Two new acceptances and a 'maybe' on a third submission. The acceptances are from The Pygmy Giant, due to be published tomorrow, and Litro, where my story will appear in the March issue in a week or two. The 'maybe' is a shortlisting for Room Magazine's fall issue. It's all gravy. I love finding prospective homes for stories - trawling Duotrope and spending hours reading back issues of lit mags. Yes, it's painful when you don't get in to the ones you love, but I'm finding these days a personal rejection - with constructive criticism and appreciation - is almost as satisfying as an acceptance. I've never understood the mindset to say: "Well fuck you then, you obviously can't see my genius!" Writing - and parenthood - has slapped me round the face with a great big fish who merrily sings: "You're not as good as you think you are, so listen to all the advice you can get, douche-bag!" This could also suggest that I need more sleep.
Oh, and happy day - I won a free cover-letter crit from BubbleCow on Facebook, who also provide a wealth of writing, querying and publishing advice on their blog, as well as this great list of writing blogs. And if you're ready for some hardcore fish-slapping writing advice, you should probably also visit Chuck at Terrible Minds. So, with links a'plenty, go forth and procrastinate.