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Monday, March 6th, 2006
6:49 pm
Turnstile poetry journal accepting submissions

I'm the senior editor of Turnstile poetry journal at UCSC.

Just writing to let the UCSC writers community know that Turnstile is accepting submissions until March 23.

Please send up to three submissions to turnstilepoet@hotmail.com. Include a cover sheet with your name, year, contact info, and the titles of your poems. Do not put your names on your poems - we have a blind submission policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me here or to email me at turnstilepoet@hotmail.com


- Heather
Sunday, July 3rd, 2005
8:22 pm
Wow, I did not know that there is a UCSC writers community on LJ until I stumbled upon it.

I'm a third year student, a double science major, but I love to write a lot of poetry and short essays. I love to write whenever I can. Writing is the greatest form of self-expression.

It seems as though that there is not too much activity in this community. Perhaps we should all post some of our works on here and maybe give each other some feedback in terms of our writing?
Friday, May 6th, 2005
9:03 pm
So does anyone know of any on campus lit magazines I can submit my work to?
Monday, April 4th, 2005
9:58 am
Texas Stink 'Em
 Texas Stinky approached the hotel with a wide step out from his nine-foot high American truck. The engine’s mechanic clinks softened and gave way to footsteps amplified under cowboy-boot hooves. Stinky met the automatic doors with such bravado, rather than open they fell from the hinges and shattered on the floor. The boots clinked and cracked over the door’s shards, stopping at the front desk before an attentive young clerk.

Dust on the floor began to swirl and the curtains sucked in as the great traveler inhaled and exclaimed, “I’m here with a bunch of my boys, putting up the drywall at the McDonalds in Aptos, and I want to know what here is the best corporate rate you, buddy, can give me ‘cause I’m down the street and they don’t know how to treat a feller.”

The clerk’s eyes bulged and he stuttered, answering, “Well, sir. We’re awfully full for the next week. And I’m afraid I can’t quote the corporate room rate without a negotiated contract and I’m not the one to execute that.”

Stinky stared back unblinkingly. One eye ignited and nearly burst from its socket, boiling atop his fiery expression. “Now listen here, son. I am asking you to quote me a price, not sign me up for life insurance. Are you telling me you can’t just name a dollar amount for a room in this place? I come to Santa Cruz every time this season and ….”

The cowboy rattled on, hurling vitriol at the desk clerk and shrinking him like a sunbeam on wet cotton.

“I realize you’ve business rates at other hotels, but we don’t offer those deals here unless you’ve a specific contract with us,” the clerk defended himself.

Something behind Stinky’s red, veiny eyes clicked and he raised a soiled hand to exclaim, “Then you don’t give corporate rates; you only give contract rates!”

The small clerk felt the spotlight of the cowboy’s index finger but wasn’t sure how to embrace the giant’s epiphany. “Yeah, I guess so,” he squeaked.

Stinky leaned back in his skeleton, satisfied with another solved mystery. His voice sounded with a pang of exasperation, “Well, c’mon son. You ought learn your business better.”

Then something snapped inside the little clerk. The redneck’s instructions violated the clerk’s already trampled sense of decency in such a way that a dam was broken. He rose from his chattering knees and answered the grinning cowboy,


The clinking and cracking swept back over the lobby floor and the roar of an American truck exited the front lot.
Saturday, February 5th, 2005
6:13 am
a shot in the dark
I don't attend UCSC, but I was wondering if any of you know a guy named Alex. He's a writer and he's from Sacramento. He probably writes for the newspaper, as he did when he attended Sac City College.

I lost touch with him after graduation at City. I went to LA and he went to Santa Cruz. Somehow I lost his contact information. I imagine he would be a senior now, if he's still there.

I know this is a longshot, but I lose nothing by trying. Thanks.
Saturday, January 29th, 2005
2:05 pm
draft of scene critique
With All Convenient Speed- Act 1, Scene 1

Needs feedback before I present it to my class.

Basic plot: a young film crew- friends in high school- spends a month at a Mexican drug lord's house to do a semi-biopic on him.
Saturday, December 18th, 2004
7:30 pm
So does anyone have any tips for a perspective student who wants to enroll in this major, other than the school requirements?

Is there anything specific they are looking for?

Or is the chosing simply based on content, style and form?
Sunday, November 14th, 2004
11:17 pm
How many of you on this list are actually involved in the creative writing program at ucsc?  I'm curious about the major, and would like information/feedback from you all.  Do you like the instructors?  Do you feel that you are getting a good breadth of instruction?  I know that the program is hard to get into: can you tell me anything specific about that?  If someone wanted to come in as a Jr. transfer, what would the chances be of them actually getting admitted to the creative writing program?  Have you heard anything about the major being eliminated?

Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to answer these questions.

