Friday, October 11, 2013

Autumn's Crest



Remember all that good news I shared on that other Post? 

No agents have gotten back to me yet. My inbox is eerily silent. Perhaps it’s haunted?

But I must continue to juggling and accidentally dropping beanbags while I hope for some inbox exorcism that leads to page requests. I’m up to 21k+ in the new YA. Upwards and onwards.

This month, I did get a little happy news. My poem, “Autumn’s Crest,” was accepted in Halcyon Magazine. 

The magazine is free online. Details to purchase the gorgeous magazine are included in the link above.

If that link doesn’t work, click this link. 

And if you’re interested in submitting for the Winter issue, details are HERE. 

While I continue to write, query, and wait, these small successes keep me going. I always hope I’m about to crest towards success. 

My critique group’s writing retreat 2 weeks ago filled me with inspiration in many ways. The view certainly helped.


I wish you could smell the crisp air.
Thanks, Judy Mintz. 


Writers, what keeps you going?

58 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the poem acceptance! It's hard to wait. Need to keep busy while we wait.

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    1. Alex, thank you! I couldn't agree more--we need to move on to the next piece.

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  2. Terrific poem- I love the shore and autumn, and so these two things together in a poem are especially savory. Good things are coming-

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  3. Congrats, Theresa! Looks like a lovely magazine,

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  4. Congratulations on the publication of your poem, Theresa!

    (I love your comment: inbox exorcism...LOL!)

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    1. Victoria, thanks. I guess no news is good news, right?

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  5. Yes, congratulations on the poem. I'll check it out. I love autumn but it always passes too fast! Hope your inbox starts playing properly soon!

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    1. Linda, I know--autumn brings that dreaded winter. Brr!

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  6. Lovely Theresa!! I love your poem - it speaks of longing and a hope touched with poignancy!! Yay!!!

    Thanks for sharing and keep at it!!! You can, you will and it'll happen! Take care
    x

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    1. Old Kitty, thank you. It's really a metaphor for my relationship with my husband. I enjoyed writing it.

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  7. It's a tough wait. Keep your spirits up. Yay on the poem! That's awesome news.

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    1. M Pax, it's a tough wait, but it beats rejection. My fear is that the longer I'm waiting, the more likely it means rejection. *sigh*

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  8. Congratulations. I've been reminded lately that the thing to keep me going is to be grateful for all that I have. That's what brings more good--being grateful for the good that I already have. It helps.

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    1. Liz, I keep focusing on that... but I really want an offer too!

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  9. Hi Theresa .. congratulations on the publication of your poem .. it's great you're keeping on writing while waiting. So pleased your weekend retreat was really valuable .. getting together and talking writerly things must add so much to the process ...

    Happy writing weekend - Hilary

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    1. Hilary, it was a wonderful weekend. We all need to recharge doing the things we love, don't we?

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  10. YaY you pal! I haven't had a chance to look at it yet but will asap! Congrads in a big way. Your time will come. You know that, right? In the meantime, we just keep keepin' on. Mwah!

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    1. Robyn, all we can do is keep trying, right? Thanks for all your support. Seriously, it's such a help.

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  11. Congrats Theresa!! That is fantastic!! Writers retreats...I hear...are fabulous, maybe one day for me too...in the future of course...Well done!! Sandy

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    1. Sandy, thank you. This writing retreat was at a friend's family's place, so that's the only way I was able to swing it. Our group decided how it would run.

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  12. I was wondering if anything had happened. It's still early though! :)

    I love the idea of a retreat with critique partners. Sounds awesome.

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    1. LR, I keep telling myself it's early. But I did hear or 1 or 2 people already landing agents from the contests. I was hoping one agent would be dying to read it and get back to me already.

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  13. Cheese keeps me going, and my wonderful writing groups. ;) I'm off to read you poem. (Finally. I know, I'm sooooo slow, but hey, better late than...)

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    1. Crystal, thanks for visiting! You had a few more comments on your book reveal. People really like the cover!

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  14. Congratulations on the poem. And fingers crossed for more good news soon!

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  15. Yay! about your poem, Theresa. I would love to write poetry. I have old - when I say old, I mean old - works I wrote while in high school. I think I fear reading them. lol

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    1. Sheri, I used to write poetry back in high school. I have no idea what happened to the poem, but I hope they're destroyed.

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  16. Responses from queries takes so much time! Hope you hear some good news soon, Theresa! Your writing retreat looks beautiful. I haven't taken one in years. I need to!

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    1. Kelly, responses do take so much time. I don't want to make changes to the manuscript of send out more queries until I hear something.

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  17. Congrats on your poem! That's exciting!

    As for the queries, good luck! You're smart to keep plugging on a new novel while you wait. Not only is it a great distraction, but if an agent asks what else you're working on, you'll have a juicy new novel to talk about! :)

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    1. Dawn, so true. I'd be obsessed with my inbox if I didn't work on something else.

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  18. A big congrats, Theresa! It's good to celebrate every victory!!

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  19. Ah well, things will turn out for both of us at some point. I finally got my rejection letter from Harper Voyager (a year and ten days after submission). I made it to the top 400 out of 4700 manuscripts. That's an "A" I suppose or 1 in 10 if you want to look at the other 9 in 10 that got rejected before that moment.

    I consider myself an "A" writer and no doubt you are too. That means if we turned in an assignment for a teacher somewhere, we'd both get gold stars. But gold stars don't mean a publishing contract. It takes something even beyond a gold star to achieve that, and I've no idea what it is.

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    1. Michael, I'm so sorry. That's a long time to wait only to be rejected. I can say all the stuff about how far you made it and how much talent that shows you possess and demonstrates merit in the story. But, as you say, a gold star isn't a publishing contract. I hope you're going to query the story widely now. Did Harper Voyager offer any feedback?

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  20. Oh, Theresa, that's a beautiful poem! And I like the picture they put with it :) Congratulations! I'm glad you got to go to the retreat. A getaway is often a great balm for the soul.

    I get inspired from friends like you who never give up. I also keep in tough with a school friend who isn't afraid to tell me to get over myself when I need to :) And music....

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  21. Good luck, and hang in there while waiting--seems to be a writer's lot. We get to practice waiting quite a bit. Congrats on the poem!! How exciting. :)

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    1. Carol, I'm tired of all this waiting! But if the alternative is rejections...

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  22. Congratulations! You have a gift with poetry!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! Good thing you're around to critique 'em. :)

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  23. Congrats Theresa! I have to say I admire your writing persistence. I haven't been writing lately due to a crazy schedule and the general craziness with searchign for a new job. I miss checking in with WRite on and dropping by my favorite blogs. But most of all I miss writing.
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. Good luck with your job search. We've missed you at Build On. I hope you return to writing soon.

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  24. Tashi Delek is how we say congratulations in Bhutan. Tashi Delek!

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    1. Nobu, thank you! How do I say that in Bhutan. I hope all is well with you.

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  25. Congratulations on getting your poem accepted! I hope you hear back from some agents soon. Good luck! :)

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  26. Congrats. Good news along the way keeps me going, even if it's not exactly the good news I've been pining for. And sometimes that radio silence leads up to something big.

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    1. Medeia, I hope this radio silence leads to something big. Right now it's making me edgy. :)

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  27. Don't call it "small" - I think it's awesome! Congratulations!

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  28. You have had so many "small" successes since I met you. It's pretty huge!

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    1. Missed Periods, I like looking at it your way!

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