38 thoughts on “Up Late

      • Iโ€™ve been resisting being a poet for a long time; probably โ€˜cause it doesnโ€™t pay minimum wage, but thatโ€™s very kind. I think you have the โ€œitโ€ factor.


      • you can use your poetic power to write short stories of shimmering power ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m just reading in ‘The New Yorker’ a short story by a poet who has just had her debut story collection published; it is not my forte but it may be yours ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Thank you. Iโ€™m trying. Iโ€™ve been sending a few of my favorites out into the big ocean, but so far no takers, a few nibbles. Iโ€™m but sure I have the patience to wait six months to be told no thereโ€™s bigger story fish in the sea ๐Ÿ˜‰ Might not be my forte either


      • what you do is write a number of stories, send one to one outlet, another to another magazine, and so on and while you are waiting for responses you keep on writing stories, submitting them to magazines; eventually you will get an acceptance, then another and another …. but remember you must read stories too, widely ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • That sounds very efficient, but Iโ€™m going to keep at it. Pull on my big girl writing pants and punch the keys. Poetry is just so much more alluring. Itโ€™s like finger painting instead of sculpting. Truly good advice, John. Thank you. Itโ€™s been a while since I read some great stories.

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