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May. 3rd, 2013 | 12:40 pm

I’m in Africa for five weeks and enjoying the sunshine! Ironically, it’s getting colder and colder here – the seasons are reversed, and winter is on the way. This year’s rainier than usual, too.

I haven’t posted a Friday update in a couple of weeks, and this one reflects a few weeks’ worth of submissions/rejections/etc. I’ve been working at a slower pace through two weeks of teaching and a week of travel. The memoir was on the back burner while I was teaching—working on it takes me to an emotional place I’m not comfortable starting kid circus rehearsal with—but I have been sustaining my writing practice with regular blog posts, and working away at my memoir. Writing dates with kathrynrose have been super-helpful!

The week coming up is a bit intimidating. I’ll have the apartment to myself, a bike, and the ability to walk/bike/minitaxi to the coffee shop/garden center (no really, it is!), but having a whole open week is actually scarier than fitting writing in as best I can. Hopefully, joining LJ Idol Exhibit B will help me structure my time!

(Yes, I’m in.)

REJECTED!
I did not even place in the Lascaux Flash contest—but yachiru did! Go her, so proud to be her fellow writer! Hey, yachiru, can I link to your entry or do you prefer not to cross-pollinate?

Two rounds of pitches to Definitely Not The Opera. My Michael Stipe story for “Fans” and two different stories for “Coming Out.” Nope, nada, nothing.

I did not win the Fiction category of the Kenyon Review Contest; one down, two rejection emails to go (in non-fiction and poetry)!


SCORED!
Acceptance letter to the Kenyon Writers’ Workshop, June 15-22. I’m thrilled to be going, and have gotten a slot in Dinty W. Moore’s class. He’s the author of a book I love, The Accidental Buddhist, and the editor of Brevity, a flash non-fiction journal. I’d love to write for Brevity, and I’m eager to hear his lessons on writing. The workshop program has class every morning and readings and discussions in the evenings, and afternoons are free to write. Like I said, I love school.

Also, it’s not a score until I get a piece accepted, but I just got the topics list for upcoming shows of Snap Judgment, and I’m thrilled just to be on the freelancers list and be able to pitch to a show I enjoy so much!


OPPORTUNITY OF THE WEEK
It's also this week's submission--keep reading!


ME ME ME ME ME: THIS WEEK’S SUBMISSION(S)
I’m going to brainstorm at least two story ideas for every topic on the Snap Judgement freelancers’ list. And, since presenting the stories of others whom I would interview is totally fair game, I’m opening it up to YOU. Do you have a compelling story on one of these topics? Put it in the comments (seriously, no-one’s gonna steal your idea) or email me at allison at angelsintheair dot com.

Legends/Fairytales
True stories about the fables that we share. [Snap Judgment is] working on a story about how the legend of an occult group from the 1800s became something else today, and an investigation of how rumors of vampires arose in New Orleans, thanks in part to a group of mail order brides whose luggage looked a lot like caskets. Maybe you have a story of a legend you and your friends came up with and later discovered the truth about?

Layover
Stories that happen in limbo. An airplane terminal, a bus stop, in between relationships, in between jobs.

Subterranean
Stories of the underground, literal and figurative. Stories involving black markets, cave exploration, mining,

Other themes coming up later:
* Chain of Command
* The Recipe
* Layover
* Nerd
* He Said/She Said (Stories with two differing versions, told by two narrators)
* Viral


1) It’s not about how good your idea is, it’s whether it makes me go “Yeah! I want to tell that story and I can do a good job interviewing you about it!”

2) It’s gotta have a beginning, a middle and an end, with a climax, and preferably something you realized/learned/discovered.

3) Even after I pitch it, someone else has gotta pick it up, so there’s no rejection from ME :). Honestly, we’re not super-likely to get picked up. But it's worth a shot!

4) If we do get picked up, it pays money. I don’t know how much, but we’d split whatever it is. It’s also national exposure on a well-regarded show if you’ve got anything you want to promote.

Why?
Crowd-sourcing is the new creative.

How?
If I think I can do a great job working with you to tell your story, I’ll call you to ask some questions and see if we click well as an interview. Then I’ll pitch it to the radio show.

What?
I don’t know yet…but I can’t wait to hear it!

And then I will hit ‘send’. WHICH IS LIKE LISTENING TO THE LITTLE MAN WITH MUD ON HIS FACE TELL YOU IN CLICK DIALECT HE’S SURE THE VINE AROUND YOUR ANKLES IS THE RIGHT LENGTH, THEY TOTALLY DO THIS ALL THE TIME, AND JUMPING.

LINK OF THE WEEK
Vi Hart’s guide to comments on the internet—why they sting, why they are worse than useless, how to preserve your beautiful artist self in the face of internet meannes. The video is a little longer than it needs to be, but it’s beautiful in some very subtle ways.


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What’s your story?


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Your Face

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from: kandigurl
date: May. 3rd, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
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I love Vi Hart!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: May. 3rd, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Just discovered her! I need to see more :)

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Andrea Blythe

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from: blythe025
date: May. 3rd, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Very cool! It would be fun to submit to Snap Judgement, though I have no ideas at the moment.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: May. 3rd, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
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Holler if any come up - I'd love to have a reason to chat!

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Gardening at Night

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from: cacophonesque
date: May. 3rd, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
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I wish I could think of a story for Snap Judgement, because I freaking LOVE that show. If you do get something accepted ever, you need to let me know!

I'll keep thinking, just in case something triggers a memory (I have lots of stories, but none of them want to come out of the vertical files of my brain right now).

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: May. 3rd, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
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Seriously, keep me posted! I love the show, too :)

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blink

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from: yachiru
date: May. 3rd, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Feel free to link away! I was super stunned that I even placed. o_0

Awesome about the workshop! Please do blog about how it goes.

>_> I totally have an idea for the legend/fairy tales but I'm using it for Long Hidden. Cross-dressing Spiritualists!

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Jemima Pauler

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from: jem0000000
date: May. 3rd, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
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Congrats! :)

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Jemima Pauler

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from: jem0000000
date: May. 3rd, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
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Nice! Good luck! :)

My stories are always true in ways that people who want true stories don't want, so nothing I've got would be useful. That's a pretty cool topic lineup, though.

And congrats on getting into the workshop! Sounds like fun -- and useful. :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: May. 3rd, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! BTW, thanks again for the fudge - I shared it with my circus friends and we LOVED it!!!

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Jemima Pauler

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from: jem0000000
date: May. 4th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
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Aw, you're welcome! I'm glad y'all liked it. :)

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Laura, aka "Ro Arwen"

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from: roina_arwen
date: May. 4th, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
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Congrats on the workshop - it sounds awesome!

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ecosopher

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from: ecosopher
date: May. 4th, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
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Such coffee shops are quite common here... do you not have that in the US? I mean, what better place to sit and have coffee than in amongst the plants?!

Glad the weather is good for you. We're having a lovely autumn, here too.

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fourzoas

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from: fourzoas
date: May. 4th, 2013 03:05 am (UTC)
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Wonderful that you're Idol-ing and congrats on the workshop! I just downloaded one of Moore's books from amazon--looks like a great read.

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