I’m pleased to share my author story which is featured today on Flash Fiction Chronicles. Please read and comment on the website. I think the most important thing I’ve learned as a writer is to keep on persevering even when I feel worthless as a writer. When I get rejection after rejection, I have to keep positive, stay the course and keep submitting. Anyway, thanks for reading my story.
This is the link to my story, “Cell Tower” which is a twist on Rapunzel. I would have posted yesterday but it only went up today. So enjoy and please, please, please comment on the site. To comment you must put in a code that is on the site. I usually refresh the code because the letters are sometimes hard to read. If you refresh, only numbers will come up and they are a bit easier on the eyes. Anyway, read and enjoy my modern day fairy tale. PS It has a dragon in it.
I am very excited to start off February, my birth month, with a story accepted in Guardian Angel Kids. It’s an article told in eagle eye view called, “Hey, do I need a toupee?” Please read it. It will tell you some great info about eagles you may not know. Where I live we can actually see eagles in the wild along the Susquehanna River once in a while. I once saw a Bald Eagle perching on some rocks near shore. It is a beautiful and stately bird. Have a great Saturday, everyone. Use it for writing.
This is my third acceptance this week. Woo hoo! Very excited to have won the Penn Cove Literary Arts Award. This is a monthly contest judged by different students each month. This story that I wrote happens to be my daughter’s all time favorite story that I’ve written. Enjoy!
I’m very excited to post this link to an article I’ve written in the new issue of Guardian Angel Kids on Farming. Another reason for my sunny disposition is that I had two acceptances this week. Along with the article cited, I had an acceptance from Strange Musings for their anthology, Alternate Hilarities, which is scheduled for publication in early 2014. It will be the first publication in which I will share in the proceeds from the sales of the book. So that is exciting for me.
I also had two rejections this week: one from Lakeside Circus and the Photo Flare Contest, where Melinda very kindly informed me that I was in her top three. Well, onward and hopefully, upwards. I submitted to three places this week. One is to Enchanted Conversation contest. This is a site dedicated to Fairy tales although stories contributed do not have to be fairy tales, they must have the feel of a fairy tale. I also submitted to Shimmer and a new women’s zine, called Up Do. I’ll let you know as always.
Thought for the Day: Often times Editors will give you advice. If it is any way practical, take it. The advice of others is always valuable. I did get two pieces of advice last week. I’m not sure about the one but the other was very interesting. I started a new story this week and I’m glad I’m still able to write, even though I’m tired. I had two days this week where I started work at 6:30 in the morning, not my favorite hours, I assure you. Though working because I need to, I’m not giving up on my writing dreams. Don’t give up on your dreams either whatever they may be. I guess that’s two thoughts for the day. Bonus!
Because I’ve recently read yet another book about Sylvia Plath, I’ve decided to dedicate this particular blog to her. Though it seems strange to focus on someone who committed suicide, Sylvia Plath has inspired me to continue on in my writing journey through failure. Whatever her personal demons were, and the fact that she couldn’t ultimately conquer them makes me more determined to stick with my writing and publishing dreams. I’m more and more convinced that success doesn’t just happen, it is hard fought for.
Anyway, the recent book I read about Sylvia Plath is titled, Sylvia and Ted. This book is interesting because it sheds a bit more light on why Sylvia became so desperate in her life journey. Having only recently discovered that her husband’s mistress was expecting a baby, Sylvia’s hopes of a reunion with her husband were dashed. This book is a bit confusing because it goes back and forth between Sylvia, Ted and Assia. Over all, however, I enjoyed it.
Wintering was another book I enjoyed reading. This book portrays Sylvia Plath in quiet desperation. You can feel her driving passion in this book as she wakes in the middle of the night to write poetry. This is something I’ve often done. This is a time she had while her children slept. Life didn’t turn out for Sylvia the way she had hoped. For writers, our dreams are often unfulfilled. Perhaps we should see our lives as more about the game than the final outcome. There has to be a point where we can find our contentment in our day to day writing life; not just in another publication. Our writing must be about something, because it reveals so much of ourselves.
Okay, for the nitty gritty. I submitted two things this week: one to the Photo Flare contest and one to the Penn Cove contest. I was rejected twice, by my last Penn Cove submission, which wasn’t selected, and Buzzy Mag. It’s not about the outcome, it’s about the game.
Thought for the Day: Let failure inspire you. You can’t fail unless you try. It shows you’re trying.
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.
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.
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This is a just for fun edition to my blog. I call it a fun time-waster because it’s just one of those quirky little sites that mean absolutely nothing but make you feel good. I was kind of down today. I got turned down over the weekend by a place I’ve been trying and trying to get into. To me it seems I should be able to since it is a speculative children’s mag and that is my specialty, if you can call it that. So, fellow writers, take a few minutes, find out who you write like and pat yourself on the back. But mostly, just write like you. Someday you may be famous, too.
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.