I’m having a problem, and this is it. Typing one word and then the next. Forming coherent thoughts. Creating meaning out of nothing. Otherwise known as writing.
So, I’ve turned to other writerly activities. Reading books. Revising earlier works. Looking for publication opportunities.
In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been spending time on Poets & Writers, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers. I’ve only scratched the surface. They have an alphabetized database of over twelve hundred literary magazines and journals. I’m up to the letter C. Christian Science Monitor. However, it’s
good necessary to actually read the journals and follow submission guidelines, check submission dates and reading fees. And that takes time. Lucky for me, I have some time, and today I read Christian Science Monitor. They’ve published Sylvia Plath. I’m probably a long shot.
Why publish elsewhere?
Well, I’m building my bio. For now, this is it.
Crystal Byers is an emerging writer and veteran high school English teacher living in Houston, Texas. She has a memoir-in-progress and an MFA in Creative Writing from Houston Baptist University. Her essays appear at The Porch Magazine, The Houston Flood Museum, and soon with Brevity. Visit her at crystalbyers.com.
And if you are visiting today, thank you! May your words flow, your thoughts be coherent, and your meaning worthy of contemplation.