Week Six ? Day Four

Time is flying. I think this is week six. I’ve spent so much time going places today, now that my car is repaired, that I haven’t spent a lot of time writing.

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In looking through my poems for the chapbook contest, I found some haiku I was writing for a haiku contest. I just can’t find the contest I was planning to enter and I don’t know if or where I wrote it down. When I went online – googled haiku contests – I found quite a few that I want to look at.

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Week Six, Day Three

Looking at my poems for the chapbook contest, I think I will choose the ones that tell the best stories. Which ones might universally appeal to the most people?

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I found another chapbook contest. It’s deadline is October.

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Just put the envelope of 18 poems, biography, table of contents and cover letter with SASE in mailbox to Anabiosis Press Chapbook Contest. I haven’t physically mailed off submissions in awhile.

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Still waiting on word about my car. The mechanic called my old cell phone Friday. That phone doesn’t work any more. I’d taped my new number to the car dash, just in case he didn’t have it, but I guess no one noticed? Anyway, I’ve called him so much yesterday that I hate to call again. I did call him earlier today too. He says every time I call that they are “working on my car”. That’s scary when you know mechanics charge by the hour. I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow. I hope I get my car back today. The mechanic said it should be ready today, but he might not have anyone to come get me. He’s about a mile away and I don’t know if I can walk that far or not. He said we’d work it out.

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Yay! Mechanic called me just before lunch to let me know my car was ready and he was sending a man to pick me up!

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I have done all the writing work I’m doing today. I did discover some haiku poems while I was searching through my poems. It seems I found a contest for haiku poems and was writing some . . . I will look through the Writers Market tomorrow to see if I can find where I am tosubmit them.

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Week Six, Day Two

willowsprings.ewu.edu ¬† is the website for Willow Springs Magazine. I went there and read three poems by James Kimbrell, who has published with them. They are good, but nothing like I write. There goes another potential market. Two bad. They’re the ones that pay $20 per poem.

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Looking at a Chapbook Contest, I see a poet named Danielle Beazer won last year. I google her name with the word poetry after it and find six of her poems online. Her poems don’t all rhyme, but they do tell stories.

The deadline for this contest is June 30. “postmarked”. Today is June 28. Do I have 16 to 20 poems to submit?

I went through my folder of poems looking for some that would go with the theme “animals”. How many do I have already written?

I have 23 poems that would be about one theme that I could submit for this contest. I’ll go through them and select 16 to 20 and submit tomorrow.

The name of the contest is Anabiosis Press Chapbook Contest. They also want biography, table of contents and acknowledgements for previous publications.

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Biography? Does that mean when I was born? Parents? Education? Work History? Any Marriages? Children? I guess I didn’t stop to think exactly what a biography entails. I just started writing about myself and included things I thought someone interested in my writing might want to know. I hope they don’t look at my biography and think “she can’t even do this right!” and not look at my poems.

Here is my biography:

