I write memoir and creative nonfiction and have pieces published in a number of literary and mainstream outlets. I write mostly about life at the intersection of grief and joy, navigating the in-between, and post-traumatic growth, as well as about FH (familial hypercholesterolemia), the genetic lipid disorder that has affected several members of my family. I am currently querying/submitting my memoir, The Full Catastrophe.
I previously wrote marketing and business copy for creative professional firms but have been away from that for a long time. My interests now center on poetry and fiction but I also enjoy humorous essays and history, especially the American Revolution and Colonial America.
I aspire to write far more than I do as I find it very hard to maintain focus so I will write voraciously for brief periods of time and then, poof, completely forget that it was a thing I was doing. My brain is funny this way and has done a fine job of making writing progress really, really difficult.
I've mostly written free-verse poetry over the last year, or so, when I have written but think often about writing essays and book-length fiction but the brain intervenes so I mostly just cobble together fragments of things here and there. It's highly disappointing and painfully frustrating.
I'm looking to know what strategies for writing work for other people and how to feel like I deserve to prioritize my writing. This is a tall order, but I feel like if any people understand what I'm experiencing it's going to be other writers.
Men Matters Online Journal (MMOJ) is a literary journal devoted to topics concerning men, masculinity, gender, culture, politics, sexuality, and challenging men’s roles in traditional patriarchal societies. It is interested in writings that examine what it means to be a man in contemporary society—as fathers, sons, brothers, husbands, partners, lovers, and in all their various shapes and forms.
In general, we prefer creative works that focus on the social, emotional and psychological dimensions of masculinity in the 20th and 21st century. We invite contributions from writers of all genders.
We seek storytellers—not just for fiction, but in all the genres we publish. We love clarity in art, but that doesn’t necessarily mean simplicity. Tell us a story. It could be a story in a poem, an essay, an image, but it is still a story. You tell it because it needs to be told. If you can make us feel the same way, we’ll work together to bring that story to the world.
The work that I've been most satisfied with was written pretty much the traditional way, with the first draft written independently, then revised (several times), and finally presented in a workshop setting for suggestions regarding craft and the overall impact of the piece. I have considerable experience in workshop settings and have attended many non-credit workshops, but I don't have an MFA.
For more than 20 years, I have been working as a writer-for-hire, mostly on a freelance basis. Instead of writing articles for magazines and newspapers, I've written them for organizations: mostly hospitals, science-based nonprofits, disease research/advocacy foundations, and academia. Hey, it's a living, if not a great one. When I was younger, though, I had other ambitions and other aspirations. I wrote poignant essays that garnered much praise in classes and workshops, and I fully intended to continue on that path in the real world. Essays, book reviews (I have had just one published), poetry (one of mine made it to the top 25 in Writers Digest's annual competition), and a memoir were part of the plan. But financial worries and psychological impediments blocked my way. Many of my ideas died on the vine, and now the whole vinyard is withered. Can it be brought back to life? Well, that's the question.
By the way, I'm also an experienced editor, having worked on books by individual authors as well as professional journal articles. I believe I could contribute meaningfully to a writing group's dynamic through supportive input and constructive suggestions. On the older side (to say the least--I just turned 73!), I just might be the "wise elder" in a group of millennials or gen-xers! Or I could be in a less age-diverse older group.
Plus I'm lively, diplomatic, imaginative, and generous with my time and energy.
I have a feeling that a writing group could be a game-changer for me--a great antidote to the solitary nature of the writing life and the self-doubt that creeps in with too much solitude. It could also provide the nourishment my old, dried-out vinyard needs so that it could start producing fabulous new wine.
We aim to publish art and words for the future by artists and writers who believe they're carrying, on their hunched-over-computer shoulders, a pretty heavy yet very pretty burden—to offer us all a way into ourselves so that we may come back out with the wisdom required for positive change as individuals, and as a society. All accepted work will appear both online and in print.
We aren’t certain there is “good” and “bad” art—only honest and dishonest art… but we’ll get back to you on that. Suffice it to say, we really don’t want to be gatekeepers. We want to be a blank canvas.
Press Pause will never have a social media account. It will never promote itself (or get into online debates) on social media, so that the art that is shared can be appreciated within the embrace of a lovely now-uncommon silence.
Submitting to Press Pause will always be free.
Fecund highlights exceptional works of new abundance. The magazine is a medium through which writers and visual artists are exquisitely showcased and paid for their work. Fecund publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, theory, criticism, fashion writing, and visual art via interdisciplinary media (text, audio, video, new media).
Although we don’t conform to one aesthetic, we respond to work that challenges traditional forms or embraces liminality.
Small Print Magazine, a resource and showcase for writers and artists, features contemporary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry thoughtfully presented alongside beautiful photography and artwork from new and established artists. You’ll also find engaging interviews with authors and other industry professionals, cartoons, craft book reviews, as well as articles on writing, writing tools, writing & publishing news, and more.
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