SubTracker Now Available

It’s been a long and interesting journey to take my old SuperCard project for tracking submissions and transfer my data to a LibreOffice database. After getting things working to may satisfaction, I’ve spent the last week or two tweaking the database and making it look a little nicer, then I deleted my data, so IContinue reading “SubTracker Now Available”

New Review of A Writer’s Craft

It’s always fun to find a mention of something you’ve done. The other morning, I came across a recent review of my textbook, A Writer’s Craft. As it turns out, a site called Lost In Book included it last month (Dec. 20, 2020) in their round-up of 7 Best Creative Writing Books for Beginners. ThanksContinue reading “New Review of A Writer’s Craft”

What I’m Up To: Jan. 2021 edition

January is always a tough month on my blog. Despite the New Year’s resolutions to post more regularly (that I’ve mostly stopped making), life gets pretty busy. That’s true, even more than usual, this year. Besides the normal start of the semester flurry of getting classes online, getting students in classes, admitting new students, etc.,Continue reading “What I’m Up To: Jan. 2021 edition”

More Fun with Libre Office Base

As I wrote last, I’ve had some success moving my submissions from my old self-made system to a database, using LibreOffice Base. I was able to set up database tables for my Titles, Places (Magazines, Book Publishers, Prizes, etc.) and link those with a table for each Submission (one title per submission, though I canContinue reading “More Fun with Libre Office Base”

New Base for Submissions

One current project has been to finally get the data from my old submission tracking system transferred into LibreOffice‘s Base database program. As I wrote awhile ago, moving over 30 years worth of submissions from one platform to another is a monumental undertaking. Back when I moved from Hypercard to Supercard, there was a conversionContinue reading “New Base for Submissions”

2020 Craziness Just Keeps Coming

As if COVID-19 wasn’t enough, this year is ending on a completely crazy note. Like many people, we stayed home over Thanksgiving and only visited family later, visiting my wife’s mother and not seeing anyone else. We did a Zoom call with my family on the big day and then ate dinner with our sonContinue reading “2020 Craziness Just Keeps Coming”

Advice from the Editor’s Desk

This is the time of year I love β€” no, I’m not talking about preparations for Thanksgiving and Christmas or even about finals week. I’m talking about the time each year when I get to sit down, as I did this weekend, and put together the pages for Poetry South. As always, there has beenContinue reading “Advice from the Editor’s Desk”

Celebrate National Scholarships Month by Searching for One

I’ve recently received a notice about Sallie Mae’s scholarship search tool for graduate scholarships, so I wanted to mention it here. Finding funding for grad school can be a challenge, unless your program is fully funded. Having a search tool like this could be a game-changer for some. Their $20,000 Bridging the Dream Scholarship wouldContinue reading “Celebrate National Scholarships Month by Searching for One”

Three Questions for MFA Applicants

It is that time of year when those who are deciding whether and where to apply to an MFA program in cretive writing are busy preparing their applications or deciding where they will actually apply. Whether you’re in the final stages or just getting started, here are three questions I think you should ask yourself.Continue reading “Three Questions for MFA Applicants”