How strange to be unable to log into Blogger yesterday morning. I tend to be a big believer in cloud computing, in letting others store my files--but I'm also paranoid, and so I back up. Actually, that statement isn't exactly true, because I also worry about all my files that I've saved to "the cloud" being hijacked somehow, so I haven't done as much file storage there as I'd like. I'd like paper copies of all my blogs to go with my paper journals that go back to the ones I was keeping when I was 12--especially since the main journals I keep now are my blogs. But that's a lot of work, and just as I haven't transferred my paper journals to electronic storage, I haven't transformed my blogs to paper.
I think of grad school, of the sources that some of us would spend our scholarly lives studying: the complete letters, all the various manuscripts, the journals, all the possessions. At that time, studying most of those things required a trip to a distant library, and possibly proving your credentials before you got there.
And now? What will young scholars of the future be expected to master? Could someone spend a summer examining my blogs? One of my summer assistantships required me to look at 2 versions of a manuscript and to try to determine the intentions of the author. It was one of those valuable summer jobs because it showed me what I DO NOT want to spend my life doing--just as in undergraduate school, I spent two summers doing social service work (one of them when there was no money), and I realized that my life plan needed an adjustment.
All of this to say, for those of you who came to the blog yesterday hoping for part 2 of my interview with Justin Evans, I'll post it Monday. I don't get as much blog traffic on the week-end, and it deserves to be read.
And for those of you thinking, drat, I forgot to buy Kristin's book, I'm pretty sure that sales throughout the week-end count towards the final total which determines the press run. Go here to order.
It's been quite a few months. I've been trying to promote my book and pre-publication book sales. In addition, I've had some writing deadlines that I didn't anticipate: I wrote prayers for one Augsburg Fortress book, I wrote meditations for a different Augsburg Fortress publication, I wrote two articles for The Lutheran, I wrote several blog posts for the Living Lutheran site, and I was the judge for a poetry contest. In addition, I coordinated the Create in Me retreat, made a presentation at the College English Association, and went to the AWP and Synod Assembly. Plus, in April, along with Dave Bonta, I read one volume of poems a week, wrote a review, and participated in an interview.
So, future graduate student, when you wonder why I didn't write quite as many poems or why I didn't my submission strategy fell to pieces a bit, look to that previous paragraph.
Time to think about summer. I'd like to get back to writing one poem a week. Maybe I'll blog about the process. It seems to work for Sandy Longhorn, and I love reading about her process. Yes, that's what I'll do. I'll make the summer submissions that I usually do. I need to think about festivals and other places where I'd like to read.
It's time to think about book length submissions again. I've slacked off on that a bit, since I've had a book coming out, and I think it's unrealistic to expect people to buy several books of poems in a year (not that most publishing companies have that kind of turn-around time, but still). I have one manuscript that I whittled down to 64 pages or so for a contest that only allowed 70 pages. Perhaps that will be the version that I send out. Or do I want to think about my spiritual poems manuscript? Or both?
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