Stone Telling.
We’ll see what they think.
 
TTFN,
A.

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Word Count Guidelines!

Just posting this here for future reference: On Word-Counts and Novel-Length.
 
I have this problem as well, thinking that 80,000 words is “not long enough” for a “real novel”. What I write is still on the very short end of things, even for a Category Romance (for example), which is good to know. Erring on the side of too short is… still too short. It’s easier to cut than to add, after all. But getting a draft done and then looking for the holes that need to be filled is a good place to start on that front.
 
 
TTFN,
A.

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Submission – The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica

I realize that submitting a trans/cis lesbian story to a hetero-targetted anthology is a long-shot to say the least, but I wanted to give it a try.
 
I sent “Wolf and Scarlet” to The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica.
 
For my next trick (I hope), I’ll be reworking “Sweet Jane” (editing out the first chunk of text, which is kind of slow, I think) and submitting it as a Fun Romp to something along the lines of Best Lesbian Erotica 2015.
 
Wish me luck! πŸ˜€

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