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Issue 2 of Montana Mouthful is Live!

Issue 2 of Montana Mouthful is Live!

We are happy to announce the publication of Montana Mouthful’s second issue, themed “secrets.” Once again, we received a variety of powerful stories and images that in some way connect to the idea of secrets. This issue also includes poetry and the debut of a […]

In Loving Memory of our Co-Editor and Friend, Lisa Huff

In Loving Memory of our Co-Editor and Friend, Lisa Huff

Hello Montana Mouthful Community, We recognize that our social media presence has been less than usual, but behind the scenes we’re busy finalizing the layout of Issue 2 of Montana Mouthful, which will be published next week. However, we’ve also been grieving the loss of […]

Montana Mouthful Update and New Instagram Series

Greetings MM Community,

After we published our debut issue, MM staff took a brief hiatus to regroup and celebrate more than a year’s work dedicated to creating a new literary magazine. Now we’re back, refreshed, and focused on Issue 2. The theme of our second issue is “Secrets,” and submissions have been rolling in. We’re excited to showcase more short fiction, nonfiction, and artwork plus poetry and a new, local feature that we’ll discuss soon. If you’d like to submit, the deadline is May 2, 2018.We’re also accepting submissions for our first flash fiction contest, Montana(406).  Meanwhile, behind the scenes, we’re developing a few local events, so stay tuned for more information during the upcoming months. As always, we appreciate everyone’s support, readership, and creative contributions.

Speaking of creative contributions, we’ve started a new series on our Instagram page called, “Book Reading, Pet Feeding.” How many of you are avid readers and pet owners? If so, how often do you find yourself in the following situation: you’ve just settled down with a book and one of your favorite snacks when, from over your shoulder (or from your lap or your feet), you sense the presence of a furry friend? It might look similar to this:

This photograph captures Greta’s (black lab) response to my question, “Are you here for a story from Idries Shah’s, Tales of the Dervishes, or are you here for the dried mango?” (Clearly, the food.)

So, if you’re an Instagramer, book lover, and pet owner, please join the fun by:

  • capturing a photograph similar to the one shown;
  • posting the photo to your IG page and include a) the title and author of the book or magazine you’re reading, and b) what your pet is eating (or would like to eat);
  • including the hashtags #MontanaMouthful, #bookreading, and #petfeeding in your post, so we can follow along.

From time to time, we’ll select a winning photograph and share it on our social media outlets.

Until next time, happy reading, writing, and creating,

Jasmine

Seeking Submissions for Issue 2 and a Contest

Seeking Submissions for Issue 2 and a Contest

Greetings! Last Thursday, we published the first issue of Montana Mouthful! We’ve received a lot of positive feedback, and we hope you enjoy the inaugural issue if you’ve not yet read it. You can read the issue for free, and you can also purchase digital […]

Montana Mouthful’s “Firsts” Issue is Live!

Montana Mouthful’s “Firsts” Issue is Live!

We are excited to share our inaugural issue of Montana Mouthful Magazine!  More than a year of planning and preparation by the MM staff has led to this exciting moment, and we sincerely thank all of the writers and artists who had confidence in us […]

Making Time for Your Writing or Art in Four Easy Steps

Making Time for Your Writing or Art in Four Easy Steps

 

I have a confession. Many writers and artists struggle to find time to practice their craft. But not me. Of course, it’s not because I’m an efficient time manager who operates on a set routine. No, it’s quite the opposite. You see, my life is so chaotic that I’ve simply given up. I don’t even bother trying to make time for writing.

One of the reasons I wanted to be a part of this lit mag is because I need creativity in my life, and I haven’t believed I could find the time to create myself. My government job is busy, but stagnant. And while breathing in others’ creativity is a lot of fun, and while I’m also thrilled about putting other peoples’ amazing works out there, it’s simply not enough. I think those of us who are drawn to creating in whatever form always feel the tug. We know there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of expressing what wells inside, of shaping something from nothing, of giving our best to our creation.

Obviously, I need to write this article for myself. But based on comments from the other writers and artists I talk to, I know I need to write it for many of you too. With families and jobs and traffic and friends and housework and hopefully a few workouts and that daily need to figure out what to eat, it’s hard to prioritize our writing. Yet, it can be done. Here comes the pep talk.

1. Make it a priority. If it’s not as important as all of those other things we do in our lives, it’s simply not going to happen. And that’s okay. There is a season for everything. Right now, it’s ski season in Montana. Writing is a tug. Snapping into two slender, waxed boards and flying across the snow is more like a shove. I just have to be out there.

2. Commit to a definite amount of time. For me, writing is a priority, but not enough to spend whole days doing it. If writing (or your preferred art form) is a top priority for you, decide how much time you can give. Personally, I can commit to write at least four hours a week. Some of you may have four hours a day. That’s killer. I love a large block of time to immerse myself in words. And for the past few (okay, several) years, my cop out has been that I can’t write if I don’t have a few hours to spend getting into it. However, that way of thinking has stopped me just like hitting a big rock put an immediate stop to my ski and resulted in a nasty fall a few weeks ago.

3. Schedule your time like an appointment. Maybe you have a set schedule and can plan out a month of writing appointments in advance, or maybe you need to plan week-by-week depending upon what’s going on. I may be able to get four hours in on a Saturday, but if I’m going out of town or have too many commitments over the weekend, then I need to make sure I take some time Sunday night to plan when I’ll write during the week. In this case, I have to fit it in before or after work.

4. Keep the appointment. It doesn’t matter if you hear a muse or not. You may have days that are utterly uninspired. But you are at least putting pen to paper, brush to canvas. You’re better off than everyone else staring at their phone or the flat screen. You’re making an effort. And if you do happen to miss an appointment, reschedule. Writing adds a lot of meaning to my life, and I feel resentful when I get lost in the day-to-day survival and don’t honor time for my chosen craft. Knowing this, I also know I can’t keep giving up. Four hours a week. Here we go. What’s your commitment?

~Holly

Montana Mouthful joins Literistic’s “Friends Program”

Montana Mouthful joins Literistic’s “Friends Program”

We are proud to add a new link on our Partners webpage! Montana Mouthful has recently joined Literistic’s “Friends Program,” and we are excited to share this information with you.  Literistic provides deadlines for submissions to literary magazines, contests, and more. Each month, Literstic sends […]

Stick with Us

Stick with Us

Thank you   During our two months of launch mania, we have been humbled and energized by the fans of our fledgling magazine and the writers and artists who’ve already submitted work. We want to personally thank our early supporters who pasted our Montana Mouthful stickers […]

Winter Community Story

Winter Community Story

If you missed it, our first Montana Mouthful Community Story was a success! Fifteen people contributed lines for our eerie Halloween tale. Thanks again!

For the next community story, we’ve added a twist: the story happens in two parts.

First, from now until Friday, November 17th, we seek your winter-themed photographs (one per person, please). Submit your photograph in the comments section of this social media post.

After November 17th, MM staff will select one of the photographs and add an opening line as a story starter. Then it’s up to you to add a line to complete the tale. Line submissions will close on Friday, December 15th, and we’ll publish the results on Christmas Eve.

So, let’s get started – send us your winter photos!

Thanks,

MM staff

 

Finding Beauty

Finding Beauty

One of the things that inspires me the most is the visual arts. A picture of the simplest object or an obscure reference piques my interest and shifts my focus from the daily grind to a place of creativity where I am free to focus my […]