The end of the year, that is. Tomorrow is voting day in the US in many places. Remember to vote if that’ s happening where you live.
I have one more writing residency before year-end, and seven more essays to write to achieve my 52 essays for the year. One a week, that was the commitment. I’m right on target at the moment. I finished essay #44, polished it, and submitted it to a literary journal. Fingers crossed. So far this year, I’ve had six essays published in journals. I don’t submit every one I write, of course. When I have one I think is publication-worthy, I rewrite and polish it before submitting it. I have submitted 43 times this year. Many are pending, the rest were not accepted.
I haven’t been great and continuing to send out my work after it wasn’t accepted. Next year I will focus more on getting published. This year has been about learning and practicing the craft of writing personal essays.
My plan for the remaining seven weeks of 2017 is to continue to write an essay a week; continue to write my weekly column for ROAR; write at least one new poem every month (so one more); to write a ten minute play before December 31st; and to make the most of my week at Firefly Farm in Knoxville at the end of this month. I will use my time there to focus on the full-length play I wrote this year.
How about you? What are your plans for the rest of the year? Or, are you already thinking ahead to next year?