Slacking on the promo again.
If you’re looking for something to read over the holidays, check out the December issue of TC.
Also some newish AB articles…
Um, I think that’s it. Oh, wait! Go answer our writer survey pls+ty!
The solutions are obvious. Stop making excuses. Stop saying women run publishing. Stop justifying the lack of parity in prominent publications that have the resources to address gender inequity. Stop parroting the weak notion that you’re simply publishing the best writing, regardless. There is ample evidence of the excellence of women writers. Publish more women writers. If women aren’t submitting to your publication or press, ask yourself why, deal with the answers even if those answers make you uncomfortable, and then reach out to women writers. If women don’t respond to your solicitations, go find other women. Keep doing that, issue after issue after issue. Read more widely. Create more inclusive measures of excellence. Ensure that books by men and women are being reviewed in equal numbers. Nominate more deserving women for the important awards. Deal with your resentment. Deal with your biases. Vigorously resist the urge to dismiss the gender problem. Make the effort and make the effort and make the effort until you no longer need to, until we don’t need to keep having this conversation.
from “Beyond the Measure of Men”
in Bad Feminist (171-172)
Baker & I collabbed on an Absolute Blank article: Tales From the Inbox: Baker & Beaver Discuss First Reading. That was fun. Oh, I also wrote this one: What Sets You Apart: On Valuing Your Own Experience. (That one practically killed me tbh. Writing! *shakes fist*)
Did I mention TC’s new issue? Probably not. I’ve been a flake lately. I wrote another SZ for it: Speak Your Truth. Need to poke one of the other editors to write something next issue; it’s turning into Beaver’s soapbox.
I was kind of burned out after the Great Lit Journal Move of 2014 so for this month’s Absolute Blank article I decided to try something different: What Writing Is Really Like.
This month at Absolute Blank, I interview former TC host and prolific author, Janet Mullany — “Toasted Cheese Success Stories: Interview with Janet Mullany.” (And hey, look, I’m posting about it on the same day it’s published, not 3 weeks later. Go me.)
This month at Absolute Blank, I discuss some common reasons shortlisted submissions get chopped: “‘You Shortlisted My Submission… Why Didn’t it Make the Final Cut?'”
Looking for something to read? Check out the June 2013 issue of Toasted Cheese.
A reminder that I’m still looking for contributions for an upcoming article on writing spaces. Details here.
And… we’d also like to see more writers submitting reviews. See here for details or talk to our reviews editor at the forums. Why write a review? It’s a writing credit to your c.v. (win for you) + support for a fellow writer (win for a toasty-cheesy colleague). Everyone wins!
Yup, still need to work on those PR skills 🙂
I have a new Absolute Blank article up at TC: “So You Want to Write an Article…”
Feeling inspired? Toasted Cheese is looking for submissions of articles (and reviews).
I have a new article up at TC: “Keeping a Commonplace Book.”
When I was eleven, my godmother gave me a hardcover notebook. Inside the front cover, she wrote: “It can be a diary, whatever you like!” It turned into whatever I liked.
The first surviving page—there are several torn out at the beginning, evidence of false starts made before I figured out what use to put the book to—is a list of potential character names: first names on one side, last names on the other. There are also lists of Likes (cities, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, reading uncensored books), Dislikes (being serious, snow, people who borrow stuff permanently), Quotes (‘three can keep a secret as long as two of them are dead’), Vocab (made-up or repurposed words a la Urban Dictionary), amongst others. These lists weren’t created all at once, but compiled over years, added to one or two items at a time. My favorite of these is the one titled Words, a list of words I liked, often more for their sound than their meaning: eclectic, elfin, exquisite, eloquent; crinkly, quirk, corrupt, cajole; shimmery, psyche, sepulchral, sinuous. Others seem more prophetic or insightful: scribe, judicial, introspective, and provocative (twice).
Realized I forgot to mention my latest article… again. I really do suck at self-promo. Anyhoo! My new Absolute Blank article at TC is “Face Your Writing Fears.” It’s been getting some good (unsolicited!) feedback, so check it out! Bonus: photo of me with a snake 🙂