Tag Archives: Marvelou

I’ve missed you. I’ve missed you a lot.

1 Apr


You’ve not heard from me in a while, and for that I am truly sorry.  As some of you will know I separated from my husband at the beginning of the year, and the silence has been generally through moving home, being incapacitated with emotional pain, and having no internet connection.  But all three are pretty much sorted now!  I have been busy though so here is a list of Stuff What I Have Done.

  1. I have a smashing new flat in Comely Bank, and found out there are some smashing writers living near-by.  I’m going to be setting up a wee informal group which people can attend for a bit of a chat about writing and tea and cake.  If you’re in the area, or around (I’m not too fussy on geography) and your interested send me a message.
  2. I have got a poem in Under the Radar.  Which I am very pleased about.  It’s a great magazine to get in.  They had rejected me once before but told me to re-submit, so it just goes to show it’s worth trying more than once.
  3. The erotic anthology I am in Bedtime Stories 2 has been published.  I’ll hopefully be getting my copy next week, and will blog more about it then.
  4. I’m also in the Small Stones project anthology Pay Attentions:  A River of Stones, in lovely hard, paperback and download.
  5. I attended the This Collection Friendly Slam.  My aim was to get through to round two and I was successful.  Both Andy Philip and Russell Jones have blogged about the slam and I think they can do it better justice than me.  All I can say is that I’m really pleased to see how Scottish poets are taking something that didn’t necessarily fit well with the prevailing culture and are being creative and adaptive with it.
  6. I went to hear poet Jacq Kelly read.  I’m always nervous when I hear people I know read for the first time, but pleasantly I didn’t have to lie about how much I enjoyed it.
  7. I have also guest blogged at Burdz Eye View, although this is mainly about breasts.
  8. I have suffered from hypergaphia and have written most of a second pamphlet in the last month.  The only down side of this amazing amount of energy is my brain sometimes breaks down and has a migraine.
  9. I had Bibliotherpay book art style and it was utterly brilliant.  I would recommend you catch this woman and get her to write you a prescription.
  10. I went to the Literature Salon and meet some new people.
  11. Gillian and I are planning to move again with Marvelou – I know we’re being very tardy – and spend a whole day binding, probably here.
  12. I may have identified some new work for Marvelou.
  13. I’ve had a breakthrough with my writing, which is just amazing – not sure if this is the cause or the effect of the hypergraphia.
  14. And I may have more exciting news to come soon…

Not bad for a month and a half.


My new disguise

7 Sep

Tonight I am settling down to start a whole new part of my poetry career, editing.  As part of the Marvelou arrangement with my cousin I have all control over words, and she has all control of the look and physical feel of the book.  Our first call for submissions on found poetry has now closed.  At first I was worried that no one would respond, and I am very pleased to say that I have been pleasantly surprised at the amount of people who did decide to submit.  Particularly given the fact that Marvelou is completely new, has no reputation and as it is limited edition each poet won’t get a copy.

However, now with the call closed, my week-long migraine abated, and everything printed out in a nice folder I can procrastinate no longer.  I hope first and foremost to create an excellent edition of found poetry.  However I am also beginning to realise what a journey is involved in editing something like this.  Perhaps I will come through the other end a better, wiser poet – who knows.  The one thing that is for certain is that however emotional I find editing, none of it would be possible without our contributors.

Thank you.

A micro press is named.

10 Jun

A while ago I blogged about the micro press my cousin and I are setting up.  Due to prior commitments we have both had progress has been a little slow in setting up, but we are ready to take it up a gear now and get serious.  I’ve already done a lot of musing, and as far as I can see the musing (or strategy, as professional people like to call it) is very important.  However we are now getting to the stage when we are looking at materials, practicalities, and worst of all cost.  Because we are an incredibly small operation, and will be producing only about twelve copies of each book, we can’t work on the economies of scale that larger operations can.  So making the most of what we do buy and getting real value for money will be paramount.  It’s a good thing neither of us have pretensions to making money out of this venture, it is certainly going to be a very expensive hobby.

So when are you open to submissions?  I hear you cry.  We aren’t, at the moment.  However we may well be in the future, and any calls for submissions we make will be made through this blog, so keep on reading.

Oh, and the name?