Day 4 of a writer’s blog

Day 4 of a writer's blog

Today is Dec. 17th and my life is a little more complicated since adding a puppy to the mix. Housebreaking and writing, cookie baking and Christmas don’t mesh well together. But I am happy to have a new addition to our family, a puppy named Lucy. She is a two month old corgi and is very sweet. Anyway, for other writing news: I had one rejection so far today, no acceptances. This was from a short-listed story for Shine Brightly. Many of the stories I submit there are shortlisted and not taken so it is not a total surprise. Hopefully, the next one will be better news. I’m keeping this short because really I am not writing much right now. I hope to get back in the swing of things by the new year. My thought for the day is: Write for the love of it and not for publication. It is too disappointing when your whole goal is publication alone.

Day 3 of a writer’s blog

Day 3 of a writer's blog

Today is December 14th and although I’ve blogged every day since I’ve started two days ago, I won’t be doing that in the future. I just wanted to add some weekly notes. First of all, I sent out four submissions this week instead of two. I did this because these are my final submissions for the year as I am breaking until January because of Christmas and because I am planning on getting a puppy tomorrow. Yay! Two of my submissions were to Guardian Angel Kids(one was a poem and one a fictional story) and the third was to Flashfiction online and the last one was to Tales of Old. I hope to have some encouraging news eventually at least from one of them. I will keep posting. I am very excited to be getting a puppy which is our one and only Christmas present this year to each other in our family. We recently lost our border collie ( four months ago) and have been looking into getting a new puppy since then. So, maybe next time I’ll post a picture of her, although that has nothing to do with writing. So my thought for the day is: Keep the imagination going, and keep writing!

Day 2 of a writer’s blog

Day 2 of a writer's blog

This is only my second day of posting and I have all ready received news. I have had one rejection and one acceptance. The rejection was from Shimmer magazine and the acceptance was from Guide, a children’s christian magazine. Again, I have met defeat at my play for an older audience, Shimmer. I’ll keep trying. I still have 17 submissions out there waiting to be heard from. My thought for the day is : Keep looking up– His power is greater than mine!

Day one of my writer’s blog

I can’t believe that I am calling myself a novice writer because I just counted all my submissions since I began this journey in the beginning of 2011 and I have submitted to 192 places, in order to get 21 acceptances.  I am tired just thinking of it.  Of course, I haven’t written 192 items, but I am pretty sure I’ve written approximately 100 stories, articles and poems.  I’d say 3/4 of these were for children.  I’m working on getting a publishing credit for an older audience but sadly, have yet to achieve it.  So, to begin my blog in honesty as I want to, I had two very disappointing rejections this past week(meaning last 7 days)  One from the kids’ark from a story that was short listed and called “wonderful” and one from TM publishing that I rewrote on their invitation,  Sigh!  I currently have 23 stories out right now waiting for replies from publishers.  I will let you know either way how these come out.  Oh!  Most importantly, my goal since I started was to submitt 2 things(stories, poems or articles) every week.  I give myself a break on my birthday week and certain vacation weeks like Christmas or Easter.  But mostly, I have kept to that goal, hence the 192 submissions.  Well, I think this is enough for my first blog.  Hopefully, some other writers may take heart from this as I take heart from other blogs I have read.  There are more failures than successes.  The key is to never give up.