This morning I received a rejection for my horror story “Painting Shadows” from Abyss & Apex. It is a story very close to my heart as this was the direct result of a family tragedy and through it, in a way, I found a way to channel my own grief.
Over the course of last two years, this has received numerous personal rejections. I have lost count of the number of times I have corrected its pacing issues and given it a more nuanced beginning. I feel like I am out of energy with this piece now.
Which means that, perhaps, it is time to trunk/retire this story. I have grown as a writer in the past two years and have written better stories since.
Everyone talks about ‘giving chances to a story/author’. I just wish someone gave this one a chance.