Today, I feel like Sisyphus

A short story of mine was going to be published next year in the annual print edition of a really nice magazine.  For no real reason at all, I went to that magazine’s webpage today, and come to find out that the publication will be shuttered August 1, 2011.  Even if another publisher takes control of said magazine, “any previously accepted submissions that have not been published are released back to the authors,” which includes me.

So here’s the wasted timeline:

  • October 1 – Started the story.
  • October 9 – Finished the story.
  • October 15 – Sent to first magazine.
  • December 21 – First magazine rejects it.
  • December 31 – Sent to second magazine.
  • January 24 – Second magazine rejects it.
  • January 24 – Sent the third magazine a query and synopsis.
  • January 29 – Sent them a clean version without the swearing.
  • February 1 – The editor sends the piece out for a “full review”.
  • May 1 – They accept the story for the 2012 print edition.
  • June 20 – I see the notice that the magazine is going out of business.

Here’s some of the nice things they had to say:

  • This is a good sci-fi/survival story. The author does a nice job of presenting the desire to survive, even when it seems like all hope is lost. The ending had a nice twist. Good effort.
  • One of the better written stories I’ve seen in a long time.  If anything, it’s too short!  I was dying to see how he got out of his situation.
  • I like this one and didn’t struggle flipping through the pages!

So you can see why I feel like I’ve rolled a boulder up a hill, gotten it almost to the top, and then watched it roll back down to the bottom.  And, like Sisyphus, I’ve already started rolling that boulder back up the hill by putting it in another publisher’s slush pile.  No villains here.  Just rotten luck, I guess.

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2 Responses to “Today, I feel like Sisyphus”

  1. Keep going Sisyphus! Did he ever get the boulder all the way up the hill? My classical education seems to be lacking.

  2. No, Sisyphus is still pushing that boulder in Hell. But at least he’s still pushing.

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