It’s celebration time.
Yea! My Flash Fiction, Precious Memories, placed in the Honorable Mentions!
If you’re not familiar with WOW Women on Writing, be sure give them a read. They run a contest every quarter and offer critiques too.
How I hate those words. Don’t we all? But since I shared my excitement and success with you, thought it only fair to share my disappointment and failure. Rejections keep me humble, reminding me, I’m not all that, and sometimes I’m just plain dumb.
I’d little time to bask in the warm glow of publication when up popped the damned devil, Rejection.
All comfy in my pjs and slippers, I sat down to relax in front of the fire, sip eggnog and catch up on emails.
After all, the holidays are a time to kick back and relax. A time to chill and enjoy the fact Fiction Southeast had published my essay. Can you tell I was feeling a bit proud?
My eggnog grew warm as the cold wind of reality swept though my computer and I read the following line in an email.
Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately….
I sulked, ranted and raved over my good story, which they’d declined. Why the hell, was it rejected? Apparently, the judges didn’t know good writing from a hole in the ground.
Then the free critique offered by the magazine arrived. Gulp.
Time to eat crow. Dumb, dumb, and dumber, I’m such a dummy. I repeated as I banged my head on the desk.
“This story is well written, with a good character dynamic.” However, I’d failed to comply with one of the rules. Me I disqualified myself! Non-negotiable. No exceptions.
Guess the judges did recognize good writing and they also recognized a dumb one too. A writer that can’t follow instructions.
Stupid, stupid… I took another minute and banged head on keyboard.
One step forward and two back… that’s me.
Now that I need Ibuprofen for my headache I’ll take a deep breath and try again.
Back to the keyboard, writing, reading and studying. To improve my chances for publication I’m reading and rereading a few websites. However not sure anything can help me remember to follow the rules.
Banging head again, need a minute.
I’ve been nominated by the sensual Elsa Holland for the One Lovely Blog Award. She has humbled me with the honor and her words of encouragement.
Thank you Elsa!
This is my 4th Blog Award nominated by my peers. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. No words can properly thank my readers. This award requires I tell you 7 things about myself, so here goes.
Now for the second requirement, link back to blogs I enjoy reading. You must check out, in addition to the amazing romance writer and blogger Elsa Holland, the following:
I could probably fill up this page with many more deserving blogs, but I’ll save some for later.
Take a moment and check what these great writers have to offer. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Thank you again Elsa for thinking of me!