I’ve somehow let myself slip back into the habit of not writing, of making excuses not to write, of making excuses to wait until the week of a deadline to work on a story. I didn’t even see it coming. I was working steadily on the new book and I’m still doing good writing it in longhand and transcribing at night, but the short stories have fallen by the wayside. Maybe it was foolish of me to think I could do it all, that the mysterious burst of recent energy/inspiration would stick with me long enough to make these upcoming fall deadlines. I’m still hoping I can muster up the motivation to tackle them. I started a story early in the week for a British anthology with a deadline of the end of the month, meaning the end of this month, meaning tomorrow. It’s not gonna happen. What sucks is that I’ve come to like the story and have figured out ways to really flesh it out and now it will either have to go in very late or not go in at all and hope that another call for something similar will come up one day. I hate when that happens. But in my defense, the call didn’t get posted until like two weeks ago and while I could have started working on it then, there still would have been a chance of me not making the deadline or not coming up with the story that I eventually came up with.
And I’m stalking my email and mailbox again with not even a hope of anything arriving. Well, I do expect a rejection letter for Pearl any day now but that’s neither here nor there. I don’t want to be all negative, but if it was going ot be accepted I would know by now. I hate to rely on contracts and acceptances just to feel worthy, but sadly, I think it’s coming to that. I’m starting to feel that no one wants me anymore, that the string of acceptances I had a while back was just a fucking fluke and I’ve somehow drifted back into the world of the unknown, of the writing and waiting/hoping to be published. And I’m pissing myself off because I hate whining. I hate talking about it and not doing it. That’s the reason I stop reading other blogs because it’s always about “what I want to do and what I didn’t do and if only I could just…” over and over every day.
Another thing is that I’m starting to get bitter in spite of myself that I’m not bringing in any interest. Not that I think I’m so great that the world ought to be paying attention, but I think I’m okay. I think I could have an audience and I know damned well I’m professional. When I get a contract, it’s signed and out the very next day if not the same day. If an editor asks me for rewrites, they are out the same day. They email me with a question, it’s answered immediately. I know I’m good to work with, so why am I not working?
Damn. I’m going to step down from the soapbox and take my bitter writer hat off now.