Motivated By Rejection

This week, I got a rejection from a prominent science fiction journal. Rejections are common when you’re a writer trying to publish short fiction. The competition is fierce and editors can only publish so many stories. They have to draw the line somewhere, so the vast majority of responses you get when shopping around aContinue reading “Motivated By Rejection”

The Birthday Resolutions Strike Back

I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. They’re so mainstream. Years ago, I decided to make birthday resolutions instead. Last year, my list of birthday resolutions was one of my highest viewed blog posts. A tradition was born. The Hubble Telescope, the Republic of Namibia, Jennifer Lawrence, Seinfeld, Dances With Wolves,¬†Jurassic Park (the book, not theContinue reading “The Birthday Resolutions Strike Back”

The First Rights Problem

I’ve got a problem. I’ve been trying to write a new flash fiction piece for the blog for a couple of weeks now, but every time I start, it morphs into a longer piece. And as soon as it crosses into the territory of short stories, I can’t post it. The trouble is something calledContinue reading “The First Rights Problem”

The Thing That Keeps Us Going

Yesterday afternoon, I got a literary journal in the mail. It was one I submitted to last year. They rejected my piece, but I get copies of the magazine; a consolation prize. As I tore off the plastic wrapping, I wanted nothing more than to find my own words in those pages. But they weren’tContinue reading “The Thing That Keeps Us Going”

Fresh Snow, Fresh Creativity

I love days like today. Cold days when snow falls softly from the sky and leaves a hush over the earth. Wintery days without appointments or responsibilities when I can settle down in front of a window with a hot cup of tea and let my imagination fly off with the glistening flakes. Today isContinue reading “Fresh Snow, Fresh Creativity”

How Social Media Changes the Way We Write

Social media has changed the world. In a few short years, it transformed from a novelty for angsty teens into a force that literally topples governments. It changes the way we maintain friendships, the way we look for love, even the way we eat. Now, it is about to change the way writers craft theirContinue reading “How Social Media Changes the Way We Write”

Waiting for Rejection

Normally, I’m a patient man. I grew up with three younger sisters, after all. But this past week, I’ve been fidgety and prone to drumming my fingers to count the time. You see, it’s been six days since I hit the “submit” button. Six days of obsessively checking my email; six days of second-guessing myContinue reading “Waiting for Rejection”