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Sincere Sundays: Chromatica, Morning Pages, and contest fees

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Sincere Sundays is something that’s been kicking around in my head lately. I feel like I’m not consciously aware of things that I’m grateful for anymore. Every day feels like a grind. And everything that I’ve read about wellness is setting your intentions. So I’m going to take a few Sundays every month to bring those intentions to light.

Chromatica by Lady Gaga

Chromatica by Lady Gaga

This world is a hot mess but listening to Chromatica is such a delightful throwback to my childhood.

Just pure, unadulterated dance music.

I think it’s the perfect escape from everything going on in the world right now. Music is supposed to do that.

I’m glad that Gaga embraced that and gave us this great album. It’s a banger from front to back. I don’t feel compelled to scrub any song that comes on.

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

I bought this book when I was at a crossroads in my life to see what would happen. Turns out a lot. I did a lot of soul-searching and realized that I needed to take my writing seriously. I applied to grad school because I needed the formality of a classroom setting and needed to see how other professional writers did it. It was a culture shock, to say the least. I genuinely believe if I hadn’t done what I did, I would not be on the path that I’m on today. I continue to write Morning Pages because it’s a great exercise. Thought dumps help me so much. Just get it all out in three pages.

Literary journal contest fees

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Photo by Michael Longmire on Unsplash

A struggling writer isn’t just a stereotype; it’s literally our way of life!

That said, It feels disingenuous to pay fees to enter a literary journal’s contest. I can barely keep my bills paid, and you want to charge me for the pleasure of you reading something you’ll more than likely resoundingly reject? Something I poured my blood, sweat, and tears into?

Running a journal is tough work. A lot of people do it for the love of it. They have to offset costs somewhere. So I bite the bullet and pay. I wish we could change this dynamic somehow. But I don’t think that’ll happen until systemic changes happen. I’m grateful to be exposed to different journals though.

Thanks for reading!

What did you think of my first Sincere Sunday? What are you grateful for this week?

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