Writing Activity, November 2022

Since January 2021, I’ve been keeping a list of my writing activity for each month (here’s last month’s). 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.

The list is basically in chronological order.

1. Wrote a haiku or senryu on most mornings.

2. Updated the Mennonite/s Writing Bibliographies.

3. Submitted ten poems to Frogpond.

4. Submitted ten poems to Modern Haiku and had one accepted for the next issue.

5. Had two poems published in the October issue of Kingfisher, which arrived mid-November.

6. Continued my MFA coursework and had my antepenultimate workshop in the program, which went well.

7. Got asked to do a book review for a scholarly journal in one of my fields and said yes.

8. Had an anthology that I have a personal essay in become available for pre-order.

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