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Discussion in 'General Forum' started by WordsfromaSong, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. stonecoldnimrod

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  2. stonecoldnimrod Jul 7, 2021
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    -11/1-

    I can’t make this anymore
    The scales of effort are severely disproportioned
    Fallen for you, still lying on the floor
    Finding little comfort in this state, this contortion

    Every bone has broken
    Every promise spoken
    Remains unfulfilled
    Not just deceased, killed

    I can’t fake this anymore
    This smile, a republican border wall taking shape
    Lacking the pillars of wisdom, four
    Bucking under the force of a million breaking waves

    This melting composure
    Revealing my torture
    Step into the light
    Fading as the night

    I can’t take this anymore
    ‘Twas an endless Halloween, today’s November first
    Unidentifiable, reborn
    A lifetime of lifelessness, now lifting this curse

    Each scar is a bridge
    Water floods beneath
    Undoes every stitch
    Submerging our cheeks
    Coming up for air
    These lungs ache for you
    For me to be spared
    Your fate, I can’t undo.


    this was done within an hour of listening to random THRICE live and acoustic session on youtube. easily one of my better pieces.

    before this rescue becomes a recovery
     
  3. OotyPa

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    Woke up this morning to another publicist rejecting taking on my upcoming book as a project, despite it winning an award, despite being willing to pay for the publicist’s services. I usually try to post positive things in this thread but man it’s so tough pretending it doesn’t hurt when you pour your entire heart and soul into this work and it goes unnoticed or under-appreciated. No matter how much hustle you put into it, no matter how solid your output, it’s still so hard getting anyone to give a shit.
     
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  5. OotyPa

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    hey friendo's. hope the writing is coming along. i haven't been too inspired lately, but i've been reading a shit ton. also promo and some prep for the upcoming novella, which i'm psyched about.

    i was able to score a spot on this podcast, where i read two new poems, "Eyes the Color of Inside the Earth" (1:05) and "The Waiting Makes Me Curious" (2:25). they're from a recent chapbook i finished and have been submitting to contests and open calls. hopefully it finds a home soon. hope you guys dig these pieces.

    personally can't stand my voice on record ha.

    100Lit Season 2 Episode 2: 2 Poems ("Eyes The Color of Inside The Earth" & "The Waiting Makes Me Curious") Read by the author, Jonathan Koven by The 100Lit Podcast • A podcast on Anchor

    also on youtube here at 0:32 and 1:52

     
  6. stonecoldnimrod

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  8. OotyPa

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    eh, why not share my shit too

    Ambrosia
     
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    Thanks for reading and the kind words! :heart: It’s from an unpublished chapbook finished a few months ago that I’ve been submitting around, titled The Mystic Orchards. After all the writing I did this past year (for both fiction and poetry), it felt like my COVID poetry opus haha. Hope it finds a home soon
     
  11. stonecoldnimrod

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    'it's my blood that makes this bouquet of roses so red
    you might recognize this dinner by candlelight you're being fed
    it's my severed head
    slide it along whichever orifice you choose
    you might not always get your way, but know i always lose
    just tell me when you're through.'

    random doodle on the drive home from work yesterday.
    feel free to roam around here if you're interested in more:
    before this rescue becomes a recovery
     
  12. OotyPa Sep 13, 2021
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    OotyPa

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    COVER REVEAL INCOMING

    Classic move on my part revealing it on this website first, in a thread barely anyone visits. But I can't help myself and want you guys to see!

    My first novel, Below Torrential Hill releases this December. A poetic coming-of-age tinged with magical realism, about a damaged family seeking absolution in their small suburban town. A winner of the Electric Eclectic Novella Prize and finalist for the Clay Reynolds Prize.

    I poured my heart and eight years into this book. It would be a dream if some of you order a copy once it becomes available and read it (and you let me know what you think)! B-)

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  13. OotyPa

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    Posting this again for those that need a reminder or a little push. THIS IS THE LAST DAY TO SUBMIT TO TOHO JOURNAL (the journal I'm head fiction editor of). This issue's theme is "dreams and nightmares." $3 fee covers Submittable and printing costs. We want fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography, and film. HELP ME PUBLISH YOU!

    Toho Journal Submission Manager
     
  14. stonecoldnimrod Sep 16, 2021
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  15. OotyPa

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    Okay, so Toho Journal submissions ACTUALLY close today 9/30 (after extending the deadline). We still need more NONFICTION, FICTION, and FILM submissions. Theme is dreams/nightmares; small $3 fee covers Submittable and printing fees. Send your work in now!

    Toho Journal Submission Manager
     
  16. stonecoldnimrod

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    i submitted one of my pieces. fingers crossed that it gets selected.
     
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    I hope so too, man. Thanks for submitting.
     
  18. theagentcoma

    yeah good okay

    You ever read stuff you've written that you've worked really hard on and then sit back and realize that it's actually not that great?

    And then you go to your bookshelf and flip through some of your favorite books to see how much better those writers are than you and wonder how the hell you'll ever get to that point, if at all
     
  19. OotyPa

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    All the time. All the damn time. But you have to keep that fire going. It's the only way. The alternative would hurt too much.
     
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    yeah good okay

    I just read like, the third draft of a single chapter and all I could think when I was reading it and immediately after is "wow this is boring, who would care about this?" Lol
     
  22. OotyPa

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    For what it’s worth, everyone gets imposter syndrome and it always feels that way. Of course the author themselves might think “who would want to read this?” …because, well, the author already knows what happens! The stakes aren’t as high for you, not being a reader.

    Also, a third draft is not that deep into the process—or, at least, it isn’t for me. It usually takes MANY rounds of reading, rereading, revising until it feels right, and usually by then I’ve made myself sick of my own story.

    I recommend getting some beta-readers. Maybe a fresh perspective to your work would help reel out the assurance and strategy you’re seeking to finish out.

    It’s a long, hard road writing something that means something to you. If it matters to you, you won’t just churn it out and say “done.” If it matters to you, you have to push through this phase and get to the part where you feel confident again. And that takes a LOT of effort and attention-to-detail and open-mindedness.
     
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  23. aspeedomodel

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    This is what continues to stall my long form writing. I trip over myself, reread what I've written and realize it's no good, rewrite those sections, then stop and realize I'm where I began. Hang in there and keep pushing! Some pieces just take longer than others.
     
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  24. theagentcoma

    yeah good okay

    Thanks for this. Yeah I haven't even sent anything to anyone to be read but I've been thinking about it lately. Suppose that's the only way to get feedback, gotta have another set of eyes on it!
     
  25. stonecoldnimrod

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