That Paul, not only devilishly handsome, but also a very smart cookie has saved me from link madness. Thank you, Paul!
What I've been reading--although apparently reading isn't all that fashionable these days--call me a rebel:
Journals: *88, *Poet Lore, and Kenyon Review
The Blue Estuaries, Louise Bogan
A Parade of Hands, James Hoch
Short Stories : Pushkin
Old School, Tobias Wolff (sp?)
What They Carried, Tim O'Brien
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Appointment in Samarra, John O'Hara
And many back issues of my new obsession--National Geographic.
*contributor's copies and damn, I'm impressed by the other contributors, good stuff.
Well, like almost everyone else, I'm submitting my manuscript to publishers. I started sending it out in May and it's interesting how the first four submissions went. Two were contests and two were over the transom. I did a lot of research on those contests. The over the transom subs were done on a whim--the main incentive being no reading fee. I honestly didn't expect the over transom publishers to care for the manuscript at all and I didn't place in either of the contests (thank goodness, but that's a different story) yet, here's the odd thing, the two other publishers gave me excellent feedback and one 'strongly encouraged' me to send the mss in next year. The best news is that both publishers have long, impressive track records and produce beautiful books. I plan to keep on following whims this season. A good lesson for me at this point.