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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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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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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Reading, an Opinionated Overview

Constance/ January 11, 2019/ Essay

I remember the first book I took out of the not picture books side of the library. Not the title, but the fact it was a real book with more words than pictures. It was about a dog. When I held it in my hand, I was awed at the idea of whole different worlds were now available to me.

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Insulated Writing

Constance/ November 10, 2018/ Essay, Writing

There is another side to being a writer that seldom gets talked about. Writing as a form of insulation. Mass shootings, government in a death spiral, racism run amok. All these things make keeping a clear head for writing your novel difficult, even when you attempt to avoid the news, as I do. But the churning is insipid, creeping in

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A Mental Mugging

Constance/ October 14, 2018/ Essay

I had the occasion to be in several waiting rooms the past week and found the same annoyance in all of them. Blaring televisions, usually spouting a certain unintelligent ‘news’ station. It’s damn aggravating. And people are just riveted, staring at the black box on the wall, drool dripping down their chin. Well, I may have exaggerated the last part,

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