A while back I wrote about my historical fiction class and some of the best wisdom I came away with. One of the nuggets I most cling to is an edict that my teacher, Mort Castle, lives by. He's been a freelance writer for forty years and he says, "Get some stuff out there. Always have about ten submissions circulating."
So I tried it.
I probably only sent out five submissions but it felt good. Mostly, I sent poems from the A-Z challenge, little samples of experiences or odes to friendships.
But I also sent a historical fiction piece that I wrote while in Mort's class. And that one hit the mark at a publication called, "The Copperfield Review." Check it out here.
Amidst all of the chaos of this summer - four teaching jobs and six beautiful children to nurture, it was nice to be reminded of my writing side.
I return to my Latvian beauties this morning after three days away and it's all I can do not to rush the plane. But after Saturday, when they return to Latvia, I'll hunker down and follow Mort's advice. It's time to return to writing and get some stuff out there.