I am shocked by the drop-off in my blogging production lately. I've posted only five times this month, and that figure includes this post. I have been lacking for inspiration lately, and I think that's because I haven't been around to receive it when it does appear. I think I need to write everyday, whether or not I have anything to say. So here's my new project: I'm going to post everyday. I don't expect much to come of this; I think that I just need discipline.
It occurred to me a few days ago that I posted about having had an exchange of emails with an editor at a well-known publication, and I never posted about what eventually happened. She was considering an essay I'd written and when I last posted, I had just sent her a revision which encompassed some suggestions she'd made. Ultimately, she decided that the essay wasn't right for the magazine. You know, I didn't even feel bad about it. I don't think she got what I was trying to do, and I'm pretty sure that I didn't get what she's trying to do, either. If you read The Washington Post, you might know that the Sunday Post Magazine has a column called "The XX Files". It's a page devoted to essays and personal stories written by women. I submitted several things. One of them was "The Mermaids", which appeared about a year ago, here. This one was rejected immediately, because "XX Files" is not meant to be "about children". I think this is why I decided not to care if she liked my writing or not. Not because I think that this post was so wonderful, but because first of all, how silly to create a feature focused on personal writing by women and then to exclude any piece "about children" and because secondly, this post was really not "about children" at all. Rather, it was about the reaction of an adult watching children.. These are two different things.
Right now, for example, I'm reacting to two little boys who are practicing "burp talking". "Hear this, Mom", they say, and then launch into a burped commentary. I'm pretty sure that I won't write an essay about this; nor will I do anything else that might encourage them to continue. Who knows, though? If I'm really going to post everyday, I might be reduced to writing about all sorts of things that no one wants to read about. I'll trust you to let me know if I need to resume a more sporadic blogging schedule. Meanwhile, tune in tomorrow.