Well, now I've gone and done it...

>> Tuesday, June 15, 2010

So, I sent off a 1,000-word zombie erotica thing to that "Rigor Amortis" thing phiala brought to my attention. Kind of a minor sort of thing but not really, as I've never worked up the balls to submit anything to anybody before.

How do I feel about it? Sort of nauseous, actually. I don't really expect anything to come of it, so I can't quite put my finger on why I feel slightly terrible. Insecurity, I guess.

But, you know, what do I have to lose, right? I mean, what's the worst thing that can happen?

(Don't answer that. It probably involves, I don't know, rabid ferrets or something, right?)

Anyway, figured I'd let the few of you who don't tweet know that I've now officially joined the ranks of writers awaiting rejection notices. That'll be all. No, wait, not quite: I am grateful and would thank everybody who's been encouraging and supportive. Seriously, you're part of the reason I grew a pair, finally. Thank you.


Carol Elaine Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 12:31:00 AM EDT  

The best of luck to you, Eric. The first time I submitted a story was to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. When I was 15. I was fairly new to writing fiction and had no idea that my "Philomel Cottage"/Rebecca knock-off (which was a feat in itself, having never read nor seen either at that time) was actually rather bad. Yes, it was rejected.

The main difference between my first submission and yours - aside from a few years - is that you're a far better writer than my 15 year old self. Hell, you're a far better writer than my 44 year old self (and I usually like what I write).

If anyone has a chance at this, it's you, Eric. Good luck.

Rachael Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 1:05:00 AM EDT  

The first time you submit a story for anything is absolutely nerve wracking. As is the second time. And the third time. And the fourth. And then somewhere after that, once you've collected a pile of rejections and pinned them to your wall a la Stephen King at some point you decide fuck it, let them reject me if they dare.

At which point an editor will show up and crush your dreams under their uncaring boot heel because you made the mistake of convincing yourself that your story was PERFECT for the magazine/anthology/etc.

Rinse and repeat.

tl;dr: Good on you, and welcome to the club. And honestly, I do think the Stephen King method works, even if my friends all think it's an indication that I'm mentally imbalanced that I keep all of my rejections in a stack pinned to the wall over my desk.

Dr. Phil (Physics) Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 1:22:00 AM EDT  

The first one takes forever to get the nerve to do it -- and waiting for the result takes forever, too. In my case, I submitted to a space station story contest... which got canceled because there were not enough entries. Great. I'd figured I'd score the results WINS-LOSSES. Who knew there'd be a NO_RESULT category?

Dr. Phil

Eric Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 9:16:00 AM EDT  

Thanks again, gang.

While I'm not sure I'll actually keep a wall, I've gotta say King's On Writing is hugely inspirational and I can see the merits of it. If I don't pin them up to a wall, it'll be more about not being sure which wall to victimize than any sense of whether or not it's "imbalanced." I don't think it is imbalanced, and if it is, who wants to be balanced, y'know?

Interestingly, there's a potential for this one to end up being a "N/A" a la Dr. Phil's space station experience: there are people interested, but no firm deal with a publisher or anything.

At the very least, I guess this puts me a step beyond Kafka's Big Pile Of Stuff In A Desk That I Want Max Brod To Burn When I Die, right?

Janiece Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 10:45:00 AM EDT  

Congrats, Eric. Courage (especially in the face of a certain amount of rejection, that being the nature of writing), is a good thing.

neurondoc Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 12:37:00 PM EDT  

Yay for sending it in!

At least rabid ferrets won't be as bad as marmosets, if such occurs...

timb111 Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 2:41:00 PM EDT  

The nausea wouldn’t have anything to do with it being zombie erotica would it?

Congrats on breaking the barrier. If the story is as good as your posts they’ll love it!

timb111 Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 3:24:00 PM EDT  

By the way, speaking of Ferrets, you could be forced to do some Ferret Legging as described on Skippy's List. This is probably worst than encountering a rabid Ferret.

Eric Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 4:33:00 PM EDT  

Okay, now I want to start a petition for the inclusion of Ferret Legging in the Olympics.

Which Olympics? Both. I don't see why it needs to be a seasonal thing at all!

mattw Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 7:15:00 PM EDT  

Good luck! It's been a while since I've sent anything out, so I kind of have to re-work up the courage. It took a while the first time through.

And really, the worst that would happen is you get a form letter.

rbird Friday, June 18, 2010 at 4:48:00 PM EDT  

haha! Good luck! That's awesome.

I just entered the caption contest for the New Yorker, which I've always wanted to do. Maybe we both can be winners and become a famous creative family like the Coppolas!

Eric Friday, June 18, 2010 at 6:13:00 PM EDT  

Maybe we both can be winners and become a famous creative family like the Coppolas!

I call dibs on being the crazyass Nic Cage figure!

rbird,  Friday, June 18, 2010 at 11:35:00 PM EDT  

I see you a little more as the Jason Schwartzman, brilliant and venturing into music, writing and acting. And I would be the Nicholas Cage character who is a little more badboy, making some poor, albeit successful movies. But if you insist on Cage, then I can be Sofia who is beautiful and who also creates odd, depressing films starring Bill Murray, but mostly because I want to meet Bill Murray.

Eric Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 12:09:00 AM EDT  

Is there anyone in Hollywood who isn't a Coppola?

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