Mik Everett's Blog

Mik Everett is a 22-year-old writer living in Wichita, Kansas with her daughter. She is a staff editor at Kleft Jaw Press and co-founder of Syntactics Literary Development Group.

But now I have twins. They’re three years old. The judgey stuff has changed from “You’ll never find time to read once you have kids!” (except I did and do) to “How do you have time to read with twins?” and still, no one is saying those things to my husband. So, I’ve come to this conclusion: the idea that you can’t find time to read once you have children is bullshit if reading is a big priority to you, your kids are healthy, and you have a partner to help you, and it’s mostly sexist bullshit.

—from Have Babies, Keep Reading by Amanda Nelson (via bookriot)

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Fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gifts of seeing the world through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over.

—Neil Gaiman- Fahrenheit 451 Introduction (via dortheaisles)

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Where Are You Poet and Where Are You Artist is here!

We are looking for poets and artists to become a part of the Where Are You Press line up!

Are you a poet? We want to publish your chapbook! Send us your manuscript before August 22nd to be a part of our second annual submission contest! 

Are you an artist? We’re launching our first annual Where Are You Artist submission contest! Have your art be sold as a poster or sticker in the Where Are You Press etsy store! Submit before August 22nd!

Rules and guidelines can be found here!

Good luck and we are stay posted for new updates and other Where Are You Press events! It’s a busy and sunny summer for us here and we’re so glad for y’all to be a part of it.

The Press

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Anonymous asked: Aside from Tumblr, where else do you go to fight for your advocacies? I mean, do you join street protests and pickets?

Not usually; I work forty-hour weeks and have a young child. I’d take her to those kinds of things if I knew for a fact they’d remain peaceful and she’d be safe, but that isn’t guaranteed. I advocate through communication: Yes, in real life as well as on the internet, with anyone I meet. Discussion is what brings about understanding.

Writers ever since writing began have had problems, and the main problem narrows down to just one word—life.

Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.

—Neil Gaiman (via topazwoods)

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I remember someone in class, one of my friends, a guy, saying, “You know, you’re writing stories about women for women,” and it had never dawned on me. It was so insulting—and now I’m like, You know what? Maybe I am writing for women. Not just for women, but I am a woman! And the fact that that’s something that literary women writers don’t talk about…I find that a little confusing, and I wonder if that makes younger literary women writers feel like there’s something less valuable to that.