Brief update on the writing front. I can’t remember if I posted that I had submitted a short story to the Pseudopod horror podcat, but I did. Sadly I got a rejection back last night but it was because they didn’t think the story was horror enough to fit the podcast, which I myself wasn’t sure of so it was a fair point.
Otherwise they said that they really liked it and thought it was an intense exploration of PTSD, which given that it was dealing with my own trauma is pretty accurate.
So I am still feeling very positive, got some other short story projects I am working on and I hope that I may have better luck in the future. In the meantime I know a rejection is not world-ending and I can deal with it and that helps a great deal in regards to overcoming my anxieties about pursuing my dream of being published.
If any of you reading this are writers wanting to be published but battling that fear, I know how you feel but trust me, being rejected isn’t as bad as you fear and you can learn and grow from there so don’t give up!
I will update when I have something else ready to go, or if I have any better luck submitting the story elsewhere. I have stuck it in for the Mind Membership competition about mental health journeys so I shall see how it goes!