When the Dust Settles
Monthly musings on Elayna's writing life, for February 2022.
The first month of 2022 was a big one for me as I went through a move, the second one I’ve had to go through during this pandemic. It was a long process, but at the end of it was a brief sense of calm. Of settling. That’s been what’s defined February for me. Unpacking, rearranging, and finding a new rhythm in a new space.
Slowly, the house has come together. And the part closest to me—my room—has started to feel like the soft place to land I have been hoping for. With my art now on the walls, my books all on my shelves, and my desk becoming a space where I feel like I can create—that has been everything.
So as the year creeps on and March approaches once again (does it still feel like March 2020 to anyone else???) I’m getting ready to dive into new projects. I’ve got a queer YA romcom I am thinking of taking the month to draft. I have my first poetry workshop coming up on the 20th (register for it here!) to kick off the spring. It’s shaping up to be a creative season, and I am so excited to see what it holds.
Last month’s promised piece—Parable of the Boots—was released in just femme and dandy’s second issue, which released aptly on 02/02/22. You can click here to read the entire original poem (which is on pg 66) as well as all the other remarkable works by fellow queer authors. Here is a small preview…
I was also very fortunate as to be interviewed this month by the lovely folks at Meow Meow Pow Pow, a Philly based broadside graffiti press. I had a great conversation with their blog editor, h. of HubUnofficial about my beginnings as an author, queer representation in today’s lit, and the intersections of poetry, prose, fandom, and community. Read the whole interview here!
Then of course there is the aforementioned poetry workshop coming up. I am incandescently excited for that, since it is going to be the first workshop in a series of them I hope to offer writers in the coming year. You can learn more about it here, and register, or you can visit this Twitter giveaway I am running for two free spaces!
If you want to learn more about it, feel free to reach out through the contact page on my website, which you can find here. I can’t wait to share how everything goes with you all next month! Till then, be good to each other and stay safe out there. ♡
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this has been the Queery Letters Monthly Missive for February 2022
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