I almost didn’t write today’s post. Sometimes, I get the feeling that I have nothing to say…until I have something to say. I have to constantly remind myself to just type things and chip away at the memory banks.
In March, I decided to submit Higher Minds on a whim. It was the story I had put together for Litreactor’s Teleport Us contest, where it was well received and attracted some good feedback. Instead of attempting to fix some things based on said feedback, I took Robert Heinlein’s controversial advice and sent the story out, avoiding further revisions. I would take those critiques that made sense and apply them to my next story.
After 90 days, some long, some short, I received a form rejection from Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine. It wasn’t unexpected as their recorded rejection rate is 98.74% over the past year, but there’s always a moment or two where I picture my bubbly dreams being popped by the pointy teeth and chomping jaws of an overexcited dog.
I think I’ll put Higher Minds up next week in case anyone has time to burn. I mean, who among us doesn’t have gallons of extra time just waiting to be used? 😉
All that being said, I’ve put my proverbial pants back on (though if I’m at home, I prefer to work in a cool, pants-free environment) and have begun writing my next short story. This isn’t to say I’m neglecting my novel. It’s just that writing fiction helps keep me sharp while I research and take notes for the bigger project.
I hope you all have a great weekend!