Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Writerly Wednesday ~~ Back in the Saddle!

Hellllllloooooooo my blogging buddies! I've missed you and am glad to be stepping back into Blogland. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the prayers, good thoughts, notes and well wishes. While I've been away, I hope things have been going smoothly for you. Can't wait to get caught up on all your doings!

Things have settled down into a somewhat reliable routine for me as we head into the graduation stretch for my youngest (AKA "Court Jester" of Ledbetter Lunacy cartoon fame), good caregiving schedules for those near and dear to me, and fires put out from various other stuff that's been keeping me from posting.

This past weekend, I attended the Jambalaya Jubilee Writers Conference nearby and got to visit with our Kat. Her new book SECRET GRACES is just hitting the shelves, and it's every bit as good as the first. She made a great showing at the authors' signing tables. After a few days of writing talk (mostly dealing with our SPRING ISSUE OF ROSE & THORN JOURNAL due out tomorrow) and general best friend hilarity, I feel rejuvinated. *I miss yewww Boop!* It was also great to rub elbows with other writers and poets, agents, editors and literature professors. I'll have lots of good posts culled from notes and planned interviews coming up. Wheeee!

So today's Wednesday nugget is a letter from Cup of Comfort editor Colleen Sell in its entirety below. If you are an anthology writer, go check out her site and submission call information.

Love, huggage and all good things. OH...and don't forget to sign up for our R&T Journal quarterly newsletters so you'll know when each new issue goes live! You will probably recognize a fellow blogger or two in the spring line-up. (Several editors read through the many awesome submissions in a blind process, so there are no "favors" granted to friends. Just wanted y'all to know that.) :)

We'd really love your thoughts on the prose, poetry and art in our newest issue tomorrow, as well as suggestions of what you love to find in literary journals. (Post your .02 in a comment and/or just let me know how you're doing with writing and in general!)


Hi there,

For several years, you've known me as the editor of the Cup of Comfort book series -- a job I love and will continue doing in the months and perhaps years to come. But, as you may have noticed, we're developing far fewer Cup of Comfort anthologies this year than in years past. Consequently, for the first time in a long time, I suddenly have time to devote to other projects and other clients.

To that end, I've reopened and expanded my writing, editing, and editorial consulting biz. Soon, I'll add writing workshops, too. I also have a new website and a new blog. Please drop by soon for a look around.

On the Up & Coming page of my site you'll find calls for submissions for two anthologies I'm developing--one on the Tao of place, the other on mental illness--which I thought you might find of interest. (These are not Cup of Comfort books.) On that page you'll also find call-outs for people to interview for and feature in three nonfiction books I'm writing.

I hope the writing life is being very good to you.

Warm regards,

Colleen Sell
Writer / Editor

*horse photo from flickr


Michelle H. said...

Yay! Angie's back! What's cooking, girlfriend? Missed you and glad your life is getting back in the swing of things. Major huggage!!!!

Suldog said...

So glad to see you returning to grace our lives with your loving words! Welcome back, Angie!

Melissa Marsh said...

Woot!!! Angie's back! So glad to "see" you again, my friend.

Diane said...

Glad you're back. There was a definite sick humor void in cyberland without you. :O)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks Michelle! I'm good. How 'bout you? :)

Aww, Suldawg, if I could blush, you mighta done it with your kind words. Hugs

Double ditto Melissa!

LOL Diane! I hope to spread a little sickness around in my Friday Foibles coming up.

Janna Qualman said...

Angie, goodness! Aren't you a sight for sore eyes.

Many hugs! So glad you're back. :)

And thanks for posting the letter with links.

Marguerite said...

Welcome back to Blogland, sha! Missed you, so much! So happy that you're back in the saddle, again! Happy Spring!

Karen said...

Yeah, you're back. But still sound soooo busy. How exciting about the grad. Congrats! Hope you have more time for the blog. We missed you.

Brian said...

It is good to have you back. Kat gave me a small update. You know you have us cyber-buddies to lean on if you need a break from things or just a smile.

Deb Shucka said...

Welcome back! I'm so excited to find you here and to read your voice again. Amazing, but no surprise, that your first day back you're giving us all great things to add to our writing tool kits. I'd hug you hard if you were standing here. Love.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Janna - Thanks, and missed you bunches too. Glad you enjoyed the linkage.

Same to you Marguerite! Can you believe this gorgeous weather we're having?

So sweet, Karen. Missed y'all too. Trying to work my way up to a couple of days a week in Blogland again. :)

Brian - Great friends across the cyber divide are just wonderful. Thanks for being one of them.

Thanks for the big hug Deb. I felt it! Great to be back. (I feel like Norm in the Cheers bar after an absence.) hehe

Debbie said...

Now if that wasn't a pleasant surprise to see you pop up in my reader! Glad to hear things are somewhat settling in for you. I have missed you and worried about you. Lovely to have you back.

Linda said...

Hey Angie! I've missed seeing ya 'round the blogosphere! Welcome back!

L.T. Elliot said...

So glad to see you back, Angie! And thanks to Colleen for her excellent info and links!

Jessica Nelson said...

Welcome back!

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Welcome back, it's been weird without you!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Glad to see you back, Angie. Just as I bow out for a few weeks of weddings and graduations. Glad you had the time to reconnect with writers. Seems to provide a haven for us when life takes over from where we feel most comfort. If that makes sense.

t i m said...

hooray, glad to see you back! :)

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