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05 February 2009 @ 11:35 am
2/5/09: Hear that lonesome whistle blow  
Word count: 4252 | Since last entry: 2949

We're in Chattanooga, at the home of maryrobinette's parents, for Mary's birthday writing retreat. The countryside is beautiful, the house is elegant and hospitable, and I'm surrounded by delightful and talented writers who are selling all over the place. Mary herself just got namechecked in the Guardian (the Guardian!) as one of the glittering stars in the SF firmament.

Me? I managed to force out 750 words yesterday and they were crap.

I also just received a rejection on a 7200-word fantasy that I'm really proud of. It has bounced off of F&SF, Asimov's, and Strange Horizons and I'm having a hard time finding anywhere else to send it. Realms of Fantasy just died; it's too long for Clarkesworld; it's not SF enough for Interzone or horrific enough for Apex; Black Gate and Aberrant Dreams are "temporarily closed"... I've got a query out at a market that it's a bit too long for, hoping they'll make an exception, but the state of the market is depressing.

I'll get over this. But for right now, color my mood black.

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David D. Levinedavidlevine on February 5th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestions. I have submissions at both those markets now, and am waiting to hear back from them before sending another story.
Kelly Greensaycestsay on February 5th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Send it to a&a? we don't pay well though we do pay and we like fantasy :).
David D. Levinedavidlevine on February 5th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
You're on the list, though I hope you will understand that I'm sending the story to higher-paying markets first. Thanks!
barbhendee on February 5th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)

Oh, David,

The place you are in sounds lovely! I am jealous. I would love to be at a writers retreat. As things stand, we're going to miss Patrick's in March.

Right now, I'm sitting at my keyboard coming up with reasons to avoid launching back to MEMORIES OF ENVY.

However, I have been exactly "where" you are in my heart and spirit, and do you know what I did?

I quit writing short stories.

I don't know enough about your process or your loves to give you any advice at all. But for me, I realized that I was NOT a short story writer. I am a novelist. The same year I came to this realization, things got better.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on February 5th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Well, I enjoy short stories and I have achieved some success with them. If anything, I'd be more likely to give up on novels. I find novels frustrating because of the amount of time they take to write and to sell. The first one has been circulating since 2005, and after finishing the second one I returned to short stories with a great sense of relief. But I will write a third novel eventually (I don't know what it will be, but I'll probably start some time this year) and I'm sure things will change as I write more of them, especially if I manage to sell one.
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David D. Levinedavidlevine on February 5th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'm aware of BCS... in fact, the first story published in BCS was one of mine. I actually think this story would be a good fit for them. But BCS hasn't achieved a lot of critical attention yet, so it's lower on my list than some others. Thanks for mentioning it, though!
Steve Green: Scientifictionstevegreen on February 5th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Didn't I hear Fantastic Stories is being relaunched?
David D. Levinedavidlevine on February 5th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, but it doesn't open for submissions until April.
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barbhendee on February 6th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)


If you can, pop in and give us a report on the retreat tomorrow. I love to hear about such events.