Write Me Up

Official writing with some random thoughts

Submissions February 27, 2011

Filed under: General Blog-tastic Writings — Dorothy Lynn @ 10:55 pm

For some odd reason, every time I type submissions I want to type “submisiions” instead…strange….

Well, the subject of today actually is submissions. In the past two weeks, I have submitted works to ECC, First Circle (my school’s lit magazine), and Calliope, Mount Union’s Lit magazine. I only submitted poetry though, because I don’t have any prose to submit right now, which kind of annoys me. I want to be a prose writer….what is happening to me?????? Am I suddenly turning into a poet? scary thought, that…..*

It will be interesting to see if I get in and what gets accepted. I also submitted some photos to Calliope, since they accept art submissions. I doubt those will get in, not because they aren’t cool photos, but because I probably formatted the submission wrong, and if the submission is sloppy, things get dismissed quicker. We shall see….

In other news, I leave for choir tour on Thursday. Should be interesting. The highlight is that I am going to see Million Dollar Quartet on Broadway! For only fifty dollars! In the seventh row! I am quite excited, as I’ve never seen a broadway show before, and somehow I managed to score very reasonable tickets. I will definitely be writing about my New York theater experience.

I’m also getting very excited for my trip to New Mexico (which, consequently, is right after my trip to New York….lots of “news” for me…haha sorry that was a bad pun). I’ll be leaving next Wednesday, which is my birthday, and staying until Sunday. I can’t wait to see what my new home is like, because hopefully I will be moving there at the end of August. So much travelling, I don’t know where to begin with all of it.

 

*Say that last sentence with a British accent, and it will make sense…I’ve been watching/reading too much Harry Potter lately

Did you know????

Windows Live Messenger has a feature where the person you are chatting with can remotely access your desktop  (but only if you want them to.). This is super handy if something breaks, and you are not as computer literate as your tech-savvy brother who fixes computers is, and you need him to try and extract files for you so you don’t fail your senior portfolio. Or, if you want to play a practical joke on someone and convince them your computer has a mind of its own. Either way, it’s pretty nifty!

 

 

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Here’s a poem! February 26, 2011

Filed under: General Blog-tastic Writings — Dorothy Lynn @ 7:29 pm

I apologize in advance for the funky format…for some odd reason I can’t figure out the spacing options in this thing. This poem was published in Echoes of Creativity and Conscience, the 2010 East Central Colleges’ Literary Competition Anthology. (Wow, that is a mouthful…)

 

Rainy day’s travel

 

fueled by chocolate and

tea from my Japanese pot,

old, yet new, for me

at least.

Watching the travels of a

lonely man and

wishing that I too could be paid for wandering

aimlessly.

Even the elephants’ eyes

seem to carry that

otherworldy wisdom of

the east

as they slowly frolic

and calmly joke with

the humans who respect

their hugeness.

 

Why meter in poetry is awesome. February 24, 2011

Filed under: General Blog-tastic Writings — Dorothy Lynn @ 3:00 am

http://xkcd.com/788/

 

XKCD is a wonderful webcomic. It displays all the wonderful quirkiness of nerds. And this one in particular shows the versatility of poetry. And how much it inspires people. Even avid gamers.

(don’t forget to scroll over the comic on the original site. You’ll have the song in your head for days……)

 

Reading til my eyes fall out

Filed under: General Blog-tastic Writings — Dorothy Lynn @ 2:49 am

Sounds painful, right? The funny thing is, I don’t mind. I really love reading. More specifically, I’ve been reading submissions for my University’s literary magazine, First Circle. Somehow this semester I got elevated to a senior editor, which means i have to be more organized and not procrastinate. I am actually enjoying it a lot though. I have read a ridiculous amount of poems, short stories, and creative non-fiction in the past week, and I really enjoyed them all. I don’t know if i could be this kind of an editor for a job though. If I am able to give the writers feedback and a chance to fix up the work, then I could do it. But just reading through and saying yes, no, or maybe is hard. There are so many pieces that have potential, but I can’t say yes on potential alone. Oh well, I guess I have to learn how to be more mean. It is definitely a good learning experience. Next week should be fun, because that is when all the editors get together and make the first decision. I’ve never done that before, and I am really looking forward to it.

 

 

Did you know???

Speaking of editing, one of my friends, Hannah Selleck, has an editing business. For realsies. (If she saw how I just worded that, she would yell at me and say it was too informal, but guess what, Hannah? It’s my blog! ha, ha, ha) Anyway, if you need any kind of professional editing done, she is the person to do it. She’s quite thorough and helpful and doesn’t slip up in her professionalism at all(like me…). Check it out!

http://www.doublecheckediting.com/

 

The First Thing You Should Know… February 23, 2011

Filed under: General Blog-tastic Writings — Dorothy Lynn @ 2:00 am

…is that it takes me forever to come up with a good title. I can write a story or a poem in ten minutes, and it will take me half an hour to come up with the title. So don’t expect witty titles to my posts every time.

Now that that’s out of the way…

I decided to start an official blog for my writing. I’ll post links to sites where I’ve been published, and share some material that has already been published in places that aren’t online (such as my university’s literary magazine). This is a very new thing for me, and since I tend to be a very blunt and straightforward person, it might be difficult to be business-like and official all the time. Therefore, I don’t think I’m going to try.

My writing tends to be very sporadic. It’s not that I’m unorganized, or don’t meet deadlines, it’s more that I like to try everything. Because of this, I tend to jump between genres, and when I get burnt out with one thing I try another. Sometimes I am funny, and sometimes I am very serious. But most of the time, I just write what I think or feel. I do know that I love to study people, so fiction is a love of mine because I can create characters that come alive. But I also love travelling, so travel writing is starting to become a bigger part of my writing life. And poetry–well, I adore it, but I am still not sure how good I am at it. When I write poetry it is mostly for myself, or the people I love.

Like my writing, my interests are all over the place, so this site will most likely have lots of randomness. For example, right now I am reading a book on astronomy, the second Harry Potter book, a collection of Gaelic Fairy tales by Yeats, an anthology of poetry, and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. So be prepared to learn a little bit of everything, from music to math to theology. All of it will likely pop up at some point.

That’s about it for my first official post. Next up will be some of my published works!

 

Did You Know????

“Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.” is a grammatically correct sentence. No, really! Look!

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