As you might have noticed I’ve been away for a while (again). Life got crazy on just about every front imaginable and trying to make time to write started bringing more stress than joy. So I decided to take six months away from writing and see what happened. I wasn’t even 100% sure I’d come back. Spoiler: Here I am.
The last post I wrote detailed how a small publishing house reached out to see if I’d be interested in submitting pieces for an anthology. (If you want to know more about how that happened you can read about that here.) For those of you wanting the short story; I did. To be honest, I just fired it off without much of a thought. A few weeks later when I decided to take my haitus, I didn’t really think about it.
Like most aspiring writers I’ve sent off tons of submissions and had never received an acceptance back. I figured this would be the same. It’s not pessimism, it’s just the way it works.
Well… I was wrong.
I received an email letting me know that one of my submissions had actually been chosen to be published in an anthology titled Washington’s Emerging Writers by Z Publishing House. There was only one thing.
I have a separate email account for my writing. News of my submission being accepted was sent to that email account, which makes perfect sense because that’s where I submitted it from. I did not check that account during my hiatus and as a result the deadline for final edits had come and gone by the time I even learned of my acceptance.
Doesn’t that suck?
By the time I actually got the email the book at already been sent to print. I like to think I would have too much self-respect to go groveling back to the publisher begging for my final edits to make it despite blowing past the deadline. But even if not, it wouldn’t have mattered.
So I did the only thing there was for me to do. I sent the publisher an email expressing both my immense gratitude and apologies. I said little more than I had simply not seen the email and that it would be my pleasure to submit in the future. I then hung my head for a moment, put a little whiskey in my coffee, and turned to a blank page.
Regardless of how it ended, it did feel good to have my submission accepted. It gave me a little spark of motivation as well as nice reminder to keep on plugging with my writing projects when I’ve got the time (AND TO CHECK MY DAMN EMAIL).
I’ll follow up this weekend with a post that features the piece that was accepted. It was an exploratory scene I’d written for a sci-fi series idea I’m tentatively calling Data Runners.
I’ve got my mind churning on a couple of different projects so hopefully you’ll see a little bit more of me on here. We’ll see. Of course I decide to log-on right before the holiday season ramps up! If not, happy holidays.
Until next time,
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