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My Writing Journey

What I’m Doing Right Now

on June 2, 2022
Photo by David Pennington on Unsplash


So, what am I doing right now?

I submitted two short stories to Masticadores India, and I’m waiting to hear back on publication dates.

I submitted another poem to Masticadores USA, and I’m waiting to hear back.

I submitted a poem to the Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest. I will find out later in the year the results of that submission.

I submitted a poem to Spillwords Press, the first time I have done so. I had technical trouble trying to submit it, but after several attempts, it finally sent.

I submitted a poem to David ben Alexander’s The Skeptical Kaddish Poetry Partners.

I’m waiting for the Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women anthology to be released.

I have several short stories to finish and novels that I’m working on. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything!


A few months ago, I finished reading 1,000 pages of the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe. It took me forever to read because a lot of it was rather boring. I got the bright idea to read the complete works of H.P. Lovecraft. Two thousand pages later, I can honestly say I have read all of his works. I finished last night, and boy, was I happy! I love his ability to create a dark mood, but a lot of it was redundant. Truthfully, in both the case of Poe and Lovecraft, only a few well-written stories and poems really stand out.

I bought a bunch of mysteries at Barnes & Noble when I was in California, so I am moving on to those. My brain needs a break from the dark and heavy stuff.


On Paramount+, my husband and I are watching The Offer and Joe Pickett. He watches all the Star Trek/Star Wars stuff. I’m waiting for the next season of Evil to start. I like my British and Scandinavian detective shows on Acorn, BritBox, and PBS Masterpiece. Recently, I have found some French detective shows that incorporate paranormal overtones and which have turned out to be pretty absorbing.


I’m updating and improving my author resume website at http://www.dawnpisturino.org (please check it out!) and all of my social media sites.


I’m working on losing the weight I gained in California (too much restaurant food – Armenian, American, Italian, and Japanese), taking walks, exercising, and doing other healthy self-care stuff. I like to sit on the front porch every evening with the dog and read and watch the wildlife. It’s very relaxing.


And, I’ve been listening to one of my favorite classic rock bands: The Doors. Listening to them puts me in an altered state of consciousness.

(“The End” by The Doors – Warning: contains references to violence)

“All the children are insane.” Sound familiar? The violence happening now is a culmination of several decades of post-World War II social dysfunction.

It was Jim Morrison who famously said: “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m going to get my kicks before the whole sh*thouse goes up in flames” – referring to nuclear war, which still remains the ultimate existential threat to humanity.

May the Muses tickle your brain today. May you write, compose, photograph, dance, sing, and paint like there’s no tomorrow!

Dawn Pisturino

June 2, 2022

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23 responses to “What I’m Doing Right Now

  1. ᛋᛠᛉ says:

    “…Muses tickle…” I like that. Good luck, sounds like you’re keeping busy in a good way. Can’t say I’m as literarily productive. Maybe this is my year to make print submissions. But for now I’m working on building local clientele and trying to teach my two year old to talk.

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  2. aparna12 says:

    Wow. That’s wonderful. I am really happy for you and wish you all the success of your future publications. 😊😊😊. Keep up the great work.

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  3. Iowa Life says:

    Congrats on your super motivated desire to succeed. You’ll have to keep us updated.

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  4. Girlfriend, you are on a roll. So proud of your productivity. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Love your interjection: “May the Muses tickle your brain today. May you write, compose, photograph, dance, sing, and paint like there’s no tomorrow!” Now Dawn, I’m all in!!! 🤗🥂😘💖😊🌺🥳

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  5. utahan15 says:

    poe had lenore
    and what is more
    dante beatrice
    so i know
    manic not ta panic
    on fri eve

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  6. Harshi says:

    You’ve got your hand full and mind buzzing! You seem to be creatively engaged and happy, Dawn.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Neal Saye says:

    Oh my goodness. You are so productive, Dawn. I’m envious. All I’m doing right now is sitting in my study chair trying to decide whether to take my shoes off.

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  8. Wow, you have been busy! Good luck on your submissions.

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  9. Girl, you are on it and now I am tired 😂😂
    Congrats and good luck..
    I know all about this.. “I had technical trouble trying to submit it, but after several attempts, it finally sent.”
    Don’t ask me any questions tho… I’ll refer you out.. 😂😂💖😂

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  10. Michele Lee says:

    You have been busy! Very inspiring, Dawn. Best wishes with your submissions! 👏🏻

    Liked by 1 person

  11. balladeer says:

    Great music choice! Good luck on your various submissions! I agree about Lovecraft being repetitious.

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  12. Dawn – no wonder you are so successful – you keep growing in important and valuable ways. Keep it up!

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