At least yearly this thing happens where everything I write is out of place.
Being that I’m really bad at writing to specs when I’m interested in something, I just write things. I write a bunch of stuff, fix it up and start submitting it.
Lately I’m hitting a nowhere I like to read is printing things like I write type of thing going on. Also apparently my ideas about SF/F/H (Sci fi/fantasy/horror) are pretty skewed.
Also a lot of guidelines I read talk a lot about telling them about your degrees and workshops and conferences. What about those of us who don’t have those?
Now don’t get me wrong being rejected isn’t necessarily the problem. Rejection I am ready for.
I guess I’m having one of those edged out because of reasons feelings.
If I submit a place where they mention specifically that one should talk about degrees, conferences, workshops etc one is involved in what am I supposed to say? Hi I took a few IT college classes, can’t afford to go to conferences and have done two workshops but don’t like them?
So I don’t submit to those markets.
Also maybe I’m overreaching. Trying to get published beyond my capabilities. That of course is an option.
It is entirely possible I’m going beyond my talents. I dunno.
So it’s that time to sit back, reassess what I’m doing and try to figure out where I am going wrong.
Maybe I will save up some money and take some of those classes and learn how to write a short story. Try to learn to write so I can workshop things efficiently. Figure out when to take time off for all this?
So righty right.
Other writing business.
I’m 9 rejections away from posting my list of 100.
I have 4 pieces out right now. I’m thinking I’m going to let go of two as they are outliers and for one of them my query has gone unanswered. Also honestly editors even a fuck you stop talking to me is way better than nothing. For real. So one of those is getting withdrawn today. I always feel so awkward sending those without having gotten an answer to a query weeks before.
I may or may not try to finish what I -think- is a fantasy novella. Given my bad aim lately I may be entirely wrong about what it is. (Said with a bit of bitter amusement) I don’t now.
I also really need to do some studying about self promotion. If at some point I have to go all indie with my shit, I should know what I’m doing right?
And let me say that a lot of my rejections lately have been really lovely. Editors who have said they really like my work but not for their publications. Is it just me or do those make for a bit more author butthurt than a form rejection? Maybe it’s just me but I’ve always felt that way.
Well whatever else happens I will go back to the drawing board, write and whatnot.
That’s all for now. Probably tomorrow I’ll post my attempt at a sf story and talk about where it went off the rails.