Good evening, blog readers! By looking back through past posts, I can see that we haven’t done one of these round-ups for a month! I’m sorry for the oversight, but now it’s time to look back and recount what has been posted these past several weeks. Of course I also have to remind you about the current issue of the Jet Fuel Review. If you’re interested, check out the new issue for exciting poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art. The submission period for issue #7 has just recently closed, so be sure to read issue #6 before the new one arrives!
Starting way back in February, we posted a Writing Advice post about those days when you don’t feel like writing. We all experience them, but this post lays out some guidelines for getting past that block and returning to writing. Celeste Martinez, a student at Lewis University, wrote up a profile of Alvin Butler, who is the Media Technology Administrator on campus and who certainly knows his way around BlackBoard. The featured poem that week was Quails by Meg Kearney. And Lewis student Sabrina Parr wrote a profile of the English department professor Dawn Walts.
The next Writing Advice post was all about sharing your work. It can be hard to muster up the courage to show your work to others, but an extra pair of eyes is invaluable when revising your work. Lewis student Richard Mulville wrote a profile of Professor Eric Jones, who teaches Aviation and Transportation classes on campus. Our discussion post featured another Awesome Literary Thing: cozy reading nooks! With the cold weather sticking around, it’s nice to dream about a nice cozy nook in which to read. The featured poem was Invocation, and a Sort of Lullaby by Jonathan Weinert.
Another Writing Advice post talked about supporting characters, which can sometimes be forgotten when working on a novel outline. The discussion post took up the topic of J.K. Rowling and her newly expressed regrets about the Harry Potter series. If you’re interested, I wrote up a post about readers, authors, and ownership of fictional works. The featured poem included two poems from author Seán Lysaght: Skylarks in January and The Bay of Angels. Finally, just this past week, we had a Writing Advice post about adding conflict into your writing. And the featured poem was Landscape with Translucent Moon by Jennifer Atkinson.
And now we’re all caught up! I hope you’ve enjoyed these past couple of weeks on the blog. I hope you stay tuned for more posts about writing, reading, and other means of creation here at the Jet Fuel Review blog. Thanks for reading!
— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan