Jane Barnes: I always have too much on my plate, it feels like. Right now refusing a short novella (close editing at this point), trying to finish a wedding poem by 3 days from now; writing whatever I scribble in my journal; also writing down beginnings of stories (sometimes whole stories at one take; sorting stories for a story collection; trying to keep an eye on submissions, therefore have 4 poems I wrote to the requirements of a particular contest…And email and fb to attend to. Does it help to know I’m “retired” and therefore have the luxury of writing day and night. I need to go to a movie.
Lorraine Schein: I have set specific goals for myself–some short-term such as finishing a poem or making a deadline, some long, such as putting together a manuscript. I once had a vague goal of writing a novel, but realized I wasn’t interested in doing it.
In terms of completion of work and publication, I’ve achieved most of my goals. I never did finish that novel, but consider that a realization about my interests, not a failure. I’m more focused on internal goals that I set now, not what society deems important writing or publishing–is that failure? I have published a print book and am in many anthologies. But to world, I’m unknown–since I’m a literary writer and poet, not published by a large commercial press.
I’m a dinosaur with technology—I don’t even have a cell phone (gasp! Will I be arrested?), much less a website and miss zines. But I enjoy sending my work through Submittable–it’s so much easier! I may try to do more tech-wise in the future, but I’m apathetic now.
My poetry book, The Futurist’s Mistress is available at mayapplepress.com
Photographs by Libby Hall taken at Cross of the Martyrs, Santa Fe