Yesterday I got my fourth rejection letter for my short story Oberon’s Paradise, so I’m going to give up writing. It’s just not worth all the trouble if I can’t get published. No, actually it was a personalized rejection letter, so it was rather encouraging… I mean, an editor actually took the time to comment specifically on the work; I think that’s a good sign! And helpful too, as it pointed out what specifically the editor had issues with. (They didn’t request a rewrite, however, so it’s not stuff that can just be edited and sent back.)
I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with the story now. I could continue to send it out to other editors. However, I sort of want to try dramatizing it… making some illustrations for it (not that I’m much of an artist; I stink at drawing, but you gotta start somewhere) and writing some music for it. I think that would be a really fun project. It would take forever though. Hmmm… not sure. If I start it, I probably won’t be able to finish… (You know what they say… “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” (Much better than the atheist version: “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him you believe in God.” What, huh?))
The fantasy short story I’m working on now is called The Cliffs of Oakenrah. The first line of the story is:
“Never go near the Cliffs of Oakenrah,” her father said. “Something makes children jump.”
Lots of story possibilities with that I think. So the story is about those cliffs, or really what’s beyond those cliffs. I’m almost at 4,000 words and the story is just beginning, so it will probably end up being another novelette instead of a short story. Which kind of stinks, because there aren’t nearly as many publications that accept unsolicited manuscripts for novelettes… but oh well; the story has to be as long as it has to be, and no shorter or longer than that. Maybe if it gets to be around 25,000 words (still can’t predict how long it will be at this point) I can try to get it published as a self-contained book… obviously a very short book, but it’s been done.