Poetry Submissions for the Rest of Us

Constance/ September 2, 2019/ Essay, Writing

So, I’ve been reading submission guidelines while I search for places to home my poetry. A lot of them leave me scratching my head.  “We want poetry that makes our heart go POW and our head pop off the stem of our neck spouting blood like a geyser. We want work that zings our strings and causes a rabid dog

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Genre Reading and Writing. Arithmetic Free.

Constance/ August 5, 2019/ Essay, Writing

When it came time to choose a genre to write in I chose fantasy. As a longtime reader of Fantasy, Scifi, and everything in between, it seemed a natural fit. I was a latecomer to women’s literature and romance. It didn’t hold me the way fantasy did, although I like some romance in my fantasy, and not just Mage/queen/plucky necromancer

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Philosophy Class Refresher Course

Constance/ July 13, 2019/ Essay

What is it in human makeup that makes us go looking for the answer we want? When did confirmation bias become the norm, rather than something to guard against? Despite my best intentions, I find myself reading Amazon reviews and if I’m iffy on a purchase I read the 3-star reviews and talk myself into not buying the book or

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New Gyroscope Review for July

Constance/ June 30, 2019/ Gyroscope Review

The summer issue of Gyroscope Review is out! A perfect lazy-summer-day read. You can pick up a copy on Amazon. Please leave us a review after you’ve read through the awesome work by our summer poets. Submissions for the Fall Issue open today also. Last fall’s Crone Issue was so well-received that Gyroscope Review has decided to do it again.

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Digging Weeds from the Story Garden

Constance/ May 19, 2019/ Essay, Writing

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where my story is? There I was, skipping merrily down the path, sun shining, the birds maniacally tweeting, and my brand new sneakers soft and bouncy. The path ended abruptly. I smacked face first into a brick wall, bending my nose 20 degrees out of joint. Where did this brick wall

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And I Quote—

Constance/ April 23, 2019/ Writing

Quotes to feed your writer’s brain Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. George Bernard Shaw Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Seneca Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that

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On Berating My Obstinacy and Resolving to Try Something Different

Constance/ March 30, 2019/ Essay, Writing

I reread my last blog post and thought, man, what mule-headed stubbornness. Is that really me? Turns out it is. So my goal the past few weeks was to do some research into what I disdain in writing advice, and find a way to give it a try. I researched some authors I like, that offer classes and books on

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Ignoring Writing Advice

Constance/ March 14, 2019/ Essay, Writing

Ignoring Writing Advice I’ve never been much for following the rules. Which may or may not be why it takes me a year or more to write a novel. There is so much advice out there on how to get started, how to write, how to edit, etc. that is sometimes contradictory. I’ve sifted through the Internet, bought books, and

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An Indulgent Rant on Why I Hate the Internet

Constance/ February 22, 2019/ Essay

AKA, Woman Shakes Fist at Cloud As I get older I notice I have less and less inclination to spend time on the Internet. I’ve reduced my time to using it as a research tool and research starting spot, a place to buy books and other things I can’t get in my hometown, and as a source of news I

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