Archive | January 2014

How do you stay organized?

I have to have things written down somewhere and/or categorized in folders on my desktop. In fact, I can easily say that I am much more organized on my computer than I could ever be at my real desk. I have a folder for all of my submissions and keep a document that lists out the journals I want to submit to, organize them by the month they open their reading period, and note whether or not they accept simultaneous submissions. I then have folders for the individual journals that I submit to, and I name each file in the folders respective to its purpose (Cover letter or Submission) and append the date (2014_1) so that I know what year and month I submitted to them last. This will allow me to examine my previous submissions (as I may solicit a journal multiple times) and see if there is something I want to change. If I received a rejection letter, I try to scan it and keep a copy in that folder. I’ve only received two rejection letters to date with personalized comments. One from The Gettysburg Review and the other from The Missouri Review. I keep these notes pinned above my desk so that I can look at them and remind myself that tenacity is the key here.

Are there any strategies that you use to help keep yourself organized whether it’s for your notes, your work, the places you want to submit to? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Get Inspired: Blog Ideas for 2014

This is definitely something I need to do going into 2014. I have a lot of thoughts, a lot of ideas, and I just need to make time to explore them. Hope you all find this post as inspiring as I did.

The Blog

Write more. Paint more. Photograph more. 

Do something amazing. Go down a different path.

Challenge myself. 

New year’s resolutions — you might make ’em, or you may think they’re trite and a waste of time. Whatever the case, you’re here, aren’t you? Exploring, contemplating your next blog post, and scheming up 2014. We closed out 2013 with a showcase of year-long, daily, and weekly projects, so let’s brainstorm ways, big and small, to get your work out into the world in 2014.

Think big

the wanderers

Photographer and writer Stephanie Dandan at Infinite Satorisets off for Asia soon to work on a photo storybook called The Wanderers. Traveling solo, Stephanie will meet other explorers on her journey and tell their stories. She lays out her project on Kickstarter, and its design aesthetic — and her nomadic and adventurous spirit — echo the work she publishes on her blog.

But thinking…

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Flushed out mah creds.

I updated my Publications & Mentions page. It should be flushed out with more in depth details concerning my blogging, my stint as a columnist, and my published creative writing, and some of my undergraduate work. I’ve done quite a bit of stuff throughout the years, but most of the details are lacking primarily because I have to dig through old stuff (that is probably still sitting in a box from when I moved to Colorado ~2 years ago), and find out what those details were. This is probably pretty minor news for you guys, but for me, it’s a step in the right direction. It is important, as an author trying to get published, to make sure I have all of my credentials and previously published work listed out accurately. Although I haven’t been writing a ton lately, I have definitely been reading a lot. Mostly advice for blogging, keeping an author platform, improving SEO, and link building. Here are a couple of helpful articles that you might enjoy as well:

Your Writing Bio: Doing The Publishing Credits Shuffle

Publishing Credits: The Best to Not So Best

5 Ways to Make Your Website More Linkable

SEO Tips for 2013

Adding Social Sharing Buttons to Blogger

10 Literary Blogs Every 20-Something Should Read

These are just a couple that I have kept up and keep reading and going through related content for. If you have a favorite resource for writing, submitting poems/short stories/etc to lit agents and publishers, info for bloggers on improving SEO or readership, then please share! I’d love to see what you all are reading.

What’s in your writer’s toolbox?

I think a writer’s environment is very important and can affect their desire (and ability) to write. So when Jodie posted this, it made me really think about what I should surround myself with when I try to write and what I should try to get away from or exclude. Personally, I probably should not be working on a computer with an internet connection! I get WAY too distracted!

Worn Down

I’ve been meaning to add more updates lately, but I’m just feeling really worn down. In addition to having a lot going on at home (being sick, boyfriend being sick, going shopping with boyfriend’s sister for yoga clothes, doing family dinner, etc), there’s a lot going on at work. I’ve been running 1 on 1 internal meetings with Tier 1 staff that I indirectly manage and participating in interviews with other Tier 2 staff and our managers. It’s just been nonstop this past week or so, and I’m ready to curl up in bed and bury my face in my pillow. There’s a lot going through my mind right now, not all of which I really want to discuss here. So I haven’t forgotten about you all or been procrastinating updates, I’m just genuinely overwhelmed by everything taking place in my personal and professional life. So I appreciate you guys listening and being patient, and I hope that you all have a wonderful week and weekend.


Napping with my cat & dog I try and keep this blog up to date, but over the past couple days, I haven’t been making any posts or updates whatsoever due to illness. I’m on the rebound now and you should see updates coming much more regularly. One thing I want to share is a photo my boyfriend took the other day while I was sleeping. Both my cat and my dog are curled up and sharing an afternoon snooze with me. I hope that you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Updated my blogs:

I updated this blog to include more information about my publications, and I have updated Pandy’s Product Reviews to be more SEO friendly. It now has a defined language (en-us), each post has been updated to allow backlinks and show a search description, and each post has been cleaned up so that there isn’t as much junk html. I love making sure that everything is up to date and is easily searchable.