For awhile I had my various social justice blogs unfollowed. It was a mental health thing. They’re back on now, but that’s why I’ve basically just been talking about myself on here for the last month instead of anything important. Hopefully as word rolls in from the outside world I’ll become less fascinated with my navel.
In the meantime…RANDOM THOUGHTS.
I’ve been staring at my sentences in despair. I really would like that grammar course.
As I edge my way out of professional writing retirement, I’ve been looking at online literary magazines.
The very first time I submitted a manuscript, it was to a print magazine. They didn’t take email submissions, so I sent the thing by snail mail with an SASE.
Six months pass.
The SASE comes back, with the manuscript and a rejection note. It was a very nice rejection note —they said that particular story was not for them, but to please submit again. The editor had written on the manuscript itself with suggestions for improvement. Which of course I was thrilled by that; editors are busy people, and here this one had taken time out of their day to clean up my mess. In retrospect they could probably tell how young I was, and wanted to be encouraging. I pinned the note to my wall, where all my other rejections would eventually sit until I painted my walls and lost them. I still have the marked up manuscript.
But anyway, I did not submit again. It was rewarding and all, but six months is a freaking long time to sit on one’s hands. After that, I submitted exclusively to places that allowed email, and I would only have to wait a few weeks for word back (as for when one finally showed up without a rejection…third time was the charm, for me)
Now I’m looking at these modern online places, and the wait period for one of them is two days.
And that is…very tempting.