Taking no prisoners. Including herself.

“Publication – is the auction of the Mind of Man” ~Emily Dickinson I finally got over my [fear? laziness?] and again submitted some work for publication. It only took me over a year…

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As some of you may know, I’m eager for rejection in an attempt to hit 300 after hearing a writer speak to the benefits of the big R. Rather than fear it, I’m trying to “collect” rejection. With that in mind, I’ll hope you congratulate me when you hear the news that: Stegner Fellowship @ […]

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§310 · April 5, 2007 · Announcements, Writing & Language · 1 comment ·


At a writing seminar I went to, on the topic of publication, one of the speakers commented: “It takes the average writer 300 rejection letters before publishing something. It’s a numbers game. So consider every rejection one step closer to success. How can you be successful if you don’t put yourself out there? You have […]

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§264 · December 12, 2006 · This Modern Life, Writing & Language · 2 comments ·


Breaking News: SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A new word was entered into San Francisco geek/writer Shannon DeJong’s vocabulary today, reports an anonymous source. Sesquipedalian (pronounced \ses-kwuh-puh-DAYL-yuhn\) is a 5-syllabled, 14-lettered adjective meaning “given to or characterized by the use of long words” or “long and ponderous; having many syllables,” according to The Dictionary, a trusted […]

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§72 · January 13, 2006 · Writing & Language · 1 comment ·