Mid-year Review

Back in January, I wrote a post about goals I’d like to complete in 2012, and after receiving some fantastic news on Friday, I decided to look back over them to see where I’m at with them.

Here they are:

#1: Get one of my fiction stories accepted for publication.

#2: Get published in one of the journals my heart leaps for joy over. 

#3: Get paid for one of my publications.

#4: Be accepted into Bread Loaf.

#5: Keep up my writing ritual.

Goals I’ve met:

  • On Friday, I got an acceptance e-mail from Third Coast for my poem “Hurricane Andrew” (draft notes here). I had made the decision this year to submit to journals even when I felt like they were too “above” me, so I had submitted to Third Coast, even though I had not even a speck of hope of being published in it. After my publication in [PANK]I had already met goal #2, but with this most recent acceptance, I can’t even explain the gleeful daze I’ve been wandering around in.
  • While I haven’t written a poem every week as I hoped I would, I haven’t completely forsaken it. I was glad to look through my entries on here and discover that now, 34 weeks into the year, after a surgery, finishing up requirements in order to be able to graduate, and a month of very little writing in Spain, I’ve drafted 19 poems. Not bad.

Goals I’ve not met:

  • I didn’t get into Bread Loaf. I did get a “nice” rejection, encouraging me to apply again next year, but no-go.
  • I haven’t gotten one of my fiction stories accepted for publication. Yet. Today, with renewed vigor, I sat down and revised a story I had been meaning to get to, and then sent it off to six journals.
  • I haven’t gotten paid for a publication yet either, so I submitted my fiction to some journals that do offer payment, and I’ll be researching some poetry journals I can submit to as well.

While I’d like to say that I’m so grounded that getting an acceptance or rejection wouldn’t have any effect on me, that’s just not the case. On my best days, I can log a rejection and move on. On my worst ones, I have to read a rejection two or three times and then check Rejection Wiki to make sure it’s “form” instead of “encouraging”. I walk around pouting and thinking strongly of reasons why I should give up writing forever and ever and ever. Right now, I’m going to try to hang onto my happy writing moments for as long as possible to buoy me past the not-so-happy ones (Perfect example! I just got a form rejection! Logged. Moving on.).

How are your writing goals going for 2012?