R.S. Williams

All I want is to get the words right.

A Quick Update

Lately, my creative well has been completely dry. So I spent a week in Denver, Colorado, visiting my sister and letting my artistic eye/mind rest. It was wonderful. For the first time in months, I took some good photos. I even did some scholarly work for the John Prine talk I’ll be giving this June at the International Country Music Conference in Nashville. Prine is one of America’s greatest living songwriters. I love him so much.

I’m still working on my novel, Songs My Father Barely Knew. It’ll be done whenever it’s done. In the meantime, I’m revising a guest blog post, and working on music-related pieces for a business client. I’ve got a flash CNF (creative nonfiction) piece and a poem coming up in the same literary journal. And, though they’re a few months away, I’ve got two pieces appearing in Columbus and the Valley Magazine. More details when these go to press.

I’m waiting to get word on a metric shit-ton of other submissions I’ve flung out into the Void over the last few months. Kim Liao prompted me to aim for 100 rejections this year. “That’s a worthy goal,” I thought, “an average of 8.33 rejections per month.” Every No brings us one step closer to Yes. Such is the writer’s life.

So that’s what’s been going on. Meanwhile, here’s a photo of me in the ladies’ room mirror at a regional-circuit pro wrestling match last summer (purse and phone in hand). Don’t say I never gave you anything.

Photo: “Self-Portrait, Middle School Girls’ Restroom” (Carrollton, Georgia – 16 July 2016)

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  1. Much good in there. Thank you for explaining that’s your purse. I was baffled trying to figure it out! In the meantime, I’ll keep eyes out for more Williams goods, written and in image.

    • R. S. Williams

      March 7, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks, Stewart! I think you’ll enjoy the new photos coming up.

  2. I am delighted for you. I’ve been concerned. Being a writer is never easy and money never comes in fast enough unless you’re lucky. But you are a terrific writer and that day will come. Could you make a short story from part of what you’ve written for the book?

    • R. S. Williams

      March 7, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks, Bebe! I’m not sure about any further stories from parts of my book. I’ve posted three excerpts from it here on the website, and my instincts tell me not to reveal anything else until it’s done and on its way to press. However, I’m thinking of putting together a short book of my “greatest hits” in the meantime.

  3. As has been been said, sung and written, can’t hardly wait!

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