That last Anna Akhmatova post was so gorgeous I couldn’t resist leaving it up top for a few days. Now I suppose I’ll be pushing it swiftly down into oblivion.
The next few days, though, I’ve resolved to focus not on blogging – which can get pretty consuming – but on writing and on submissions. Submissions-wise, it's high time for another round.
I'll make a confession though: I’ve never been all that good about submitting.
My wont to submit waxes and wanes, but has mostly remained in a kind of waxing/waning gibbous phase in some dim, twilit, irritated corner of my consciousness.
Why I have this block – and it is a block, I have a lifetime of non- and minimal submission to show for it – is the result of a complex blend of attitudes, aptitudes, and temperament that would take a while to get into, and is probably not worth getting into here.
Whatever the reasons, I take the longest time to do submissions, and even a longer time to get around to doing them.
It’s not even as if I’ve been all that unsuccessful when I’ve set my mind to it.
Probably the number of submissions I’ve made altogether you could count on ten pairs of hands. The number of acceptances, one pair.
That’s not too bad an average.
One thing, though, editors won’t have to worry much about those dreaded multiple submissions they always talk about from me. If I could get one copy of all that I deem “submittable” out at any given time, it would be a major accomplishment.
Today, rather than submit, I thought a bit about the word “submit”. (And wrote about it here -- another good way to stall the process.)
Why do we call them “submissions” anyway? It always struck me as … well… submissive.
Why not “assertions”?
I’m asserting my poems, asserting my manuscript.
That feels much better.
Other possibilities: Circulations. Unleashings. Bestowals. Reincarnations. Transliterations. Transpositions. Transubstantiations. (Practically anything with trans.). Irradiations. Anything but submissions.
Does anybody have further suggestions? (I'm thinking positive here... adjectives referring to bodily functions etc. I'll leave for the inevitable REJECTIONS, another common term in this process that could use a facelift...).