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December 5, 2012

Writer achievement unlocked

Filed under: news of the day,wordsmithery — lexifab @ 10:36 pm

Back in May or so, I mentioned that one of my goals for 2012 was to finish a couple of short stories and shop them around to see if I could make a sale. Since then I’ve finished and submitted a handful of stories to various places. It’s not many stories, mind you – in the whole year I’ve finished about four and started another four or five. Those are on hold at the moment while I concentrate [1] on breaking the back of the novel rewrite.

But in the meantime some of my little birdies have flown out into the world to find a home. A couple are still hovering hopefully over likely nesting spots, while others have reported back that the world is a harsh and unloving place comprising mainly shotguns and rejections slips.

None of that matters. Today [2] I received notice that one of my stories has been accepted. In a paid market, no less, and quite a competitive one. I won’t share details yet because frankly I have no idea if I’m allowed to or not, and I’m sure as hell not going to jinx it. But yeah – I’m a publisher-author-in-waiting.

But God, as I understand it, never closes a door without opening a window and pushing you through it. (I dunno, I might not have all the details of that aphorism exactly right). No sooner did I finish reading that news and doing a little gleeful fistpump than I received another email telling me that a story I submitted for a competition was not successful. [3]

Yay – I get all the highs and lows of being an author (except for the world signing tour and the chronic alcoholism respectively) on the same day.

Way to bring balance to the Force, karma!



[1] I use the word with a certain detached irony
[2] Yesterday, really, but since I crashed last night without checking my email until this afternoon, it totally counts as today.
[3] In retrospect this is completely unsurprising. When I submitted it I thought its chances were pretty good, and I still think it’s a solid story, but since then I have gotten a better idea of how stiff the competition for fat short story prizes is. My little yarn is pretty good, but I don’t know that it’s “attracting national and overseas competitors” good. But that’s okay, I’m confident I can find a home for it. More confident than ever, really.


  1. WooT! πŸ˜€ Congratulations on making your ‘getting published this year’ goal.

    I thought the aphorism was “when one door closes, another is locked and bolted” but I also may have the details a bit awry.

    Comment by Dr Clam — December 6, 2012 @ 7:50 am

  2. I think you’re thinking of the one where poison gas comes out of the floor and spikes descend from the ceiling.

    Of course, I won’t actually be published this year – the thing does not come out until 2013. But I’m calling it a win either way πŸ™‚

    Comment by Lexifab — December 6, 2012 @ 8:41 am

  3. Cool! Grats!

    Comment by Andrea — December 6, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

  4. Thank you! I am mildly gleeful!

    Comment by lexifab — December 6, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

  5. Wow, that is very cool! I thought there were supposed to be years of failing and rejection. πŸ˜€ Nice work.

    Comment by linbot — December 9, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  6. Well done. Of course in my work, having something go right the first time means everything else will crash and burn, so the balancing rejection is a good way to avoid that.

    Comment by Jenny — December 9, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

  7. Linbot – well, technically there were the many many years of not trying, which were pretty failful. And the harder nut to crack by far is getting a novel published (or written for that matter). Plenty of time for years of misery and failure yet πŸ™‚

    (Except not really, because self-publishing is always an option now)

    Comment by Lexifab — December 10, 2012 @ 8:56 am

  8. Jenny – I’m trying hard not to think about things that could go wrong with my job in the near future, because I would like a peaceful holiday break .

    Comment by Lexifab — December 10, 2012 @ 8:57 am

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