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My retelling of Cinderella, ‘Ashley’, will appear in volume 4 of the Clarion Call.

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Try, try, and try again

Monday, I sent off my non-fiction zombie bug book and got a rejection the very same day. So today (Tuesday), I sent it off to another educational publishing house. Many successful writers advise that persistence pays off. To be truthful, a rejection stings less when you have plenty of other work out seeking publication; you can’t obsess over one failure.

I feel I am playing Pokemon Go – I keep throwing my ball until I catch my target.Image result for pokemon go

 

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Being Brave

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I am not a brave person, physically or emotionally. However, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and ring a small educational publishing house about their submission guidelines. I practised my ‘professional’ voice, because I tend to sound like I am twelve.

I really like my ‘Zombie Bugs’ book and I am tired of seeing it languish in my folders.

Guess who is sending the bug book off on Monday?

Sometimes you just have to take that risk. Even if they say ‘no’ to the bug book, I have learnt something new about myself. I can be brave, with a run-up.

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Getting Cosy With My Muse

Muses

 

I have been getting a lot of action from my muse lately. I’ve always imagined my muse as a fussy (and handsome) man in Victorian-era clothing, overworked and sometimes a bit too quick with the cliché. These past two months, he has hit a gold mine of ideas.

This may be due to the pressure I’ve been putting him under with my looming yearly goal of 100 rejections. I use the Australian financial year from the 1st of July to the 31st of June. My rejections are nearly totalling 80, but I am getting to the point of the year where I won’t be hearing back about submissions until after the cut-off point.

Of course, I’ve had a few acceptances too.

However, I think my muse is hitting his stride because I’ve been working so hard at my submissions. Like any muscle, your creativity ‘grows’ with added effort and energy. Or maybe I’ve just tuned into it better. Either way, I’ve got plenty to be going on with.

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Satisfaction

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Megan and me, getting photos taken for our marketing package for our anthology.

There is a list of things that give me satisfaction. Last night, as our new family member, Artemis the kitten, cuddled up to me and purred … I was content to just hold her and listen to her.

Getting an acceptance is another form of satisfaction. (Or even an encouraging rejection with helpful advice.)

Finding the exact word I’ve been seeking.

Spending time with my friends and family.

Meeting my writing goals.

What brings satisfaction to your life?

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Update on Lynne’s Writing

My goal this Australian Financial year is to achieve 100 rejections. This means I have to send out stuff on a weekly basis, at least two submissions a week on average. Over a month, I lean towards submitting ten items or more. Over twelve months, that is 120 submissions, but that doesn’t mean 120 rejections.

Often, I never hear back from the smaller anthologies and magazines.

However, in the past month, I have received two very encouraging rejections for one story. One of the rejections pointed out that they thought the story was more suited to a younger audience than their target audience, even though they loved it. I found that comment exceedingly helpful, and I have now submitted that story to a children’s magazine.

As well, one of my stories is on the shortlist for acceptance into the Andromeda Spaceways magazine, having passed their three reading levels. If they have a space for it, it will be accepted. They informed me that only one in twenty stories get to this level, so I am pleased and excited.

These aren’t the only wins I’ve had over the past year.

With this in mind, I am already planning for next year, even though it is over two months away. I will still aim for 100 rejections, but I will also aim for a minimum of six acceptances over the space of a year – one acceptance every two months. And I hope to start sending out novels as well as short stories. I think a novel being accepted will count as three acceptances; what do you think?

 

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The Drop Bear

The Drop Bear, Aprilinis firstus is not really a bear, but a close relative of the Koala, Phascolarctos cinereus.  They are not a real danger to human beings, as they are neither poisonous nor are they venomous, but they can deliver a hefty whack to the head.  The creatures are quite dopey, are not very graceful, and very cowardly, as any sudden, loud noise will make them lose their grip on a branch and they plummet to the ground.  They are heavily furred, and quite well cushioned by fat, so the fall isn’t injurious to them.  It’s just any unfortunate person or animal underneath the drop bear can be seriously concussed by several kilograms of free-falling marsupial.

Even though there are no recorded Drop Bear deaths, prevention is better than cure, and you really don’t need a headache when you’re trying to enjoy a bush walk; it is best to avoid aquamarine-flowering gums and to wear a stout hat when strolling through a Drop Bear infestation.

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