Posts Tagged ‘literary magazine’

Yes, I know the title of this blog is cheesy. But some days are cheddar & gouda days. I decided to add a couple of fun links that are related to The Greener Forest to my blog.

First, I’d mentioned earlier that I’d drawn a maze which was included in the Balticon 2011 BSFAN book. For those of you who weren’t at that convention, my publisher has kindly scanned the maze, and it can be downloaded for FREE at the Cold Moon Press website: http://www.coldmoonpress.com/forreaders.html

 Second, I participated in a Broad Universe podcast. I must admit to being very intimidated as I stared at the microphone on my computer and tried to confidently read an excerpt of “Birdling.” I had to keep my reading, including intro & sign-off, to about 5 minutes. I “motor-mouthed” through a chunk of the text, then realized that if I wanted listeners to understand what I was saying, I needed to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n. After editing the story and stumbling through multiple read-throughs, I finally managed an agreeable reading of a snippet of the 1st story in The Greener Forest (which also appears in Faerie Magazine Issue 22).

If you’d like to take a listen, I start reading a portion of “Birdling” about 1 minute & 51 seconds into this podcast: http://broadpod.posterous.com/may-2011-celebrating-motherhood

If you’d like to meet me & hear what I have to say about submissions to The Gunpowder Review 2011, I’ll be participating on the editors panel on Weds., Aug. 17, 2011 at 6:30 PM in room 205, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD. This event is sponsored by the Annapolis/Anne Arundel County Chapter of the Maryland Writers Association: http://www.marylandwriters.org  I’ll also have copies of my book & the literary magazine available for purchase that evening.

And finally, take a few moments this week to step outside one night and listen to the cacophony (gosh, I love that word!). Summer is drawing to a close at Wood’s Edge (and in many other parts of the USA & elsewhere). The cicada, katydids, crickets, frogs, night birds, and a few unidentified critters are making quite a racket beneath the blanket of stars.

My advice for today: Do something fun (a maze perhaps?), do something outside your comfort zone, get out and meet people with similar interests, and enjoy the magic of a summer night.

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 In addition to writing and illustrating, I edit. My latest editorial project, The Gunpowder Review, is finally in-hand. This new literary magazine (with a Maryland focus) contains the work of 60 women. I’m delighted that the contributors are from different walks of life and different backgrounds. Some of these women have had dozens (perhaps even hundreds) of poems published. For some of these writers and artists, the poem or story or drawing in The Gunpowder Review is their first published work.

For me, there is a joy in bringing the creative work of others to readers. It’s different than seeing one’s own work in print (though I do have a poem in the magazine), but no less wonderful. Congratulations to the women in The Gunpowder Review 2009. Good job! And I hope many of you (and maybe a few of you readers) will submit work in 2010 when the magazine opens for submissions on March 1.

The Gunpowder Review is a project sponsored by the Gunpowder Pen Women. Information on their programs and updates on the magazine can be found at: http://gunpowderpenwomen.wordpress.com

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