Freshness + Maxwell’s Demon

I have several little things to share today. Around here, I’ve been a busy bee freshening things up for the new year. The Decorative Writer and The Organized Writer have both had face lifts. At TDW you’ll find a better, streamlined photo format, plus new photos in both my own office album and in Roni Loren’s office album. At TOW I’ve tweaked the layout and functionality of my documents. Plus I’ve added a Buzz page to my menu, so you can read my happy reviews in one place (eek!), as well as a Store page, which takes you to my new Amazon store. There you can browse and shop for my favorite books and products for readers and writers.

In other news, if you’ve missed it, my poem “Maxwell’s Demon” is out now in Apex Magazine. You can read it for free online.

It’s really easy to overlook a poem, to brush past it. We’re so busy; poems are so short. Often we read them once, glean what’s on the surface, nod along, and move on.

I wrote this poem six years ago. I loved it but thought it was too obscure, too “sciencey.” I set it aside thinking it would never get picked up and that few would ever read it how I intended. Finally, last year, I sent it to one of the only pro markets I’ve found that embraces both poetry and science-rooted work. I was thrilled when Apex picked up “Maxwell’s Demon.”

Still, though, I figured it would get lost in the shuffle of this big, gorgeous issue (80) with names far more prominent than mine.

Then I read a review of my poem by Charles Payseur at Quick Sip Reviews that is spot-on, thoughtful, emotional, appreciative, nuanced, and all of the things a writer scarcely dares to hope for in a reader, much less a reviewer. I can’t tell you how good it feels for my poem to not only have found such a home, but to have found such an audience.

“Maxwell’s Demon” does rely somewhat on knowing what the original reference is, so for anyone who’s curious, here’s the Wikipedia article on James Clerk Maxwell’s thought experiment.

Finally, I’m working on getting new albums of cool writers’ work spaces up at The Decorative Writer (If you’re a writer with a beautiful work space you’d like to share, please email me!), as well as new documents at The Organized Writer. You can look for those coming in the next few months, as well as several more publications I have work in that I’ll share as they’re released.

Last but certainly not least, if you’re looking to get a head start on shopping for Valentine’s Day, last year I pulled together a list of gift ideas for book lovers. ♥ Happy February, and happy Women in Horror Month, too!

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  • Regina Richards

    Wow, you’ve gotten so much done in January. You inspire me! Loved Maxwell’s Demon. 🙂

    • Aw, thanks! It’s been a productive month for me. Here’s hoping it keeps going through February. 🙂

  • Andrea Blythe

    Congrats on the poetry publication and the lovely review!

  • Melissa Crytzer Fry

    I am simply exhausted thinking about how much you’ve done already. You go, girl. But you’re putting the rest of us to shame. And WOO HOO on your publication and the fabulous review. You’re off to a great start this year, Annie!

  • So the reference isn’t to Maxwell’s Silver Hammer? LOL! I’m afraid that’s the only “Maxwell” I know. I read the poem, think you’re awesome, and have no idea what you’re talking about. But I know I’d never let myself get sorted by anyone, much less a demon, so I have that going for me! However, I don’t have a pretty work space going for me and can’t send you pics. It’s just a table in my bedroom with my laptop and important things on it (water, cigarettes, Kleenex for the allergies, 10 lighters in case they all stop working at once — been known to happen.). But I love my spot as Sheldon loves his! 🙂

    • Okay, true confession, don’t hate me: I had to look up Maxwell’s Silver Hammer. >.< And hey, a spot *you* love is absolutely all you need. 🙂

      • That’s so funny! At least we both learned about a new Maxwell! I’m a BIG Beatles fan, but I’m a lot older than you so they were the voices of my teen years. 🙂

  • Cynthia Robertson

    Wow, congrats on that great review, Annie, and on the publication!

  • Carie Juettner

    Wow, Annie, you HAVE been busy! I love your blog makeover. Excellent tweaks and additions. The Amazon store is so cool. I didn’t know that was a thing. And, thanks to your Wikipedia link, I just re-read Maxwell’s Demon and appreciated it on a whole new level. The first time, I was gripped by the idea of a demon sorting us and of going willingly only to realize (too late) that maybe we should have paid more attention to where we were going. But now that I know the science behind it… wow. It’s a really great piece. You’re amazing with words.

    • Thank you so much, Carie! That’s such a nice thing to say. 🙂

  • jclementwall

    Super late getting over here, but I LOVE Maxwell’s Demon. I mean, to-pieces love. And what a great review! I couldn’t agree with this more: “It’s just a lot of fun and almost heartbreaking.” So happy I opened your email today!

  • Congrats!