on submissions

At the moment, I have six short stories that I consider ready for publication. It’s entirely unpredictable which does and doesn’t get attention. The story that was published in The Gettysburg Review was one of my most criticized at BU. I had low expectations for it. Stories that I expected more from have been rejected by a dozen magazines already. C’est la vie.

It’s a discouraging process, but I have learned not to take it personally. Every time I click “submit” or hand a stack of crisp yellow envelopes across the counter to the postman, new possibilities arise. Here’s hoping this round will be fruitful. I have a list of about 15 more magazines to submit to once their reading periods open in September.

Current Stats:

Story #1: 12 rejections, currently with 6 magazines, some nice personalized comments from editors

Story #2: 11 rejections, currently with 6 magazines

Story #3: 5 rejections, currently with 4 magazines, some nice personalized comments from editors, request to see more of my work

Story #4: 8 rejections, currently with 3 magazines, request to see more of my work

Story #5: 4 rejections, currently with 2 magazines

Story #6: 0 rejections, currently with 3 magazines

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Summer Garden

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perigee moon 5.5.12 10:30pm

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick in Southie.

The bagpipers were awesome.  There were at least four different “pipes and drums” marching bands.  The parade lasted over two hours.

There were characters from Batman, Spiderman, Star Wars, AND Ghostbusters marching in the parade.  I’m not exactly sure what they have to do with Ireland.

Scott Brown: shaking hands and kissing babies.

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“The Last Con”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spring 2012 issue of The Gettysburg Review was in my mailbox when I got home from work today.  With my story in it.  I love the cover art, don’t you?  And I can’t wait to read it.  I’m thrilled.

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writers & kitties

image from jfklibrary.org, copyright A.E.Hotchner

An entire blog devoted to writers & kitties.  Genius.

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the castle

from bu.edu/castle

Last night I gave a reading at Boston University at The Castle with 8 of the other Global Fellows.  I was nervous, reading in front of so many people, but I think I did well.  I read the first few pages of a short story in progress that takes place in Ireland called “The Roses”.  It was amazing to hear about the other fellows’ travels to places like Kenya, Bhutan, Sarajevo, Cuba, the Iberian Peninsula, and Lithuania.  I wish we could see each other more often.  You can read about their experiences here.

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