The poem, 'To the Idea of War,' started in a poetry class that I am taking. When I edited it for form, I experimented with the idea of choosing a couplet format that heightened the contrast within the lines.
The flash story, 'Flashlight,' also came out of a workshop. I wanted to experiment with voice and form. It's the first flash fiction story I have published, although I am working on several more.
I have three publications pending--a painting in Mosaic Art and Literary Journal, a painting in Beechwood Review, and a photograph in A Literation. The photograph has interested me the most because it's long overdue for publication. Pretty soon, I think I will have to remove that particular credit from my list.
A Literation is a Tumblr blog and lit mag that focused on connecting writers on Tumblr. I received an acceptance from them last October, with the idea that my work would be included in the Winter issue. Since then, A Literation announced that it would be closing and that the issue would be published in partnership with someone else, with no timeframe given.
Since things move slowly in the publishing world and many lit mags operate on shoestring budgets with little financial reimbursement, it doesn't surprise me that A Literation shuttered. However, my work is now in limbo.
I'll probably give it a couple more weeks and then ask around to see if I can figure out what's happening. The work isn't high priority, so if it doesn't get published here, I'll probably retire it and post it to my public portfolio.