When your give birth to your literary babies

Poetry may be dead, but poets aren’t!

I woke up on Monday with two bittersweet emails. Two of my poems had been accepted for publication in Cool Etc! a few new online journal. One of which was a baby of  mine, Loaded Gun, Twice Fired. I wrote this poem about 8 years ago (wow I’m getting old) for a class in poetry. The assignment was to finish the Emily Dickinson poem, My life has stood a loaded gun. I ended up with a poem that I loved that stood a lone or in tandem to the original piece. But after I got out of college, I had a heck of a time trying to publish it, because it was “too traditionally.” I refused to give up, and now, my baby shall see the light of day. It’s an odd feeling though, to be done with a piece I tweaked and changed some many times throughout the year, but greatly satisfying. Image
In addition, my poem, The river bed, was also published! This wasn’t a baby of mine, rather a poem I wrote while spending a day walking along the Mackinaw river.

It’s pleasures like this that make a rainy Wednesday much more enjoyable. I hope you liked my work.

Why poetry is dead

….because you sucked all the fun out of it poets and magazine editors in your pretentious quest to make poetry some higher more grand form of art…..


I was reminded of the fact that so many poets (and many artists in general) are pretentious, stuck-up and just rude to new writers. A “friend”of mine a few weeks ago had a status mocking someone that she had rejected for the online journal she started. The sheer joy that she took in mocking another individual was outrageous, especially the other artist friends of hers that joined in.

And I grew angry.

What right did she have to mock another writer? Is she any more qualified to say what is good art and what is bad than anyone else? So what, she paid a few bucks to throw up a website. Anyone could do that. She had a few poems published. Oh well, most writers do at some point right, especially if you are friends with the editors.

And I was reminded of all of the horrible experiences that I have had over the years: the journals who couldn’t even send me a form letter of response, the instructors and other artist who I met that shamed my publications for not being in “good” magazines but then when published in the same or similar journals acted like they were God’s gift to poetry, the professors who told me good poetry can’t rhyme, the journals that said they would accept my work if I paid for their editing services first, the critique sessions I went through where people just tore into each other instead of saying anything productive……

And I was reminded how I hate this part of the art world.

So, as a some-what successful artist, I’d like to say, just stop.

Art is beautiful. Even crappy art. It’s beautiful because someone took the time to make it. And while it may not be amazing, there is always something you can take from it and room to improve.

And art is practice. Most people don’t start off amazing. Give support. Give advice.

Stop making art this grad excessive mountain to summit and focus of the beautiful journey it is.

 Also stay tune, this rouge artist just had two more poems accepted for publication…..but I’m sure my artist friends would not be fond of the journal ( 🙂 )

First publication of the new year

Good afternoon, Rachael!
I wanted to drop a quick note to you with good news!  Your monologue “The New Girl” has confirmed entry into Volume III of ‘interJACtions: Monologues from the Heart of Human Nature.’  Congratulations!
This greeted me in my inbox today!

I was very excited to have this monologue published. It was originally a short story which I wrote during an exercise at University of Indiana.  It’s a dramatized piece about my experience of switching from a private Lutheran school (15 people in my class, all girls) to a public school.

Hopefully this year will continue to be a productive year for publishing (both indie and traditionally) for me!

Anyway, sorry for the brevity of this post, but I wanted to share the good news!


Video killed the literary star……

An open letter from Walter Kirn. It’s hilarious and yet rather interesting critic of what is lost as writing becomes more glamorized and more open to the “fluff” of television. Also I might be a bit biased towards this because I’m not a fan of James Franco. Regardless of if you agree with all he says, it’s worth a listen.


Two things to brighten your day

Two things to brighten your day:

1)There is a very awesome web series I have stumbled upon, thanks to Vintage Books and Anchor Books facebook page, “Writers on Writing”. Below is one of my favorite ones. There are 32 in all. (I know I’ve just consumed your day.)

2) The best advice on how to open a new book.


A Post Production Apathy Fix

I’m having a little post-preformance apathy. It’s nothing new and usually hits me once I’ve  just finished with my work being published/produced, the  looming questioning of “what next”colors life to shades of grey. To  motivate myself and avoid falling into a funk, I’ve put together a list of sites that offer some fun insight on famous writers and the writing life!


Hopefully, this brightened your day.

On a personal note, I’m going to an ice-climbing festival in Michigan over the weekend. I will try to post, but if reception is shoddy, you probably won’t hear from me until after the weekend ( I’ll post some pics even if it isn’t art related.)

Have a great and productive weekend of writing!

Writing quotes

I love quotes on writing; they are such a great motivating factor. So I’ve decided to share a few of my favorites with you today!

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
― Anaïs Nin
“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
― Stephen King, On Writing
“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”
― Neil Gaiman
I am a drinker with writing problems
― Brendan Behan
I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.
― Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
― Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
― E.L. Doctoro
We must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
― Kurt Vonnegut
You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.
― Madeleine L’Engle
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
― Ernest Hemingway

Hook on writing quotes? Check out the writing quotes tumblr!


5 gifts for your favorite writer

Tired of getting the writer in your life nice stationary/notesbooks, pens, books or the almighty Barnes N Nobles gift card….

Well you should still stick with those gifts because they are awesome. But it is always fun to mix it up.

So here are some of the awesome ideas I’ve found on the internet.

1) Literary Action Dolls

We have action figures for everything. It’s only time that Shakespeare and Jane Austen got the chance. These little guys are the perfect addition to any writer’s computer, watching over your writer as they craft their next masterpiece.  They also have pretty spiffy plush dolls.

2) Origins also known as the nerdiest game ever.

The game gives you a phrase or word. You go against another team to see who can correctly guess how the phrase started….it’s amazingly more fun than the description in your head makes it sounds.  Hours of fun. Anyone who loves language will love you for this gift!

3) Letters by Kurt Vonnegut 

Fine it’s a book.  But by any writer’s standard, its an interesting and hell of a good book. The letters document Vonnegut’s pain and struggles as a writer as well personal events (including his service in WW2).

Also for the Vonnegut fan, check out the awesome, albeit pricey gifts you can snag them here.

4) Writing is Rewriting bracelet 

Celebrate the frustrating reality of a writer with this Esty score.

5) The most kick-ass keyboard

Writer’s spend way too much of a their time at a computer, let them do it in style.

And a bonus gift since I included a book…..

Online or offline classes and workshops.

These are awesome! Most colleges have them and there are many online sources as well. Surprise your writer with a day/weekend/ or week long chance to hone their skills and meet new people!