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. Had a personal essay rejected by a journal, and submitted it to another journal.
4. Finished and submitted a commissioned book review to a journal in one of my fields.
5. Finished a draft of my memoir!
6. Submitted a pitch for my memoir to a contest.
7. Read a personal essay as part of a reading by Paragraph’s MFA fellows at KGB Bar in Manhattan.
8. Began my last semester of MFA coursework.
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