Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Aargh! And may I add, sigh.

It takes a lot to write your thoughts down in public. It takes even more to man up and submit your writing to another blog, group or magazine.

I felt comfortable enough with Mynx at Dribble... to ask her about posting my first guest blog about Australia, which she obliged and it turned out very well. I have submitted a few stories to a zine that is still in the works. And last night, I submitted an article for the Studio Thirty Plus magazine.

I did so for a few reasons. One, I like the community. I have been contacted by a few members and I like their style. Second, they do a great job of pimping out their guest bloggers on Facebook and the web page itself. They have a segment called “The Weekend Spotlight” where you send them your favorite post and they include it on their list as a backlink, so all the web traffic goes straight to your blog.

I wrote a story that I had hoped would be on the website. The stipulation is it has to be an original piece. I submitted it last night and when I woke up it was published in the magazine! Another writer was also published this morning, so woo hoo for both of us!

I’ll totally admit that all day I’ve been checking the page to see if anyone commented on it (they did), and also if it had been posted on the S30P Facebook fan page. Nothing. That’s okay, maybe they will post tonight? I stay away from my computer until 6pm, and when I check the FB page it shows that Studio Thirty Plus had advertised the featured post. Woo! It says, “Have you stopped in to read Today's Featured Post yet? If not, now is the time! It's by our lovely (other member that posted at the same time as me)”


Now I’m full of self-doubt. What if the moderators publish everything that gets submitted, and mine just plain sucked ass? I really considered the article to be relevant to what the website was about, which is why I posted it there and not here. I’m trying to just think it was an oversight, but honestly, I’m sad. I wanted to be proud and tell my friends, “hey look! I’ve been featured on a website!” That may sound stupid or something not to really worry about, but right now, writing is all I’ve got.

Maybe in the future I will send others my work, but not for a long while. I would be too afraid of people not liking it or thinking it as stupid (yes, that is how I am in a nutshell-I care too much about what others think).

And the article is here if you choose to read it. I’ll post my answers about the “Four Truths and a Lie” thing tomorrow.

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  1. And now Blogger won't cooperate and update Google Reader. Today is NOT the day to be writing...

  2. i read your 30 + post and it was very good! be happy! you are a worthwhile and things will get better!

    i know it seems like i keep saying that but it is true...

    Bruce Johnson JADIP
    Evil Twin
    stupid stuff I see and hear
    The Dreamodeling Guy
    The Guy Book
    The Guy Book

  3. Writing is art. Some people will get it and love it and other won't. Don't take it personal. If you liked it that's what matters. Plus Bruce liked it and that's a pretty big deal! ;)

  4. I love you guys. I hope you know that.

    Lifted spirits x1,000,000 :)

  5. that's so weird, i said something similar a few days ago, about the humiliation i felt upon getting a piece rejected, and how i had trouble bouncing back afterwards.

    till some helpful smart-ass piped up with, "isn't that just part of being a writer?"

    mother fucker left me with no choice. i punched him in the junk and ran away.

    your article was fantastic and stands for itself, my girl. don't let 'em get you down, k?


    la you :)

  6. I just read your article and what can I say, it was excellent. You had me gripped from start to finish and that is what matters. Stop doubting yourself, keep plugging away :)

  7. I loved it. Sadly being "twenty" (five) I am not able to join studio 30 plus to comment there!
    Please don't hate me!!

    FF xo

  8. What a wonderful post. Totally loved it. You are awsome girl, dont you forget.

  9. Hed, that was a great post. I already quit that sight. I wasn't thrilled with it after just a few days. You are a great writer but not everyone is going to like everything you write, except for me!! Hugs, your EC Mom.

  10. Think positive, it seems to be relating to people well.

  11. Hed,
    Your studio30+ post was awesome, in case you couldn't tell from my comment there yesterday. Chin up, cupcake! You have talent and something to say that we want to hear. Put your work out there and be proud. You will connect with more people than you ever hear comments from so don't be discouraged, be brave and keep putting yourself out there. I have found there is much more love than judgement.
    I'll cheer ya on ok??

  12. Hed, you cannot give up...ever! One of my favorite authors, Laurell K. Hamilton, submitted her first book like a billion times and kept getting denied. Everyone told her the books was too edgy. Then finally one day, someone said yes and now there are 19 Anita Blake books in the series plus graphic novels.

  13. I went over there and read the article and it is great. You do have a gift girl and you really need to believe we are being honest and feel good about who Hed is. We do. You are worth it my friend.

  14. Your article was AMAZING! That is kick ass and your work is spreading like fireworks mama! It's all going to come together for you. See, even your blog is blowing up! Now you have a loyal following of commentators and it will all spread once everyone gets a load of you!

  15. I hope you reach a point in your struggle where you are able to not care what others think. It is such a freeing experience I have to say. You will find the opinion that matters most is the one inside of you - love yourself and others will follow. I betcha'.

    Oh wait - we already love you. :D Why not try it and the naysayers will fall to the wayside.

  16. You can't satisfy 100% of the people, 100% of the time girly. Do what you do and do it with confidence.

  17. Hed - I love reading your shit no matter where it is published. Here, there....even your comments brighten my day. For every ONE (possible) person that may not care for your writing there seems to be, like, 79 that do. So there.

  18. Hmmm, I think you should worry less about pleasing others and more about pleasing yourself. The reason is that you can't please everyone! There is just no way. YOU need to like you. Besides, we already do. :-)


    we miss you.


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