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Submitting is Courageous

Everyone who is a writer knows that getting up the courage to actually submit your writing out into the world takes courage. It’s scary to think about putting your words out into the world. We all (at least, every writer I’ve ever talked to) think of their work as their baby. We spend a lot of time nurturing an idea and making sure the words come out just right, so then releasing it out into the world can be scary. And when you’re submitting your work to an unknown panel of “judges,” like us editors, it can be even scarier.

I’ve been on the other side of the computer–I’ve had to get up the courage to submit my stories and poems to a literary journal or magazine, more often than not, only to be rejected. But I want to encourage you to not give up! Take that courageous step and submit. We are so excited to read what you have written. Even if it’s a “no,” for borrowed solace, that doesn’t mean that it’s a “no” from somewhere else. You are courageous just for taking the time to write and put your words forth into the world.

So if you are still debating whether or not you want to submit, please do. We are still open for mystical submissions and would love to see your work. Please, take that courageous first step and submit!

We can’t wait to see what you have written!

S2 Episode 10: Resources

In season two episode ten of borrowed solace: the podcast, Addey chatted with Madison Farren about writing and self-publishing her debut children’s book, My Daddy is a Hipster!

If you would like to purchase a copy of My Daddy is a Hipster, with illustrations by Ivanna Nashkolna, you can visit Madison’s website, MadisonFarrenWrites.com.

You can also follow Madison on Instagram @madisonfarrenwrites and Ivanna @deseo.art.

Per the usual routine, we would love to hear your thoughts on the episode in the comments below! Imagine we are at the park on a breezy summer evening and chatting about self-publishing and children’s book. What parts of the episode surprised you? What was interesting? What questions do you still have? Let us know!

S2 Episode 10: Self-Publishing and Children’s Books

In this week’s podcast episode, Addey is joined by an old friend, Madison Farren, to talk about what it was like self-publishing her debut children’s book, My Daddy is a Hipster. Tune in to hear all the ins and outs of the process!

Ship of the Sky

This week on the blog we are bringing back the exquisite corpse! A little morbid sounding, this is just a writing exercise where you work collaboratively with another person (or more than one person) to add bits and pieces of language together to make a complete poem (or story, or song, or whatever you’d like!) This week, I was joined by Addey to create a poem over text message. So here it is:

Ship of the Sky

By Nicole McConnell and Addey Vaters

The raindrops fall like heavy boulders onto my shoulders.

No matter how hard I tried to harden myself, they soaked me, not rolling off or crumbling.

All the while I stood still in this eye of the storm you created, not moving, not waiving…

Instead waiting for an outcome I knew wasn’t coming.

But I wasn’t alone, the ocean surrounded me.

The crashing waves matched the crushing doubt consuming my soul,

And from that a ship rose out of the water next to me, the moon its sails, the muted sun its hull, the stars it’s deck

It sprung to life out of the nothingness of the sea as if beckoning me aboard…

A string of stars pulled me up onto the deck,

And the churning wind blew into the sails, propelling me into destiny.

Finding the Good

This has been a hard week. In addition to the turmoil consuming many of our communities right now, my week has been doubly hard because my cat of fifteen years, Mitsy, went to kitty heaven. When it rains, it pours, right?

I don’t have much to say today. It seems like words fall short right now. So I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the philosopher Voltaire:

Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.

Don’t forget to find the good things in the bad. The good memories, the writing and art that get you through. The inspiration that can come from dark times. The things that make you sing in the lifeboats.

S2 Episode 9: Resources

On season two, episode nine, of borrowed solace: the podcast, Addey was joined by her dad, Todd Vaters, to discuss how the idea is king. If you are interested in learning more about Todd and his work, you can visit his website ToddVaters.com.

As always, we want to hear any thoughts you have! Pretend we are getting ready to head to the beach on a warm (almost) summer day. As we pack up a picnic and lunch and remember to bring extra sunscreen, we’re chatting about the podcast. What do you think about the concept of “the idea is king?” Let us know by commenting below!

S2 Episode 9: All Hail the King!

On this episode of the podcast, Addey is joined by her dad, Todd Vaters, to discuss how the idea is king. How does this relate to Taylor Swift, Songland, Kacey Musgraves, and Twilight? Tune in to find out!

A Mystical Update

We are excited to read from our submitters about what truly mystifies them in this world. If you missed the workshop where we talked about the upcoming theme, you can email us at editors@borrowedsolace.com to get the workshop handout if you would like one sent to you. Just put “handout” in the SUBJECT field with a quick message, “I would like to be sent the workshop handout.”

You can also listen to the podcast we published this week–an episode with a quick update and recap of the workshop. You will have to watch for upcoming events–we plan to have more workshops in the future! If you have a great topic you would like to see us cover in a workshop, you can always email us or submit a contact form on the website for us to review.

Don’t forget: if you want to submit an article for the blog, you can do so as well in green submissions.

Last little tidbit, next week we will have a print book in our hands for proofing!! Stay tuned on how print is coming along for the very first journal we ever published online, and what recent journal might get published in hard copy.

S2 Episode 8: Seeing What is Invisible Recap

This week’s episode is short and sweet as Addey recaps our first writing workshop that took place this past weekend! Here’s the gist: if you didn’t sign up, you should for the next one. Listen here or wherever you listen to podcasts to hear all about it!