Thursday, 30 August 2012

The way I'm feeling

Well I know that I would have been quick enough to tell you good news so its only right that I tell you that bad. Well not bad really because its just par for the course but disappointing to say the least.
There was a huge thud on the mat the other day when the two stories that I sent to PF landed there. Who knew that 10 sheets of paper (approximate because I didn't count them) could make such a noise? Or was that the sound of my hopes crashing.
Anyway there you go, it happened they came back but if its any consolation they had been there for a couple of weeks instead of the couple of days and the pages were crumpled so I can be sure that they were read.
As you have probably realised, this blog os about writing but I'm thinking that I might have to start sharing a bit more of me and my life because to be honest I am thinking of giving up on this writing lark or at least on the trying to get it published. I will probably still do it for pleasure. So its either give a bit about myself or not blog
Please be assured that this is not an attempt to get anyone to say that I should keep at it and I'm really good etc etc etc its just me telling you how I feel today. I can take the disappointment and to be honest I got over the disappointment the other day very quickly and on reflection even though the stories IMO were good (in fact I think one of them is very good) maybe they are not right for the short story market (well obviously not because they were rejcted.) So its not this weeks disappointment it is just me being realistic.
Anyway, I'll have a cup of tea and have a think about it and I may be back with really inetersting facts about me (yaaaawwwwnnn)


Frances Garrood said...

The very hadest thing about writing is the disappointment, and I don't think it ever gets better. The only reason to write is if you love the process and can't live without it. If this isn't the case with you, Colette, then why don't you give it a rest for a while and tell us more about yourself? You can always come back to it later.

But commiserations. Rejection sucks!

Colette McCormick said...

Thanks Frances. I'm about to post again and explain myself a bit better.

Abigail said...

Hi. I think PF is one of the hardest short story markets, as they are looking for something so distinct. Excuse me if I'm telling you things you already know : ) especially as I have had nothing published - yet! But some of the most prolific short story writers have taken years of attempts to get into PF, and I read one of them recently blog that she sends off so many stories each month that when they are rejected, she knows she still has a lot out there. That was quite a lesson for me - that even when you're regularly getting published by any of the short story market, you're still regularly getting rejections. Hope this helps you take heart!

Colette McCormick said...

Thanks Abigail - you are right about PF being hard to break into. I regard my last effort a success because it didn't come back as soon as it had been sent. Good luck with your own efforts.