I was happy to learn recently that one of my personal essays, “Up to Nothing,” has been accepted for publication in The Hamilton Stone Review, an online literary journal. To quote from their website:
“The Hamilton Stone Review is part of a movement of small, independent publishers and publications dedicated to distributing high quality fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. We intend to encourage writers, whether unpublished or established, by bringing their work to readers by way of this online literary magazine.”
Consider this writer encouraged — and very appreciative. The process of submitting work to journals and facing rejection on a regular basis is tough on any writer, and I have had my moments of despair and, well, let’s go ahead and call it self-pity. But it all feels worth it when a “yes” shows up in your mailbox or in-box.
“Up to Nothing” is a piece I wrote about a weekend getaway to Sunapee, New Hampshire during a difficult time in our lives. My husband’s mother was battling brain cancer and Jean-Paul and I decided to get away for a few days to recoup our sagging spirits and energy. It rained heavily the day we left for New Hampshire, but the rain cleared just in time for us to hike up Mt. Sunapee. If you’re interested in the rest, I’ll post a link on the blog when the next issue of The Hamilton Stone Review is online.