Writing News In Need of a Pithy TItle

I feel like I’m careening through life right now. Today’s posting is going to be newsy rather than a thoughtful journal-style posting. Yup, there’s a lot going on.

First of all, Every Day Poets, whose editorial team I am part of, will definitely have an anthology featuring the best work from EDP’s first year available for purchase within the next few months. The poems are laid out, ISBNs assigned, cover art in the works. I have two pieces in this anthology from before I joined the team, so didn’t get to work on the anthology itself to avoid any potential conflict of interest. But, I will certainly help tell everyone about it. It’s going to be great.

Second, EDP issued a CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS this past week. If you are a serious poet who loves to work in forms under 500 words, consider submitting to us. What makes us different from most other online poetry journals is, in part, the feedback we give on submissions. We don’t do a standardized acceptance or rejection; we tell you what we thought of each poem and why. But, before you submit, check out the guidelines here.

Third, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is right around the corner…30 days of unbridled story-spinning with support from writers all over the world who are doing the same thing. If you need to give your writing a good kick in the ass, this is it. It doesn’t matter if you don’t consider yourself a novelist (I don’t). What matters is that NaNoWriMo is a great excuse to pound out between 1,000 and 2,000 words per day, unedited and delightful. This can be brainstorming at its finest. Find me on the site: I’m registered as KCMickelson.

Finally, I’m in the throes of spewing 100 poem drafts in 100 days. This winter is going to be all about revision.

Chime in and share what you’re doing right now to keep your creative fire burning.

DO A KIND THING

Got any kids who celebrate Halloween at your house? If your kid is willing to share the fun of trick-or-treating with an effort to promote social action, then suggest the addition of asking for donations for UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), a tradition that’s been around for 60 years. Teach your kid that they can have fun, get candy, and help other kids all at the same time, which is definitely a good trick. Check out UNICEF here.