One of my 2021 goals is to keep a list of my writing activity for each month. I do so partly as a form of encouragement for myself–to show that I am still able to do some writing despite the energy-sucking terrors of the pandemic (Which is still going on! Keep wearing masks!)–and partly as an archive that I can look back on in the future. As such, I will include negative happenings (e.g., receiving rejections), not just positive ones.
I think that it is important for me to share my list publicly as a queer disabled writer of color because mainstream discourse tries to either pretend voices such as mine do not exist or actively tries to suppress them. Whether one is part of a marginalized group or not, writing is an essential act of resistance in these terrible times, so I hope that my list offers encouragement to others.
Here is the list for May (here’s April’s), which is basically in chronological order. I got very little writing done this month because
1. I got into Hunter College’s MFA program in Creative Nonfiction (I got accepted a few months ago, but can now make it public), and spent the month making moving arrangements and moving. My writing has been evolving more and more toward the personal during the past five years, and I feel the need to get some more training for how to embrace this shift.
2. I had a publisher follow up on a book proposal about a volume of literary criticism on Mennonite literature by asking for the full manuscript, which I then submitted.
3. I had a senryu published in the April issue of Kingfisher (which arrived in May): “pandemic / my manic Mondays / on hold”