This is not really a post, just an exercise in procrastination. I started writing it last night and left it for completion but had an idea for another post before returning to it. I should be writing some haibun at the moment, but that isn’t going well. I started writing but wandered off to search Gray’s Elegy for a title, and ended up reading Lowell’s For the Union Dead, which is a fine poem but isn’t going to move my haibun forward. On the other hand, twenty minutes of staring into space and chewing a pen didn’t move it forward either.
I am now going to complete the post so that I don’t need to think about actually writing poetry.
It is now twelve months since I decided to take poetry seriously and I am in a position to discuss my 12 month rolling average.
Fifty six submissions made. Twenty eight have been successful, twenty one have been rejected and seven are awaiting a decision. Three of those have very little chance but I have a reasonable chance with the others. Even if none of them are accepted I am still on 50%, which everyone tells me is a good proportion.
This year it’s safe to say that I have written more, managed a publishable standard and have moved slightly out of my comfort zone by venturing into ordinary poetry and tanka, whilst trying a few new magazines.
In truth, I’ve done a little ordinary poetry before, though I did aim reasonably high with my choice of magazine, so I’m happy there. The tanka seem quite successful too, so I need anew challenge. This year I will consolidate what I am doing (no need to get over-confident) then look for new challenges.
I also have to work on becoming more productive, but for the moment I am off to read about writing better tanka. It beats bashing away at haibun that won’t come, but is all about self-improvement so doesn’t count at procrastination.
Those are very good numbers, Quercus! Congratulations! You sound quite productive to me!
It’s going OK,and the procrastination is going really well . . .
That’s a great percentage of submissions. Excellent
Thank you. It will get worse this year, I expect, as I expand the range of places I submit to. 🙂
For a first year, I’d say that was pretty darned good – I thought of Laurie when I wrote that, then looked up and saw what she had written!!
🙂 Are you finally getting the accent to go with the Colonel Sanders whiskers?
🙂 Never – and I don’t even eat chicken with my fingers
I am very impressed by your hit rate. Obviously procrastination is the way to go. I must try it when I have got some time to spare.
It’s a bit like Mark Twain apologising for a long letter because he didn’t have time to write a short one – procrastination, when done properly, is very time consuming and, as a busy man, you may struggle to fit it in.
I’ll bear that in mind.
Those numbers are incredible! To think that half the things you write get published is just astounding to me. Bravo you! I applaud you on your year of hard work, and am SO impressed to hear the results. Keep it up!
Thank you. It does seem to be paying off 🙂
Sounds pretty darned good to me! Well done, Quercus.
Thank you Laurie. The only problem is that I feel committed to doing better in the next twelve months. 🙂
A goal for most writers, I think.