Bulletin Board: Korean Fan Death, Period Empowerment, and More!
Happy final summer Tuesday, lovelies! Here's your monthly installment of Bulletin Board, Novella's digital refrigerator, where we celebrate the most inspiring things our community is up to. Below you'll find exciting news from our members including a piece on immigrant-family superstitions, a debut fantasy novel, and more.
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"Writing is a job, a talent, but it's also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon." – Ann Patchett
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28
Bulletin Board: August 2018
August can be a tough time for writers. It feels like every editor in New York City has taken permanent residence in Santorini, littering my inbox with cheeky out of office messages. As a result, pitching new stories feel like an impossibility, leaving me stuck with a pile of half-baked ideas and nowhere to put them.
Pitches are hard for me. As a freelancer, I spend the majority of my time researching who to send pitches to, brainstorming, writing, sending them, then waiting on pins and needles to hear back about said pitches. Not to mention the fact that I’m usually cranking them out at a rate of 2-5 a week, because, you know, I need money. It’s exhausting, and personally, I find every step of the process utterly harrowing.
This month, I decided to take a different tack. Knowing that it was mainly a lost cause to actively pitch during vacation season, I devoted my time to perfecting my dream pitches, giving myself the space and time to thoughtfully craft and research the best ideas my sweet little brain could come up with. It’s been freeing to let go of that panicked voice in the back of my head rushing me along, pushing me to be productive and just...percolate. Once Labor Day weekend passes, I will unleash my perfected pitches on unsuspecting editors everywhere and then, it’s back to square one.
So if you’ve got any tips or coping mechanisms on how to make pitching articles a bit less painful, share them in the comments! We’re dying to know your secrets.
Things to Read and Do
- Novella’s very own Editorial Director, Leeann DelHoyo Duggan, wrote about Gucci’s most ambitious collaboration to date: a project called #TimeToParr. This Instagram-only portfolio by British documentary photographer Martin Parr features a world tour of the places that inspire Gucci designer, Alessandro Michele. Check it out at The Cut.
- Writer Jinnie Lee shared a moving personal story about the Korean “fan death” superstition and the unique relationship that first-generation children have with their immigrant parents over on Catapult.
- Writer Rachel Elizabeth Cargle explained why liberal white women's feminism is toxic and ultimately dangerous in her incredibly important piece, "When Feminism is White Supremacy in Heels" at Harper's Bazaar.
- You can now purchase Fran Lanaido’s first novel, Beautiful, on Amazon — it’s a fantastical tale of adventure, friendship, and love.
- Stylist and model Jessica Wu has started a new project called Period Space with the aim to empower people to talk about periods. Follow on Insta to learn more about her plans to destigmatize menstruation, to contribute, and get the conversation started.