A submission too far

The absolute longest point on any line is the one that starts with a query or submission and goes until it reaches the conclusion of the event. No matter what the conclusion is, rejection, acceptance, or otherwise–you feel every one of the infinite points on that line like a speed bump in a Camaro when you need to pee.

You try not to think about it, but you do.

You certainly shouldn’t compulsively check email and the web, you know, just glancing. You still do it.

What you SHOULD do is get off your ass and go write a few more short stories, or finish the third novelette in the series, or work on any of the three novels you have going.  You might, but not right now.

Anticipation paralysis is a real pain in the keister.


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3 Responses to A submission too far

  1. hannahkarena says:

    sososo true. I compulsively check my email all the time. And submittable. Could probably spend that time more wisely…

    • seamusbayne says:

      It is the inevitable fate of being a writer, or a any creator, though the gate-keeping system created for writers is one of particular anticipation. I once described it to a friend as like asking someone on a date and then having to follow them around for weeks while they think about it and glare at you.


  2. karmicangel says:

    Sigh. Tell me about it. I keep wondering if emails got lost between us, or Canada Post failed in their duty… or the aliens who eat my left socks finally added my mail to their repetoire of meals… I HATE the waiting.

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