Thank you for the responses to my (locked) poll from the other day. Your comments were very welcome. I'll admit—though it was possibly obvious anyway—that when I posted the poll I was still coasting on the waves of a big rejection, and some of your replies were heartening and encouraging (even if you didn't realise they were!).
I met a really nice tutor from a Writing for Young People MA recently, who was doing some workshopping with local teens (which I was lucky enough to attend, too). I mentioned that I liked the sound of the MA and was writing a young adult novel, but didn't have a degree. To which he said: "You don't need a degree to do the MA." To which I boggled, because I didn't know that—I just assumed that a course at a level higher than a degree would require a degree. O.o Apparently students are chosen based on the material they submit with their application.
I don't know if I'd be able to apply for an MA any time soon, and I'm not convinced an MA is the right thing for me anyway, but I did weigh up the pros and cons and I'm pleased the course is accessible.
And in other O.o realisations, my New York trip is under five weeks away!
I'm also into Podcasts all of a sudden. It started with Welcome to Night Vale
, which you should be listening to if you're not already, and now includes Frank Skinner's weekly show on Absolute Radio
, and a small podcast that is gently teaching me French. This calls for another O.o.
♫ The City
, by The 1975.
A mini celebration: Wednesday was shaping up to be a bit disappointing after I received two story rejections, but heeding the good advice of many writers, I sent another story out and tried to forget about it. Then Thursday morning I woke up to find an acceptance in my inbox. Hurray! My weird urban dark fantasy "Death Car Alley" will be included in Jersey Devil Press
's February 2012 issue. I'll post a link and synopsis when the story is live. In the meantime, I recommend heading over there and reading their current stories, especially if you like the weird, zany or uncanny.
Shortly I will start working on a piece for the Storyslingers
Christmas party that we're holding on the 20th. It'll be pretty much the same as a regular meeting, only with the addition of food, drink and silly writing games. On Tuesday we played Consequences with hilarious results, so there will probably be more of that. Plus, we might do some Dada stories made from various holiday-themed songs. Anyway, what I was originally going to say was that I got bunnied for an insane Xmas story at work this morning. It will have a zombie. And elves. (But not zombie elves, unfortunately.) If I can get it polished in time, I might post it here, too.
I shall end this post with a couple of links that I've used for research purposes (honest!) lately: My Daguerreotype Boyfriend
- I can't remember if I've blogged about this before, but it bears repeating anyway. A site dedicated to pictures of vintage hotties! I sometimes use this site to build up a vivid image of my characters in my mind. It's especially helping me with my current steampunk piece, since I have two male protagonists in their 20s. I mean, check out this guy
! You just would, wouldn't you?vintagephoto
- the latter is NSFW, so beware if you skip on in there. Pretty self-explanatory.
And finally, a song: ♫ Glass
, by Bat For Lashes.
The creative writing, literature and film organisation Hic Dragones
has put out a call for stories
for their up-coming anthology called "Wolf-Girls: Dark Tales of Teeth, Claws and Lycogyny"
, intended as a kick-ass collection of short fiction about feral and feisty female werewolves. This one should be loads of fun, and it's nice to see femwolves getting a bit more exposure.* * *
I knew there would be long waiting times when I started submitting stories to magazines before I had something to show for my writing endeavours. Even when something gets accepted, there will more likely than not be another long wait until the story goes to print or is posted live. I'm a patient person, and I get on with my next projects and try not to think about my stories out in the Big Wide World fending for themselves. But some days, I'm finding, it's more of a sit-on-my-hands-and-behave kind of patience.
I love the submission process, that thrill of being pro-active about my writing, and I even love getting rejections (I'm still basking in the glow of this strange right of passage), but I'm so
looking forward to the day I can link to something here that people can read.
Mind you, for all you know, I could be terrible!
So my questions for today are: what is the longest time you've had a story floating in space before someone's snatched it up? And what's the longest time you've waited between acceptance and publication?
Received another story rejection last night. I'm still feeling positive and excited about the submission process. It's strange, but before I began sending my work out into the ether, I really didn't know how I was going to react to rejections, but it's a lot less harrowing than I thought it was going to be. I've been conditioning myself not to take anything to heart, reminding myself that everybody goes through it, and making sure I keep getting back in the saddle. It's good to have other projects to focus on, too, so you're not constantly sitting around wondering how your stories are doing all alone in the big scary world of fiction. ;)
I'm also now the ecstatic owner of these gorgeous Irregular Choice shoes: Flick Flack
. Comfortable, unique, and stylish! I want to wear them out to lunch today, but it's peeing rain right now, and they're made of such exquisite suedey goodness that I can't risk them.
I got my first story rejection! *party poppers explode, paper hats are passed around*
I'm positive about the rejection, as the accompanying email was extremely encouraging. It sounded like the magazine editors enjoyed the story but it just wasn't what they were looking for, which is fair enough. It's one of those things that's not massively disappointing—as much as I like and respect the magazine, and no matter how much I'd love to be published there, it's feels more like a coming of age or rite of passage than a failure. They said they looked forward to seeing more of my work in the future, so I will definitely try them again with new material. Mostly, I'm happy because I'm now officially in the running, not just day dreaming! :)
I've missed a fair chunk of LJ these past three weeks, and I'll be catching up with as many posts as I can over the next couple of days. Hi to new people on my friends list! *waves* You'll have to forgive my sporadic behaviour during the summer months—I don't spend as much time on the computer as I'd like. I'm back to my day job now, though, and glad to slide into the old routine, which will give me better structure, less opportunity to go out shopping, and more chances for online socialising.
Btw, I've been reading about the latest LJ kerfuffle
with Facebook & Twitter connect, and I just want to say that I will never use the cross-post function
, for entries and/or comments. I also want to state clearly that I do not want any comments from locked entries on my LJ ending up elsewhere
. While the locked posts themselves may be secure, personal details can still be leaked on FB and Twitter through comment replies. Not cool. There's so much I could say about this mess, but thousands of others have said it way better. Just read the news
Until (or 'if') LJ do something about this, there's a way of removing the FB and Twitter icons from comments boxes if you use Greasemonkey with Firefox. Try the DisConnect