Last year, we had plenty of flooding, but one place that flooded was Cheyenne Canyon, which tore apart Seven Falls, a local landmark with...seven waterfalls. It actually ripped up chunks of roadway and destroyed the visitor center, and probably much more, but it's closed still, and I have no idea the extent of the damage.
Close to Seven Falls is Helen Hunt Falls. I believe there was damage to the road going up to those falls last year, as well, but the road was open when we went up there yesterday, so I'm not sure. I did want to go up to see it, as last year Helen Hunt Falls was a trickle compared to what it had been a few years before. I figured with the excess of water it saw last year, it would be fuller, so we went to visit. Below, you'll see a photo from yesterday compared to a photo from last year (below that). The angles are different (the falls was so pitiful last year, I really didn't take many photos), but I think the difference is clear.
|Helen Hunt Falls 2014|
|Helen Hunt Falls 2013|
I set a goal at the beginning of 2014 that I would be submitting to magazines regularly. I've done it! That's for sure. Thanks to the bloggy inspiration from a local friend, DeAnna Knippling, I'm trying to grow how many things I have out on submission at any given time. (This is an example of her attitude toward rejections.) This year, I've made a total of 18 submissions. I've gotten 11 rejections. I have 7 currently out on submission, with hopefully another joining within the week.
You know those 11 rejections? I got 4 of them in the same week. That week was already an incredibly rough one for several reasons, so every rejection was an extra slap in the face, and I hit a major slump. BUT I got those stories back out the next week when I pulled myself up out of my wallowing.
So I survived those rejections. I survive each time. And while it doesn't get easier to see that rejection, while my stomach sinks just as low every single time, it does get easier to submit the stories in the first place. What's the worst that can happen? A rejection? Even a nasty rejection? So what??
My challenge to you is to submit, submit, submit! Write, polish, submit. Get a rejection? Send that bad boy back out to someone else. Write, polish, submit, get rejection, wallow, polish, submit, rinse and repeat. Whatever works. And each time you submit one piece? Polish another! Then submit it! Get out there, folks. It's the only way to ever make anything happen.
Now please, please, bring on the acceptances. Sob.
Now for some links!
Steampunk Trails is looking for steampunk stories of all kinds (Victorian to weird western). Deadline June 31. Payment is a flat fee of $20 and contributor copies.
Perspective Magazine wants short stories based on today's events for their debut issue. Deadline June 22. Payment is a share in ad revenue, as this is a free online publication.
Chicken Soup for the Soul is seeking your personal essays about The Power of Forgiveness. Deadline June 30. They pay $200, plus 10 contributor copies.
Inkstained Succubus Press has an anthology call out for Taking Flight, an erotic anthology of erotic fiction with wings. Deadline June 15. Pays in royalties.
Rosarium Publishing is looking for "seapunk" stories set in Southeast Asia for the anthology The Sea is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia. Deadline is June 30. Pays $.05/word.
Kill Your Darlings takes submissions of original writing in June, deadline June 30. Pays $200 to columnists. They take pitches at any time.
Visionary Press Collaborative has a call out for short stories for their anthology Alternate Worlds: Evil Genius Anthology. They want you to take a genius and ponder what he or she might have done if they had chosen to go evil. Deadline June 30. Pays in royalties.
DieGo Comics Publishing is seeking your short stories about witches for their anthology. Deadline June 30. Pays royalties and a contributor copy. They are also seeking short sci-fi and fantasy for their newsletter. Pay not detailed.
Baen Books is holding the 2014 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. Short story up to 8000 words. Contest closes June 30. Winner will be published on the website and paid industry standard.
The University of Pittsburgh Press is holding their 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for collections of short fiction. Deadline June 30. They require that those submitting have been published before. Cash prize of $15,000 and publication
Bonus Contest (Photography):
This one isn't for writing, but for photography. The Gazette (Colorado Springs newspaper) is holding a contest for photos that say "Colorado" to you. Deadline June 30. Two $500 prizes being offered (in the form of a GC to a photography store.)
Any of these of interest to you? Know of any other upcoming deadlines? Photo contests? What's making you insecure right now? Do you live in an area with too little rain, too much, or just right?
May you find your Muse.