I must admit that having my daughter’s dog and mine together did curb my writing a bit the last four days but I still managed to write one story and an article this week which, I have my fingers crossed, will have a good chance of publication. For other news on a down note, I got two rejections this week. One from Highlights telling me my plot wasn’t strong enough. I have rewritten this particular story four or five times in three different ways and still there is no success. Yet, I believe strongly in this story about dustbowl times, so I know I’m going to try it again. Wish me luck! My second rejection was from Shine Brightly on a shortlisted story. My shortlisted stories get rejected there about 80 percent of the time, so…
I have already sent in a story for this week to Kids’Ark, and I sent in two items last week, one to Guardian Angel Kids and one to Room Magazine.
My thought for the day is: Use rejections for fuel to write. Actually, I stole that one from Enchanted Spark. Thanks, Melinda!
This is my end of the week update on my writing. I am very proud of myself. I have written three, count them, three stories this week. Of the three, I submitted two, one to Knowonder! who sadly rejected a story of mine this week, and one to Encounter, a teen Christian magazine. I also submitted a third story I had previously written but was unpubished to Encounter. So I am definitely up on my game. The third story I’ve written I know where I want to send it, but I haven’t done that yet. Next week! So, I had two rejections this week, one as stated from Knowonder! stating we will pass on this, and one that was actually rejected Oct. 29th but I somehow didn’t get the email from alphabet soup saying it wasn’t what they were looking for.
I had no acceptances. But I am good with that. I just keep trying. A word about Knowonder! they now have themes and unthemed writing needs. The one I submitted this time was for a theme on princesses and dragons.
Thought for the day: Writing is a skill never fully perfected. That’s why you have to keep working on it.
Okay, this is my end of the week entry to update. This has been a fairly good week. I hold in my hot little hands two checks for writing I’ve done for $70. It’s exciting to be able to accomplish something and be rewarded. I’ve had two rejections this week, and one acceptance. That is still pretty good. I’ve submitted two items; one to Guardian angel kids, an article, which I also wrote this week, so I am writing again! yay! I have three ideas for other stories I need to get cracking on. I also submitted a story I wrote and submitted to other places. I rewrote it once and resubmitted it so I’m hoping this time it gets a goodresponse, but since I submitted it to Prairie Schooner and that’s a pretty prestigious magazine, I’m sure it’s wishful thinking. My thought for the day is: Bask in the rewards of writing when you get them.
Well, today has gone better than yesterday. I got a rejection, which makes two this week, from Tales of old, because my well-written story was too sad. It is more sad now that it is rejected. Also, I got a rejection from Contrary. Also, yesterday, I found out that I would be penalized for not paying my per capita taxes even though I was only a few days past the Dec. 31st deadline, a stupid oversight on my part, putting things off. Now, I have to wait until it goes into collection and pay it in February. My husband let me know that now my check which I received from guide will only have a $10 surplus because the rest has to go toward my stupidity. However, I received an acceptance today from Bread for God’s Children for a story I gave up on because I submitted it over a year ago. That was an unexpected surprise! So, my thought for today is Never give up! You never know whether you’ll have success with a story. I know I’ve sent some of mine repeatedly.
Here are some quick updates for this first week of the new year. I have returned to my submission process. I submitted to two places. The first was to Spellbound, a children’s fantasy ezine. The second was to Knowonder! which just recently opened again to submissions after a brief hiatus of a few months. Alas! I also got a rejection again this week from Cast of Wonders which I submitted to in July of last year. It was a long time to wait for a rejection. The rejection was one of the least personable I’ve ever been sent. It just said your status has changed. I was directed to submittable and it said “declined” not very nice, but such is often the publishing world. I’m not letting it get me down.
I haven’t returned to writing yet and hope I soon can get back into the swing of things as my puppy progresses into more reliable housebreaking. My thought for the day is Research before you submit. Hoping for good news soon.
I must confess that this has been a very discouraging week for me. I have had four rejections, and no acceptances, no time to write or send in new work and the holidays are almost over so I have no more excuses to get going again. My rejections were:
1. Flash Fiction Onlne: They have unfortunately decided not to publish my story, in their words.
2. My one sentence story was rejected. Although it was liked, they weren’t sure it was best done in a one sentence story format.
3 and 4 were from Guardian Angel Kids a poem and an article; both were rejected.
Sigh! So my thought for the day is to keep plodding on even when the odds are against you.
On happier notes, the new puppy is doing well, actually going “outside” more than inside, which is great for only having her two weeks. Since, I’m having more success with her than with my writing, I’m wondering if I need to start a puppy owner’s blog, esp. since nobody but me seems to read this. Ta Ta for now!