Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Update on Winter Poetry Issue

CRAZED! Winter Issue 2017 Update

Annette Has a New Job!But 

CRAZED! Isn't going anywhere

by Annette Sugden 

I know that lately every post is an announcement of a delay in posts, but I can assure readers that CRAZED! is still a project I’m committed to and passionate about.
The holidays and a major life transition ended up causing more delays in posts to the magazine. I'm the sole staff member here, so when anything happens in my life, there's nobody else to step in. 
But my most recent excuse is a good one. I’ve written in the not too distant past about my attempts at changing careers from the autism field back to a creative field with an emphasis in marketing and advertising as well as writing in general and even performing. CRAZED! has been part of that goal and continues to be a personal project, along with some scripts I’m developing, that I’m committed to.
I'm most excited though to announce that I’m about to start a position as a copywriter for a super company in Phoenix. Ending my current job, including saying goodbye to client families, while making sure I’m prepared for the first days of my new job, getting more knowledge about my newest career endeavor, working on research and development tasks for one of the scripts, and of course listening to and reading materials I’m reviewing for CRAZED! means the articles I thought I was going to have ready, and posted, aren't ready yet. That sentence was really long! Deep breath.
Oh and Trump had been Trump, and is gasp, being inaugurated Friday, gasp...another deep breath. So not to worry, CRAZED! is still here. We’re just a bit extra crazed at the moment. We’ll be back soon. I, we, CRAZED! just aren't making anymore specific time promises for when specific articles will be posted. The Winter poetry and presidential inauguration issue are coming soon-ish. Plus once things calm down and I'm settled at my new job, CRAZED! will get back to a weekly schedule of 1-3 posts. Also if you're a writer, and you want to contribute, please submit articles and/or queries. If CRAZED! has other contributors, delays in posts will become a thing of the past.

Thanks for your patience!
© Annette Sugden

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Winter Holiday/New Year's Issue Coming Soon

CRAZED! Post Winter Holiday/New Year's Issue
Post Winter Holiday Issue Coming Soon!
By Annette Sugden

Things were crazy over the holidays

My holidays turned into a whirlwind of celebrations, stomach flu, and a kicked into overdrive job search. All this meant that I had to put CRAZED! on simmer for a couple weeks.
I should have known better than to think I could do everything and still write all the articles by myself that I’d planned for the magazine. I'm learning though, sometimes the hard way, that starting any new venture takes a lot more time to get up and running smoothly.
Plus it's not easy finding help when there's no money to pay anybody. It also means if someone says they'd love to write on a topic or current event and they don't actually follow through with that promise, that you can't really get upset with them. Also you then have to figure out how to tell them that the moment passed for that particular article, so you're no longer interested in publishing it if they do decide to submit it. Being an editor isn't easy.

Promised Content will be in the next issue.

Starting tomorrow, CRAZED! will post content for the latest issue. In the coming week, our reviews of Ellyn and Robbie’s newest album, “Skywriting With Glitter,” and Rick Lupert's new book, “Donut Famine,” will be up. I also will post the long delayed part 2 of my personal essay on abuse, addiction and sexuality. Trump continues to provide more material than I can keep up with, but I probably will write something about his orange twitness in the next couple weeks.

Oh and my job search paid off...

I can't give any details yet, but basically I landed a long time dream job with an awesome company. No need to worry about CRAZED! though. It's not going anywhere.

Annette Sugden is a writer, artist, performer, dancer, actor, and a bunch of other adjectives. Her work has appeared here, in, Gentle Strength Quarterly, Bearfoot Magazine, and Beyond Baroque Magazine. Some of her past poetry was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Sundress Best of the Net.

© Annette Sugden

Crazed! is an online lifestyle, film, arts, and entertainment zine and Annette Sugden’s personal blog.
Crazed! accepts submissions including reviews, interviews, short fiction, poetry, and personal essay. We are also always looking for material to review and people to interview. Send queries via email to Annette.