I was Going To

I had planned to post an essay on doing school visits here today and even started writing it, but got to 300 words or so and decided that it really wasn’t happening and that I should probably try it some other time. And I will; it’s just a bit frustrating because I meant to do it ages ago.


I’ve had a busy, yet distracting week. I’ve been wanting to get a synopsis done for my little novel while I’m in between drafts, but have been distracted by a short story that demanded to be written, various edits and some workshop planning. And all while feeling tired and groggy and irritable with this laryngitis. At least my voice has all but returned.

Anyway, it’s just started to rain lightly which, believe it or not, is really quite pleasant.

I hope to have something more interesting and cohesive for you soon. And I might mention the wonderful eye of certain editors – how fantastically, magically, wonderfully helpful they can be, and how frustrating it can be for a writer to not get acknowledgements of receipt or decisions on their submitted work.

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  1.  by  Tania Hershman

    Nik – glad you are feeling a little better. And the rain sounds lovely, I always find it healing, we won’t get any round here for another 6 months.I know exactly how you feel re acknowledgements of work submitting. How hard is it to just even set up an automatic reply, “Thanks for your submission, we will be in touch soon”? I sent an email out yesterday saying, Sorry to bother, did you get…? I feel very silly, coz really what I am saying is, Do you want to publish my brilliant work? But not even knowing for certain that they received it definitely adds to that waiting anxiety. May we be put out of our misery soon. I received a personal acknowledgement of receipt of a submission from a new magazine, and wrote back to thank them and congratulate them on starting of on the right foot in terms of writerly etiquette!

  2.  by  Nik's Blog

    How absurd to be thanking someone for doing something that’s, what I regard as, a common courtesy!And it does add to the anxiety, doesn’t it, not knowing? An automated response it all it takes – if you have one of those and the guidelines state that if you’ve not heard back x time, then it’s a ‘no’ then you know where you’re up to and you can get on with things.Grumble, grumble, moan!And best of luck with your sub to the new mag.Nik.

  3.  by  Lexi

    Nik, what I noticed particularly in this post is you got the idea for a short story you had to write.I agree with Penelope Lively, that short stories come to you or they don’t, and there’s not much you can do about it, so congratulations!

  4.  by  Nik's Blog

    Thanks! Yeah, I think you’re (both) right. I wonder whether that’s got something to do with them (well, mine at least) usually being written in one go, or whether it’s about catching them when they’re fresh. Or whether they’re like a toddler, asking and asking and asking for something, tugging and tugging at your jacket…I think there’s probably a post in there somewhere.Nik

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