Yesterday we took a drive out to Palmer to visit with my partner’s sister for her birthday. It was late afternoon, the sky a lazy blue, and the mountains looked so lovely that I couldn’t stop snapping photos as if I were a silly-headed tourist.
While I don’t love winter, the cold or snow, I do love the mood of snow-capped peaks and how fierce the mountains look in the winter, how solemn and almost godly. It amazes me, even after all of these years.
It was an almost perfect day. Almost perfect, because guess what was waiting in my inbox when I got home?
Yep: More rejections, and two this time, a double-whammy.
The Forge didn’t want the flash fiction I sent.
And Star 82 Press didn’t want the 50-word stories I submitted.
I sent work to over 25 magazines so I’m sure that the rejections are going to be coming hot and heavy for the next couple of months. With most literary magazines accepting between 1-5% of submissions, the chance of acceptance is slim. Yet I foolishly keep submitting. I don’t know if I’m stubborn, determined or simply stupid.
Whatever the case, spring is slowly coming to Alaska. The light is back–it’s now light past eight o’clock and lengthening each day. It’s a glorious time. We all hunger for light. It like a gift. And we are all thankful. Amen.
I’m also thankful for this: We’re picking up Seriously, the dog we co-parent, in just a few hours. I’ve missed her so, so much. There’s nothing like having a dog in the house that makes it feel like a home. And this dog is special. She’s burrowed her way into our hearts and become part of our family. (“Oh, Seriously! Seriously, we love you soooooooo.”)
More news: I have a new bloggy crush, this time on Tim and Joanne Joseph (they have three names!) from A Note From Abroad. They’re currently traveling in Cambodia and they’ve been doing cool things like eating fried tarantulas and fending off mean monkeys. What I love most about their posts is how warm they are, and how accepting and fair their viewpoints. Check them out if you have time. I think you’re going to love them, too.
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