Writing is a funny game. Fortunately I’m still young enough (figuratively speaking, of course) for it to still be a mostly pleasurable pursuit, otherwise scathing criticism would be enough to make me hang up my hat. As it is, my writing is still in the developmental phase, so I try to see what the editor is trying to tell me (all the while wishing they could be a little more diplomatic in their appraisal).
I went to the Steven Amsterdam workshop on Saturday and did not really enjoy it. I had ten minutes with his editor, who is held in high regard by the indie press in Australia, to discuss a piece of my writing. Apparently I wasn’t thinking straight and submitted a piece of writing to her that in hindsight I should definitely not have! She was very frank in her assessment, and, although fair, was less than encouraging. The experience did not put me in a good frame of mind for the workshop, where I was expected to magic a short story or three out of thin air. Needless to say, my creative well resembled a desert. I pretty much resolved to put writing on the backburner, only to receive some good news overnight – I’ve had a submission picked up for a US online flash zine, as well as won a flash fiction contest on Laurita Miller’s blog. Thus is the lot of a writer!
You can read my winning story, ‘Across the Ocean’, here.