From their site: “We accept submissions to the journal from June 1, to January 15, at noon EST. We greatly prefer online submissions—some submission categories require it. Please see the following pages for full submission guidelines:”
About five months ago, I started this blog and got an email associated with the blog. At first, I added that email to my phone and my computer at home. However, since I only got spam- like email there, I removed that email many many months ago.
However, tonight I saw an email from the daughter of one of my husband’s dear childhood friends. She informed us that her father had passed away, and asked to contact her. My husband asked me to reply as soon as possible, so I went into the next room and logged onto the computer.
However, her email was gone. Completely gone. Absolutely completely gone. Not in spam. Not in deleted. Not in trashed. Not an archive. Simply nowhere.
Since two of us saw the email, I knew I was not crazy. I knew we had actually seen it. And I remembered enough about the writer to be able to find her by her career and institution where she works.
And then I added back the email to my phone for my blog, the blog here. And there was her original email, notifying us of father’s death.
Her father had been the best man at our wedding. Her father was a very dear dear dear friend to my husband, who is a quiet and gentle soul, and appreciated his friendship very much.
There is no way I should’ve seen the original email at all. It is not surprising that it disappeared; rather, it is surprising that I saw at all since it was not on my phone, that email, nor on my computer.
Sometimes glitches with technology can work out. I’m not going to make it anymore than that.
However, we had been wondering what happened to his dear friends since he didn’t reply anymore to our texts or emails.
And now we know. Now we can mourn him, and send our love out into the universe and to his family.
Sometimes glitches can actually help us.
Thanks for reading this, and I hope all the little glitches in your life help you.
What a fun and interesting website! Today Thoughtco.com presents some math tips. As someone who hasn’t taken a math class in decades, I appreciate this information.
Perhaps you will as well.
Enjoy your numbers. And thanks for reading.
To read the article and the math tips, go here:
Alt Minds Literary Magazine is looking for “…fiction and non-fiction/memoir (1,000 to 3,000) of any genre and poetry (no more than 40 lines) that is related to mental health, in theme, subject matter, characterization, whatever “mental health” means to you.” Unlike many new journals, this is a paying journal with a very narrow audience: writing with themes related to mental health.
Furtheremore, the editor and founder is brave to state she wished to create “…a literary magazine that focuses exclusively on content about mental health and all the idiosyncrasies that come along in living with mental illness.” That’s brave.
I’ve submitted two poems there; one is about a competency hearing and one is about drives–literal and metaphorical.
I’m still very pleased and surprised to find so many literary journals–seems to be something for everyone.
Thanks for reading!
Thanks to Thoughtco.com once again for an interesting article on how to Recognize Types of Clouds.
I enjoyed this article for the science and the beauty of clouds.
Enjoy. This is certainly the season of dramatic skies.
(Photo courtesy of my inexpert abilities using my phone camera.)
Thanks to ThoughtCo.Com again, an interesting, fun, and educational site.
Another interesting site. This is not my genre, dark literature, but I realize many of my writings contain very dark elements–just not supernatural. With some editing, they could fit the genre. In any case, here is a journal that has an interesting premise. From their website: Coffin Bell
Coffin Bell is a new quarterly online journal of dark literature seeking poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and creative nonfiction exploring dark themes. When we say “dark themes,” we don’t necessarily mean traditional horror. Send us your waking nightmares, dark CNF, dystopian flash, cursed verse. Surprise us. Make us think in a new way. Give us a new fear. Make our skin crawl.
If you write flash fiction or dark verse, read here and consider submitting. The site is attractive, the care given to writers evident in their bios. What an interesting group of writers published there already, from lawyers to ghost writers.
Yesterday I changed the speaker of a poem from human to animal, something I’ve not done before. Have you considered writing outside of your genre? If so, what was your experience?
Thanks for reading!
The BBC has a number of my most liked websites, and here is an example why. In a recent article BBC How Teen Years Shape Our Personalities by psychologist and father of twins Christian Jarrett, we learn about current research about the young, which includes, as Jarrett writes:
…long-term studies show that the traits that appear in our teenage years are predictive of a wide range of outcomes in life, including academic success and risk of unemployment.
As an educator, I am interested in learning more. Jarrett doesn’t write about the teen years just to share knowledge, but also hopes that (from the article) …learning more about the forces that shape teenagers’ personalities, we can potentially intervene and help set them on a healthier, more successful path.
For me, learning that… Another study uncovered a link between self-confidence at school and positive personality development is intriguing. Are students confident at school because they have more positive personality development, or do they become more positive in their development because they are confident at school? I wonder.
If you are interested in learning more about topics like this, the BBC does offer to send you their top six “can’t miss” stories each week by signing up here: BBC’s 6 “can’t miss” stories.
I know I am looking forward to reading these top 6 stories each Friday.
What about you? Do you have some favorite news sites?
Poets, another good site for reading poetry and for celebrating poetry is Palette Poetry. Palette states its mission is:
…to uplift and engage emerging and established poets in our larger community.
The world is eager for poets. In 2016, more people spent their hard earned money on poetry books than any other year on record. When times are dark, the world always turns to poets for empathy, for answers, for words, bucking and new.
Palette Poetry is here to paint our small part of the world with truth through poetry, as hopeful and eviscerating as truth can be.
Palette sponsors contests, publishes poetry, promotes fun with and improvement of poetry. I love Palette’s lack of pretension, as shown by these words:
Our goal is to simply find and publish the best poetry we can, no matter its roots in craft.
If you love to read and or write poetry, this would be a great site to visit. If you hope to be published there, the editors note that they publish only the best poetry, so be sure to submit only your best.
Their site is inviting and exciting. Why not visit Palette Poetry?
As promised, I’ll keep sharing sites I find interesting. Thoughtco.com
asserts its goal as lifelong learning, and that is why I like it. If you subscribe to posts, each day you receive some interesting tidbit of information, ranging from science to homework, Monet to gas gauges. (I kid you not–how to fix gas gauges!)
I have no idea who told me about this site, but I like learning something new every day.
Why not give it a try? And do you have any sites you like for learning something new every day?