Issue 2 of 3Elements Review is now live! We have some great stories, poems, non-fiction pieces, and artwork in our second issue. This was our first issue that accepted non-fiction, and we accepted three great pieces. The new elements are up, as well, so we hope that you’ll consider submitting some new work before the next deadline.
We took a bit of time off from blogging over the holidays. We spent time with family and friends. C.J. welcomed the newest member of her family at the tail end of the holiday season. I learned I am going to be an uncle soon and spent much of the break researching for the novel I’m writing. To say that we were busy is an understatement.
Despite it all, we still manged to finish going through the submissions for issue 2, select them, go through edits, and put them into the format you see online. That’s the great thing about a journal that is online-only: we have the journal up a month after we close the deadlines for the pieces. This issue was a dream issue–it came together beautifully, and we had the experience of issue 1 to help guide us. We were able to get through the editing process quicker and more succinctly.
And, like that, it’s 2014. A new year, a new 3Elements issue in the early stages of production. With that, I’d like to share a New Year’s Resolution with you. I’m one that writes in spurts–I’ll go weeks with writing every day, hundreds and thousands of words each day, and then I’ll stop for weeks at a time. Well, I want to write everyday. I bought a year calendar and I hung it next to my desk. I decided that every time I write 500 words, I get to make a slash through the day. If I write 1000 words or more, the slash becomes an “X”. The goal is to have mostly X’s on the calendar, and any time there isn’t one, I get to shame myself. I thought it was an attainable writing goal, and I think for anyone that writes, it could be easily implemented or modified. We ask that you write material using our elements each submission cycle, and I think that writing at least 500 words a day can help you attain the goal of a brand new piece inspired by the elements in the time we allot for writers to deliver their new work to us.
Enough said. Happy New Year, 3Elements readers! I hope you all have a happy and healthy year, and I hope that many of you submit to our journal.