2022-12-13 Stopping to Smell the Roses… 🌹🌹🌹


Yesterday I was thinking about recapping my year in order to gain a more positive perspective on life. In some way use it to (hopefully) improve my mood. And as I dig back into revising and submitting my creative writing to potential publishersthis month 🍂 (which I’ve done really well on so far).. I’d like to focus a little on the rest of the success I’ve had this year. 

It’s true that I’ve been very down about the radio silence on 60+ submissions that are currently under consideration, occasional rejection, and the near zero new poems written this year. In my constant internal lamenting, it’s easy to forget the accomplishments, so let’s see how I do remembering…

  1. My first book, Unsuspecting Cinderella, was released this past spring. That’s huge and I have to keep reminding myself about all the effort that went into its creation and publication. Cheese and rice, it’s pretty freaking impressive that from start to finish it only took one year to write and get accepted. That’s kind of unheard of actually, as I understand it, and It actually took the publisher longer to get it to press than it did for me to write and compile it in the first place. Wowza!!
  2. Poems published in 2022:
    1. “Something Must Have Told Me To Ask” was Published in print by High Shelf Press: Issue XXXVIII. Released in January.
    2. “Reading the Streets” was Published in print in The Ocotillo Review Volume 6.1 Winter 2022 by Kallisto Gaia Press. Released in February.
    3. My poem “I’m Listening” was selected for the UNO Broadside Concurrence: A Fine Print Literary Portfolio, Volume 3, released in May. 
    4. Using the Words I and Can’t” was Published online by The Pine Cone Review on June 7.
  3. My poem “Double American Sonnet for Terrance Hayes” won First Prize: Nebraska Poetry Society Open Poetry Contest, Announced April 2022
    1. Another poem “What I Would Give” received an honorable mention. Both were published online on the NPS contest page.
  4. The following have been accepted this year for publication in 2023:
    1. “In the Kitchen of Grief” was accepted by Midwest Quarterly. 
    2. “Primal Epeolatry” & “This One Calls For Takeout” were accepted by Isotrope.
    3. “Massage Poem” was accepted by Drunk Monkeys
  5. I participated in 5 public appearances to read poems. The accomplishment there is that I didn’t die. 🤣
    1. Tuesday, January 25, 2022, Raccoon River Reading 
    2. Friday, March 11, 2022: Reading at Pageturners Lounge in Omaha with Kate Gale and David Mainelli
    3. Saturday, August 20, 2022: Local Author Day Poetry Reading at The Bookworm in Omaha
    4. Friday, September 16, 2022: UNO School of the Arts Faculty & Staff Exhibition Opening Reception: 6-8pm at Gallery 1516 in Omaha
    5. Nebraska Poetry Festival, Wednesday, November 16, 2022 @ Northeast Community College & Thursday, November 17th @ Wayne State College
  6. I’ve submitted over 152 batches of poems (about 609 poems total) so far this year. And though I don’t have a good way to count rejections received this year, it’s noteworthy too. I’m including these stats as accomplishments because of the amount of effort that has gone into submitting the work and because.. well.. I love stats. 

All-in-all I would say that makes for a pretty successful year. And I’m not even counting how many personal essays have been written and posted here. I have to look back over all the writing I have done and not dismiss it because it isn’t being considered for wider publication elsewhere. 

Now that’s some fine accounting and cause for celebration or at least enough to turn my frown upside down. And with that, my time is up.

Onward,
~Miss SugarCookie


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