Current Mood: curious
11:06 pm

does anyone have a cheap room i can rent next semester? ill be a student in fall. im a lit major and i am way into creative writing. im teaching creative writing to kids right now in an afterschool program. if you would like a roommate whose into that, well then... i would be happy to discuss more over the phone

Monday, May 17th, 2004
8:59 pm
hi everyone!

come to the red wheelbarrow/calliope's notes/the project/(maybe) turnstile reading at the bay tree bookstore on wednesday, may 26th! it is from 3-5:30pm.

i know that most of you are already coming and planning to read, which is really great and i appreciate it mucho.

i know a lot of you are also prospective CW majors, so you should come and meet other CW majors, and find out what it takes to get published on campus.

it would also be good to come if you are interested in working on a publication next year! i'm certainly recruiting staff for the red wheelbarrow.

Come and bring all your friends!

Tuesday, May 18th, 2004
2:13 am
the best time had ever by anyone...
go see chautauqua this week. you must. program c is the shiznit.
Monday, May 10th, 2004
4:32 pm
Thank you Nick for answering my question! My name is Tessa and I only know one other person in this group in person. I don't listen to music while writing because the lyrics distract me as well. I like to experiment with different types of story writing. Sometimes I try to imitate other writers' styles (but with my own twist on it) and see what I can get out of it just for reference. I know that I would have much less of an idea of how to write if it weren't for all the books I've read. I hate reading poetry but I like writing it, especially experimenting with different forms, like sestinas and pantoums etc. Right now I'm writing a story about religion that is loosely based on my family.
I'm from cowell, a modern lit major (but I still might apply for the creative writing major- I just can't decide if I would rather learn more about literature that has been written to help me with my own writing, or dive in and start writing now.) Anyways, welcome to UCSC, I love it here and I hope you do too.-Tessa
Friday, April 30th, 2004
9:06 am
Science Fiction & Fantasy Markets
I've created the following website (http://sffmarkets.orbitalsunrise.net) for science fiction and fantasy writers. It may also be useful for writers of horror, surrealism, speculative poetry, etc.

This website lists all the markets I could find that fit my parameters (listed on the opening page) and the following information about them: title, hyperlink to guidelines, genres accepted, word counts accepted, pay rates.

For those of you for whom this may be helpful, go to town. :)
Thursday, April 29th, 2004
4:02 pm
The music of my keyboard
Hello, I'm a bit premature in joining this group, as I'm not to be admitted until fall, but nonetheless, I am here. The name is Nick (yes, I've made the rash decision to act comfortable with this bubble because it is a smaller group, and of writers, to discriminate). Do most of the people on this board know each other in person? Are you spread across the many colleges, or mostly concentrated in one?

I was writing, and I had a thought. What exactly is the result of listening to music while writing? I don't know how it might affect others; I'm a big music listener, but I don't know that it's a good idea for me to always listen to music while writing. I mean, a particular piece could amplify or purify an emotion, ideal for writing a specific scene, focus the mind and heart on one path, image or concept. Also, music that I have listened to many times while reading another work will bring back emotional, and perhaps conceptual and stylistic, connotations to that other work. Which could be a good thing.
On the other hand, it could be a dampening force on the individuality of a piece for that same reason, and more so if the piece has lyrics. Though I'm sure there are stories practically written about one soundtrack, and many of my (unwritten and thus non-existant) stories have a soundtrack to which I dabble. Poetry, though, doesn't work for me; that has to be purely my own emotions and thoughts with as little external influence as possible. Any thoughts? Does anyone here use music for writing?

Speaking of which, what sort of writing does everyone here do? I've heard it said that the best writers transcend genre writing, though I've always had the impression that the comfort and knowledge factor in writing isn't the worst of handicaps, if one at all. Personally, most of my ideas would be classified as science fiction or fantasy. But in truth, I've only written poetry, and mere outlines to fiction.
Hope you guys don't mind my inserting myself into this circle. It simply looks, from out here, like a piece of what could be home.
Monday, April 19th, 2004
1:34 pm
hey, my name is Lisa and i am going to reed college in portland, oregon next semester. last summer i lived in santa cruz and i was wondering if anybody had a place i could stay at (couch is fine) from may 10th to june 6th (i have a sleepaway camp counselor job that starts june 7th in portland). i will pay $100 rent for the 3 and a half weeks, and i can help with cooking, i'm good at that. so, can anybody vouch that i can stay at their place for this time? even in a dorm room is fine. i dont even need a couch, i can just use my yoga matte. dorm rooms work for me too, and ill still pay da $100. during the day, i'll be outside. i'll just need the place to stay for storing my stuff and sleeping. i really hope someone gets back to me. thanks!

Sunday, April 18th, 2004
9:34 pm
i really love the forest and santa cruz, and i was wondering if anybody had a place for me to crash at (couch is fine) from may 10th to june 6th...i would pay $100 rent and help with cooking, i am a good cook. also...does anybody know where the planks are in trees for people to sleep in? thanks.

Monday, March 15th, 2004
10:46 pm
i don't know what we will do here, but i am sure it will be fun. if all else fails, we can talk about sex organs.
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