In the meantime

Meanwhile, watching The Last Jedi movie trailer. The moral of the saga will probably be complete next episode. Meanwhile, young lives go on, unsure of what the meaning of the moral is, but needing to know, because their lives depend on it. I want to know.


Never say die

With three publishers wanting to see my work, you’d think I’d be happy about that. Well, I am, but it’s just three isn’t it? It’s casual writing work. Short writing or thereabouts. Like it. Would like more avenues but am grateful for what’s in the writing department.

With avenues for writers scarce in the religious genre, the younger ones are being promoted.  Did a lot back in the day when the publishers were still going. Hope the younger ones do well.

May just find something else as well. So I keep the possibility open. Have two websites I use for information on publishing somewhere else.

With the thought of possibility, one may never let the possibility die. Opportunities may come and go, but possibility can be forever, whatever happens. Because one thinks, what if? Then you keep on going.

A surprise

In a former post, I wrote about the many rejections I got from one publisher and coming to the end of it I stopped submitting.

What I didn’t mention is that they have at least one of my articles on hold, possibly two articles for another day.

I didn’t think they would use them because they had been sitting with the publisher for over two years.

This week, I received notification on an article. It is going to be published soon–in December this year.

Don’t give up ever

The writing life is different for everyone who’s a writer–and that includes everyone who has written something, published or unpublished, or considers they are a writer because of whatever reason. (Some unpublished works are better than published).

Sometimes, experience in a field or industry counts in writing about that field of industry. Sometimes, a writer takes the bull by the horns and just writes.

Whatever way, acceptances and rejections come one’s way no matter how the writing is and what it’s about, no matter how noble or realistic and so on.

Through it all, a writer never gives up on writing, which is a writer’s default setting.



Contributor adventures and misadventures

Contributing has the share of busy times and quieter moments as far as I know. There are also the times when a contributor may look for that next publication to contribute to, but it is slow in coming.

A contributor may have self-publishing work, but may keep on looking for that next publisher and if it’s a nice fit.

The rejection is two-fold. The writer may reject a publisher as unsuitable from the outset and the publisher may reject the writer after the writer submits a piece. And if in the throes of a job, one of the parties may terminate the job.

But if going by track record, a contributor has faith that their work has potential and can be picked up again.

It’s a faith-building exercise when someone accepts your work when there had been a number of set-backs in the process of submitting. So the lesson, if there is one, is that when one gets an acceptance, it will build confidence to submit to the next one. But no one needs me to tell them that. It’s pretty self-evident.

Through the quieter times of researching the next publisher, one must persevere as best as possible, and keep on waiting and see what happens. Then after a while one can see what kind of future their contributing has.

One must have faith, but also be realistic, after all is done to pursue the possibilities.

Dilemmas in writing

When I was twelve, I wrote a story called “The Drypton Dilemma”. There was no dilemma writing that story.

The writing life can come up with real life dilemmas unlike the fictional ones.

Like last week’s one.

But the answer is in decision, as much as possible. Sometimes taking on too much means a writer must cut down somehow without the feeling of selling one’s self short. I know this myself. I have too many ideas of what I can do.

We know that being decisive is about being decisive. There is no middle ground, there is no relenting or going back on your vows. You go through with it. But instead of going through with many projects on the go, go through with one or two at a time.

This is indeed inspirational and a relief. When one decides on a course of action, rather than doing everything at once, there is a sense of inspiration and relief, relief that one does not have to stretch it. But one sticks to the project at hand and does the job then later on tackles the next project.

I think this concentration of focus produces energy to do the project or task. And one can do a very good job of it, something that one can be proud of. Just carry through with the vision or purpose of the project until complete.

Not writing it off just yet

For a few months, I’ve been conflicted between flagging my freelance work or keeping on going submitting projects and short material.

Looking back at the event where an editor probably would have seriously considered my work, but his publication was strictly “in-house”, changed my mind.

You just never know. Hence, this “words on the way” blog is re-opened.

The short stuff is a dead end

It occurs to me, in a moment of reflection, that the many times I submitted to various publications over the last few years–the faith-based ones and the literary/fiction ones—came up fruitless.

Except a few publications would see my work, but I don’t have the resources for it. Nobody came to my aid this time.

Frankly I’m tired of trying. That means I won’t need to write about my movements in regards to writing anymore. This means this post is my last. But it does mean there are several other blogs I have started last month, where I will be writing.

So long but hello again. I am joining a monastery that has access to the internet and a laptop. There I will be a writer/blogster-writer and chant away.