Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action, Please

As you are no doubt figuring out by now, I like to jump around on projects. I figure writing is my hobby, I'll do it how I want! I'm not trying to get published (right now), I'm writing for funsies, and since I like to have funsies, I have set myself a new goal...

I got this idea yesterday for a short story.
A really neat idea.

I also had some major angst going on and had a very youthful-rebellion moment in which I decided I was going to SHOW YOU ALL--YOU'LL SEE! and try to get something published.

Y'see, I've also always been a pretty big short story and poetry writer. I like it. It's FUNsies, and more importantly, it lets me prove to myself that I actually CAN finish something [sigh].

So, I'm going to write this short story, and then I'm going to submit it.
I've got a little list going of magazines that might be good matches, and I'll continue researching and adding to that list.

If nothing else, I'm at least ready to have a rejection letter to display proudly [and with secret tears].


All this being said, I braved the 15-degree wind chill weather (and it's really, really windy) and drove to Wal-Mart to buy a new notebook. For whatever reason, I still have to draft my short stories and poetry by hand before I can transcribe to computer. More in tune with the words, I suppose, and probably why my short stuff is better than the pages upon pages of typed-up crap.

Ahem. Anyway, so I have a shiny new notebook (green) and my favorite pen and I just ate a PB&J sandwich and a handful of sunflower seeds, so I'm ready to get crackin.'


How about you all? Anybody published any poetry or short stories?

16 comments:

Lisa Marie Miles said...

I haven't published any poetry or short stories, but Yay! for your new idea. And double Yay! (yay! Yay!) for the new notebook.

Dread Pirate Lainey said...

I haven't published yet, but I have written a few short stories. I too share the feelings that it is nice to write short stories and poetry for the satisfaction of finishing!

I am also with you in that I need to feel the paper beneath my pen; it feels more natural.

Are we still on for Saturday? Inman Perk?

Christine Danek said...

I hav enot been published yet. Yay for you to get crackin. I also left you an award on my blog :)

Jen said...

Love new ideas, no published works yet, but I am in the funsies zone much like you and tend to jump around from project to project!!!

Who doesn't love new notebooks, favorite pens, PB&J and a handful of sunflower seeds!!

Tiffany Neal said...

Oh. I love the new notebook feeling. I also loved the old, crusty, used up notebooks too though. Does that make me weird.

No published works as of yet here...

Summer said...

Thanks, all! Notebooks are the bomb.com no matter if they're old, new, or somewhere in-between...

(And to Lainey: yes, as far as I'm concerned!)

Dread Pirate Lainey said...

(huzzah!)

Shelley Sly said...

I write short stories, but I haven't published any yet. I do hear from editors in the publishing world that it's recommended to get short stories published first (though not required) before querying a novel. So, go you! What's there to lose?

Kimberly Franklin said...

I love buying new notebooks, but I never write in them. That's not weird, right??? ; )

Good for you though, writing short stories. I've never written one or had anything published. I wish you luck! ; )

Happy Tuesday!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Might tackle a short story, but poetry is not my thing. I do write all of my work freehand first as well.

Guinevere said...

I've published two poems. Unfortunately, once my well of adolescent angst dried up, so did much of my poetic inspiration. I'm trying to find homes for some of my short stories right now -- I have two out at magazines right now.

Enjoy your short story writing! I think I'm your opposite... I can't do anything more than outlines or poetry in longhand. For actual writing, I *need* my computer.

Joanne said...

Best wishes on your short story, very exciting! There are lots of literary journals that you can consider too, a great way to start building your clips. Clicked over from Christine's, enjoyed browsing.

J. Kaye said...

I don't write either. Sorry! But I do jump around a lot. :)

Swimmer said...

Good Luck! Tell us when it gets published(I'm sure it will). I can't wait to read it!

Falen said...

oh man, i want a PB&J samich right now!
How did you make your list of possible mags to submit your stroy to?

Summer said...

Falen, it's a supernatural kind of story (ghost character), so I figured my best bet would be some sort of sci-fi/fantasy magazine. I started looking on the nets, reading over samples, etc. I also have a subscription to The Writer magazine, which has classifieds in the back for just this sort of thing.