Hello. Happy Friday on Thursday. Confused? Maybe I am. Since I started working, many of my days are all mixed up. However, I felt like blogging today and who knows what tomorrow brings. I’ll start with my statistic counts:
Rejections this week: 1 (enchanted spark’s contest)
Acceptances this week: 0 (still waiting for word on my rewrite)
Stories in the Waiting Room: 17
Status on Book: 3 Rejections, 3 still waiting
Stories submitted this week: 1(to Highlights)
My work week was 8 hours on Monday, 4 hours on Tuesday, 4 hours on Wednesday and will be 4 hours today. Tomorrow, I am off. So that means I will do some writing, hopefully. I’m going to try to do some today, too. My writing has been abysmal in August.
As promised, I want to do a book review today on the Lincoln book I read. The book was titled, Lincoln: A Man of Faith and Courage by Joe Wheeler. I really enjoyed this book. It is aptly subtitled Stories of Our Most Admired President. I do believe that Lincoln is almost always on everyone’s top ten presidential lists. Joe Wheeler, the author, is an expert on Zane Grey and has spent a lifetime collecting info on Lincoln. It was well worth it because this book taught me things I didn’t know about Lincoln. Apparently, he was a real life superhero. He was super strong. Lincoln was known to have lifted a half a ton in his younger years. He also picked up and carried a whole chicken house from one place to another. A regular Samson of the Bible. Another facet of Lincoln I like that the author brought out was his sense of humor. Once, when walking down the street, Lincoln saw a sign that said T. R. Strong. He looked at his companion with a grin and said, “T. R. Strong but coffee is stronger.” I liked that Lincoln had that kind of likeable, silly humor about him. Lincoln’s life, however, was no laughing matter. He was often depressed and lived with a wife often tottering on the brink of breakdown. He suffered so many deaths and losses in his years before and during the presidency yet carried our country through crisis. This book is highly recommended.
Thought for the Day: When you feel you have nothing to write about, write anyway. Sometimes something comes from nothing. If it doesn’t, at least you’re practicing for when the spark reinvents itself.
Just a brief word on my blog today. It’s been a busy week working for the first time in many years. Well, I got back two replies where I only sent in a few chapters and they were rejections (for my book) I also got a rejection from a place that said they were honored to be sent my book but they didn’t do middle grade children’s fiction. It wasn’t on their website, so… that leaves me three more to go that I sent in. If they are negatives as well, I guess I’ll be back to scouting for more publishers.I also received a request for a rewrite for a children’s short story I wrote from another ezine I submitted to. I sent that rewrite back but haven’t heard back from them yet. That is far from a sure thing. I submitted to one place this week: Four Star Stories, which I found out about from Melinda. Thank you, Melinda for supplying me with another place to try to submit to…
I just finished a book on Lincoln and I hope to blog about that next week. Found out some interesting stuff about him I didn’t know.
Thought for the Day: A rejection doesn’t mean your story is no good. It just means it wasn’t a fit for that particular publication, so dry your eyes and send it somewhere else.
One of the things I really liked at the zoo was the aviary. For some reason, I love to watch birds. They are bright, colorful, chatty, showy and they do funny things. They even like to play with toys. Maybe I enjoy birds so much because this is what I want my writing to be like. I want it to stand out. I want it to be showy and I want it to be funny when it’s funny. Mostly, I want everyone else to acknowledge that they like my writing as much as I do.
Unfortunately, it very seldom happens that way. Mostly People say we’ve gone over my work, and decided against it. No matter how nicely it’s said, it’s still a rejection. I had one this week that said we went back and forth on this one but ultimately decided against it. Please send your next piece when it’s ready. When it’s ready? I’ve got 40 pieces ready that nobody wants. Most places say I hope you find a home for your story. I always think my story has a home; in my computer and it’s getting crowded in there. I’m ready to kick a lot of these “children” out of their home. I keep sending them away but they keep coming back.
