Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Screwiest Day in Recent History


Note: Careless workplace bitchery removed to preserve my livelihood, which makes this a far less entertaining post, but affords me the continued opportunity to pay my bills.

I got my second short story rejection from a swanky journal--but not-as-swanky-as-the-first journal that told me I suck. The stories, I'm woman enough to admit, need some more revision, so back to the grindstone I go. My nose may be gone by the time these stories are accepted anywhere.

I also need to finish Great Expectations. I'm really enjoying it, but I seem to need large, uninterrupted blocks of time to really get into the story. Large blocks of time are in increasingly short supply, but I think today could be the perfect reading day. I have a big squishy chair, a cold dreary day, and nothing to do until 11:00 AM tomorrow. Watch out!

12 comments:

  1. Is that a Married To The Sea illustration? I love them!

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  2. It is! I love them, too. I hadn't been to the site in a while before today and it was good to go back and visit the weirdness.

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  3. Ok, that is so weird... Why would they send an email with such little notice. I think I would have pretended I never saw it! ha,ha...
    Sorry about the rejection letter but you'll show them!

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  4. Iliana, I dunno! That's why it was so frustrating. WE couldn't recall the students once we'd let them go! Ugg.

    And thank you re: my 2nd rejection. Still many more to go, I'm sure. lol

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  5. That stinks you had to go in. At least you had a happy PJ ending.

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  6. You sound on the rejection letter like you're starting to wonder if your fiction is any good. If it's anything like your non-fiction I'm sure it's great. Just because two people didn't like your story (or didn't have room, or had a bad day) don't let them make you think you're somehow bad at this.

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  7. Amen, Nik. PJ endings are my favorite.

    Stu, I honestly don't have as much confidence in my fiction as I do my non-fiction. Probably because I'm not as practiced at it. But, I'm not too down about the rejection. This fiction thing takes work like anything else. :) Thanks for the pep talk!

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  8. Hmm, what kind of ridiculous bureaucratic malarkey was that? Not to mention a waste of time. Oh well,half a day lounging in jammies is better than no day at all.

    I know what you mean about needing "large chunks of time" to finish a book. I'm having the same issue with Mansfield Park - it's not as easy to pick up and get back into as the earlier Austens.

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  9. Isn't that just typical! If it's any consolation I used to work for a College that did exactly the same sort of stupid thing. What i would like to know is whether or not the people who send these e-mails actually come in or do they just sit at home in the warm making life as 'interesting' as possible for the rest of us.

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  10. Andi, keep going. One thing I've learned over the years is that there are many subjective elements as to the submissions process. Just keep putting it out there.

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  11. Keep working at it, I think most writers could wallpaper their house with rejection letters.

    Good luck with finishing Great Expectations. I'm going to be working on it myself this weekend.

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  12. Rejections suck ... don't take them personally. You're a fantastic writer.

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