Archive for March, 2011


Gotta keep sending away

“I don’t know much about creative writing programs. But they’re not telling the truth if they don’t teach, one, that writing is hard work, and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.”
-Doris Lessing

So, I received a sooner-than-expected reply from Abyss & Apex about my story I sent then. The e-mail said it was well-received but they decided not to publish it. But it only took them eight days to come to that decision; the average time on Duotrope for a rejection is 47 days!

…I just found that funny. ūüėÄ

But hey, it’s not tied up for as long as I thought it’d be! Now I can send it over to BULL SPEC, who doesn’t overtly say they’re open to submissions, just that they’d be closed to submissions until at least November 1, 2010. But Duotrope doesn’t say that it’s¬†temporarily closed, and it’s months passed November. So I’m sure it’s a pretty safe bet to send the story. ūüôā

So thankful to have a job

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.”
-Albert Einstein

I had a dentist appointment¬†recently. It was just a routine cleaning, nothing out of the ordinary.¬†They did have to take some¬†x-rays though, as the last two times I went¬†they were unable to for one reason or another.¬†But looking over the receipt, the total amount was over $400. That’s pricy. My insurance paid for almost all of it;¬†I only had to pay $18 for¬†the fluoride treatment that my insurance doesn’t cover.

But I really am appreciative of a full-time job with benefits. I really do wish everyone had what I had. I know how difficult it can be finding a decent job. Especially a full-time job with benefits. Most places in my area are keeping part-time. My friend works a part-time job but he hardly gets hours. He’s making the most of it while still searching for another job, but dang…

I only wonder how everything will be when I leave my present job and pursue a career in writing. Of course I would never be reckless and say, “I’m quitting and locking myself in my room to write the next best-selling novel!” No, that’s foolish. I write while faithfully serving at my full-time job. When I have a novel (Or novella. What have you.) and begin making money from said novel, I’ll¬†consider resigning from the¬†full-time job (or¬†go simply¬†part-time).¬†But right now¬†all I can be is thankful.