Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Is this weird?

Is it weird that I love getting rejections almost as much as getting acceptances for my pieces? I just recently got a rejection from an online magazine. It was technically a form email, so I didn't even really get any information or tidbits of advice from it or anything. But it still made me happy.

I hope this never wears off.

I'm noticing today, after nearly a week of nonproductive writing (read that as in I didn't really write anything), that sometimes a story idea just needs some time to hibernate. Many of my story ideas come from dreams that I'm lucky enough to remember. This dream happened to be about a bordello in France at the turn of the century, like Moulin Rouge. I don't want to get into details that will make my mother cringe, so I think that's enough for now.

At first, I figured this idea was going to be something for publications of erotica. I've never written in that genre before, though I will admit I've done some racy scenes in a past Nanowrimo novel that were strictly for padding word count and later omitted. (Hey, that was a long time ago!)

But this story idea was definitely leaning in that direction. I guess I wasn't ready to write it because I left the file in my Scrivener folder for about a month.

A couple of days ago, having no other ideas to write, I finally brought up this file and began writing it. Just to have something to write.

And the idea has come out of hibernation as something very different and much more dramatic. It still has the potential of ending up an erotic tale, but right now it doesn't seem to be heading that direction. I am continually fascinated by the writing process.

In other news, I got an email from Pill Hill Press allowing me to see the proof of my first soon-to-be-published story. I got to see the whole anthology and what it's going to look like from cover to cover. I will admit to some drooling. I can't wait to get my hands on this thing. And I can't wait to see how the other two turn out. I am going to wait until I have the real thing in my hands before I read the other stories.

My attention span has been extremely short lately. I'm doing a lot of teaching and subbing, as well as practicing the new routines that start coming out this month. I'm getting that "always hungry" feeling again. Like right now, I'm still feeling full from a huge bowl of veggie noodle soup I made, and yet I want more. >Sigh< Guess I'm in calorie deficit again.

Oops, there's the phone. And after that, back to writing!


Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congrats on the Pill Hill story! Isn't that one of the best feelings, seeing your words, your name, in print like that? :)

Sparklecat said...

Indeed it is! Thank you, Madeline!