Venturing into the junk mail folder

It’s a scary, scary place.  Full of ads for enlarging your manhood, notices about mysterious undelivered packages, and girls named Kiki who want to be my friend.  But as an aspiring writer, it’s a place I visit often.

Because, maybe, just maybe, that’s where that overdue rejection letter is.  Far more likely at this point than that someone is actually considering acquiring THAT story.  I mean, sure, I did write it and I did submit it, so some small part of me thinks it’s worth publication.  But I can’t bring myself to believe that anyone else would agree with me on that.

I mean, who would read to the end to get the point behind it?  It’s a slow story.  The type that gets rejected after one paragraph because it didn’t take the reader and grab them by the throat.

And yet it’s still outstanding when others that arrived before it have already fallen.  Clearly the rejection letter has just gone astray.

Ah, the life of the aspiring writer.  A frenetic combination of optimism and pessimism where you love something enough to write it and send it out into the great unknown and then hate it enough to agree with anyone who rejects it or criticizes it.

And since I have had enough of my own self-indulging musings on my writing, which probably means all y’all are way past patience with it, a useful post for you.  Chuck Wendig (I really do have other posts from other blogs bookmarked to share, but this one just fits) on 25 Ways To Be A Happy Writer.

It’s all good.  Read it.

About M. H. Lee

M.H. Lee is a speculative fiction writer currently residing in Colorado whose stories are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, sometimes darkly funny, but hopefully always thought-provoking and entertaining.
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