Today I met a friend Vanessa at the York Mills subway station in Toronto at 1:30pm. The first time I met Vanessa was at the first meeting for the black history month issue in 2002 for the Excalibur newspaper. Vanessa is an accomplished writer,her publishing resume is very impressive. For instance, Vanessa recently was published in O Magazine.
On the subway ride downtown, we talked about dealing with rejection from editors and publishers.
We also talked about the burning desire to get published more frequently.
I agree with Vanessa’s perspective, networking is very important in the literary world. I want to improve on my networking skills.
We caught the subway and travelled downtown to Yonge and Dundas to the Chapters/Indigo bookstore. I asked a customer service representative where the literary magazines were located.
Meanwhile, Vanessa was in the music magazine section looking for the Rolling Stone special issue on Michael Jackson. Vanessa bought the magazine, she also purchased a three disc set of Nina Simone for only $14.99!!!
We walked over to Queen Street West and went down on Adelaide to a classic Italian pizza joint. The pizzas were delicious!
After lunch we walked back to Nathan Phillips Square there was an arts and crafts exhibition.
Next, we went back to World’s Biggest Bookstore and I bought the complete poems by Anne Sexton!!!!
I got very excited when Vanessa saw a copy of Anne Sexton’s complete poems.
I have been looking everyone for Anne Sexton’s poetry. The poetry volune including the 1967 Pulitzer Prize winning collection “Live Or Die”.
We crossed the street over to HMV I wanted to see if can find any new seasons of the lesbian TV show the L Word on DVD.
I couldn’t decide which season to purchase so I didn’t buy any. We walked on Church Street for a bit and then headed back up to Yonge.
We arrived at Yonge and Bloor subway station and we caught the subway back to Finch Subway station.