Oh, hello

Haven’t updated in a while what with one thing or another.  Here’s where I am with various bits & pieces:

  • By the Banks of the Lethe was a no from New Myths and from Diabolical Plots.  Blood Marker was a no from Kzine (but quite a positive no).  They’ve both bad a bit of a wash and brush up and gone out to other people.  That makes it rejections 27, 28, and 29 for the year.
  • I’ve got a big super secret anthology project I’m going to be part of laster in the year.  Without giving too much away it has an assigned emotional major and minor theme.  And on the basis of that information alone I’ve come up with two entirely different story ideas.  Oops?  One is written, I’ll have to work on the other.  Thankfully they’re both good stories independent of the theme.  I think.
  • I’ve completed a 7000 word story called “Atmospheres”.  Going to  give it a scrub down, send it to some people I trust, see what comes out the other side.
  • I’ve decided, mostly, on my nanowrimo for this year.  Contemporary fantasy, same universe as Blood Marker.  Working title of “Tag”.  It’s got a heist plot, so that will take some planning…
  • I’ve seen the cover for Triangulation, where Heartstrings is going to appear, and it’s pretty great.  Can’t wait to share it as soon as I get permission.
  • Oh, and I got another story accepted.  I think.  Their email answering is a bit hit & miss but I’ll fill in more when I know more.

So generally things aren’t looking too bad.  Yay?

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Rejection 26: Truancy

Truancy’s the name of the magazine for this one: an interesting looking new-mythology publication.  They held onto By the Banks of the Lethe for second round consideration but it didn’t make the cut.  Oh well.

Rejection 25: half a year

“Half a year” isn’t the title of a story, the one that got rejected today was the short piece “By the Banks of the Lethe” from Strange Horizons.  Instead I wanted to talk about 6 months of sending out stories.

It can be exhausting, throwing out stories to either nothing or to be told they’re not good enough.  Exhausting, disheartening, and unenjoyable.  Most people don’t write to be demotivated, so why do this?

The thing is, my rejection target was just that: a target.  It’s separate from the outcome I was trying to achieve.  The outcome I was shooting for was to write more stories, and I think I have.  In what’s been a difficult six months for me, I’ve completed three stories of a combined 18,000 words in length, and I’m happy with them.  They’re also (I have to say) noticeably better than the stories I was writing last year.

The target was a way of making me write more, as a way of making me get better.  Six months in, I hope it’s working.

Rejections 23 and 24: a double event!

Received two rejections within four minutes of each other.  Sometimes you find your amusement where you can.

An hour after that I saw the proof for the artwork for another story.  Which is so cute that I just want to show everyone.  Except I can’t.  Until it’s published.  Stupid embargos.

Was going to write a bit more on a new story tonight, but I’m tired, so I’ll leave it there.

Rejection #20: By the Banks of the Lethe

Encouraging rejection letter (if that can be said to exist) from Galaxy’s Edge.  They liked my writing but were overloaded with quality pieces and encouraged me to send them something later. I’ll definitely bear that in mind.

onwards/upwards/etc

That’s 20 in just over 5 months, about 4 a month, and technically I’ve hit the rejections part of my target.  That doesn’t mean I won’t keep going, but it might mean I concentrate more of my time on the other parts of my resolution.  Namely completing another two stories to the point where I’m happy sending them out, and finishing the revision and submission pack of a novel (probably War Poets, possibly Fateville).  Oh, and I have to plan my November novel too.

So, yay for part of the resolution, but loads more to do.  And off we go.