Two rejections on short stories so far this year. Which is down from most years because I've been focusing so much on novels (thus have not created new stories), and a few of my stories have already been picked up, so I do not have the stash of short stories that I used to. This equals: nothing to submit.
It's not surprising to me that these rejections are of the form variety...after all, you get what you give and I have not given my all to revisions of the stories I've sent out recently. I'm viewing this as a lesson to learn: must revise and then send out or I am wasting everyone's time--which I already knew but I kept my fingers crossed hopefully, nonetheless.
(I was just hoping to fool some of the editors and get published and then not have to worry about them anymore--all writers are like this and we hate hearing it from the editors who know it. Know-it-all editors. Humph.)
[Side note: I am not usually That Writer. Normally I only send out pieces that I know are working like they should and my return has been generous--both in acceptances and personalized rejection letters. I was just in a mood.]
Since I haven't posted my goals for this year, this is a fitting time because I'd already determined that short story writing would be a part of it. So goals 2010:
1. Rough draft of La Llorona done by July 31--and this is an important one because Bransford expressed interest in seeing the progress of said WIP, so I must, you know, progress
2. Rough draft of The Line by about the same time
3. Work on short stories for rest of the year
4. Play around with a screenplay...gotta mix the genres up, ya know?
Seems crazy ambitious since I'm intending on going back to school in the fall as well. But that's how I roll! Who would like to roll with me?
Wait, I didn't mean to put it that way....