Biography of Constance Barr Corbett
As a child I would write short verses for my mother. I loved the way words worked together and found that poetry was a way I could express myself.
As I grew older, I continued to write. I had a notebook filled with my poems that a boyfriend found and read. “You could sell some of these,” he told me. He even bought me my first Writer’s Market. To prove him wrong and to make him stop nagging me, I sent off two of my poems. They both sold. “Laments of an Old Cat” was published in Cats Magazine (and also later in The Morris Report). “To My Friend, George” was published in Alcoholism, The National Magazine.
I married and had three children. I stayed home with my children when they were young and continued to write during their nap times. Dennis Rogers, a columnist with The News and Observer, used many of my letters (anecdotes) to him in his Letters and Left-over column that he published each Friday. I also published more poems. An article of mine titled “Helping Hands Are Learning Hands” won third place at The Readers Digest convention in Columbia South Carolina one year. My short story, “Beware of a Good-Natured Wife” won honorable mention in Beta Sigma Phi’s International Short Story Contest. I had an article about “How to Find Homes for Kittens” published in “the Morris Report”. The Morris Report published several of my poems as well. Sleuthhound Magazine published my poem “The Yorkshire Terrier’s Tale”. 2AM Magazine published my poem “Slumberlost”. Writer’s Gazette published my poem “Characters”. Grit published “Old Atlas”. There were probably others as well.
While all this writing and getting published was going on, I separated, went through a horrible divorce and found myself raising three children alone. I still wrote, but had little time to look for publishers.
Now my children are grown and I’ve turned my attention back to writing. I even have a blog at WordPress called “Constance As A Writer” constancebarrcorbett.wordpress.com
I also went to graduate school at UNCW to get a Masters Degree in Language and Literacy. While there I took an elective writing course. My instructor kept me behind one night and I thought she was going to tell me I was out of my element and to drop the class. Instead she told me I needed to find an agent.
I still haven’t found an agent, but I have continued to write. I also had to continue to work full-time to support my children. At one time I had three of them in college at the same time.
I was a school teacher. Much of my time was spent teaching reading to struggling readers. For three years I taught Reading Recovery. Later I was a Reading Intervention teacher. Other times I taught First Grade, Preschool, First Grade/Second Grade combination, Fifth Grade . . .
Now I am semi-retired and spending much of my time writing and looking over what I have written over the years. I find I need to spend time seeking markets more than I need to spend time writing. I have over 150 articles already written. That doesn’t include the short stories, poems and books I’ve worked on.

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I see they also want acknowledgement of previous publications. I guess I covered much of that in my biography. Should I change my biography to be just about where and when I was born? Education? Marriages? Children? I could go to wikipedia and look at those biographies to get an idea.

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Table of Contents . . . hmmmm . . . what order should I put these poems in? (I know I ended that sentence with a preposition. I don’t care.)

There’s one poem about a cricket. There’s a poem about birds. Most are about my pets. Or imagined scenarios of my pets, like The Yorkshire Terrier’s Tale . . . I did have a dog (two of them actually) named Honey. One was a Yorkshire Terrier. But she never caught a burglar. Other poems about my pets are true incidents, like Conrad’s Chair. (Why has no one bought that poem? It’s one of my favorites, but then I see it happening in my mind as I read it. There are no illustrations.) I could do alphabetical order, but I want my very, very best ones first so that they at least get read while the reader is “fresh”. Ok. I’ll go from best to worst and change up which kind of creature is written about so that all my dog poems aren’t together. I would think that might make them less impressive and possibly border on boring.

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Oh, boy . . . I got an email from a magazine saying they were closed to submissions, but would reopen in about a week and to resubmit my poem at that time.

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Went to the post office and bought stamps while my son was here to give me a ride. I called the mechanic and my car may have an expensive repair. He is going to start on it and see how much it’s going to cost and call me if it reaches a certain amount before he goes any farther. I need the stamps to be sure I can mail my poems to the contest tomorrow.

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I’ve worked hard this day! I went through all my poems and chose the ones about animals and pets. Then after I had 19 of them, I thought about other poems I’ve written . . . some that might be better than some of the animal poems. And I printed those out. I wrote a biography, although it was mostly about my writing life. I made a list of published works and was surprised at how much I’ve published. I wrote a cover letter. Tomorrow I will go back through all the poems I printed out, choose the ones that seem the best and send them off to the chapbook contest.

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Week Six? , Day One

My short story, “The Slip” . . . is 1417 words long. I just went to the website for Suspense Magazine, which looked like it might be willing to publish my story. They require stories between 1500 and 5000 words. Should I make my story a little longer? Then I read that they might publish it online and I’d get no payment. Ok. It stays as is, 1417 words in length and I will look for another publisher. It may never see a printed page, but it will not be published without some sort of compensation. I spent time writing it. I don’t give my work away. For those who might be interested in this magazine, here is the website:

http://www.suspensemagazine.com/Submission_Review_Policy.html

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I saw another possible poetry market. It pays $20 per poem. I might submit one of my poems to it. I need to see what kind it accepts. All my poems rhyme and they tell a little story.

