Remember last Friday when I announced I'd had two rejections the same day? Well, it's five days later, and Ellemeno, a new, for me, publication on the Medium platform, has published Their Times and Ours. This is a memoirish piece, not humor.
Ellemeno is interested in articles that are about writers, not about writing craft. I like that, because absolutely everyone, whether knowledgeable about the subject or not, writes about craft. Whereas what goes on in writers' lives has the potential to be...well, not another rant about whether or not writers should write what they know, at least.
This Writer's Life With Their Times and Ours
- I submitted an earlier version of Their Times and Ours to someone in 2015, about a half a year after I visited The Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. (I love traveling in the Midwest.) At that point, it only dealt with James Thurber...and me.
- A year later, it was still about James Thurber and me when I submitted it somewhere again.
- Between 2016 and 2019, I took a nature writing workshop and met the man I describe in the essay, which is how Charles Dickens came into the picture. (I feel it goes without saying that the man was not Charles Dickens.) I added the workshop guy and Dickens to broaden the essay.
- Between 2019 and 2023, the pandemic came to visit, and I added a sentence about that, both to bring the essay up to date and to deal with the issue of change, which has a big part in the essay.
Two Reasons To Hold On To Your Writing
- I kept finding and adding new material
- I found new places to submit it
Of course, I must also add that being able to rework old projects and hunt for new markets for them involves...time. Yes, a totally different subject.