Short story rejections in 2015: One

The story I submitted to SFF mag Strange Horizons was rejected a while back. It was my first rejection of the year (and first ever, really). It was not surprising; I like the premise but the story was simply not ready and I feel I rushed things. I’m going to work on it and then submit it elsewhere.

I also submitted a poem to Guernica. I’m proud of the way it turned out, but I know the odds it of getting accepted are slim.

And while I’m on the subject of fiction submissions, I have to say: I wish it didn’t take so long to have your work accepted or rejected. I understand this is selfish, and I understand that lit mags are drowning in submissions and are doing the best they can. It’s just…having to wait weeks (or often, months!) to learn of your story’s fate is a huge pain. For that reason, I’m planning on only submitting my stories to places with relatively quick response times.

<Insert comment about impatient millennials wanting everything right away>

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Writing and the flu

I’ve missed the past two workdays because of the flu. Worse, it has been bad enough that I’ve mostly laid in bed drooping and coughing and haven’t been able to write anything. I’m feeling a bit better, though, so it’s time to get back to business.

I have some ideas that I’d like to turn into short stories. I think I can have them ready by the end of the weekend.

Then, it’s back to work on Monday, where I’ll get written up because I don’t have a doctor’s note (I don’t have insurance).  Oh, the joys of being a wage laborer in America.

Anyway, I’d like to share this article from Brevity’s blog. It’s about how you need to write, write, and write, as opposed to just thinking about doing so. I spend so much time thinking about my stories that I end up tying myself in knots and never know where to start. It’s one of my worst habits, but one than can be overcome with diligence!