I cannot believe that today is the last day of November. It's scary to think that we will shortly be in 2010! There must something about these dark evenings that empowers my motivation and creativity as it always seems to be this time of year that I take on new projects and my output increases.
I thought it was about time that I did a post to update readers on my current projects so here goes:
My main project, as of today, is a book review. I have produced book and film reviews in the past for my The Culture Review blog but this will have a much wider readership. I am of course jumping ahead of myself, there is a lot of work to be done before the deadline of next week and I could submit the review only for the editor to turn round and state disinterest, but at the moment, it is a promising lead and something I will be giving my all to.
Also on the agenda recently has been poetry. A few months ago (see earlier blogs) I attended Wax Lyrical and ever since I have been deeply inspired to do more with my own poetry, including increasing the amount of poems I produce. That is something I am still doing and the two poems I read in my last Writers' Group meeting were received with praise. I'm trying to write a couple of poems a week so we'll see how it goes.
I have found one of the ways to find focus in my poetry is to work with a general theme and produce several poems in that area. That's the method I have been using over the last month and it seems to have been helpful. It also means that the day someone says 'lets publish' (I have to think positive with this) I'll have a collection of poems ideally suited to be grouped together in a book.
Finally, I am still trying to break in to the womag market. I admitted long ago that I was vastly niaive in my anticipation of the difficulty I would have in this. My current strategy has been to thoroughly research and examine one publication and just keep submitting (taking any feedback on board of course) until I get somewhere. This may sound like bombardment but I am being controlled about it. Last night I finished the first draft of a story to send out after over a week of researching the magazine. At least, after I do some reworking, I can send it out with confidence that it fits the magazine style and I have done everything I can to ensure that.