There are also a few competition results due soon. I am really pleased to be on the Fish Short Story Prize short list. Two of mine reached the long list, which was massively thrilling. But when one of them moved into the short list, I was somewhat jubilant. It's a story that's a particular favourite and I had hoped it would do well somewhere. But I didn't realise it was good enough to find a place on this particular list. The winning stories are announced on the 17th, so I won't be able to help daydreaming. However, I shall still be delighted with the progress the story has made, even if it goes no further. And, as I've always said, if you believe in a story, it will succeed somewhere else. Just knowing that someone has liked it enough to keep it in contention, from 1800 entries down to the final 140, is good enough for me.
There are one or two other results due this month and I also have a lot of stories with magazines, which may notify me soon. One way or the other, it's good to know the fate of a story. The successes are always going to mean incredible joy. The rejections mean a twinge of disappointment, followed by sleeve-rolling, tweaking and re-submitting with all the fresh hope that brings.