A Rejection. A Submission. More Outlining. No Editing. TGIF!

Just a quick update tonight.  Another rejection slip in today’s mail:  “Jimmies” was rejected by one of the big three pro magazines, the only one of the three that I thought would want it.  I spent a while this evening combing through my bookmarks of submission guidelines and finally made up my mind to send it to a semi-pro journal that I like; the editor rejected TTB a couple of months ago, but that hardly makes him unique.

I’ve just about finished writing the synopses of the story for Project Hometown from the viewpoints of each of the major characters.  According to the Snowflake Method (link on the sidebar under “On Writing”), the synposes are supposed to be one page for each of the major characters, and half a page for the minor characters.  That didn’t work for me; of the four major characters, the synopses are approximately 1200, 350, 750, and 900 words.  I’ll have to try harder for the minor characters to keep to a limit, or I’ll be dealing with them through the end of the year.  After I finish the character synposes, the next step is to go back and expand the overall plot synopsis.

No revisions this evening due to exhaustion, researching where to submit “Jimmies,” and (most important) much needed & wanted catching up with Mrs. Unfocused — it’s the first night since Sunday we’ve both been home all evening.  This evening she noticed I got a haircut.  I got it on Wednesday.

Tomorrow’s Saint Lucia Day, which means Unfocused Girl and Mrs. Unfocused bring up coffee and cinnamon rolls for us all to have in bed.  I love Swedish holidays!  Happy Saint Lucia day!

Saltwatch 2008-09:  Days after Dec. 1 without seeing a City of Chicago salt truck:  12.  The good folks at Chicagoist have been on this story for a while (here’s a link to a recent post about my Alderman ripping Mayor Daley a new one, which I’m glad to see, even though I disagree with his proposal to raid the Midway privatization funds to fund snow removal).  As a commenter said earlier this week, apparently Daley’s snow removal plan is to wait until Sunday, when it’s supposed to go up to the high forties, so the snow will simply melt.  Long-term, we can all just wait until June before leaving our houses.


5 responses to “A Rejection. A Submission. More Outlining. No Editing. TGIF!

  1. Sorry about the rejection but I’m glad you’re keeping up with everything. More or less, anyway. :) Have a great holiday!

  2. Maybe it’s good to take a day off from the revisions to recharge.

    Saint Lucia day sounds great!

    Good luck with Jimmies, hope you find a home for it soon.

  3. I’m sorry about the rejection–they sting. Ugh.

    Good luck on the resubmission and the revisions!

  4. Sorry about the rejection. Much luck sending it elsewhere.

    And Happy Saint Lucia day to you.

    To be honest, I never heard of it before, but it certainly sounds nice. :)

  5. Thanks for the kind words on the rejection, all. That makes 8 for the year so far, so I don’t worry about it so much, except that I think this is a good enough story that it deserves to be published (compared to TTB, where I feel that I worked so hard on it that I deserve to have it published, which is not the same thing).

    And GypsyScarlett, any holiday that involves someone bringing me coffee and pastries in bed on a cold morning is a good holiday, as I always say.

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