Here Comes A New Rejection!

2 rejections in 3 days? I’ve made it!

Actually this rejection hurt a little, and I’m trying to process why that is. This one was a bit of a surprise, just in terms of how I received it. The rejection email ended up in my Junk Mail folder in Outlook, found only because I check that folder once a week. A rejected rejection!

This was also a rejection for a story I ever sent out, way back in August, and only now did I hear back. It’s the amount of time that’s getting to me, here. Dean Wesley Smith talks about writers getting stuck by making every story an event. Something super special, a precious thing, too fragile to show to others. I had thought I was avoiding that pitfall. It looks like, however, I’m letting my mind dwell on the stories I’ve sent out, making them to be an event. Publication!

And publication is an event, but only once a story is published. It’s in Schrodinger’s Slush Pile, though, neither accepted nor rejected. Getting my mind to calm down about this is proving harder than I thought.

I also made the mistake of checking my email, and seeing this letter, before I started writing for the day. Sure, I got back on the horse of re-submitting, but I was completely blocked by my critical voice when I sat down to write.

Well, that’s what the lunch hour is for. Stick the critical voice in the corner and keep writing, keep submitting, keep on moving.

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Eli Jones
Eli Jones is a spectulative fiction writer and data analyst living in the Cascadia Bioregion.