It’s been a while.

First of all, Jon Gibbs on the Yes! moment, when you feel your writing.

Next up, Ferrett Steinmetz on submissions, setting the bar high, and working on your craft.

Finally, Maggie Stiefvater‘s good advice on the stance to take toward rejection.

Check out all of these sage writers as they utter yogic words of wisdom.


The Grim Reaper

Ferrett publishes in Asimov’s. Asimov’s? That’s kind of impressive. I think congratulations are in order.


And now, some sobriety.

It’s been a strange morning here at Kirkwood. A student from Africa stopped in to drop her classes because her mother is dying in the Congo, and she must go away for a month. Her mother is 68.

Another student just called to tell me she wouldn’t be in class tomorrow night because her mother has succumbed to a virulent cancer, and the family is now on death watch.

This comes on the day that Bryon and I are running to Southern Iowa for a funeral visitation for his aunt Hilda, the fourth aunt or uncle Bryon has lost in the past year and a half.

Makes that other post I was going to write otherwise this morning seem frivolous, so I think I”ll talk about this.

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