Andrea Blythe (blythe025) wrote,
Andrea Blythe
blythe025

Happy National Poetry Month!

I tend to forget that it's April Fool's Day (if not for the fact that everyone on the interwebs talks about it) and I'm also easily fooled, so chances are someone is going to have a laugh at my expense today. If you're into that sort of thing, jimhines has a round up of some of the better Fool's Day jokes that have already cropped up online.

But that's okay, because today begins National Poetry Month! and that's way more important. (^_^)
I will be participating in the National Poetry Writing Month challenge, which is essentially to write a poem a day in the month of April, or 30 poems total. Following the Poetic Asides prompts is an excellent way to stay inspired, if you're participating.

I've been posting the poems to my tumblr the last couple of years, just to not have to cross-post and to have all the poetry in one place. I'm a bit torn as to whether I'm going to continue posting them online. On the one hand, posting them publicly is a way to hold myself accountable and actually make sure I get them done. On the other hand, posting the poems makes them ineligible for submitting to journals and I need to submit more often than I do. I've seen some poets put up their poems only temporarily, so maybe that's one way to strike a compromise. I don't know. Still thinking about that one.

Last Week In Review

My story, "The Shadow's Flight," was rejected by Strange Horizons. I read it over to see if I could clean it up anymore (I could), and immediately submitted to to Clarksworld, which also rejected it last week (wow! amazing response times!). So, I submitted it once again to Flesh and Blood (perhaps third times a charm?).

I managed to get through the first half of Chapter One of Under the Midday Moon. I like it so far, though it's gone an changed where it's going on me. So now I have to re-figure out just how I'm going to end Chapter One, which is all well and good, I suppose. At least words are getting on the page.

I ran 1.5 miles on Monday, and my foot was killing me by the end, but it started to clear up again rather quickly. But I didn't push it on Wednesday and just did some sit ups and planks and squats instead. By Saturday my foot was feeling almost 100%, so I did a run and it went pretty smoothly. Almost no pain, which was bleeping fantastic, and I'm all set to get back to my running schedule this week. Yay!

Still struggling with my finances and trying to figure out how to handle them. I'm taking "contact accountant about retirement plans" off my to-do list for now, because I literally don't have any extra income to invest. I need to figure out how to earn some extra money first.

Things to do in the coming week:
– Finish off Chapter One of Under the Midday Moon
– Submit something (poetry, fiction, whatever)
– Walk/Run at least three days at least 2 miles each day (0/3)
– Get California taxes done
– Sort paperwork out by year for filing
– Either purchase new a new filing cabinet(s), and/or buy folders/large envelopes, and/or go through the process of sorting and putting everything in its place
– Get data transferred from the old computer to the new one (may require giving up my computer for a few days)

Cross-posted to andreablythe.com. You are welcome to comment either here or there.
Tags: napowrimo, national poetry month, rejections, submissions, untitled werewolf novel, weekly update
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