Surprise Poetry Submissions & Blog Update

Hello Friends,

No in-depth blog this week (random or intended) as I’m currently working through a lot of material. I’m a one-woman blogger and writer so these sort of non-blog weeks are unavoidable but know that part of mind is always here in this wonderful community of writers and poets. Speaking of which…

1. THANK YOU ALL for the overwhelming support for my latest poem, “She Left.” I was taken aback by the private responses. I felt simultaneously supported and saddened. To know this kind of pain resonates with so many…well…in a way it prods my wound but also reaffirms the release of my work. It brings to mind a quote from Hemingway, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

2. I surprised myself earlier in the month when I submitted my first ever poetry package (including the mighty “The Kiss,” which continues to receive a lot of attention, so another THANK YOU to the poetry community) to a publishing house I’ve worked with before. I’ve stated this fact several times, I do not identify as a poet. I appreciate the medium, adore it really, and even dared a few constructs, but I make no claim to being a poet.

I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and took the risk (something I’ve discussed at length in this blog, Regret) as I’m gaining experience in the field regardless of the decision. I should know around my birthday in November, so it’s either going to be HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTINA or…meh, better luck next year.

If you’re reading this, thanks again G.O. 

3. My next blog will be a book review for the novel Good Girl, Bad Girl, by Michael Robotham. I’m currently devouring the book, licking my fingers as I go, not wanting to miss a crumb. Robotham is a favorite and I all but salivated when he dropped this one in July – that’s how behind I am in my reading list – now I’m back on track, ready to rip into it. I expect that blog to be out Sunday or Tuesday of next week.

“When I grow-up” (as a writer) I want to be Michael Robotham. I enjoy using psychological elements in my work, my reading preferences are no different. Robotham makes the atypical mind look downright normal. Complex characters are presented so smoothly I’m often knocked out of the story in disbelief. Here was a recent thought I had while reading Good Girl, Bad Girl: How the fuck did he just lay that out!? What!? How!? HOW DOES HE WRITE LIKE THAT!? *smacks head

4. Just an answer to those folks who’ve expressed curiosity about my Twitter handle. The muggle bit is straightforward but people ask what the GNR stands for. In the 90s, I was all about Guns N’ Roses and continued to be even after the music stopped. Harry Potter and online handles seemed to explode at the same time. I just crammed together two of my favorite things. It may seem silly but I never have to worry about originality. No string of numbers attached to my online handles, thank you very much.

Alright y’all, that’s me updated. Keep your fingers crossed on my latest submission. I’ll let you know the decision regardless as these endeavors are not just meant to express the positive outcomes. Take care out there.

Christina Schmidt, MA