I had two rejections again this week. I suppose you’ve guessed that with all this negativity. They were from Metrofiction and The First Line. I submitted two things this week: one to Guardian Angel Kids and one to Enchanted Spark’s Photo Flare Contest. I also did hours and hours of scouting for places to send my now finished children’s book. I didn’t know how hard it was going to be. It was definitely harder than writing the actual book. At least it seemed that way to me. I was looking for small presses that wouldn’t require agents. I finally found 6. I’m dragging my feet, but I am going to submit this book to those six places. So help me God.
I think I’d be a lot more depressed right now, but I just got a new part time job. It’s been refreshingly distracting. I think I need that right now, so I don’t totally give up. It’s been a hard couple of weeks.
Thought for the Day: If you feel like you’re in a rut, or slump as I do now, get a writer’s book and work through it. Sometimes a different perspective helps.
Even though we are on vacation, I wanted to share a brief blog. We have had a fun vacation full of hiking, a zoo(where this picture was taken) an amusement park, a farmer’s market and movies. Lots of exciting stuff.
I did manage to send in a story to Space Squid in all the craziness of the week. I also, unfortunately, got three rejections this week: one from Soundings Review, one from Stupifying Stories and a personal one from Kids’ Ark. No acceptances. I counted what I still have out in space waiting for acceptance/rejection and there are 17.
I thought I’d share a little book review. I just finished a book called Storm in the village by Miss Read. I love the Miss Read books. Miss Read is actually a pseudonym for a character in her books. Dora Jessie Saint is her real name. She writes about a school teacher named Miss Read. Dora was an English school teacher herself. Her books ( and there are about two dozen Miss Read books) are beautifully written. I started reading them when I purchased two at a book sale. Have I ever said how much I love book sales. I went to one this week. In the books, Miss Read teaches at Fairacre schools, and she is assisted by another teacher who teaches the younger children, which are called the Infants’ classes, although I believe they are more like 5 or 6 year olds. For comic effect, there are actually many, there is a cleaning lady named Mrs. Pringle, never satisfied, always full of advice. In this particular book, the storm is actually a scandal concerning Miss Jackson the infants’ teacher. It wouldn’t be a scandal by today’s standards, but at that time of propriety it wasn’t anything goes. Anyway, if you enjoy English literature, I recommend any of the Miss Read books.
Thought for the Day: Joy is a decision. Try to find the joy in things. Optimism keeps you keeping on.
What Editors want
I found this rather lengthy article very helpful for those of us who submit stories to magazines. I hope it is helpful to others. I particularly liked the mentioned fact that editors don’t like sending rejection letters. It’s painful to them as well as us. I think we sometimes think that editors are unfeeling because we get so many rejections. Anyway, this has some very valuable tips. Read and learn.
New story for the Aviation issue
This is the link for my new story in the aviation issue of Guardian Angel Kids for August. I’ve been blessed to have had something in every issue of Guardian Angel Kids since March of this year. This story is very exciting for me because I am obsessed with the Dust bowl and this is one of the dust bowl stories that I wrote for children. I have written about 4 Dust Bowl stories.
Statistics: I had two wonderfully nice rejections this week; one from Enchanted Spark, where I was runner up in the current contest, and one from this month’s Penn Cove judge. Penn Cove was nice enough to give me some advice about my story and told me to send it to Soundings Review as a children’s/Ya story so I’m hoping that pans out. I looked on the writer’s guidelines for Soundings and it said they didn’t read over the summer but when I emailed back to the Penn judge, Cathy Parker, she told me they do read year round and I should go ahead and send it so I did. I don’t know if rejections can ever be enjoyable but the two I got this week were about as painless as they come. And of course, I had one acceptance this week from Guardian angel kids. Yay!
Okay, I sent in 4 things for publications this week. Why four? Well, next week we are on vacation which means no writing and no pressure to send anything in. I am taking a brief break. Writers need to do that from time to time. So I sent to:Soundings Review, Metro Fiction, Daily Science Fiction and Stupifying Stories. It would be a miracle to get into any one of these. I’m hoping for at least two.
Thought for the Day: See rejections as positive step toward your end goal, which is learning. I think I had this thought before. Rejections are not all negative. On a personal rejection, you often get some good advice, and sometimes if someone says they like what you’ve done, it just didn’t quite make the cut, it does put a band-aid on the hurt. So put a band-aid on and heal! You’ll be a much better writer for it.