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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Letting me down gently

I have gotten some great rejections lately---- rejections, great or not, are a writer's first experience, and until you are at the level of Steven King or Robert B. Parker you are just going to have them as a part of your everyday world.

But the last three or four in a row have had a much different tone than I am used to. The one I got today made me laugh out loud:

Hi. I really enjoyed your story. If only we'd gotten a dozen more this good. But we didn't. As a result, Lodestone has been put on hold. Sorry to have kept you waiting. I hoped to get some good submissions between now and when you submitted, but didn't.


True or not, this is almost at the level of the apochryphal rejection from a Japanese magazine where the editor declined because printing it would be so close to the ultimate expression on the topic that printing any other story after would be unnecesary.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I have been remiss

with my posting lately, so here is an update.
Got "Night of Shadows" back and "Pixies" as well but I haven't had time to turn them around yet. Also, I got the revision notes for the three "Servant" stories, so I should have them revised and out by the end of the week.
Last night, moments before deadline I submitted my shared-world story for the Dragon Tales anthology--- "The Beast of the Bridge". I was pretty happy with how it turned out. The protagonist is anything but heroic, a con man, a seducer and a theif. I like him a lot.
I'm starting to get pretty antsy, as I haven't had enough writing time lately. It sort of builds up, like too much time spent in the car, until finally like a too-full bladder it demands a pull-over at the next writers' rest area. I realize this is a very dopey metaphor, but it is one of those evenings :)