It’s not a happy thing when you organise a long weekend to catch up on sleep and writing, but open your email on the Friday night to find your beloved short story has been rejected (yet again)! This was particularly hard as I’d got an editor to work on it, and felt it was very much ready for publication. Perhaps the fact that I describe this story as ‘beloved’ is a sign, hmm… ‘kill your darlings’, anyone?!
But it turned out to be a good thing, as I ended up taking a break from writing (just a little work on a couple of projects) and instead enjoyed myself, catching up with some wonderful friends & family, spending time reading in front of a lovely fire (Melbourne is having a particularly cold winter this year), and EATING!
Definitely one of my favourite things, that last one. Particularly visiting bakeries and cafes. I think we managed to go to three today. That sounds bad, but really, we only ate at two of them 😉
We also dropped into Belgrave Library, high in the hills. It’s part of our own local network, and I couldn’t resist looking up my own book on the system. It made my day to see that someone had it out on loan again!
So I’m feeling refreshed, and I know there will always be another place to try that rejected story (after all, I’m the queen of rejection) – perhaps I just didn’t make the right choice of market for it.
Not only that, but recently the major library supplier in Australia ordered Facing Up on behalf of a school, so that is a most definitely a good thing!
Back in the saddle again 🙂