I was thinking that a writer’s life is a bit like this picture. The deer in this picture is a bit hard to see. We couldn’t get too close or we would scare it away. Sometimes my goal as a writer can be a bit obscure. Sometimes I can even get sidetracked in my goal and too sure what my focus even should be. Anyway, here’s to clarity as a writer.
This week was a big up and a big down. My big up was finding that the book from knowonder! with two of my stories in it was coming out in the beginning of July. I was paid for both the stories, and earned a lot for me this month, about one hundred dollars.
My down was that I got three rejections this week. Two from the same place, cadet quest and one from The Colored Lens. It was a personal rejection. It was a very hard rejection. I was told my characters were flat, the relationship between them was not believable and my metaphors were contrived. Then it went on to say I know you’ll find a home for this story. It made me laugh. What? With contrived metaphors and unbelievable and flat characters, who would want it? I was glad I could laugh about it. Laugh so you don’t cry, right? So I went to work revising the story to add a scene so the relationship between my characters would seem more real, and therefore, less flat, I hope.
Anyway, I submitted to three places this week. Pockets, The Colored Lens(thus the personal rejection which I got the same day I submitted it, no less) and Guardian Angel Kids.
Thought for the Day: Seek for clarity in writing. Also use only necessary and pertinent metaphors and make your characters believable and real.
Spread your Wings
This is my new book on Amazon. By that I mean, I am a contributor to this book of short stories. I wrote two stories for this book. I am both honored and proud to be included in this wonderful collection. It can be bought in print or kindle format.
As a writer I feel like I often choose “the road less travelled on”. It certainly is a road with many bumps, risky twists and turns and dead ends. Yet, when you write a wonderful story then sell it, it opens new horizons for you. I love being a writer despite the many pitfalls.
This week, and alas, last week, I have been a very lax writer. I wrote only one day each week. My word counts are low and I didn’t even submit anything this week. I, instead, was a leader at cooking camp and I don’t regret it. I had the same 6 kids each week and had a fun time. I also learned a lot about teamwork. As a writer, I am often very independent. So I enjoyed learning to rely on others this week. Sometimes the kids were more on the ball than I was. Together our group cooked up 10 pounds of hamburg barbeque, about 6 pounds of pork barbeque, 8 oreo cream pies, 3 freezer bags of Hawaiian chicken, and a huge amount of chicken corn soup, and that was just my group. We had two other industrious groups making jelly, lasagna, vegetable soup, muffins, strawberry cream pies and banana bread. Yum! These items were then sold at a bake sale, by the children, and then the kids shopped with the proceeds for groceries for about 3 or 4 needy families. Whew! I’m tired thinking of it all.
I am so excited to say I’ve had another acceptance this week from Spaceports and Spidersilk. Yay me! I also had a rejection from Shine Brightly. Boo me! Still excited, though.
I thought I’d do a quick review of a book I just finished. It is Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer. If you’ve never read a book by him, you are missing out. I’ve read Into thin Ice and Into the Wild and they are both exciting reads. Please, please read them if you haven’t already read them. Under the Banner of Heaven is about the murders of Brenda and her baby daughter Erica Lafferty by her husband’s Mormon fundamentalist brothers. The book rips apart the Mormon fundamentalist movement which still clings to old Mormon mores like polygamy and subjection of women as well as more traditional conservative clothing on both men and women. I had no idea there were still so many areas that still cling to these old beliefs. It was very shocking and enlightening. Some parts of the book are a bit bogged down but mostly I found it very interesting. I was itching for it to delve into a few other cultic murdering groups, but it did not.
My thought for the day is: Keep following the path in your writing. Don’t get blindsided by disappointments. They will come but so will the adventure.
There’s nothing like the sheer joy of a puppy. I think I need to practice “puppy joy” by not overstressing on writing frustrations. Today’s beef is : Editors who never seem to reply to my submissions. I’ve counted. I have 21 submissions out in the twilight zone right now, some date to as far back as last December. I’m almost positive some of these places will never get back to me at all. So difficult to deal with! On the other hand, I know some of these places get hundreds of submissions. So patience is a necessary skill I need to work on.
I submitted to two places this week. One was to the Photo Flare Contest yet again. I was so excited about Melinda Moore’s new novella, I just had to submit to earn my free copy. I also submitted to Spaceports and Spidersilk. I received no acceptances and no rejections this week, despite all the submissions I have out there.
My thought for the Day: Patience and persistence are key elements of writing toward publication.
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down. Luckily, today is Friday which makes a rainy day a little more bearable. However, because it is Spring, I’d love to be able to go outside and play as my corgi is doing in this picture. She runs for the sheer enjoyment of running a lot of times.
So my caveat to writing. Writing should be done for the sheer enjoyment of writing. Sometimes, I confess, I get bogged down with the publishing angle of writing. I write like I’m on assignment for pay or often even like a school assignment. Many times that was drudgery. I don’t want to look at my writing in that way. Duty often stymies creativity. So, next week I’m going to write a story just for the fun of it and see where it goes. After all, if I’m living my dream, I should, at least be enjoying it.
So, this week’s summing up. One acceptance at Guardian Angel Kids as I posted and one rejection, at On the Premises. They commented that they had two hundred and ninety some entries 10 shortlisted and mine wasn’t one of them. cut and dry.
I submitted to four places this week: Spider, Shine Brightly, Pockets fiction contest and the Penn Cove literary award ( yes, Melinda, you inspired me yet again by your acceptance there)
Thought for the Day: Find a writing inspiration and run with it.
This is the link for my new story for the month of June, the theme was self-confidence, in Guardian Angel Kids. I actually used my own little corgi as my inspiration for the story and included a picture of her and they published it. yay! Now, Lucy is a celebrity. I’m very excited!