I know I have been MIA for quite some time, but my day (and night, and sometimes day into night into day) job takes up most of me. I have done little writing. Not too much reading either.
But I popped on dA to find another DD. Thank you. And I love comments and critiques. I don't plan on doing anything with the narrator of "Pantheon," but I have a demigods/superheroes story that I am editing for IRL rejection.
It is tough getting short speculative fiction published these days. There is a beautiful market for it. But it is not a supermarket, more like a corner store. Still, it is a corner store with a punny name, with a door like the TARDIS, with some dusty and spellbinding curios on the shelf, and with my favorite ice cream always in stock. To add to the difficulty of getting published, I mostly write character-driven stuff. And character studies can turn boring pretty quickly when you are a new writer. The grand adventure stories are more forgiving of a lack of experience: a fumbled phrase, a sentence that does not fit. And don't get me started on what a pain it is when you realize your hero/heroine has become the talking head of the auteur. I hate it when that happens. I think it is happening right now.
In case you were wondering, I am nearing forty rejections. Acceptances are still in the single digits. And I have one pro sale.