Sunday, October 29, 2006
Got My First Official Rejection Slip
Yiperdoodle. In five days, my mauscript for the short story "Why Did the Dragon Cross the Road?" came back rejected from Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine. I'm glad my first one was from a big mag. The typewritten note said, "It just didn't capture my interest, I'm afraid." My folks think I should frame it. There used to be a saying, "If you fall off a horse three times, THEN you're a rider!" I guess falling from three mags makes me a writer. My Dad wondered why it didn't hold the Assistant Editor's interest. "Didn't you kill anyone?" he asked.
"No, but the narrator's leg gets ripped off." I answered.
Dad, who didn't miss a beat, said, "That's it, then. Kill off the narrator."
"But it's first person, Dad.You know she's not gonna die, because she's narrating."
Hmmm. Dad's got a point, though....