Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April Showers??

is in session!

Good morning/afternoon/ evening/night to all deeply/mildly/not at all insecure writers. I'm not feeling insecure about my writing at this particular moment. I'm feeling insecure about getting published sure, but not my writing. I'm working on two writing projects at this time. I'm ordering up, polishing up, and in some areas conjuring up poems for a chapbook contest. I've made it to the shortlist of the Quattro Books Best New Poets in Canada prize.  I sent five poems to get this far and now need to send the collection (about 28 - 42 pages). That has meant choosing about 16 or so poems and laying copies of them on my floor and walking about mumbling and twitching.  I talk to them and the truth is that they are like the kindergarten kids I've been hanging out with lately. Most want to be first in line, or they don't want to go at all. I think I have the order figured, but maybe not. Being as it is my first chapbook, it isn't thematic, however I do want them to talk to each other. Some of them need space, and some don't mind being in a busy spot. All of them need their punctuation groomed, and some of them need to lose some weight.  Some might have to sit this one out, and I may have some new ones that feel ready to leap in. 

So there's that .

The other project is the 100,000 words I wrote from November through February. It sat vegging for all of March and now I'm attending to it. It was supposed to be a memoir of the time here in Labrador but it is one over-grown garden. I'm only at the reading it through stage, but I went to bed last night full of ponder . 

As to the optional question - we don't have April showers here in Labrador. There's still 5 feet of snow on the ground. It's a grand time to write. The school where I've been subbing is on spring break. Metaphorically though, I make deadlines for my writing in the absence of real ones, and tell others. That gets me to it!


Margot Kinberg said...

So excited to hear you're doing some poetry, Jan! I'll bet it's great, and I hope you'll post at least a little of it.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Congratulations on making the shortlist! Great news! Hope the snow starts melting soon.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hope there's not too much twitching.
That is a heck of a lot of snow...