Last week I was rejected by Zoetrope All-Story...again. I've submitted several stories to them over the last couple of years and each was recycled. Before that, Ploughshares let me know they could not use my story "at this time." It's a familiar routine. When I was younger I envisioned the very large house I would live in someday with a room wallpapered in rejection letters. (I also wanted a room wallpapered in candy wrappers--I think I could have covered a mansion by now). Like many writers, it doesn't keep me from plugging away at the plot. The experience is filed along with other such experiences: " the job that seemed perfect, but they couldn't hire someone with my particular expertise "at this time," the apartment that was incredibly convenient, but wasn't available "at this time." It all makes for more writing that is rejected and then recycled and then written about again, etc.
However, I have to say I was really bummed when I was rejected from the blood bank...again. I tried to donate two weeks ago as it is my normal routine every eight weeks. They said my blood pressure was too low. Determined to help those in need, I went back today and was told the same thing. They have a limit of only taking a person's blood pressure twice in one session and then they cut you loose. Each time they gave me an opportunity (5 minutes) to raise it. I'd done this before with a great sense of pride. Once I raised it 10 points in five minutes just by thinking about how much I hated my job and my boss. On that day I thought I'd discovered a secret talent, but it was fleeting. I was doubly frustrated because each time in the past two weeks I did raise my blood pressure by one point and that brought me exactly one point below their acceptable level for donation. It seems that no one wants what I have to give. My stories will never save any lives and chances are, my blood will never make anyone laugh, but sooner or later someone will want what I have to give. In the meantime, I'm editing with a red pen.
Causes Katherine McWilliams Supports
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation jdrf.org Macula Vision Research Foundation mvrf.org Washington Office on Latin America wola.org/juarez