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Rejection waiting for me

July 21, 2009

I found a rejection waiting in my inbox when I got home.  It was from Every Day Fiction.

Honestly, I’m glad the story got the boot.  It was more of a scene from a teen horror movie than it was a real story.  I wrote it and felt like I needed to do something with it.  They were right to reject it.  Drivel.

I seldom feel like this when reading over a rejected story.  I sometimes think, “That could be better; I’ll fix it before I send it anywhere.”  But it is rare that I turn my nose up like this.

It was a themed contest entry and it rolled out of my head.  I will keep it in my what-was-I-thinking file along with the story about the doctor that turns into a horseman of the apocalypse, the one with sprites that make you stumble in the woods, and other ideas that were picked too green or perhaps even should have been composted.

I’ve run short of finished stories to submit places. “Poison Inside the Walls” has a new version up at Baen’s and will likely be my next WotF submission (unpleasant subjects aside).  I need to do something with “The Will of Roshambo” but I’m not sure what.  I may try to cut it to flash length; it may work better.  My untitled sound story needs an ending and a deep-tissue rewrite.  I have that Festival of the Naked Man story to start.  Time and I just aren’t getting together well this summer.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2009 8:01 pm

    I just got one this morning too from OSC’s IMS. (Heh, too many abbreviation letters in that one…). The story is getting workshopped at Worldcon, so hopefully it’ll be ready for another run somewhere after that.

    Keep plugging away! You’ll get something done, and it seems a lot of life stuff is coming up for you, so don’t stress too much. Just get a story ready for 4th quarter WotF and you’re good. You’ll have plenty of time for getting something polished for the next round of Clarion apps this Jan… 🙂

  2. July 22, 2009 8:48 pm

    I have one sub I wish I could pull back, so I won’t be too sad if it gets rejected.

    How’s your turn-around experience with EDF? I know they are looking for a slush reader, so I’m wondering if mine’s still in the pile.

    • osomuerte permalink
      July 22, 2009 9:21 pm

      EDF was close to their advertised two-month response time, a little longer. i know Jordan is at CW and they just lost a slush reader, but they seem to be powering through.

      I may send them a slimmed-down version of “Will of Roshambo” if I can get it there.

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