Showing posts from January, 2015

Writerly (and other) Goals for 2015

Well, it's just about time for me to go back to reality, back to teaching. We start up again on Tuesday.

This break has been really good for me. I've spent a good chunk of my time there, in my home office, with the cats :-) Pictured above is Rascal, napping on my desk. I've also spent a good deal of time focusing on my health, which is absolutely essential.

I've been thinking about what I want to do this semester, and this year, and most of it centers around just finding balance, time, and energy to do the most important things. This year, of course, I want to focus on keeping my writing routine. My goal, by 2016, is to have a good draft of my next project in the works. During the spring semester, I'm teaching less than usual (yay) which should allow for the time to focus on writing. I'm going to dedicate my mornings to writing. I hope to average about a poem a week this year, so that would leave me with 52 to write.

I'm not so worried about submissions a…

Goodbye, 2014!

I know I'm a little late, but I figured it was still more than worthwhile to reflect on what 2014 was for me as a writer. It was a very, well, let's just call it "eventful" year. One of my writer friends, David Bowles, shared a picture of his writing achievements on his facebook page on NYE, and I decided to copy him and do the same :-) So there, pictured above, is my 2014! Books, magazines and journals I either had something published in, edited, or wrote entirely myself. 

First from the left, we have Edward Vidaurre's book, Insomnia, which I had the pleasure of writing the introduction to. It was the first time I'd ever written an introduction to, well, anything really, so it was a bit intimating. I really love the idea, though, of helping others celebrate their successes. And that's exactly what Edward's book was, a success. Here were are at this release party!

Next to Edward's book, is RiverSedge, the new literary journal of UTPA that I'…