So yes, I now have one acceptance up on the Short Story Submissions Scorecard. I’m not getting paid for it — it’s a web-only market and except for a handful of ads on the sidebar, non-commercial — but it’s a flash story only 599 words long, so I don’t feel like I worked too hard not to get paid.
I picked up the acceptance email on my Blackberry while I was in the back of a taxi in Los Angeles, stuck in traffic, so it was not an opportune time to do the happy dance. In fact, since I’ve been back I’ve been too busy to do the happy dance at all. Hang on just a sec.
There, that’s better.
I did email & call Mrs. Unfocused, and there might have been maniacal cackling; I don’t recall. I can’t wait for it to go up on the site, but I have no idea when that will happen. When it does, I’ll post a link, anonimity be damned. I want to drive as much traffic to it as I can. Until then, I’m not going to say who accepted it, because I don’t want to jinx it.
I sent one of my rejected stories out again the night I got home, and was able to add to my usual cover email, “My story ‘On the Job Training’ was recently accepted by…” which sounds great, but didn’t change the result — the story was rejected 11 hours later.