Dec. 7th, 2011 10:29 pm
pyrostinger: They say the eye is the window to the soul (Default)
So, not too long ago, somebody commented on one of my journals 'Congratulations on being good enough to get published".  And... to be completely honest, I don't think I'm there yet.  Actually, i'm just not sure.  There's probably just me holding myself back, as it were, because I don't quite think I'm that good enough. 

See, I'd tell you that I got published in X because I just got extremely lucky and somebody selected me.  I suppose the truth of the matter is more like Kyell saw my work when I submitted to Heat, and he was helping out with that, and he liked my story enough that he thought of me when he was putting together X.  And I... do not remember why I was asked to write a story for Holidays, just that I was and did.  Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy that I was chosen to be in both, and to a degree it is pretty special that I was picked for both projects.  It has to be gratifying to be thought of when somebody says to you that they want YOU'RE writing to appear in their anthology. 

However, I do have some issues with what I've written for both, which is what, I think, holds me back.  I'm not sure either Honor Thy Mother or Resurrection, the stories I wrote for X and Holidays respectively, are as good as they could be, or as they could have been if different writers have been chosen.  As I stated before with The Other Apprentice, I had some issues with that story BEFORE I was told all the unfortunate holes in it (while also saying that it was quite good, just craved more).  I'll probably put out The Other Apprentice on FA if when if it gets rejected from FANG, but here's hoping.

Ironically, one of what I think my strongest stories is Secret, a story written for a contest that I missed the deadline at.  Perhaps I do not do well with pressure.  

pyrostinger: They say the eye is the window to the soul (Default)
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaah... it's been a while since I've updated this. Not as long as it could have been, but it has definitely been a while. 'bout 5-6 days in between updates, and about as long between finishing the story for FANG (now titled "The Other Apprentice") and just... well, picking up another writing project. At present, I'm doing Morph Class again, which is good. Added a nice chunk of 492 613 words to it, so I'm pretty happy about that (I initially had 492, but then I figured I could at least make it to 500. I wrote another paragraph and ended up at 594, and managed to finish the paragraph instead of starting another one).

With regard to FANG, well... My enthusiasm has continued to dampen regarding that story. I'm steeling myself for the inevitable rejection, because I'm looking at it and the finished product I sent to them is... well, nowhere near such. Thanks to Metassus, I've been made aware of a number of flaws in the text that, while it made for an enjoyable read, make it incomplete (Sidenote: I cannot thank Metassus enough for his insightful feedback. Seriously, dude, THANK YOU. And you there, reading this: why haven't you checked out his stuff already? Hop to it!). Perhaps I might be pleasantly surprised, but when/if the rejection comes, I'll probably post an edited version addressing his points.  Essentially, I will be or plan to be editing the story while I'm working on finishing up Morph Class for the end of December.  Or at least, that's the plan, and plans have a way of going awry sometimes. 

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