About Childhood:

Answers for Writers, Parents, and Former Children

Ya Da-da-da-da-dada, Submission!

In general, it takes 3-6 months to hear back on a writing submission. During this time, I am reading magazines to compare what they publish against what I write, and arranging  my pieces in the order in which I will... Continue Reading →


Submission, Submission, Ya Da-da-da-da-dada, Submission!

Every 2-3 months, I sacrifice 2 weeks of writing time to submit to literary magazines. I could submit 233 words, I could submit 7949. The fees and payment (usually: zero) are the same. The wait is the same. (3-6 months,... Continue Reading →

What is Write-O-Rama?

First and foremost, Write-O-Rama is December Ninth. Write-O-Rama is offered at Seattle's fabulous Richard Hugo House. It is your chance to try out several, 50-minute workshops offered by Hugo House teachers in a single writing-packed day. Not only can you... Continue Reading →

Electronic vs. Print Publication

It is hard to tell, theses days, which is more valuable: the on-line publication or one in print. (For purposed of this discussion, we shall let go of the value of publishing in ancient Chinese text.) My piece “The Brass... Continue Reading →

How I Got That Story: Dressed Left

The recently published Dressed Left was rejected 24 times before hitting the target with the 25th submission to Crack the Spine. Not to brag (too much), but Crack the Spine is among the top ten magazines for short fiction. Dressed Left... Continue Reading →

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