A Shot in the Arm and a Kick in the Pants


It appears that my year-long stretch of writer’s block may finally be ending. Writer’s block, a snit fit, call it what you will, I haven’t been writing much at all for a very long time. I let something that was completely out of my control deeply affect my confidence as a writer.  A story of mine was accepted for publication in a small-press anthology. However, just a few weeks into the process, the publisher cancelled the whole kit and kaboodle due to money problems.  That’s it. That’s what I let turn me away from several stories I’d been working on. A slew of rejections for my other work didn’t help, but I was getting better at handling those. The rejection, which really wasn’t a rejection at all, after an acceptance sort of broke something in me. I had to take a break, a long break.

I have to laugh even now and wonder if my new-found determination to write regularly again will last. Lots of new things are promised or begun in January, you know. However, it was in January of last year that I resolved to quit smoking. My one year smoke-free anniversary is approaching. So, as far as New Year’s resolutions go, I’m one for one. Surely, a resolution to write again won’t be as difficult to keep as breaking a twenty-eight year addiction.
A few things have given me a real “kick in the pants” lately. Keeping in touch with other writers through a Facebook group has really been good for me. Most of the members would probably be shocked to know I consider myself a part of the group, considering I mostly just lurk on the page and have only attended one meeting.  The group is lead by a wonderfully creative woman, who’s strength and committment to writing and encouraging others is astounding.
One other person in the group may be surprised to know she’s inspired me. She’s a busy homeschooling mom of three who recently began a homeschooling blog which can be found here: Mindful Homeschooler: A Homeschooling Magazine for All Families If she can raise three kids, homeschool her school-ager, host writer’s group meetings, write for and edit her church newsletter, plan, lead and host a four-hour writer’s mini-retreat,(and those are just the things I can think of off the top of my head) then I can do more than sit on my sofa pouting and searching the internet for funny cat pictures.
The “shot in the arm” came from an email I recieved yesterday. Even though I haven’t been writing, I haven’t stopped submitting my work for publication. Yesterday I recieved word that my short story “Damsel Apostate” has been short-listed for an anthology of new fairy tales. The editor mentioned that they really liked my story and final decisions on which stories will be going in the anthology should come by February first. Whatever the outcome, it was delightful to hear that my story is at least still in the running.
I have one other story out under consideration at another small press. I think it will soon be time to query about that one.
So there it is. Time to get going. Again, again.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lauri
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 15:03:29

    atta girl ! “Damsel Apostate” deserves recognition ! It’s amazing and funny too.

    • lorettacasteen
      Jan 08, 2013 @ 16:24:01

      Thank you, Lauri. It has sure made the rounds. I really hope it gets published somewhere. I love Hortense, the dragon, so much. The world needs to meet her. 🙂

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