I had finally worked up the courage to finally submit one of my short stories for publication. Actually, I submitted a short-story for a magazine's annual fiction writing contest. I don't know how many entries there were this year (there were about 400 last year) but I didn't make the cut. I was hoping my story would be one of a couple dozen that would be held back for possible future publishing. Nada.
In the meantime, I've started writing my first novel and with the first two chapters under my belt (or at least saved on my hard-drive). With this first and latest rejection, I've seemed to have lost the desire to write anything more. Even journaling on a personal level doesn't seem to have the appeal it once had.
Anyway, I'm hoping to get back on the writing bandwagon by blogging. At least it will help keep my fingers in shape if I ever get back to writing my book. We'll see if this leads to any inspiration or newfound motivation.