Other (Mostly Discouraging) News

Once in a while, self gets the strange feeling that she is on a boat, and that the ground is moving up and down.  She felt it just a few minutes ago, in a bar where she was checking e-mail messages.

Self, get a grip!  Even though Venice is resting on ancient wooden pylons, it is not a ship.  You’re going daft.

Since arriving in Venice, self has received  a total of eight rejections, and one announcement of contest results.  The contest was the one by New South.  Why self thinks she still has a chance at placing in one of these things is beyond her.  In the last year, self has joined perhaps a dozen contests.  It is nice to know she will get a year’s subscription to a dozen new magazines (She only joins contests that offer a year’s free subscription with the entry fee).  But it is very very discouraging to never place, not even as a semi-finalist.  Or even an Honorable Mention.

Of the eight rejections she has received here in Venice, only one could be considered “encouraging.”  That’s the one from Drunken Boat.  She thinks it is encouraging because after she googled “Drunken Boat” and “rejections,” the Rejection Wiki produced examples of Drunken Boat‘s standard and “higher tier” rejections.  Well, actually, there was no example of a Drunken Boat standard rejection.  Only an example of a “higher tier” Drunken Boat rejection.  So perhaps everyone who gets rejected by Drunken Boat is “higher tier”?  Which means, “higher tier” is really the equivalent of a standard rejection from everywhere else?

2013 is turning out to be a really bad year for self, in terms of her writing.  She’s had not one acceptance since the start of the year.  Last year, she had a spate of acceptances.  That was thrilling!  But now it’s a drought.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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