Saturday, February 16, 2019

Really Got to Cleanup Around Here

For starters, I doubt most of those links to the right work. And much has happened between now and when I started this blog, so apologies for any inconsistencies. I've considered giving a quick recap on my life, but I figure it will all come up eventually. Any questions, please refer to the email that should soon appear where those links are.

But in the spirit of cleaning up, I've been thinking about how this blog first came to be and how it came to slip away. I meant this to be a vehicle for my poetry, which I was publishing pretty regularly back then. Well, more so then than now. This got me thinking of how did this happen, this production freeze?

I've come to think it has a lot to do with the pace of the world versus the pace of publishing and really the state of publishing. That, or the state of my poetry.

Most of the poetry being published in magazines today, or at least what gets my way, I just don't get. There are some fine magazines out there, though, and great collections, which lead me to great magazines (through their acknowledgments). However, I haven't found much luck with these places lately. Part of it may be due to the overwhelming challenge of the slush pile, but I think a big part of it is that my work is just not up to that level yet.

So, here (for about 4 years since my last publication (big thanks to Richard Peabody and Gargoyle; a great magazine and my highwater mark)) I've been stuck.

I have recently, though, been thinking of how to get unstuck. I'm thinking to just self publish this old chapbook I've been shopping around for ages. And maybe put up some of my works that never found a home on here. I wish I could find them a home with a magazine I admire (and I might yet) but I feel that they are finished and have been for some time. More than that, I think they're of my best work. This might be delusional, but this feeling keeps me tied to them and tied down.

So, keep an eye on this space of me. You might get to read some of my latest works, and maybe some new works to come.

Of course any advice or comments (or anyone interested in reading my chapbook to be) please email me at steven<dot>breyak<at>gmail<dot>com.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Found This in the Attic

Had the funny idea of starting a blog. Was racking my brain for ideas and suddenly remembered, hey! I have one of those! And it has a pretty decent name, too!

Can't write much at the moment as there is a lot going on, but consider this a little preliminary post to let everyone know I'm still alive.

The goal here is to stop giving my longer posts to social media (looking at you, Facebook) and just linking them here instead.

So, please keep an eye on this space. More to come I promise. Trying to set aside time weekly to write about whatever comes up. Anyone still out there?