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Back to Work! - This Joust In: Vol 2, Issue 2

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon, Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

Purchase Little Fire Grows by Casey Krysztofik!
I don't like quoting John Lennon, but this is the truth, for sure.

The last "This Joust In" we suggested Writing Knights was going to be able to release a few chapbooks in June. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. It's no one's fault, just the variable nature of life in China. The last month was packed with work that needed to be done and tiredness that was had by me. Writing Knights can't be my top priority when compared to the job I'm in China to do. So energy reserves have to be poured into that first and foremost.

Good thing about that?

I'm on Summer Vacation^TM!

If you've been following Writing Knights' Social Media, you'll see that we've officially released two books Little Fire Grows by Casey Krysztofik and PUNATIC by James Schwartz (even though that was technically available).

Purchase PUNATIC by James Schwartz!We have the go-ahead to re-release "When the Mist Has Gone" by our dear departed H.L. Rippingale (one of Writing Knights' earliest authors) so that will be on the docket in our upcoming releases. Again, we won't publish a schedule, because things change, but we are hoping to be busy this summer! AND if we can properly organize our time, we should also be able to keep releasing into the fall.

"Getting Through Gold Beach" is upcoming as well, that might be the next book we work on. We will also start approaching the other entrants into the Birthday Chapbook Contest if we want to publish their work. Writing Knights also has a backlog of submissions we put on hold that we were sitting on, unable to do anything with due to burn out. We will probably approach those authors in time as well.
ADDITIONALLY, Writing Knights has opened up submissions for chapbooks, full length books and mixed-media books.

What's more, The Wayward Sword has three submission calls currently open:

Check out the submission guidelines!
By Source, Fair use,

"The Hero With a Thousand Faces" - 1,000 Haiku submission, based on
          Joseph Campbell's summary of the monomyth (Yes, we tried this in 2018,
          we didn't get enough submissions, so we cancelled that call, this is a
          new call, please resubmit).

Check out the submission guidelines!
          "CRUSHED" - Fiction Submission: One day, your social media crush /
          shows up on your doorstep. / You never told them your address. / But,
          you talked with them online to the point you / felt like you knew them
          inside and out, / and they knew you. / What would you do?

Check out the submission guidelines!
          "I Know a Place" - Poetry Submission: "I know a place and it's not
          the moon (or the sea)" / 'Poets be like "I know a place" and it's the
          moon. Again.' / 'Poets be like "I know a place" and then show you any
          body of water like we've never seen water before.' / -- Kimberly
          Nguyen @knguyenpoetry on Twitter

Details in the links. All Wayward Sword deadlines are December 31, 2020 or until we fill the calls. 

We are trying to take measures so that burnout does not happen again. We want to make sure everyone gets the right amount of attention and get the best that Writing Knights can offer. So we are going to work on our books and our pages slowly, carefully and make sure everything is as close to perfect as we can get without being boring. Hopefully, that is reflected in our output!

The best time to write is now!
Azriel Johnson

PS - Angry Cow poetry is opening up submissions for their video project
"Outdoor Voices for an Indoor World, Volume 2" here