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On rejection

So, I wrote a story. I thought it was a really good, clever story. My writing group thought it was a really good, clever story. I was very proud of myself, because I hadn’t written (OK, finished) a short story in a long time.

I submitted it.

I did the research and picked a publication that I thought would be perfect. It fit the genre. It was the right length. It seemed to match the other things they published. So I held my breath and clicked Submit.

They turned it down. Swiftly. And, since I asked for feedback, they kind of tore it apart. My sweet little story, that I thought was so clever.

It stung. A lot.

I went through the stages of rejection. Shock. Anger. Denial. Wine. Anger again. Acceptance.

Then I looked at the story again, and realized maybe–just maybe–they were right. A little. I shared the feedback with a creative friend whose opinion I value. He kind of agreed with them. So I went back to work–editing, rewriting, rethinking–to make the story better. And I went back with a vengeance, because darn it, this clever little story is going to get published.

Sometimes things don’t work out as planned. Take the hit, feel sorry for yourself for a minute. Then get up and get back to work.

Photo by Georg Nietsch on Unsplash

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Subject Line Poetry

I like to make poetry using email subject lines. Here’s a few:

so I don’t forget
I got a bad feeling
part of the reason
sounds like something you would do

lucky in love
Give me a break
Something to consider
Another one bites the dust


Virus Warning
One more time!
NOW EVERYONE SAY IT WITH ME
not a virus, it’s a hoax
mystery solved


i am the walrus
tonight
Lunch and Learn Next Week!

It’s Flannery O’Connor’s Birthday.
this pm
Can you believe?

This could have been us


travel expenses
pay day part two
engagement record

double-billed

To prove we really did this…


These poems originally published in 2003.