No Luck Yet

My first flash fiction piece got its first rejection!

That’s all right–I have another story ready to send to Daily Science Fiction, and there are lots of other places to submit short fiction.

…If I could just find the time to search them out and read over their guidelines.

My daily schedule is…non-existent. Every day I get an unpredictable amount of sleep at unpredictable times. Everything (and I mean everything) takes a back seat to baby. Those of you who have kids know how it is.

How did/do you scrunch writing in alongside 24/7 baby care?

Big Changes

You may or may not have noticed I’ve posted nothing about writing for a while. Truth be told, I allowed myself a hiatus from noveling the last several weeks. It’s been good for my stress levels.

But besides going on a crocheting and knitting binge, I wrote a few flash fiction stories and ran them by my writing groups. I have one piece awaiting review over at Daily Science Fiction. We’ll see if that ends up being its home. I’ll keep you posted on my submission journeys.

Now that I have a newborn, we’ll see how much time I can find for creative pursuits, but I expect I won’t be able to stay away from my novels too much longer.

For sure I’ll continue to update this blog Tuesdays and Fridays.

Happy Yarning!

The Agent Hunt Continues

Raven got his first solid rejection yesterday!
And as I’d hoped, it came with useful criticism on pacing and plot issues. The more distance I get from that manuscript, the more I suspect there is still plenty of editing work to be done, and now I have a few ideas of what direction to take.

We’ll see what sort of answer comes from the other agent who has the manuscript in her hands.

I haven’t been at this very long, but I have two pieces of advice for writers beginning the submission process:

1: Keep writing while your manuscript is out. Start something completely unrelated. The more I get excited about Featherfolk and other stories, the less I feel Raven and the Trinketeers is the pinnacle of my work. I’m still on the uphill climb, still improving. There are even more amazing things to come. So if I can’t ever get Raven into shape for publication, I’ll be fine.

2: Remember that you are not your story. You are not even your career. You are a son or daughter of God, and whether or not someone likes your work or wants to publish it has nothing at all to do with your worth as a person. Good news or bad news can’t rock you if you remember that.

Now, back to scribbling.

Happy Yarning!