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Found this info online:

According to a study conducted in late April by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read. That’s 14 percent of the population. 21 percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can’t read.Sep 6, 2013
So what do they call classes where adults learn to read? All I’m finding are classes for GED’s etc.

HiLo: Adults – reading 4th to 6th grade levels

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Starting to think this is an impossible endeavor. I just don’t know the buzz words, OR the classes I seek to write for don’t exist.

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Sunday Is My Day Of Rest

But today I find myself thinking and doing a little work on my writing career goals. This is becoming like a real job.

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Found a possible publisher for the slip short story.

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Research on hi/lo book(s? . . . the one I bought has 18 pages with written words on them; other pages have pictures.

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I wrote four pages for my hi/lo Re book. When I put in the words into the word counter tool, it showed it was on 5th/6th grade reading level. I was aiming for lower. I want to copy/paste words from the hi/lo book I bought and check for grade level. It had some larger words in it.

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I got ideas for more research on hi/lo books. I wonder how many classes for adults learning to read there are in NC? How many classes total in the US?

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I wonder how many teachers of adult learners, who are learning to read, would be available for research questions?

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It’s Sunday, but my mind refuses to be turned off. I am sleepy. Think I’ll nap. Sometimes when I nap, I end up solving problems. My mind enters a state and works out many things.

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It doesn’t look like Hippotamus Press publishes my type of poetry. My poems rhyme. I checked authors they had published and in looking at Edward Lowbury’s poem,

AUGUST 10TH, 1945 – THE DAY AFTER

It is not like the poetry I write and he is one of the authors they published. Here’s the link to that poem:

http://salamanderoasis.org/poems/l/lowbury-edward/august10.html

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Week Five, Day Six

I spent a little time this ¬†morning looking for a publisher for Slumberlost. I found 3 or 4 possibilities. I’ll start with the one that pays the most and resubmit, if necessary, to the others. I will not submit to any magazine that “does not pay at this time”. Poetry yields little compensation as it is; I will not give my work away.

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I found the publisher I hope to sell Slumberlost to. The email address for submissions at the magazine’s website did not work. So I went to the Writer’s Market, where I found the market in the first place, and sent my poem to the address listed there.

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I need to find a possible publisher for my short story “The Slip”. I hope to find one today.

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Week Five, Day Five

My poor old car just had a conniption and I am sitting here waiting for the mechanic to come tow it. Will I get much work done today? It’s already almost noon, and I’m a morning person.

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The mailman just passed by. He left my copy of 2 AM, Fall 1988 issue. My poem “Slumberlost” is on page 39. I was glad to get it, but it gives me the creeps! No wonder the horror mag bought it! I would like to try to resell it. I do still have the copyright to it.

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Last page of The Atlantic Monthly . . . page 112 . . . July/August 2016 issue . . . asks for response to the question for the October issue . . . “What concept most needs a word in the English Language”? I would like to send a response to that and maybe get my response printed in the October issue . . . I need to think about something good to say . . . something clever? something appropriate . . .

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Ok. I submitted my idea to The Atlantic Monthly for the question above. I also made a folder called Submissions so I could keep track of what I have submitted to various places. I sent in a poem to another magazine this month. I am beginning to meet my goal of finding markets for what I’ve written or what I write.

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I worked on my short story “The Slip”. It needed a little editing, but is ready for submission. Now I need to look through markets and try to find one that might buy it. I see I wrote that story in 2010. I edited it in 2015. I just did a little more editing (2016). I’m surprised that it’s ready to go. I remembered the story and actually went to it thinking I could make it a hi/lo book/story. The words in it are too advanced for a beginning reader and since it’s finished, I don’t want to change it that much. It needs to find a home. Tomorrow I will search for a maket for it.

