I've been writing during the pandemic (has it really been a year?), but sluggishly, sporadically. This past week I managed to finish a partly written essay and write a brand new flash that I like a lot. Sent it off to the Magic-themed anthology that inspired it, but if it's rejected there, I'm happy with it and will feel fine sending it out further.
And Sarah Freligh wrote to me today that she used my essay on Jayne Anne Phillips' chapbook SWEETHEARTS in her "Less Is More" class. "Flash, Back: Revisiting Jayne Anne Phillips" is the closest I've gotten to publishing in SMOKELONG QUARTERLY. (Tyrese Coleman solicited it from me for their blog when they started their Flashback series.) Haven't sent to them in a long time, since they always reject me.