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When troubles come, they come not single spies but in battalions...

Did Shakespeare get rejections? Must have done, mustn’t he? Anyway, I’ve had two rebuffs in the last days: a magazine declining one of my stories and a local charitable 400-word competition which has been scooped by someone else. Am I downhearted? You betcha!

HOWEVER, this is proof positive that I’ve been busy writing and submitting, which is a huge accomplishment in itself. I’ve been much more active this year than last and have had a few invaluable fragments of encouragement – a long-listing and a short-listing. Also, although the magazine didn’t want my story, it was recently commended in a competition.

Writers need thick skins. Wine. Chocolate…