When You Get the Rejection Letter

Rejections, after Lauren Elma Frament

 

In a year of taking a break from submitting, I almost forgot how tedious sending your work to publications can be. You put blood, sweat and tears in revising your work to death before sending it out, and boom! You get the big “no”.

Sending my pieces to lit. journals had come in small blessings, usually unexpected. There were times my pieces fitted the theme of the journal and I got the boot. There were times I would cry and question if I should write at all, some I didn’t care.

Which is to say, you shouldn’t question whether you’re a good writer or not, there’s plenty of journals worldwide. It’s one of the scenarios where you have to push yourself. It’s not going to be easy–it’s really frustrating to be honest, but it’s part of the journey being a writer.

 

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The Black Cat Blue Sea Awards

11/5/2016

Finally, on my break after having a not-so-good-day at work, and as I’m checking my emails I see that my blog has been awarded. That totally made my day! I’ve been blogging for six years now, but you all on WordPress are truly amazing. I mean that from the bottom of my heart, I’ve discovered talented writers on here and you folks have been nothing but uplifting. Shout out to Sidra Owens, you have a beautiful soul. Again, I want to thank everyone who checks out my webpage y’all are really dope.

Sincerely,
T.M. Sibley 


Three Questions for To’Wednesday S.


SO: How has blogging expanded your ability to express yourself?

Say what you mean and mean what you say.
—proverb

TS: As a child, I was rambunctious and from my pre-teens and now I grew reclusive. This was largely impacted by my anxiety and depression. However, in my writing, I am loud! I want the readers to feel something, whether they agree or not, and blogging has allowed me to do so. Whatever you put online can never be erased, there’s always a way to retrieve it, and that taught me how to utilize getting my message across.

SO: Do you find that your online, social interactions with people are far different than those you experience on a day to day basis, face to face? If so, how are they different?

TS: Depending on the audience who’s reading, I can be perceived as an intellectual, humanitarian or a Kanye West [laughs]. I learned online you can’t go wrong with going into detail—at the same time leaving room for people to figure it out as well. Broad statements are left to open interpretation. In person, people tend to see that I mean well and I’m either speaking from experience or sharing knowledge. So, I’m trying to find the medium of people knowing my intent isn’t antagonistic at all—I just want people to know what’s going on in their surroundings outside their bubble, and mine too.

SO: Do you feel that the collective small positive actions of a large group of people can significantly affect or even counter a large negative act by one person?

TS: It depends how the interpretation of the message is getting across, sometimes you gotta find new ways to achieve that. Then there are other times when the other party just doesn’t want to listen. Simple as that, either by ignorance or a powerful presence of negativity. Where there is a positive there’ll be a negative too.


About T.B.C.B.S. Award

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award is given to those bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose to deserve it and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.

The Rules:

  1. Anybody nominated can nominate eight bloggers.
  2. The nominee has to answer three questions asked by the nominator.
  3. Questions should be inoffensive and you can ask any three questions to your nominations.

Three Questions for The Lucky Nominees

Marissa D. Price  •  Oriette D’Angelo   •  Madeline A. Windsor • Tre
Janna Michelle • Emoni • Nasrullah Kamaldeen   • Karlee Steffanni

1.  Some people don’t look at writing as being therapeutic, but for few it is. How did writing help you as a whole?

2. Why did you decide to take a brave act in sharing your creative work with the world? Some aren’t open to being vulnerable.

3. What impact do you want your writing to have on your audience?

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God made humans because he was lonely. If I were him, I wouldn’t mind the solitude.

You see us humans can be rather noisy sometimes. I wonder how does he get all

His work done in the midst of distractions. Okay, sure, he has angels and what not maybe

that’s why everyone is going in. Maybe God needs more helping hands for what’s going

on. If the folks that went in didn’t go to Hell first. But people change, I wonder if they

do after Death comes for them. You never know, I mean God you know what they say

right? Beggars can’t be choosers.

WordPress Help!

Umm… okay, so I’ve been on WordPress for a while and I’ve noticed that I’m getting a lot of traffic, but barely any comments. I like talking to people, so I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong or what. Anyway,  just putting it out there PLEASE COMMENT I want to talk to YOU! If I’m doing something wrong, let me know.