I just received my contributor’s copies from Ohio State Alumni Magazine for a story I wrote about Willie Young, Ohio State’s Off-Campus Student Services Director.
I first met Young when I was working on my master’s of Journalism and Communication at OSU, and he let me ride along with him during a weekend night. He was very gracious with his time with this former grad student and really does care about the students. I’m happy he was able to be featured.
The fun part for me is I pitched this story almost five years ago, and it was good Mr. Young remembered me. Lesson learned: You just never know when queries might get answered.
I’m very happy to have submitted a freelance nonfiction article today. Yay! Now I can concentrate on poetry submissions. I have already befouled my newest edition of Poet’s Market with lots of post-it flags.
At my writing group last week, three of us talked about how we tend to write new pieces instead of editing older ones, since it is hard to reconnect to the feeling of a particular poem. Sometimes, my poems are like bad relationships: either getting back together is doomed for failure or there is potential but I’m just avoiding the work.
Now, I got Smokey Robinson singing in my head…”My mama told me/You better shop around.” Good advice for lovers or poets.