Here we go again.
Another seven days have come and gone.
I would like to give you a little information on the numbers of rejections we are sending out.
This week alone, we have sent out 40 rejections. We have had 8 acceptances but we don’t need to address them, they are easy and always a pleasure to do. But I would like to make this clear, we take no satisfaction in sending out rejection letters.
There are times when someone has been so confident and arrogant, I may smile just a bit. We will check out the work and would publish but we normally find that a writer who is so full of it, their lack of talent does truly come through. Unfortunately, they are so busy finding complimentary adjectives for themselves, they ignore the fact that they can’t write.
No-one needs confidence to send in their first story just a wee bit of bravery and it helps if you have no-expectations and are thick-skinned!
(NB – Having a baby is a terrible idea for saving a marriage. As is sending away a manuscript if you are feeling suicidal and think the acceptance will make the world your happy place.)
You do need a level of confidence when writing though. You need to believe in your story. The best way to do that is research everything that you need to, analyse the guts out of it, question everything, edit it, read it over, edit it again, sleep on it, then check it once more. You can’t get away with anything. If there is something there that you think is a bit vague and no-one will notice, they will. If it even enters your mind that you know what you mean, you can be assured, the reader won’t and will not be long before getting bored with the story.
Once you have done this for a while, all these become second nature. But if there is anyone who is reading this wants to give story writing a go, make checking, editing and questioning a part of your process, it will help you no-end.
But overall, sending out rejection emails is horrible. It isn’t us being over sensitive, it’s simply that we all know what those letters feel like. I just wonder how many of those writers have muttered something about seeing me the following Tuesday.
We’ve also been asked a few times for feedback and we do as much as we can. There is a positive side to this and that is that it does show that we read the stories. We try to be as encouraging as we can and always try and find some good points.
But if you ever ask us for feedback and you get, ‘You sign your name very well’ you may have a few issues with your work.
Okay, onto this week’s stories.
We have four new writers and an exquisite story teller.
The usual welcome to all the new authors. We hope that they have fun on the site and continue to send us their work.
Our topics this week include; realities, exhaustion, sensation, Joan and a fable.
As always our initial comments follow.
First up was our first new writer, Holly Wells.
‘Blue Flame Rising‘ was Holly’s story which was published on Monday.
‘It was great not to be given a history lesson, we were told a story.’
‘This made me look up the references to see what I had forgotten.’
Dave Henson is a gentleman and a wonderful writer. It is a continual pleasure to have him showcasing his work on the site.
Next up was, ‘The Hand Of God‘ which was his 18th story for us.
‘This is Dave getting up there with Grimm!’
‘Weird and odd – What’s not to like!’
‘Dave continues to give us excellent, imaginative stories.’
Liam Silveira was our next débutante.
His story, ‘Insomnia‘ broke the back of the week.
‘The MC’s unreasoning reasoning and whether or not he saw what he did was well done.’
‘The confusion was very believable.’
‘Reality when exhausted is never clear but the writing has the clarity.’
On Thursday we published, ‘We’re All Mad Here.’
This was Martina Brauneggar’s first outing for us.
‘You really don’t know where the madness ends and the reality begins.’
‘This leaves the reader with all sorts of puzzles.’
‘Martina has mixed up the thoughts and actualities rather well – It’s very interesting to read.’
And on Friday we finished off with Melissa Feinman’s short story, ‘Seeing Music.’
‘I understand that the jealousy would feed into the OTT reaction when his mother belittled his enjoyment of the music.
‘A kid’s fixation on a passion from a parent and a sibling is understandable.’
‘Well written, thought provoking and very enjoyable.’
Well that’s another round-up done and dusted.
With any luck we’ll have another one next week.
Just the usual reminders.
Keep the comments coming and if you have never commented, come on, pluck up some courage and find your voice! We’d love to hear from you.
And why not send us in a suggestion for the Sunday Re-Run. Just pick an older story that you like, write a spiel or introduction, throw in a couple of questions for the author and we will publish it as is.
Last thing on over-confidence, I read a quote from James Corden. He stated:
I sometimes have an over-confidence that can be viewed as arrogance.
He is wrong, he hasn’t an over-confidence, he’s just arrogant. And not funny. And really fucking annoying. And a Fud.
No offence to our American friends but what are you thinking encouraging this guy and letting him host ‘The Late, Late Show’?
I suppose there is a silver lining, at least he is in America and not in Britain!