I got an email today from a publication I submitted to about a week ago. I actually groaned out loud when I saw it, and put off opening it for about an hour. I just was not in the mood to start my day with a rejection, and have to submit the dang thing again. I finally squinched my eyes shut and opened it, mumbling, “Yeah, I know, I know, thanks for sending it, but.”

To my great relief, it wasn’t a rejection. It wasn’t an acceptance, either. They just wanted me to know that it was still under consideration for a specific issue, so they were going to hang onto it and let me know later, for which they gave me a date. That was nice, especially after I was already reading the form rejection in my head.

As to my procrasstination (you probably thought I didn’t know how to spell it, didn’t you?), I wasted a lot of time today, and yesterday if I want to be honest, being an ass. I got caught up in a debate that just sucked my mental energy and time. It was a debate about human rights issues, not writing. So not only was I wasting time in a debate that accomplished absolutely nothing except raising the blood pressure of most people involved, it wasn’t even writing-related.

I can think of no better way to be unproductive than the way I’ve spent a lot of time these last two days. And. I. Know. Better. It would even be different if it had been conscious procrastination, but it wasn’t. I just suddenly found it vitally important that a few people understood my point. And that’s asinine. Who cares, really? So I’ve self-banned myself from even reading conversations at this particular place–something I decided not to do long ago when I realized how easy it was to get sucked in, but broke my rule yesterday–so now I won’t have that very frustrating distraction.

Did I say ass? Because really, ass needs to be said. Okay, back to it!

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  1. March 19th, 2011 | Madeline Mora-Summonte says:

    Hang in there, Shelley – most of us have those kind of moments where we let things get the better OF us that aren’t really better FOR us. Don’t beat yourself up any more than you already have. 🙂

  2. March 19th, 2011 | Samuel Mae says:

    Heheh. Those conversations are easy to get sucked into, aren’t they?

    Good move on your part with the self-bannination thang. I have to do that, too, otherwise i use up all my energy getting worked up over nothing much.

    Keep up your March Madness. 23 subs so far this month. Good times!

  3. March 20th, 2011 | Shelley says:

    Thanks, guys. I’m hanging in there and only mildly peeved with me. 🙂 Sam, I definitely have to avoid certain places, I guess because I’m an opinionated bugger, and I like to talk!

  4. April 1st, 2011 | Milo James Fowler says:

    It wouldn’t happen to be Flagship? Tor.com? Electric Spec? Those emails always get my hopes up… Wishing you the best.

    And congrats on reaching your W1S1 goals for March!

  5. April 1st, 2011 | Shelley says:

    Milo, no, I haven’t ever sent anything to any of those markets, not yet. It’s a very short humor piece at an online pub.

    And thanks, you too!

  6. April 5th, 2011 | Jet says:

    I’m a massive procrastinator.
    Twitter, blogs, Facebook, music, irrelevant bits of writing with no relation to what I’m working on.

    Sometimes I think I’d be best just turning off the internet.

  7. April 5th, 2011 | Shelley says:

    Jet, sometimes I do turn off the Internet. I don’t really procrastinate writing fiction so much, because that’s what I’d like to be doing all the time. Proctrastinating the non-fiction work, though, I’ve honed into an art form. Sometimes I do my research first, then the DSL has to go off to keep me from bouncing around to email, Facebook, and places like AW.

    You can even find programs that turn it off for a specified amount of time, if need be. Whatever helps!

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