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Editing While Female

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So, y'all know I'm an editor, right?

And I think it's pretty clear, at this point, that I'm a woman. 
And apparently, it's hard to be a woman doing anything because misogyny exists, and it manifests all the time, sometimes in humorous ways.
Take this, for example:
A male submitted a poem to me. The poem's title was something along the lines of "Drunk Poem."
It was bad. Not offensively bad, but, well, bad. I send him my customary rejection letter, which goes something like this:
"Thank you for your submission. I appreciated the chance to read "Drunk Poem," but it's not a good fit for our journal at this time. I wish you the best of luck in placing this piece elsewhere. Sincerely, K" 
To which submitter responds:
"Thanks, Babe. What kind of poetry do you publish, then?" 
-_-
At first, I chuckled. How ridiculous. It reminded me of Rush Limbaugh. Or even something Donald Trump would say if a woman rejected his poetry (ha…

Why Hello There, Spring Break!

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My oh my is this semester flying by or what?

Today is my unofficial start of spring break, and it's already been a wild and crazy semester. Somehow, though, a bit miraculously, I've been able to keep my head above that proverbial water. I'm not ridiculously behind with my grading. I feel on track with my teaching. I've traveled to Corpus Christi and to San Angelo. And I'm even ::gasp:: getting a little bit of writing done. Oh, and I'm training for a half marathon, too!

I think I'm getting a hold of this whole time management thing. I've been stressed, but not a ridiculous amount of stress, more like just a healthy, "I got this" kind of stress. Good things.

So, I thought with this little blogpost today, I thought I'd look back at a few of the significant events I've done so far and give some context and reflections on them.

One of my goals this year is to expand my poetry circle. I love the valley, it's true, but I want to explore …