Saturday, July 29, 2006

Cramming for the driving test

This is another mass e-mail of sorts to let everyone know I'm still alive. Arrived back in Venice last Wednesday and was shocked to learn that I've been scheduled for the driving (theory) test on August 1st.

Have hit the books ever since. Am quite in a panic since I'm still making quite a lot of errors on the sample quizzes. My poor little brain is beginning to fall over its own cartwheels.

Have put everything on hold for now. Will catch up with everyone's lives after the exam. Yuk. Am beginning to scare myself out of my wits.

Will write more stuff next week. I received a new pet through the mail (thanks to Sharon) and yes, Valerie Fox's fascinating new book, The Rorschach Factory.

Recent acceptances:

Poetry Midwest recently accepted Lapis lazuli for their Spring/Summer 2006 issue. Yay!

This is my second appearance in this neat 'zine. Don't be discouraged by the long waiting time — the editor contacted me two months after the submission date to ask if he could keep the poems for consideration in the spring/summer issue. Very nice, professional manners.

    Submission date: 28 December 2005
    Reply date: 24 July 2006

Am also supposed to have a poem, further adventures into private parts in the "Pirates" issue of Painted Bride Quarterly. The issue is already up, but I don't see it there. Just mailed my contract last Thursday. Hopefully, they're only waiting to get that before publishing the poem. PBQ is one of those fantabulous journals where I'd like to see my name added in the contributors sections — correctly or incorrectly spelled. Hee. Crossing my fingers on this.

    Submission date: 13 January 2006
    Reply date: 25 July 2006


michi said...

oh you're there! you LIVE! (just, eh?)
i was getting worried. and of course i do miss your craziness.
good luck with the driving test - i will have every available finger crossed - no matter what my students say about typing diffculties. ;)

congrats re acceptances!

i look forward to seeing a pic of your new sharon-pet, perhaps when we meet we can both bring our sharon-pet and take a pic. :)

let me not keep you from studying too long ... speak soon!

oh and - get skype! i have it now! i want to talk to you!

m x

sam of the ten thousand things said...

Good news with the poems. Those are fine journals.

Study hard--

Ralph weeping for the end of innocence. said...

Congratulations Arlene -- you are doing well these days.


Anonymous said...

You have an odd way of making the most horrible words sound derogatory... craaaaaaaam...

Sends shivers up my spine...

Good luck, and congrats, A.

sam of the ten thousand things said...

I enjoyed reading your poems in the recent poeticdiversity, Arlene. Good writing.

Anonymous said...

dah-ling, much luck and stuff on your test-- flying colors, i KNOW!
and good news on the recents-- pbq is 2die4! YEE!!!

michi said...


Liz said...

Hi Arlene,

Welcome back!

I've just read your entry and realise I'm coming a little late to wish you luck but sure hope it all went well.
Congrats on the looking forward to reading it.

I'm back in 30:30 (a slip of the eager-beaver finger and mind :)) I still hope to keep our mid-Sept. date there though :))