Embracing the world with positive creativity since Sept 2007.
Springfield, IL and Chapel Hill, NC
Phyllis is Interested in:
Art, Education, Film, Music, Reading, Spirituality, Wellness, Writing
Inspiration from Phyllis:
There is magic in every thoughtful word. Never doubt it!
No-Nonsense Writing Advice:
Can't take rejection, don't write. Correction: keep what you write to yourself. Sometimes rejection is deserved, sometimes it isn't. May have nothing to do with your work. Publication folds, guidelines twist or get mis-communicated, timing sucks, name it. Even big publications have limited space. Needs shift and staff comes and goes. Sifting through the reams of material that flood in is mind-numbing. Once straw is separated from chaff (way not as simple as it sounds), it is a matter of balance and second-guesses. As the deadline approaches, it quickly becomes eeny-meeny. It is astounding how many editors take the time and trouble to jot a note or even write a letter to explain what went into their decision. To receive a comment such as "shows a lot of promise," or "send another," is a thrill that never wears thin.
Varies according to mood; love oldies, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, & Willie Nelson.
Favorite TV Shows:
Ahhh Phillis! You tell it like it is, but what you say is common sense. I like the way you think. The best we can do is to learn from that experience and keep on going. I've known you for some years, and you still make me smile.