I returned my dozen library books on Friday, having read eleven out of twelve. The one I didn't read, I just couldn't get into, but I did have enough time to read it if I had been interested. Life is too short to waste on 500 pages of drudgery.
Since Friday, I have read four more books.
I have been receiving rejections from higher-tier literary magazines, which are flagging my confidence. Star*Line (a speculative poetry magazine) did accept one poem provided I cut out three of four stanzas. But even that hasn't helped restore me to myself. Maybe in a few days I'll feel better.
My recent acquisitions of writing-related materials include renewing my Poets & Writers subscription, the 2015 Poet's Market, a collection of poetry, and a collection of interviews of poets. (Wave Books is having a Summer Warehouse Sale throughout this month if you guys want to check it out.)
There are two chapbook competitions for poetry with no entry fee ending this month. I don't know if I will feel up to submitting, though I should.
Well, I guess that's it for my news. Have you bought any books on craft lately? Are your submissions still going strong?