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Week Five, Day Four

Finished a stanza about one more thing for my teacherspayteachers item. fifteen more to go.

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Not having a good day. I think my car is going to need repair. Every thing I say, people seem to take the wrong way . . . not talking to anyone else today.

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Wrote two more stanzas for current project. I think I have 13 more to go.

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Week Five, Day Three

I just wrote 555 words on my blindman book.

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I recently subscribed to The Atlantic Monthly Magazine. In looking at the latest issue, I notice poetry is included. The poem I just read is nothing like what I write. I went to the Writers Market and read about submission requirements. They do not want beginning writers. I am definitely not a beginner as far as poetry goes. I’ve had a few articles published . . . but more poems than articles have been published. So I will file The Atlantic Monthly in the back of my mind and if I write a poem that would be suitable, I’ll submit it to them. It says to do online submissions. I also might send an article, but need to think hard about which one, if any one.

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VOICE – I’ve been told my writing has “voice”. Voice is about what it sounds like. Just like when you answer the phone and hear someone’s voice, you know who it is (sometimes) before they even tell you. I can read James Patterson and Jonathan Kellerman and even if their names weren’t on the book, I’d know who wrote it. The last book Kellerman wrote, did not have his “voice” and I and some others, whose opinions I read, wondered if he even wrote it. I am mentioning this because as I read the Atlantic Monthly Magazine today, I noticed the voices of the authors, and I believe I can fit in with how they write.

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I contacted Measurement Inc. about the on-line Reader position I had applied for. They have their quota of employees for this “season” and if I get the rest of the paperwork in, they’ll consider me for “next season”. Not sure I even want to do that and it’s probably why I didn’t get all the paperwork in this time. It would be a job . . . not a career, but a job.

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Week Five, Day Two

Tuesday. There was no writing yesterday, Monday, Day One of Week Five. I was at the beach with my two oldest children. I had a wonderful time. I hadn’t been to the beach in five years and I was past due. It was a beautiful day. We found a new restaurant with excellent seafood. The sun was shining and the breeze was nice as I sat on a towel on the sand.

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Today I talked with my middle child/son and he expressed again his desire to write a blog. I hope he starts one here on WordPress. I encouraged him to do so.

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Hi/Lo books are on my mind. I discussed them with my son today and got a few extra ideas.

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“No Child Left Behind” means no child goes forward. The Academically Gifted programs are few and far between now. While we pay for 8 adults to be in a “special ed” class containing 8 children, we let our academically gifted children languish in classes with the children who cannot be left behind. We basically tell our best and brightest to “stand still while others catch up”.

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Angry with my doctor and her nurse today. I wrote about it in my blog “Proud of Every Wrinkle”, so I won’t go into detail here. I do wonder why young folks think they know more than their elders and why they talk over us in such a rude way.

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My cat, Hunter, is meowing. I cannot write if she’s going to do that. Let me go see what she wants.

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Hunter wanted fresh food.

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Re-watched Lesson One of James Patterson’s Online Writing Course. Since the course was interrupted for me by first a one week hospital stay and then – less than a week later, a Pitbull attack, followed by several weeks of not being able to type with my left hand because of the Pitbull damage, I feel my disjointed view of Patterson’s course was not as good as it could be, so I’m watching the videos again. He has a lot of knowledge in his course and I feel I probably missed some of it.

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Ordered a copy of 2 AM Magazine that had printed my copy of Slumberlost (poem) in 1988. My personal copy was damaged and I’m excited about finding this one.

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I found a hardback copy of a book that is selling on Amazon for $25 . . . cheapest copy listed. I listed mine for $22. I found the book at the Dollar Tree. Sometimes I get lucky when I’m in the Dollar Tree and buy a book that is selling for more than $1 online. I buy books that appeal to me or that I think will appeal to one of my sons. If it’s not selling for more than $1 online, I either read it or give it to one of my sons or to a friend. It’s a gamble, but once in awhile, it pays off.

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