Sunday, July 26, 2009

What A Week (End)

The Other Half and I were planning on seeing the new Harry Potter movie today, but last night we noticed a nail in her car's left rear tire, so we got up early to take the car into Sears, where we bought the tires originally. We have the coverage plan that fixes road damage flats for free, so we knew we didn't have to spend any money. We got there early - 9:20 for a 10:00 opening. We were the first ones there.

About five minutes later some guys pulls up and parks his car right in front of the roll up door leading into the garage. A minute or so later, a second car pulls up behind him. The Other Half and I get out of our vehicle (parked in the lot) and walk up by the door. Technically we were first, but I wasn't about to make a big deal about two people in front of us. While we waited, more cars got into the impromptu line formed by that first guy. My mistake was not moving our car into that line because when the doors opened and our turn came to talk to someone, we were told that if we weren't in line, we couldn't be helped. Well, then HOW ABOUT A FUCKING SIGN EXPLAINING THAT?!!! So we got there first, but had to wait for about 8 other cars before we got checked in. Wow, was my wife fuming.

The end result was lunch in the food court at the mall and not getting the car done until it was too late to catch a matinee (I refuse to pay full price). So I get to wait another week for my Harry Potter fix. Instead we came home and watched Confessions of a Shopaholic. I know, not quite the same thing.

On the writing front, this has been a rather depressing seven days. No acceptances since July 2, but eight rejections so far this month - and six of them just in the last week, including a fifth "no thanks" today for Deadliest Cachalot. I haven't been too down about things, not having been in the greatest mood to begin with, but I did get to experience the "one editor hates it/one editor loves it" phenomenon for myself.

Last Sunday my story The Valley of Splintered Oaks was rejected from the Rural Horror anthology. No biggie, I thought. I'll just sub another story. I sat down and started writing the piece I eventually called An Inheritance of Shadows. That was coming along great until I learned the antho was closing to submissions today (Sunday the 26th). I knew I would never get the story done it time, so set it aside to work on other things around the house. Then Thursday came and I got a rejection from Necrotic Tissue for The Gallery of Final Repose, a story I had originally subbed here, but withdrew. The NT rejection kind of stung, making me question my ability to craft a good story. Their comments included such things as "run of the mill"and "story that did nothing new with the genre." Ouch.

Since The Gallery of Final Repose is set in a small town, I realized only minor tweaking would be required to have it fit the Rural Horror guidelines. What the hell, right? It's worth a shot. So Friday and Saturday I tweaked then subbed. Tonight I got the news the piece was accepted. It's funny how one yes from an editor can take the sting out of all those other no's.

11 comments:

Josh Reynolds said...

Congratulations, man. That's an impressive turnaround time as well, as far as getting one story rejected, then ready to go for another market.

BT said...

Very nice!

Don't fret on the NT front, I've had three knock backs from them in the last fortnight. I think we're all getting them.

Good luck with Harry.

Catherine J Gardner said...

Congratulations, and the thing with the NT rejection - they rejected that particular story and not you.

Argh! People who cut in line make me so mad. they make me want to scream, 'Am I wearing my invisible cloak again?'

Alan W. Davidson said...

I hear what you're saying, man. It's hard to play the game if you don't know the rules (I know, a bit cliche but still appropriate). Congrats with the acceptance.

Aaron Polson said...

Congrats on the acceptance--we'll be sharing that TOC (along with The Devil's Food, of course).

Jamie Eyberg said...

I did a snoopy dance for you when I saw your name in duotrope last night. Congratulations!

abrokenlaptop said...

Congratulations!! And enjoy Harry Potter. It was a little slow and long, but fun. :)

My rejections have been coming fast and furious, as well. And my submissions count is abysmal! Curse you, July!

Natalie L. Sin said...

Congratulations! : )

Jarmara Falconer said...

Well done you!

K.C. Shaw said...

Congrats! I saw the good news on Duotrope.

Ouch about Sears's hidden rules. I've never been especially happy with Sears tire service anyway (last time I had to get a flat fixed, it took them hours; luckily I happened to have a book with me).

Danielle Ferries said...

Congrats! Well done.