The title isn’t quite accurate, but headlines often aren’t. However, there is an element of truth in it, as you will see if you persist.
Despite me rushing to finish last night’s post by midnight, my days don’t really run from midnight to midnight and I often work an hour or so into the night while it is quiet. This is particularly the case at weekends when I can get up later to compensate.
As an example, I did some decluttering this morning then set my alarm to give myself just over an hour at the computer before warming up the soup for lunch. Julia decided this would be a good time to start work on reorganising the kitchen so my writing efforts are now accompanied by the clatter of various kitchen implements (mainly noisy ones) as she composes a symphony for baking trays and raised voices.
I did think of inserting a witty quote on marriage here, but couldn’t find one. I suspect all the wittiest quotes are written by people who aren’t married. The ones who are married just nod and keep their heads down, which is why they are still married.
I’m playing WP Roulette here – if she reads this I’m in trouble. If not I will live to moan another day.
That’s why I work into the early hours.
And that was why, about half an hour after posting I decided to look at one of the magazines that had some submissions from me five weeks ago. I was surprised, and a little put out, to find that they had published the next issue. I don’t mind rejection too much, because it’s part of writing, but I don’t really like being ignored.
Anyway, it is what it is. I read a few of the haibun and decided to see when the next submission window opened. While I did that I noticed a note saying that if you don’t get an acknowledgement within in two days you should get in touch. It was a lot longer than two days, but I double checked, found I definitely hadn’t had one and decided to take action.
As recommended in many articles on writing I dropped the the editor a short polite note to check if they had received anything from me and checking the best way to submit next time round.
The marvels of email and the time difference between the UK and USA meant I had a reply within half an hour. It seems the automated submission form is suspected of discarding a number of submissions and is now out of favour.
When it comes down to it I checked the two pieces I’d submitted and decided they weren’t all that good anyway. Internet oblivion is probably the best place for them. Anyway, even if they had been brilliant you can’t turn back time, despite Cher’s singing and the services of a good plastic surgeon.
As time goes on I’m finding that I have more and more sympathy for editors. It can’t be easy at the best of times, particularly when you see the number of submissions some of them get, and when the technology turns against you it must be hellish.
It’s a big day tomorrow – three submission windows open and I have submissions prepared for each one.
The game’s afoot, as Holmes said, though when I check the quote I find that Henry V said it first. Tricky things, quotes.
Being ignored by a machine is preferable to being ignored by a person
It is bad when your submissions get eaten by the machine.
I was upset for five minutes but regained my composure fairly quickly because, let’s face it, I don’t have high expectations from life…:-(
Good luck! Sending you energy!
Thank you. I’ll do my best to use it wisely. 🙂
Sending best wishes for success, Quercus!
Rejection always stings. No two ways about it. But as a former editor of a small literary magazine, I shudder when I remember the avalanche of poetry submissions I used to receive. It got so overwhelming that eventually I had to institute a no-unsolicited-poetry rule. I was sorry to have to do this as I had received many fine unsolicited poems. But I felt as though I had no choice. Anyway, a part of me wishes we were still publishing the magazine so I could accept your poetry and the writing of many other blogging friends. Ah, well!
One editor was saying that he gets 1,500 a month and he publishes online every month. He must be superman. To be fair, they are haiku rather than epics. 🙂
Phew! Even I never got that much. I probably would have had a nervous breakdown if that much poetry had come pouring in.
I’d have one just reading that much, let alone having to select the best.