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”

Airing Out

“I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.” – Sylvia Plath For nine months, I’ve kept a box sealed up in my apartment. I brought it with me from Arizona last summer. Inside, tucked in between old manuscripts and saved letters is a small, neat stack of rejections. Some came in the mail; most byContinue reading “Airing Out”

Paying My Dues

It’s hard to launch a career. Really, it’s hard to start anything that’s new. Taking those steps into the bright, shining newness is also a step into an obstacle course. When I started shopping my writing around at literary journals and websites, I thought I would’ve made it by now. I thought I would beContinue reading “Paying My Dues”

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”