The Radvocate – a non-profit, non-sponsor magazine for all

Hello all,

I’d like to announce my new position as Editorial Assistant/Staff Writer for the local, Southern California-based, non-profit, non-sponsored magazine, The Radvocate. I’ll also be doing some marketing and advertising work. If you haven’t heard of The Radvocate yet, here’s a bit of information:
Now in its 10th issue, The Radvocate has been publishing works by unknown, established, and aspiring writers alike. Featuring works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, review, and even photography and art, The Radvocate is the perfect place for artists to share their work, in a non-threatening, non-biased platform. If you have something to say, submit it! There are no themes (although one can be provided for you, if you wish)

The Radvocate has recently expanded to a video magazine, as well. Currently on it’s second episode, RVM works the same way as the print issue, with almost all subjects being welcome, whether it be spoken word, skits, music, etc.
Visit us at our website www.theradvocateisamagazine.com or on facebook
And if you have something to submit, you can do so at theradvocatemag@gmail.com

 

NEW STORY

Greetings, all

One of my newest stories, Superstitions, has recently been included in Thistle magazine’s second issue, Secrets. The magazine is packed full of beautiful photographs, art, poetry, and layout work. It is truly impressive, and I am humbled to be a part of it.

You can read for FREE here; http://issuu.com/thistlemag/docs/thistlemagazine-secrets-spring2013

Superstitions can be found on page 84.Image

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Yo, I’ve been busy all weekend working at the Southern California Writer’s Conference. It’s been going pretty well, I’ve been hearing a lot of things from agents and workshop leaders that I already knew, which leads me to believe that I’m at about the right point to start really taking control of my work and my future. So I’m taking two more workshops today, then that’s pretty much it for the conference, however, one of the agents wants me to send her the first 25 pages of my manuscript. She was in the late night read and critique group last night, where I read n excerpt from my manuscript, and I just absolutely knocked it out of the park. Actually, just a few moments ago, another woman who was in the critique group stopped by to tell me how much she loved my reading. So I’m really hoping it wowed the agent. Anyway, other than that, I’m just trying to learn as much as I possibly can, trying to be as helpful as I can. In other news, I’m still waiting to hear back from NPR in regards to my submission for their three minute fiction. They posted a story last night, an honorable mention, I suppose, but I’ll abstain from sharing my opinion on it. I’m thinking that the longer I wait to hear from them, the better, because they won’t be reading the winning story until the end. My page just says submission in progress, so let’s hope it stays that way until the end. Other than that, I don’t know, I’m just going to keep my nose to the grind stone, submitting to magazines, writing, revising, etc. This weekend has been really re-affirming. I’ll post more in-depth coverage later this week.

Inkstains and Heartbeats

For the past few months, a fellow writer I met through Tumblr has been working on what she calls The Collective. It is a book filled with submissions from select writers of the Tumblr community. Along with a slew of other gifted writers and poets, I submitted a previously unpublished poem. After what I’m sure was much hard work, it is finally available!

You can buy either a paperback or hardcover copy here on Lulu.com

Please consider picking up a copy to support Lily and all the writers who contributed to this awesome project, including me!

 

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As of writing, it’s Monday night, and I’ve had about a full day to let the dust settle on my brain. I survived my first writer’s conference, and couldn’t be happier about it. To quote SCWC executive director Michael Steven Gregory, “My hope is that by Sunday, you will all suck a little less.” To that, I can say confidently, that I do indeed suck a little less. For those who didn’t know, I’ve been studying independently for the better part of a year now, I have a booksehlf full of writer’s reference books, all offering me wonderful techniques and knowledge, and yet, something about having a real person, with experience in the industry as an agent, author, or editor, has taught me so much more. Having a physical connection with the information, through sight and sound, made me pay closer attention. I scribbled notes like a high school freshman again, furiously. Along with meeting and learning from authors, agents, and editors, I also met a ton of aspiring authors, my ‘co-conferees’, I’ll call them. Perhaps ‘my competition’ is a better moniker? They ran the gamut from young professional, to retired, and married with children. It was quite a mixture of individuals, all with a common goal, to become better writers. I was told by one of the lecturing authors that, after the conference, I should take some time off from writing, to let all the information settle, and while I appreciated his advice, I feel I cannot abide by it. I have a burning desire to write now, to put all this new knowledge to work, to take what were fine ideas with good writing, and make them great ideas with fantastic writing.

To quote Friday’s guest speaker, author Frederick Ramsay… “Prepare to be surprised.”