I just received an email accepting one of my new flash fictions for publication in Foliate Oak. What's more, they move quickly. It is already on their website in their October issue. Check it out here.
Yesterday I was thrilled to receive a rejection from Smokelong Quarterly. It probably seems a little strange to be thrilled over a rejection, but this rejection was particularly nice because the editor took the time to say that there was some strong writing in my story. Most lit mags send out a basic form rejection letter, and who can blame them? Many receive hundreds of submissions a month and to write a personal rejection for each one would be insane. Editors wouldn't actually have time to produce a single issue of a magazine because they would be too busy writing emails. So when an editor is moved enough to give an author a specific comment on their work, it's definitely a good thing.
I have been rejected by Smokelong Quarterly a lot. It's probably an embarrassing number of times, really. But they are a quality lit mag, and I know I have some stiff competition. This particular rejection gives me hope though. I feel like I am getting closer.
I am working on a new project that will eventually have a website all its own. Now while I consider myself to be a decent wordsmith, I am hopeless when it comes to drawing. However, I would really like some artwork to go with my new project. I have some specific ideas of what I am looking for, so if you're an artist and would like to collaborate with me, please send me a message using the contact form and I will get back to you with the specifics. We can work out the specifics of compensation or a barter, and of course you would be given full credit for any of your work that is used on my site.
Happy writing! (Or drawing!)
So this weekend I took some time to submit a few more stories out to lit mags this weekend. This was long overdue as I have been avoiding this particular chore lately in favor of actual writing and editing. This is one of the challenges of trying to be a writer and hold down a day job -- there just really aren't enough hours in the day. Of course I am sure this could be said for any number of creative endeavors and let me say, I sympathize with any artist who is not yet able to pay the rent with his or her art. I'm right there with you!
At any rate, my point is that if you actually want to see yourself in print, the to-do list goes well beyond "Write Brilliant Story". It is followed by "Edit Brilliant Story -- (repeat as needed)" and finally, "Send Brilliant Story Out to Be Crushed Repeatedly Until Someone Recognizes Said Brilliance and Gives It A Home". This last step is in some ways the hardest. Sure, writing and editing is challenging and not for the faint of heart, but as long as no one but you reads those early drafts, there is no risk. You still have the right to shred the whole thing and forget it ever existed. No one will ever know! But once you share it with someone, then you open yourself up for criticism. Or worse, the dreaded, nonspecific response of, "It's nice. I liked it." Sending it out to editors is even worse because most of the time you have no idea WHY they are rejecting you, aside from the universal "It wasn't a good fit." And it is a given that anything you send out there is going to be rejected at least a handful of times before someone falls in love with it. Usually a lot more than a handful. You have a lot of talented competition out there, and it takes patience and bulletproof skin to keep at it.
So yeah, sometimes I take a break from putting myself out there, justifying it to work on getting more stuff up to publishable quality. But I can't take too long of a break or I risk not going back. So this weekend, I cozied up to my Duotrope's Digest account and sent little pieces of my soul out into the cruel, cruel world. My reward? Less than three hours after sending a piece out to a lit mag that shall remain nameless, I received a rejection claiming it had been read carefully, but just wasn't right for them at this time. But hey, it's okay. They are just doing what they do, and I will keep doing what I do. Eventually one will be an acceptance and that makes it all worthwhile.
Welcome! This blog is basically just to keep anyone interested updated on any writing related news I have to share. The first big piece of news is. . . ta da! I have a website! But you probably already figured that out if you're reading this, so I will skip on to the next exciting news.
2010 so far has been a great year for my short fiction! I have had the pleasure of seeing five of my flash fiction pieces published either online or in print. The most recent of those, Lilacs, can be found in the Fall issue of The Citron Review, so skip on over there and check it out. If you're hungry for more of my writing, you can find links to most of my published stuff under the Publications link in the sidebar over there.
I have lots of ideas for this site and as time allows I hope to introduce more of them. So check back every once in awhile. Happy reading!
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