Then I got home to a story rejection. Ah, well, life goes on.
Then I got a call from Writers of the Future to call them back. I was a finalist, surely they wouldn’t have me call long distance to California just to tell me I didn’t place.
Surely, they did. Well intentioned, but…
Then I got another rejection for another anthology.
And this morning again.
This is a tough business, and you really need to be a glutton for punishment to be in it. Sometimes I wonder why I bother, to have the carrot dangle before me just to have it snatched away. I don’t even like carrots.
But I’m a writer. I have ideas. I put them down on paper and I send them out to strangers to see if they like them and might want to pay me to share them. I am an award-nominated author. I have been a Writers of the Future finalist three times and have been published in Volume XXI as a published author. I am an associate publisher of a small press, Bundoran Press, and I am co-editing an anthology with my business partner Hayden Trenholm.
On top of that I am continuuing my schooling at Durham College. It’s tough being a student when you’re older than most instructors, but as the song goes:
“I’m doing all right, getting good grades
The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades”
So, I chug along because that’s what I do. I’m the little engine that could.