OK, my honey is a photographer and the best advice he's ever given me is to focus and shoot. Get the picture.
If it doesn't work, oh well. And I can't go back and grab that moment.
This is what I'm thinking as I'm trying to iron out my semi-green phase, and remember I took shots that didn't work.
Picture from: Studiozero.net
What are you ranting about?
Recently a couple of writerly-type friends have gotten accepted into mags I would have given my left hoof for two years ago. Now, I think, damn I'm jealous. Then I think, wait....I'm not really void of persistence or willingness to work for what I want, but realize, my focus has simply shifted. Getting into those journals would be nice (even now), but they aren't my holy grail anymore.
Sometimes I joke, and say those mags didn't/don't like my style of writing. This may or may not be true, because I never even got a personal rejection. What's important though, is that as my writing grows, and obviously other well-respected places do enjoy my work, it becomes less important to get that particular publication credit. Now, I'm writing to say what I want to, in the way I enjoy, and if it suits any given publication, then off it goes.
Now, I don't even know what my holy grail is - and not sure it's important. I think it's unrealistic to shoot for the New Yorker, as they deal largely with agented novelists/writers and aren't known for slush pile selection. I know my main focus now is writing a novel that lets my little heart pour and bleed all over the pages, and have that sold. Then maybe the other fringe benefits will fall into place, huh?
There are a couple of magazines I have targeted now, because I like them, and would be proud to be published in them. I think as well, that I'm targeting better than I used to, and these are magazines that currently publish in my style. These are the types I'm planning on putting my focus, my persistence into.
Pent-up energy over supposed failure can't be good for productivity, huh?!
Now, it's time to go put in applications for those conferences! Gak!
I found another that might be of interest:
Algonkian. In particular, I'm considering the Harper's Ferry one.
Anyone have experience/knowledge of this? I know of one person that I've been trying to round-up, but haven't gotten her input yet.